Applications open: Producers-in-Residence

Are you a First Nations creative? Are you interested in art, music, film, dance or performance? Do you want to build a career as a creative producer? If you answered yes to these questions, then Next Wave’s Producers-in-Residence could be for you. Next Wave Producers-in-Residence is a new springboard for three emerging First Nations creatives […]

Next Wave and Deakin Business School

Next Wave is thrilled to join forces with Deakin University as a Learning Partner. Working together with Deakin Business School, Next Wave and the Arts and Cultural Management Course are committed to launching the careers of future leaders in the arts and cultural sector. Stay tuned for updates on this partnership.

Next Wave are hiring!

DIRECTOR/CEO, NEXT WAVE   Next Wave is seeking a dynamic and visionary leader to drive Australia’s preeminent organisation dedicated to supporting emerging artists. Taking leadership of Next Wave’s biennial festival, artist development programs, venue at Brunswick Mechanics Institute and a range of strategic partnerships, the ideal candidate will bring a balance of artistic and business […]

Next Wave Festival 2018

Next Wave Festival 2018 has come to an end. The last month has been of stirring conversations, radical performances, illuminating exhibitions, joyful parties and rituals that defy categorisation. Two years in the making, it is the culmination of the visions and hard work by the brave, ambitious, brilliant artists and all their collaborators who created […]

Next Wave Festival 2018 Volunteer Applications

Next Wave Volunteer Applications are Now Open! Are you a lover of the arts, an artist or just art-curious? Whatever your art-orientation, this is your invitation to join us in delivering our biennial arts festival. Next Wave Festival 2018 will be happening in Melbourne from Thu 3 – Sun 20 May and we are seeking extraordinary volunteers […]

Next Wave Festival 2018 artists revealed

After an incredible response to our national callout for our major co-commissioning project Next Wave x, we are thrilled to reveal the artists and curators who will take up these opportunities, presenting their works across national contexts with the support of some of Australia’s leading arts companies. Next Wave is a place to push what […]

Next Wave Festival 2018 artist intensive

We had the pleasure of spending three special days at the beautiful Abbotsford Convent last week for our Next Wave 2018 Festival artist intensive. There were so many highlights but a few to touch on include meeting the Next Wave x artists and curators (who will be announced later this week), Luke King’s Auslan class, […]

International exchange: Asialink Arts Global Project Space

In July 2017 Asialink Arts launched a new initiative, Global Project Space (GPS), designed to reposition Asialink Arts as a key innovator of curated projects that provide opportunities for contemporary cultural engagement and development. Under the new GPS initiative Asialink Arts and Next Wave have teamed up to invite a Japanese artist or collective to take up residence at Brunswick Mechanics […]

Brunswick Mechanics Opening Night in photos

Thank you to everyone who joined us in celebrating the Brunswick Mechanics Institute opening night! Hope to see you all back for our Melbourne Fringe season which begins with Butt Donut on Tuesday 12 September in Studio 2 followed by One Of The Good Ones on Wednesday 13 September in the Theatre. See the full gallery over at the all new […]

Next Wave is proud to support marriage equality

We believe everyone should have the right to marry. Join Next Wave and vote yes in the historic Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. Forms will be sent out from today, September 12 until September 25. You have until October 27 to return the form with your vote. Get more information on the marriage survey website.  

Work with Next Wave: Marketing and Communications Manager

Next Wave is looking for an enthusiastic and organised arts marketer lead the Next Wave Festival 2018 campaign from our headquarters in North Melbourne. The Marketing & Communications Manager will lead the delivery of Next Wave’s strategic marketing goals as well as contribute to evaluation, sponsorship and development. Their primary task will be to drive […]

Next Wave x Expression Of Interest Window Closed

The expression of interest window for Next Wave x is now closed. Next Wave would like to thank all those who applied and applaud your creativity in submitting some truly outstanding EOIs. We have been overwhelmed by the public response to this new national program and cannot wait to begin the selection process. We would […]

Next Wave x Expression Of Interest Call Out

This opportunity has now expired. Successful applicants will be notified by late August 2017. Good luck to those who applied!  Next Wave invites expressions of interest from Australia’s emerging artists & curators who wish to be a part of our exciting new national co-commission project. ‘Next Wave x’. Seven (7) ambitious projects by early career practitioners will be developed through the project, for presentation […]

Join The Next Wave Collective Before June 30

Join the Next Wave Collective Next Wave Collective has re-launched to become a two-year program, where an intimate group of supporters experience Next Wave’s unique festival cycle from the inside. With each new member we welcome into Next Wave Collective, the Australian cultural landscape becomes more diverse, more inclusive and more innovative. Support for Next […]

Mechanics Institute x Melbourne Fringe EOI

As you may well know by now, Next Wave have recently been awarded the management contract for Mechanics Institute, an impressively equipped 112 seat theatre space on Sydney Road in the heart of Brunswick. We officially commence on July 1 2017 but are currently taking expressions of interest for presentations at Melbourne Fringe. Deadline for inclusion in […]

Next Wave x Mechanics Institute

We’re thrilled to announce that we have been awarded the tender to manage Moreland City Council’s Mechanics Institute. The Mechanics Institute is a fully equipped, NBN connected, accessible, 112 seat theatre in a great location on Sydney Road in the heart of Brunswick. Next Wave will begin managing the space from Saturday 1 July 2017, […]

Five Next Wave works nominated for Green Room Awards

Next Wave extends a huge congratulations to all our friends and alumni who have been nominated for 2017 Green Room Awards – in particular our Next Wave Festival 2016 artists and works that have picked up the following nominations! • Sound Performance—Dylan Sheridan, The Horse • Innovation in Experimental Performance—Pony Express, Ecosexual Bathhouse • Male Performer (Dance)—Thomas ES […]

Work with Next Wave: Marketing & Communications Manager

Next Wave is looking for an enthusiastic and organised arts marketer to fill the role of Marketing & Communications Manager at our headquarters in North Melbourne. The Marketing & Communications Manager will lead the delivery of Next Wave’s strategic marketing goals as well as contribute to evaluation, sponsorship and development. They will build and maintain […]

Kickstart Helix artists announced!

