Next Wave welcomes Associate Producer team

Next Wave is today thrilled to announce the appointment of three Associate Producers.

Alec Reade, Nikki Lam and Emily Sweeney will join the Next Wave team during a vital time in our calendar. In the year leading up to Next Wave Festival 2020, the Associate Producers will work directly with artists to support them as they create extraordinary new work.

We are thrilled to welcome Alec, Emily and Nikki to the Next Wave family.

Alec Reade is a producer, interdisciplinary artist, community arts facilitator and curator. In early 2017, Alec co-found Birraranga (Melbourne) based Pasifika Art Collective, New Wayfinders.

Alec co-curated Blak-Queer Futurism for Midsumma Festival at Blak Dot Gallery, which also showed at Artspace Sydney, and has produced events for Melbourne Fringe Festival, and Footscray Community Arts Centre. Alec is an Artistic Associate with for the biennial Due West Arts Festival in 2019.

Their artistic practice centres performance, having shown spoken word and poetry in a collaborative show as part of Yirramboi First Nations Arts Festival, and is a vocalist, singing with the Pasefika Vitoria Choir (PICAA inc.) and Sunburnt Soul Choir.

Alec is a climate advocate with the Pacific Climate Warriors, and has an interest in creativity and narratives of empowerment that decentralise whiteness, with a focus on community organising, intercultural collaboration and the platforming of Pasifika arts in the occupied lands known as ‘Australia’.

Nikki Lam is currently the co-director of Hyphenated Projects, a new arts platform for artists with transcultural practices. She is the former Artistic Director (2014-2017) of Channels Festival, and visual arts editor (2014-2016) at Peril Magazine. She has worked in various administrative roles in arts organisations including Footscray Community Arts Centre, Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (UK) and other independent art projects. In 2017-2018, she worked at Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) where she was the community lead and program producer at ACMI X co-working space, a hub to bridge between moving image, contemporary art, technology and creative industries.

As an artist, she works primarily with moving image, performance and installation, her work explores hybrid identities often through studies of rituals, language and representations, as well as the ephemeral medium of video. Born in Hong Kong, Nikki’s work has been shown widely across Australia and internationally including Itoshima International Arts Festival (Japan), Pier 2 Art Center (Taiwan), Underbelly Arts Festival, Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI), The Substation, Firstdraft, BUS Projects, The Ferry Gallery (Bangkok), Galleria Marcollini (Italy), and Over View International Festival of Video Art.

Nikki holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts in Photomedia (2009, Monash University) and Executive Master of Arts (2014, University of Melbourne).

Emily Sweeney is a producer, programmer and project manager who has worked across Melbourne and Brisbane for various multi-artform festivals and organisations. Emily has worked in the arts industry for over 10 years. In 2017 she delivered the Inaugural Supercell: Festival of Contemporary Dance Brisbane as Festival Program Manager with its co-founders and is currently serving as a board member.

As Associate producer at Queensland Performing Arts Centre, she co-designed a large scale community dance project across Brisbane and Cairns in 2017. In 2015, Emily worked with Melbourne Festival’s artistic director Josephine Ridge to develop a large free program of events across the city. In addition Emily has worked as a producer for Brisbane Festival and Melbourne International Film Festival and as a project officer for Multicultural Arts Victoria and various small scale independent and community projects. Other credits include roles at Circa, Melbourne international Comedy Festival, Short & Sweet Festival and WOMADelaide. In 2013 Emily participated in the Melbourne Fringe Producer Mentorship Program and in 2015 Emily participated in the Atelier for Young Festival Managers in Gwangju, South Korea.

Emily holds a Bachelor of Theatre Performance from the Arts Academy, University of Ballarat (Federation University).