Forever Transformed, curated by Georgie Meagher

Forever Transformed is the seventeenth incarnation of Gertrude Contemporary’s annual Octopus series and is the inaugural exhibition at our new home in Preston South. Forever Transformed casts a critical eye to one of the most highly valued qualities of our time – resilience. Curator and Next Wave CEO Georgie Meagher has brought together works by Tony Albert, Rushdi Anwar, […]

MPavilion Consortium — Invisible Hands Make Light Work: art and unwaged labour

Next Wave, together with MPavilion, Gertrude Contemporary, West Space and RMIT Design Hub, present Consortium: a series of conversations by a coalition of partners who support emerging and experimental art and design practices in Melbourne and beyond. The first panel – including artists Anastasia Klose, Lou Hubbard and Liang Luscombe, DJ and artist Lisa Lerkenfeldt, writer and artist Aurelia Guo, […]

Alumni in Octopus 15: Lost and Profound

Curated by Daniel Mudie Cunningham,Lost and Profound considers the interface between obsolescent and new media technologies, exploring themes of memory, inscription and nostalgia. Artists include alumni Patrick Pound (Next Wave Festival 1994), Elvis Richardson (Next Wave Festival 2000) and Giselle Stanborough (Next Wave Festival 2014). Richardson, in collaboration with sound designer James Hayes, considers the clues from a […]

Emerging Curators Program open!

Are you a curator (or artist-as-curator, producer, writer, activist or other type of organiser) with an idea for a curatorial project? Applications are now open for our Emerging Curators Program, which seeks research-driven curatorial projects for development over 12 months with one of five partner organisations: Arts Project Australia, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Gertrude Contemporary, […]

Alumni for Gertrude Studios Pt 1

For three decades, Gertrude Contemporary’s studio program has been providing space, creative development and professional support for young contemporary artists, culminating in one big exhibition. This year sees the gallery shaking up its format a bit, splitting its 16 studio artists over two exhibitions: Gertrude Studios Part One and Part Two. Part One features an amazing group […]

Jess Johnson at Gertrude

2012 Festival artist Jess Johnson teams up with video artist Simon Ward to present Mnemonic Pulse, a new video collaboration at Gertrude Contemporary. Jess Johnson’s drawing and installation practice is inspired by science fiction, cosmology and shifting notions of reality. Her drawings depict complex worlds that combine densely layered patterns, objects and figures within architectural settings. […]

5 Sept 2013 Pegboard is out

Your pre-election Pegboard is here! Packed with announcements, festivals and other distractions to help you think happy thoughts throughout the weekend. The big NW news is that we’ve selected our final 4 projects to premiere in galleries about town for the 2014 Festival – so dig in to get the scoop on our successful emerging […]

ECP Announced!

Next Wave has been running our flagship Emerging Curators’ Program with program partner Gertrude for over a decade now. This year we’ve expanded the program by getting West Space, the Centre for Contemporary Photography and Craft on board too and we’ve received a record number of applications.  Following a rigorous selection process, we’re now pleased […]

George Egerton-Warburton at Gertrude

George Egerton-Warburton (NWF 2010, 2012) latest exhibition Dog opens  this Friday at Gertrude Contemporary! This fascinating work is spread over three spaces, each positioned as a different part of a dogs body; namely brain, body and anus. An ecology has been set up by the dog so that the studio gradually becomes imperceptibly lighter with items […]

Emerging Curators: Call for Applications

Next Wave in association with four curators/curatorial collectives to work with over the next 10 months to each develop a major exhibition project for the 2014 Next Wave Festival, New Grand Narrative. Applications for Emerging Curators’ Program have now closed. Thanks to those who applied, successful applicants with be notified by 30 August 2013.