We are super excited to announce our Kickstart Helix 2017 artists, writers, curators and producers. These 17 artists and collectives are part of the new generation in Australian art. From printmakers, curators, installation artists and zine makers, through to practitioners working in Islamic decorative arts, queer performance and radical alter-egos, the selected participants represent a diverse […]

Work with Next Wave: Associate Producer

Next Wave is looking for an Associate Producer to become part of our team in 2017 and 2018. This highly sought after position will work directly with artists to create the extraordinary work you see in our biennial Festival. An Associate Producer is a unique role that has often been filled by people who maintain […]

Next Wave wins VicHealth award for access and inclusivity

We are very proud and and excited to have WON the 2016 VicHealth award in the ‘Building health through arts’ category for Next Wave Festival 2016’s access and inclusivity! We extended our deepest thanks to all artists, audience, partners and collaborators who contributed to this achievement, particularly Arts Access Victoria for their invaluable support and advice. […]

Give art! Give the future! Give Next Wave!

Do you have an art-lover, culture-maker or world-changer in your midst? Got Kris Kringles, tricky in-laws or blank spaces on your gift list? We can help you wrap things up in less than two minutes. Next Wave supports the new generation of Australian art through our learning programs and biennial festival. We support young artists […]

Next Wave Festival 2016 nominated for VicHealth award

Alongside Darebin Arts, Footscray Community Arts Centre and Circus OZ, we’re thrilled to be nominated for a 2016 VicHealth Award in the ‘Building health through art’ category. In May 2016, we delivered the most inclusive and accessible Festival in our 32 year history. Through a consultative, learning-driven process centred on our values of ‘listening hard’ and […]

Apply now for Kickstart Helix

Kickstart Helix is a fresh new learning program designed to support emerging and early career artists, curators, producers and writers from across Australia. This year-long program combines professional skills development with creative discussion and critical feedback through a series of residencies, workshops, showings and events, together with self-directed learning and ongoing staff support. Kickstarters are […]

International collaboration ‘Lukautim Solwara’ set to actiVAte Asia TOPA

Led by renowned international artist Rosanna Raymond (SAM/NZ), a group of emerging First Nations artists will bring their mana (power and honour) to the table through performance, art and adornment in Lukautim Solwara, an immersive new cross-disciplinary experience created especially for the upcoming Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts (Asia TOPA) on Saturday 18 February 2017. […]

Our Melbourne Fringe 2016 picks

Melbourne Fringe is about to take over town (Thu 15 Sep-Sun 2 Oct), and we’re very excited about the huge range of projects our alumni artists are presenting or performing in. Here are our hot tips for Melbourne Fringe 2016! Following its sell-out premiere season at Next Wave Festival 2016, Maurial Spearim’s BlaaQ Catt is back. True-crime, historical […]

Celebrating Hearing Awareness Week

Next Wave is joining with the National Relay Service to celebrate the 2016 Hearing Awareness Week from 21–27 August. We’re excited to be involved in this great campaign that brings attention to the needs of people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Here are our top seven tips for getting involved this Hearing Awareness Week! Learn about the National […]

Pegboard: Work with us, a welcome, and more!

In other news, we are thrilled to announce Vivia Hickman has joined Next Wave as the new Chair of the Board. Vivia takes the reins from longstanding, committed and dynamic advocate, Janenne Willis, who contributed an extraordinary amount to Next Wave over her nine years on the Board.

Announcing our new leadership team

We are excited to announce our new leadership team, led by incoming Chair of the Board, Vivia Hickman and Director/CEO Georgie Meagher. Vivia takes the reins from outgoing Chair Janenne Willis, who contributed an extraordinary amount to the organisation over her nine years on the board, including six as Chair.

Next Wave Festival 2016 is live

Looking for the 2016 Festival website? Click here. Next Wave Festival 2016 takes over theatres, galleries, carparks, gardens, shopfronts and carparks across Melbourne from 5-22 May. Featuring 37 projects by emerging and early-career artists from across Australia, the 2016 Festival highlights diverse voices, celebrates inclusivity and explores interconnectedness across its program. From Northcote to North […]

Work with Next Wave: Marketing Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator

Next Wave seeks two enthusiastic and well-organised team members to help deliver Next Wave Festival 2016 (5-22 May). Marketing Coordinator The Marketing Coordinator will be enthusiastic about contemporary art and culture in Australia, adept at writing and proofing copy, have good communications and project management skills, and a thorough understanding of digital media. Volunteer Coordinator The […]

Writers in Residence call-out

We’ve opened the call for Writers in Residence applications! Writers in Residence is Next Wave’s learning and development program for emerging critical and creative writers who identify as having disability. The program provides outstanding mentoring, learning opportunities and practical experience for writers who want to receive feedback and develop new skills through workshops and engagement with a […]

Work with Next Wave: Operations Manager

Exciting news! Next Wave is looking for an experienced and solutions oriented Operations Manager to oversee the operational aspects of Next Wave Festival 2016, including risk management and oversight of both the ticketing and volunteer programs. The Operations Manager, working in close collaboration with the rest of the Next Wave team, will make a positive and […]

Alumni on ABC TV

Next Wave alumni are all over ABC TV (and iView) at the moment! Former Artistic Director Marcus Westbury (2002-2006) is about to debut his new series, Bespoke. Over the last decade in Australia there’s been a huge growth in the handmade, the locally produced, the artisanal and the small scale. Is it a reaction against technology or […]

From BLAK WAVE: ‘Answering A Question With A Question’ by Steaphan Paton

To celebrate NAIDOC Week (5-12 July 2015), we’re thrilled to publish Steaphan Paton’s full text from 2014’s Blak Wave publication online. The landmark publication features eighteen pieces exploring the future of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and artists though rich, strong, diverse and inspiring responses. Blak Wave is still on sale! Get your copy for $25+shipping by […]

Emerging Curators Program announced!

