Rebecca Jensen

Rebecca Jensen is a New Zealand born, Melbourne based, performer, dance maker and teacher. She graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts with a BA Dance in 2009. She is a Cancer cusping on Leo. Inspired by a plethora of images and experiences, Rebecca’s work focuses on the everyday and tries to find fantasy […]

Next Wave Alumni in Channels Festival

Channels Festival is coming! Haven’t heard of it? Channels is a new biennial festival based in Melbourne showcasing the best of contemporary video practice from Australia and around the world.  Powerhouse ladies (and Next Wave alumni) Jessie Scott, Rachel Feery and Eugenia Lim have curated a bumper program of screenings, talks, workshops, performances and exhibitions running […]

Phuong Ngo at Counihan Gallery

Throughout the month,  Kickstart Artist Phuong Ngo presents My Dad The People Smuggler  at the Counihan Gallery. Working with documentary and staged photography, the exhibition documents the very personal consequences of his family’s past and their experience on the island of Pulau Bidong, a United Nations refugee camp established at the end of the Vietnam War in […]

Steaphan Paton at Seventh

2013 Kickstart Artist Steaphan Paton presents his new work Terra nullius loungeroom, at Seventh Gallery through April. Engaging with a childhood fascination for exploring and claiming, the exhibition explores the ideas of discovery and ownership. The work presents a land [err.. lounge room] clearly owned by Aboriginal Peoples, yet waiting to be “discovered” by a lurking presence [the viewer]. Push […]

Megan Cope at Clancestry

Just who is black enough? How do we unpack the politics of belonging, self-determination and ancestry? Kickstart 2013 artist Megan Cope joins the conversation at Clancestry, a new festival celebrating the arts and cultural practices of First Nation Peoples. Participating in the Kinship and Identity Panel, Cope joins Dr Anita Hiess, Dr Chelsea Bond and […]

Kickstart 2013 Artists Revealed!

We are thrilled to introduce our 2013 Kickstart artists to you! We’ve chosen 22 projects: the largest group we’ve ever accepted into the program, with perhaps some of the most ambitious ideas. Read on and you will discover an extraordinary group of minds, brimming with passion and vision. Read all about it here.

Shian Law

Shian Law is a Melbourne-based performance artist who aligns himself with experimentalism, new dance practice and interdisciplinary collaboration. He has worked with Jo Lloyd, Thea Baumann (Aphids), Phillip Adams’ Balletlab, Brooke Amity Stamp and Deanne Butterworth. He has received the Melbourne Fringe Best Dance Award for Proximate Edifice and the Award for Innovation in Dance […]

Steaphan Paton

Steaphan is an interdisciplinary artist. His practice explores tradition, race and colonialism informed through his worldview being Aboriginal Australian. Some of his key achievements in the last year have been being commissioned for the City of Melbourne Laneways Commission and having an exhibition at the Melbourne Museum. His goal for the next few years is […]

Sarah Aiken

Sarah Aiken is a Melbourne based dancer, choreographer and teacher. Since graduating from VCA (Bachelor of Dance) 2009, Sarah has pursued a wide range of experiences to develop her practice, drawing inspiration from choreographic and somatic practices, travel, conceptual and visual arts. Sarah pursues an ongoing interest in how and what we value, utilizing dichotomies and […]

Ryan Presley

Ryan Presley was born in Alice Springs, 1987. His practice involves a questioning and negating of historical and contemporary contexts. Presley utilises his own mixed heritage experiences and insights to contribute other understandings to the social and cultural nature of past and present colonial Australia. Presley’s work was included in PICA’s Hatched National Graduate Show […]

Raghav Handa

Raghav started his career in 2004 in Marilyn Miller’s Quinkan in Sydney and the Adelaide Fringe. He then performed in Raymond Blanco’s Intentcity at the Sydney Opera House. In subsequent years, he worked on Vicki van Hout’s Wirad’journi and My Right Foot Your Right Foot performing at Parramatta Riverside, Carriageworks and The Australian Dance awards […]

Phuong Ngo

Phuong Ngo’s practice explores the individual and collected identity of the Vietnamese Diaspora through the exploration of history, politics and culture. He completed an honours degree in fine art at RMIT in 2012, and has exhibited at numerous galleries throughout Melbourne including the Centre for Contemporary Photography and participated in Fresh Produce the closing event […]

Megan Cope

Megan Cope’s work explores notions of environment, identity, geomorphology and mapping; decolonising methodologies and toponymy are a primary aspect of her practice. She is a descendant from the Quandamooka region (North Stradbroke Island) in South East QLD. Megan has exhibited her works at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC, the Koori Heritage Trust in Melbourne, […]

Louris van de Geer

Louris is a playwright from Melbourne. She is being mentored by Arena Theatre Company Artistic Director Christian Leavesley through the Australia Council’s JUMP program. Louris is currently studying a Masters of Writing for Performance at the Victorian College of the Arts and has recently been shortlisted for the Inscription Edward Albee Scholarship. Her most recent work […]

Creative Nonfiction

Creative Nonfiction is a new independent creative audio production company interested in exploring new approaches to sound and storytelling. Formed by Jesse Cox, Mike Williams and Que Minh Luu at the end of 2012 Creative Nonfiction collaborates with radio producers, writers, musicians, sound designers, theatre makers and artists. Creative Nonfiction was awarded the inaugural Vivid Ideas Vibewire Fellowship […]

James Welsby

James Welsby is a young and emerging artist and 2007 VCA Dance graduate. He has performed with several dance companies and independent choreographers around Australia and has an expanding body of creative work. His pursuits include the expansion of ethical, queer, and timely performance.  James’ selected choreographed works include: Tidefolk Fictions (2012) at Melbourne Aquarium, The Memory […]

Ghenoa Gela

Koedal (Crocodile) and Waumer (Frigate Bird) woman Ghenoa Gela is a strong Torres Strait Islander from Rockhampton Central Queensland. Her background is in Torres Strait Islander dancing, and since getting a Diploma in Careers in Dance she has been an independent artist working across several mediums including hip-hop and Indigenous contemporary from urban to remote […]

Esther Stewart and Oscar Perry

Esther Stewart has exhibited in several artist run initiatives including Blindside, Platform Contemporary Art Space, Rearview and TCB. In 2010 Esther was included in Fresh 2010 at Craft Victoria, an exhibition and award that explored new parameters of contemporary craft and design.  In 2012 Esther presented Foldout a site specific installation as part of New […]

Brienna Macnish

Brienna Macnish is a theatre maker based in Melbourne, whose work sometimes looks more like live art than theatre. Her practice is characterised by an interest in non-traditional forms, a thoughtful engagement with site, striking visual aesthetics and social relevance. Recently Brienna has developed new Australian writing, created immersive performances and designed participatory installations. In […]

Sean Jorvn

Sean Jorvn, the partnership of two Sydney based Artists: Colin Kinchela and Gavin Walters. Interdisciplinary artists that mesh their defined and rich cultural background, devising works from Gomeroi and Anglo Australian backgrounds in new theatre environments. This year they produced a funded short film, and participated in a creative development with Performance Space.

Carly Sheppard

Based in Melbourne, Carly Sheppard is an Indigenous dancer and choreographer descending from the Wallangamma and Takalaka Tribes of North QLD. After studying at NAISDA Dance College and the Victorian College of the Arts, Carly has been training and working professionally in the dance industry for over eight years.