We’re super excited to introduce our Emerging Curators for 2015-16. Hailing from Hobart, Sydney, Perth and Melbourne, they’re a stellar bunch. Find out more by heading to their individual artist profiles below: Anna Louise Richardson and Justin Hinder, working with Arts Project Australia Frances Wilkinson and Samantha McCulloch, working with CCP Johnson + Thwaites, working with […]

Next Wave Board news

After eight wonderful years, today we say thank you and farewell to Next Wave Board member and Deputy Chair, Kath Papas. Chair Janenne Willis says, “Kath has been a great support to myself and an extraordinary contributor to Next Wave. Largely behind the scenes, she has played a key role in the organisation’s stability and growth. […]

2016 Festival Project Call-out

The call is officially open for a small number of projects across artistic disciplines for presentation in Melbourne at Next Wave Festival in May 2016. This process is a little different to others – it starts with an Expression of Interest and progresses from there. Read on and apply now! EOIs close Mon 8 Jun, 11.59pm AEST      

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, […]

What Makes Good Art? Kickstart Intensive 1, 2015

During the first Kickstart intensive, we asked our friends and guests Made in China (Tim Cowbury and Jessica Latowicki), Next Wave Associate Producer Daniel Santangeli and artists Angela Goh and Hannah Bronte Cooper-McCoy – ‘what makes good art’? Over dinner, each thoughtful contribution added depth, complexity and fire to energetic and passionate conversations about audiences, […]

Next Wave represents in this year’s Green Room Award nominations

Congratulations to all the Next Wave artists past and present who received nominations for the 2014 Green Room Awards! Next Wave Festival 2014 projects have taken 4 for 4 in the Outstanding Work by an Emerging Artist category. We wish you could all win! Best of luck to Shian Law (Personal Mythologies), Matthias Schack-Arnott (Fluvial), Dylan Sheridan (Terminal) and […]

Esther Stewart and Valentino

So in case you missed it, the always excellent Esther Stewart (NWF 2012, 2014) has just returned from a visit to Paris. She made the trip in January to watch a group of perfectly symmetrical boys saunter down the runway wearing her art –  the culmination of a recent collaboration with fashion house Valentino. Casual. From structural design elements, to colour, […]

Arts House Season One Picks

So Arts House have announced the first half of their 2015 season and its a tasty smorgasbord of artforms, events and talks, featuring 8 world premieres and 3 Victorian premieres. The program also incorporates the dance and choreography summit Dance Massive as well as an Indigenous Choreographers Residency and and an international exchange program. Of course there’s a […]

Kickstart 2015 Announced!

We are super pumped to introduce you to the 14 artists and collectives who now make up Kickstart 2015. You can head to their individual artist profiles below, or see them all in full blazing colour over on our Artist Hub. A huge congratulations to all, we are damn excited to be working with you. […]

Work with Next Wave

We’ve got three (count’em three) positions available in a number of different roles for enthusiastic arts workers. Beginning in 2015, the successful applicants will assist Next Wave through our development year and into the Next Wave Festival 2016. Marketing Manager Next Wave is looking for an enthusiastic and well-organised arts marketer to fill the role of […]

Alumni for Underbelly Arts

The first round of artists have been announced for the Underbelly Arts 2015 and by golly, are we already excited for the year to come. Next Wave alumni Brienna Macnish, Sophie Kitson, Justin Shoulder and Tully Arnott join an excellent group of young artists who will participate in the developmental Lab and Festival, that once again takes over […]

Alumni for Dance Massive

Dance Massive is an initiative of Arts House, Malthouse, Dancehouse and Ausdance Victoria. It’s also a jam-packed 13 day celebration of dance presenting over 40 curated shows, events and activities, including 14 world premieres. Dedicated to Australian makers, Dance Massive 2015 showcases an incredibly strong group of local choreographers and performers, including, of course, a smattering of Next […]

Residency at Melbourne Music Week

So what do you get when you take one empty warehouse space, offer it as blank canvas to one local artist, add  three-parts drinks menu, two-parts DJs and one-part musicians, shake well and serve over ice? You get RESIDENCY, a bar-as-exhibition, popping up for three days only in the CBD as part of Melbourne Music Week. […]

Alumni for Going Nowhere

Going Nowhere is one event happening on two sides of the globe simultaneously. Hosted by Arts House in Melbourne and Cambridge Junction in the UK, the program explores how artists, communities and audiences can create sustainable international creative experiences without getting on a plane. There are a stack of NW alumni involved and their projects are filled with exciting […]

Jesse Cox and The Real Tom Banks

A big congratulations to 2014 alumnus Jesse Cox whose radio documentary The Real Tom Banks received an award from the Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. Run by the Third Coast International Audio Festival and judged by the likes of  This American Life host Ira Glass, the competition honors the most creative and compelling audio work […]

Kickstart 2015 Briefings

Kickstart Briefings are open sessions where you can learn more about the program and fire off any questions. We’ll be holding briefings in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and online, hosted by our Artistic Director, Georgie Meagher and Artistic Program Manager, Meg Hale. If you can’t make it to any of the dates below, never fear. The artistic team […]

Kickstart 2015 Applications open!

The moment you’ve all been waiting for… Applications for Kickstart 2015 are now open! Kickstart is Next Wave’s flagship development program. It’s money, time and space for young artists to develop ambitious projects – to think bigger than they ever have before. It’s for artists who are excited by talking and thinking with other artists, […]

Alumni for Tiny Stadiums

Once again Tiny Stadiums bursts into the streets of Erskineville in November, with a huge season of live performance and site-specific installations. Of course there’s a stack of Next Wave alumni involved, presenting unique perspectives on domesticity and family life, property, sub-cultures and nightlife. 2012 alumni Team Mess will present anew immersive video-performance work Trojans, […]

Field Theory’s Christchurch Stadium Project

Field Theory (alumni Martyn Coutts, Sarah Rodigari, Willoh S. Weiland, Jess Olivieri, Lara Thoms and Jackson Castiglione) are offering the people of Christchurch the opportunity to tell their stories of Lancaster Park (AMI Stadium) in a three-day, non-stop, day and night audio broadcast from the center of the legendary field. The team want to give as many people as […]

NW Art Fair Picks

Tis the season when the Melbourne gallery scene explodes into the various shapes and colours of the Melbourne Art Fair, taking up shop once again at the Royal Exhibition Building from 11 – 17 August. There’s a huge stack of alumni involved in various programs, and we’ve got the lowdown on whose doing what, where. The main  MAF […]

Alumni shortlisted for Indigenous Art Awards

35 Victorian Indigenous artists  have been shortlisted for the 2014  Victorian Indigenous Art Awards including NW alumni Bindi Cole, Steaphan Paton, Paola Balla and Megan Cope. The shortlisted artists come from all parts of the state and practice in a range of artforms, from traditional basket weaving to multimedia, sculpture and photography. All nominated artists go in […]

Not another plea for EOFY dollars

This is different. For one, dollars are not the only currency we trade in. Next Wave’s goodness is built on time, money, art, space and expertise, too. Plus: whatever you give, you’ll get something back (beyond tax deductions and warm fuzzies!). Our festivals may only come up biennially but we work year-round to deliver exceptional […]

Come Closer!

Love Next Wave? Come closer! Join the Next Wave Collective. The 2014 Festival may be over but the good times roll on. Over the rest of this year we’ll be hosting exclusive Next Wave Collective events, including a very special Breakfast Club in July, at a secret CBD location (read Bindi Cole’s provocation from our […]

BINGO Unit in SA

Alumni Team Mess are on the road again with their 2012  NWF project BINGO Unit, an interactive, multimedia police drama experience, inviting you to explore your inner good or bad cop. This time they’re hitting up  the Riverland area in South Australia, where once again you can play your part in the show and help film […]

Volunteer Call Out for NWF 2014!

Volunteering with Next Wave is no ordinary experience. You’ll be in cahoots with a 200 strong community of volunteers, have the opportunity to engage with our amazing program, meet great people and get behind-the-scenes experience with Australia’s leading Festival for emerging artists. We need your help across a huge spectrum of events and programs from […]

Pegboard 27 Feb is out!

The Pegboard is here and it’s practically bursting at the seams with goodies! A huge readings section, some fantastic arts opportunities and all the openings on this weekend. Check out our latest New Grand Narrative Profile, submit your memories or become part of our Artist Hub! Check it out here!

Carly Sheppard VIPA Award

A huge congratulations to 2014 Festival Artist Carly Sheppard, who is the recipient of the Victorian Indigenous Performing Arts (VIPA) Aunty Eleanor Harding Award! The award encourages and supports an emerging talent in Victorian Indigenous Theatre. The VIPA Awards are presented by ILBIJERRI Theatre, Songlines and the Melbourne Indigenous Arts Festival, celebrating the outstanding achievements in the Indigenous performing arts […]

NW picks at FOLA

Hola FOLA! The Festival of Live Art hits Melbourne in March, with 17 category-busting days of performances, experiences and happenings. The program is cracking with NW alumni,from intimate one-on-ones to dazzling show-biz spectacles. Check out our picks below, happening all over Melbourne from the 14 – 30 March. Amy Spiers (NWF 2008) and staff alumni Ashley Dyer […]

Sydney Festival Picks

We’re gearing up for summer, which means parties, sunshine and one giant rubber duck… That’s right, it’s Sydney Festival time again! Transforming the bay-side city with three weeks of high quality programming. Packed with summer fun and artistic delights, Sydney Festival will host a heap of local and international artists, including a number of Next Wave alumni. […]

More chances to work with Next Wave

We are looking for two super organised and passionate up and coming arts workers to support the Next Wave team in two distinct roles. The JUMP Program Assistant will assist with the planning and delivery of the 2014 JUMP Intensive in February 2014.Please read the full Position Description and details on how to apply here. The Admin & […]

NW at Big West

It’s time again for the Big West Festival which takes over Melbourne’s western suburbs with 10 days of cutting edge, multi-cultural and multi-artform works. A slew of NW alumni are participating in projects alongside an amazing FREE program, activating public spaces with works with, for and by the people of Melbourne’s inner west. Tamara Saulwick’s PUBLIC,  in collaboration with […]

Tiny Stadiums at PACT

The PACT Centre for Emerging Artists  Tiny Stadiums Festival is now in its 6th year and it’s stacked with Next Wave Alumni. Nat Abbott (NWF 2012, 2014) will be feeling the burn with Deep Flex, a highly physical, extra sensory episode of performance. This bendy stretchy interactive experience takes a bodybuilder, a dancer, loud music and live instructions to start […]

Text Camp 2014 Applications Open!

Applications for Text Camp 2014 are open! Next Wave’s arts writing mentorship program TEXT CAMP is back in 2014 and better than ever! The newly expanded program aims to support the next generation of arts writers in Australia by providing professional development opportunities, brokering new relationships with peers and industry professionals and offering young writers […]

Melbourne Festival Picks

We’re gearing up for a huge Melbourne Festival at NW HQ with heaps of Wavers past and present involved in shows we’re excited to catch! NW alumnus Max Delany curates Reinventing the Wheel: The Readymade Century, a tribute to  a hundred years of ready made art. Bringing together works by over 50 artists – from Duchamp […]

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 […]

Falls Festival Volunteer Call Out

It’s never too early to start planning your New Year’s Eve pash… Why not get outdoors and hear some great music while you’re at it? Our two-headed friends (we kid) down at Falls Music & Arts Festival Marion Bay are looking for fun, fabulous and hard working folks to volunteer at this year’s Tassie Festival.  If […]

NW Alumni in Melbourne Fringe

The Melbourne Fringe Festival is coming!! This years program is jam-packed with offerings from a host of NW artists past and present NWF 2012 festival hit Blindscape is back to pull you into a dark alternate world, where the boundaries between reality and technology blur. With the help of your iPod Touch, you search for […]

Pegboard 8 August

This week’s Pegboard is out and full of all kinds of arty goodness! We’ve got some sweet giveaways from friends around town and Next Wave call outs for curators and paid tweeters. That’s right, money for tweets (!!!) We’re also announcing the elephant in the room (look left) who’s joining the NWF 2014 artist clan. […]

Supper Club Live Scribes

Sweet tweeters we want YOU!  Next Wave is looking for some Live Scribes to help broadcast our Supper Club series at word recap of the whole shebang to publish  here on the Next Wave website alongside a podcast of the event. We’re looking for two Scribes for each event – Thursday 22 August and Thursday 29 August – so pick […]

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.  

Breakfast Club Podcast: Family

The theme for this week’s Breakfast Club at the Wheeler Centre was Nature Over Nuture? How does your family shape your relationship to art?  Our guest speakers Phuong Ngo, Steaphan Paton and Jo Case shared personal stories, struggles and questions to get the room talking. As usual with Breakfast Club, the conversation drifted into unexpected places covering everything from the politics […]

Alumni at Forest Fringe

  The Forest Fringe Festival in Edinburgh has launched and some of our lovely lady alumni have been announced as part of the program. Brown Council (2010) present Remembering Barbara Cleveland,  an interdisciplinary work that that focuses on the legacy of the mythic Australian performance artist. Through honouring Cleveland’s life and work, Brown Council seek to question who […]

Alumni for Underbelly Arts

Underbelly Arts have announced their complete program, featuring a whole host of  NW artists and alumni amongst 100  of Australia’s most innovative practitioners across every discipline imaginable. The artists examine the place where technology and art intersect, where ghosts and projections from generations past might lead us, and how art unfolds around us as players, viewers […]

Pegboard 13 June is Out!

Oh hi there! The Pegboard’s out and we’ve got all the goss from Emily’s latest travels around the world. There’s also playback from our most recent Breakfast Club, giveaways, suggests and a bunch of amazing initiatives to apply for. So what are you waiting for? Get in on it here!

Breakfast Club Podcast: Media

Yesterday we kicked off the first of our four-part weekly Breakfast Club series at the Wheeler Centre with a sprawling discussion around how the shifting media landscape affects what we imagine led by provocateurs Giselle Stanborough, Matt Blackwood and Jessica Alice. To supplement the live events and bring our online audience into the conversation, we’ll be posting the […]

NW Artists for Force Majeure’s Cultivate

Congratulations to Kickstarter Ghenoa Gela and 2012 alumna Samantha Williams have been selected as part of Cultivate: Force Majeure’s unique lab-style workshop giving choreographers, directors, dancers and performers direct experience with the company. Cultivate aims to stimulate participants to thoroughly investigate their own concepts and the possible directions that their practice can take. Participants will […]

Pegboard May 30 is Out!

Phew! The Pegboard is out! With all your important info, including the chance to get your hands on some superb art, get involved in some passionate discussion and even get Online Pokies on board the good ship Next Wave as one of our Live Scribes! There’s also all the suggests, call outs and recommendations your […]

Live Scribe call-out

Are you a sweet tweeter? Next Wave is looking for some Live Scribes to help share our June Over Time chat with our speakers and wrap it all up with a 100 word recap of the whole shebang for our website. We’re looking for two Scribes for each event, so pick a topic and have breakfast with […]

Creative Nonfiction’s Radio With Pictures

Last year, some of our amazing Kickstart artists from Creative Nonfiction helped to create Radio with Pictures, an audio-visual homage to the age-old craft of storytelling. Part radio show, part comic strip – the project united writers, radio producers, comic and graphic artists to tell stories through sight and sound. Footage from their inaugural show […]

Alumni remounts at Performance Space

Performance Space present their new season SHOW OFF over June-July, and it’s an awesome colour-blasted, over-caffeinated, attention-deficit run of performances. It also features remounts of some very special 2012 NWF hits. Once again formulaic limits of narrative and fueled by doughnuts and coffee. Green Room award nominated Justin Shoulder leads you through the Land of One […]

Pegboard 16 May is out!

Our latest Pegboard is out with some very special news, we’ve selected 6 amazing projects to be a part of the 2014 Festival! There’s also some great shows to see, Kickstart artists and alumni doing their thing, opportunities for artists and just a little bit of Bowie. Get all the goss here!

Festival Artists Announced

We’re absolutely delighted to announce the six new Festival artists recently selected by our unique response to our Festival theme and a sense of adventure, sensitivity and inquisitiveness that we adore.  We can’t wait to share their projects with you.  And in the mean time, learn a little more about each of them here: Jackson […]

Green Room Award Winners

A huge congratulations to all this year’s Green Room Award recipients! Special ups go out to Dan Koop and the crew from 2012 festival highlight The Stream / The Boat / The Shore / The Bridge, as well as some of our other talented alumni, Zoe Scoglio,  Antony Hamilton and Alisdair Macindoe. Nice work! ALTERNATIVE & HYBRID PERFORMANCE Outstanding […]

Ash Keating wins Guirguis New Art Prize

A huge congratulations to 2008 NWF alum, the work took eight hours to complete. West Park Proposition  has been acquired by the NGV and the Monash Museum of Art and will be on display, alongside the other shortlisted artists at the Post Office Gallery, University of Ballarat and the Art Gallery of Ballarat. More Info

Hot Tips for Festival Applications

With just 2 weeks before the 2014 Festival application deadline, we’ve compiled some tips to help you write an awesome app. Some of these tips were covered off in our online briefing sessions, which you can view online here if you missed out. Hot Tip #1: Respond to the theme. Tell us how your project connects to New […]

Festival Application Briefings

We are now calling for projects to be a part of the 2014 Next Wave Festival, 1 – 11 May in Melbourne, Australia. Artists participating in Next Wave’s programs receive artistic and producing guidance from our expert staff, brokerage into funding and presentation contexts, and connections and feedback from like-minded peers across the country. We […]

Next Wave at Dance Massive

We’re gearing up for a month of amazing dance works with Dance Massive 2013. The program spans a range of venues including Arts House, Dancehouse and Malthouse Theatre and features stacks of past and present NW artists. Natalie Abbott is re-mounting her NWF2012 work Physical Fractals with current kickstart artist Sarah Aiken, and Atlanta Eke […]

Next Wave Green Room Nominations

A huge congratulations to our eight 2012 Festival Artists nominated for Green Room Awards! Alternative & Hybrid Performance: OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION The River Eats – Justin Shoulder OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION – CREATIVE AGENCY FOR AUDIENCES Bingo Unit – Team Mess Flyway – Elizabeth Dunn The Stream/The Boat/The Shore – Dan Koop INNOVATION AND EXCELLENCE IN CIRCUS Blindscape – […]

Emily Sexton at NGV Sunday

Our very own Artistic Director Emily Sexton joins a group of Melbourne movers and shakers this Sunday at the NGV to speak at ultimately the forward-thinking solutions for urban life. Who and what will be the drivers of Melbourne culture in the future? Presented by Daniel Browning, Radio National, see the NGV website or visit […]

Pegboard 7 February

The first Feb Pegboard is out, highlighting amazing art events and opportunities around the traps this month. We’ve revealed some spicy new acts to add to the Feb, so be sure to stop by – we’ll be eating, drinking and soaking up the courtyard tunes and pop up art from 2pm. Read on for all […]

Volunteers Wanted!

We are looking for superstar volunteers to assist in the running of our upcoming Next Wave Social! This special event will be held at Northcote Town Hall, 189 High Street on Saturday 23 February 2pm to 1am. We require volunteers to assist with: -Bar (current RSA required) -Technical/Production support -Crowd management -General and good vibes […]

First Pegboard of 2013 is OUT

Here’s it is, your our very first NATIONAL EMERGING ARTISTS WEEK next month. Read on to find out how you can get involved… Read more

Intern with Next Wave!

Wanna work with Next Wave? We’ve got 2 awesome internships going! Both are volunteer positions, and would suit arts management or communications students seeking work placement. Marketing & Development Intern We’re looking for a super savvy writer to assist the Marketing & Development Manager with the implementation of marketing activities as well as administration for […]

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.

Pegboard 13 December

  Here it is, keep your mind stimulated and your body sheltered from the unforgiving sun. See you in 2013! More info

un Mag launch(es)

  Melbourne’s leading independent contemporary art magazine has a new issue out, and they’re celebrating with not one, but TWO launch parties in Melbourne and Sydney this week. They’ll be plenty of booze, hipsters and fresh-off-the-press un love to go around. So whether you’re naughty or nice, Sydney-sider or Melbournian, get in on the action. […]

Next Wave Holiday Hiatus

  It’s been an amazing year but we’re pooped and ready for some R&R. We’re talking icy poles, beach cricket and good old fashioned Aussie BBQs. Next Wave HQ will be closed from Saturday 22 Dec, reopening Monday 7 January 2013. See you in 2013!

Pegboard 29 November 2012

  The latest Pegboard is out featuring talks about town with Artistic Program Manager Serena Bentley, Dance Massive 2013 and a slew of NW Alumni doing exciting things across the country. Read on to find out more, sweat over giveaways and get your muggy hands on some special offers. Check it out here.

Serena talks the talk

Our own Artistic Program Manager Serena Bentley tackles the question What makes a good photograph? at CCPs Kodak Salon 2012 program next week. Joined by a photography editor, curators, designers, a creative director, writers and artists, each speaker will have 7 minutes to make a case for their favourite snap.

Help Metro Arts make space for artists

  Our creative partners Metro Arts are in the home stretch of their Pozible campaign to raise funds for improving their digs and providing even more amazing support for artists. With 6 days to go and just under $1000 needed to meet their target, the time to make a tangible impact on Brisbane’s most influential […]

NW Alumni at Blindside

  How do we define work done for a reward other than money? Where does work end and leisure begin? The Specialists examines how artistic labour operates for these female Melbourne-based artists and collectives including Next Wave Alumni TLR Collective’s Bronwyn Bailey-Charteris and Briony Galligan, Melissa Deerson and Katie Sfetkidis who have come together to […]

Pegboard 11 October

  The first Pegboard of October (is it really Spring?) is online with Melbourne Fringe wrapping up and Melbourne Festival opening tonight, there’s heaps to see here in Melbourne and across the country. We’ve also got the usual smattering of giveaways, call outs and special events, so get into it people!  

NW Alumnus appointed AD of Arena Theatre

Big ups to Christian Leavesley for his appointment as incoming Artistic Director of Arena Theatre Company! A previous Next Wave artist and curatorial advisor, Christian has garnered critical and industry praise for his experiments in generating new theatrical form and new styles of artistic collaboration.

Alice Lang at Inflight

  Teetering at the Edge of Rock Bottom presents a new body of work by NW Alumnus Alice Lang (LEVEL ARI) which explores how objects achieve public and personal meaning through the emotions, latent memories or meanings imbued in their material. The installation translates an idea of psychological space into the gallery to create an […]

Casey Ayers’ TUNC at OK

  Tunc, a clipping from a Latin phrase meaning ‘then’ continues NW alumnus Casey Ayres’ investigation into beauty and mythology. Extending his photographic practice into a series of repurposed, sculptural ‘props,’ Ayres’ draws an uneasy line between autobiography and fiction, altering and documenting his immediate surroundings as a set pursuant of a heightened, cinematic narrative […]

HMM.. Experimenta talk with Ben Kolaitis

  On the 25 October, Rod Cooper joined by NW Alumus Ben Kolaitis and an assortment of Handmade Instrument builders will explore the realm of performance and compositional structure as a part of Experimenta’s Speak to me Program at RMIT Gallery. HMM… Hand Made Music is a celebration of all things handmade within instrument building, design and […]

NW Alumni in Weather at Melbourne Festival

  Melbourne Festival is upon us and amongst the wealth of exciting art on offer, Lucy Guerin’s Weather is sure to be a highlight of this year’s dance program. Featuring NW alumni Alisdair Macindoe, Harriet Ritchie, Lee Serle and Lilian Steiner alongside Talitha Maslin and Kirstie McCracken, Weather is a dynamic expression of the tides, the winds, the sun and […]

Pegboard 27 September

The 27 September issue of Pegboard is online now. This edition sees Serena writing to you from NSW where our dream team have been meeting up with a bunch of young and emerging artists keen to jump on board for next year’s Kickstart program. Full to online pokie machine games the brim as always, in this week’s […]

Serena at RMIT

 Next week Serena is talking all things Kickstart at the RMIT Professional Development Opportunities Seminar for both undergraduate and post-graduate RMIT students across all disciplines in the arts. This semester RMIT Link is exploring Mentorship programs and Serena will be speaking along with Bronwyn Bailey-Charteris from Melbourne Fringe and Simon Pericich from First Site. For more info, visit rmit.edu.au/link […]

More Kickstart briefings announced

Good news Sydney and Adelaide folk – we’ll be in your hood in the next few weeks to talk all things Kickstart! Next Wave’s Kickstart program is money, time and space for artists to dream larger than they ever have before. Want the low-down on the where, when, who and why? There’s no better way […]

Pegboard 13 September 2012

The 13 September issue of Pegboard is online now. This one is bursting with lots of exciting news from Next Wave HQ including brand spanking new Kickstart briefing dates and the low down on NW delivering Jump 2013. Read on to find out about all the exciting things our alumni have been getting up to, […]

Next Wave to Jump in 2013

  We are super proud to announce that Next Wave has been selected to partner with the Australia Council for the Jump Mentoring Program in 2013! Here at Next Wave we’re all about helping artists build sustainable careers. We’re excited to include Jump in our suite of robust and dynamic development programs. Through this program […]

Kickstart Open and 2014 Theme

  This is exciting! Today we launch our search for young and emerging artists across the country who are keen to be part of the next Next Wave. We are opening applications for Kickstart 2013, our flagship artist development program. Kickstart is money, time, space and guidance for artists to make their most extraordinary idea […]

Kickstart Briefings!

Next Wave’s Kickstart program is money, time and space for artists to dream larger than they ever have before. Want the low-down on the where, when, who and why? There’s no better way than actually coming and talking to us about it. And if you’re feeling a little shy, why not use the comfort of […]

Next Wave gets Pinteresting

  Just can’t get enough of us? Always left wanting just a little bit more? Fear not- we now have our very own Pinterest page! We know what you’re thinking – what do wedding dresses and dream homes have to do with Next Wave? Well this is no ordinary Pinterest page. Here you can see what our […]

30 August Pegboard

  The last Pegboard of winter is online now! And it’s packed with information on Kickstart 2013, PINTERESTing news, events, giveaways and other goodies. Check it out here now.

Pegboard 16 August

The 16 August edition of Pegboard is now online. As always this one is packed full of goodies, get your mitts on tickets to Theatreworks and Malthouse’s latest shows, make yourself comfy at BUS Projects and let Elizabeth Willing get your tummy grumbling. Plus Serena gives us the run down on her residency at Cemeti Art House, […]

Gut Feeling at Metro Arts

  NW alumnus Elizabeth Willing knows the way to our hearts here at NW HQ is through our stomachs, and her latest exhibition looks set to woo us yet again. Gut Feeling sees Willing continue her gastronomical exploration, this time delving into the anxieties and beliefs surrounding feeding and food in a society becoming increasingly […]

TV Dinners at BUS Projects

  Head out for a night in at BUS Projects’ as they transform their gallery space into a familiar lounge room for their latest exhibition TV Dinners. Presenting recent works by young British and Australian artists and art collectives, including Next Wave alumni LuckyPDF and Soda_Jerk, TV Dinners explores the flourishing relationship between television and […]

Pegboard 2 August

  The 2 August edition of Pegboard is now online. There’s a stack of things in this fortnight’s Pegboard for artists and art-lovers: residencies in Adelaide and Asia, opportunities to see art, buy art, read about art and talk about it. Find out about our Project Room at Melbourne Art Fair and more Next Wave alumni shows.

Next Wave project room at MAF on now

  Melbourne Art Fair kicked off last night, with the city’s arts-going community toasting the work of over 900 artists at the Royal Exhibition Building. Next Wave has curated a Project Room at MAF, showcasing the work of NWF 2012 artist Renee Cosgrave. The Project Rooms, hosted by galleries and festivals from Australia and New […]

NO SHOW residency at Next Wave

  We’ve got NO SHOW over at our place while they work on an exciting new production, to debut at Melbourne Fringe Festival in September. Creators of hit interactive show Shotgun Wedding at NWF 2012, NO SHOW are now in residence at Next Wave, getting spooky while they develop their new show The Séance. More

Esther Stewart – The Ob

  Curated by Illustrator Simon Murray of Ink and Pixels, our own Next Wave alumnus Esther Stewart is the next lass to take on The Obüs Wall Project challenge. Providing female artists with the opportunity to create a site-specific large-scale work, the sixth and final installment of the project pokies online will see Esther draw […]

Alive & Well @ Firstdraft

  Next week Sydney based not-for-profit organisation Firstdraft are holding Alive & Well: The 2012 Firstdraft Art Auction. Up for auction for one night only will be the works of exciting emerging and established artists, including Next Wave alumni Bababa International, Di Smith, Hossein Ghaemi, Jodie Whalen, Kelly Doley, Robin Hungerford and Tom Polo. All […]

Joseph L. Griffiths August exhibitions x2

  The beautiful, ominous structures of Next Wave alumni Joseph L. Griffiths are appearing in two exhibitions in Geelong in August. Griffiths’ handmade, makeshift dwellings Shelters dotted around the pre-fabricated world of Docklands in Melbourne for NWF 2012. Griffiths’ work will appear in Geelong Regional Artists Exhibition at Gordon Gallery before his complementary drawings appear […]

Assemble Papers – The culture of living closer together

  Architecture, design and property development trailblazers Assemble launch their online publication Assemble Papers tonight at their new Northcote studio. Focused on small footprint living, Assemble Papers seeks to appeal to both sides of your noggin, offering a thoughtful, considered and practical approach to the clutter of contemporary life. Inside their digital pages you’ll find […]

Public Forum: Community, Art, Dialogue and Conversation @ VCA

VCA’s Public Forum: Community, Art, Dialogue and Conversation, is offering the opportunity to engage with a host of artists, including Next Wave alumnus Kate Sulan (Rawcus Theatre) and visiting UK performance artist Rajni Shah, for an evening of discussion. The night will focus on projects and ideas connected to community and arts practice, and with free […]

Applespiel @ Carriageworks

  This week Next Wave alumni Applespiel premier their brand new work Applespiel Make A Band And Take On The Recording Industry, at Carriageworks, Sydney. Developed at Performance Space in 2011, the show charts the collective’s fictional rise into rock stardom, as they make, promote and perform an album. The highs and Generic Cialis lows […]

Pegboard 19 July

  The 19 July edition of Pegboard is now online. It’s Christmas in July so hang your stocking over the artificial fireplace and stuff it full of the exciting events coming up, including Marcin Wojcik and Cialis Rachael Haynes at BUS Projects, Renee Cosgrave in our Project Room at Melbourne Art Fair 2012, plus plenty more. […]

Emily Sexton and The Resonance Project

  Next Wave Artistic Director Emily Sexton will join The Resonance Project Forum this Saturday 21 July – a public discussion with writers, bloggers and performing-arts makers examining current practices in arts writing. Hosted Generic Cialis by UK-based writer Theron Schmidt, The Resonance Project, as part of Arts House’s Season Two program, explores the evolving […]

North Melburnians: join The Democratic Set

  Do you live, play or work in North Melbourne? Arts House wants you for The Democratic Set. The Next Wave staff will be there, representing North Melbourne, and getting busy with the Back to Back Theatre team. As part of Generic Levitra the project, you’ll develop and film your very own 15 second creation […]

Next Wave artists in Melbourne Art Fair

  Melbourne Art Fair returns to the grand old Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens in 2 weeks. The Project Rooms at MAF are an opportunity to showcase the work of the up-and-coming generation of artists from Australia and New Levitra Online Zealand. This year, Next Wave is curating a Project Room, presenting the work […]

Wojcik + Haynes in BUS

  This year, BUS Projects presents a Project Room at Melbourne Art Fair, showcasing the structural creations of Next Wave alumnus Marcin Wojcik. This month BUS has brought Marcin together with Chris Bond (who exhibited at MAF 2004) for a parallel exhibition, Method. Each artist has selected greatest oral hgh hits from the other’s catalogue […]

Time Machine in Sydney

  The inaugural TIME MACHINE festival is on now at venues around Sydney, presented by Serial Space. Featuring time-based works by more than 50 Australian and International artists, the program brings together everything from a microsynth-making workshop to a park audio-lecture tour. NWF 2012 artists Alex Cuffe and Ben Kolaitis will be Volume Pills exhibiting […]

8 hours in Screen Space

  NWF 2012 artist Michelle Sakaris continues her exploration of ritual and tradition with Monument to the 8-hour day at Screen Space this month. Questions of what is work and what is non-work, and what place art has within the division, is central to the project. Comprised electronic cigarette company of a series of performances […]

Pegboard 7 July

  The 7 July 2012 edition of our Pegboard is now online. Boy, it’s chilly but there are some hot hot shows on this month, including The Greater Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere on revolver electronic cigarettes the road, Tiffany Singh in the Biennale of Sydney and Zoe Scoglio at Meat Market. We profile them all and give you […]

fifteen weaves into Brisbane Festival

  Liesel Zink’s fifteen, developed as part of Kickstart and presented at NWF 2012, will be weaving through a new audience in Brisbane this September. Featuring as part of Under the Radar at Brisbane Festival, fifteen brings fluid choreography to an Electronic Cigarette unusual stage – the space between commuters in rush hour pedestrian traffic. […]

Shifting Ground @ Meat Market

  Arts House Meat Market gets geological later this month with Shifting Ground, an installation/performance work by NW Alumnus Zoe Scoglio. The boundaries between human and rock fall away in this new work as physical transformations mirror our own transformations, exploring the idea that Online Blackjack all forms are temporal and metamorphic. Sights and sounds map […]

Pegboard 21 June

  The about Next Wave alumni shows around Australia, exciting art news and opportunities, and a giveaway from Melbourne Recital Centre. Read on for more!

Next Wave artists in SafARI 2012

  SafARI, the unofficial fringe event to the Biennale of Sydney, is on again this year, redirecting some of the intense attention on Sydney to the work of exciting emerging artists. Crossing disciplines of sound, performance, installation, sculpture, painting, photography and new media, the 16 emerging and unrepresented Australian artists, including Next Wave Festival 2012 […]

Alive! 20 years of Dancehouse

  Dancehouse marks its 20 year anniversary with a rare and suitably immense production. Alive! presents 20 of the most significant works Dancehouse has produced and supported since 1992 from 20 celebrated choreographers including Next Wave alumni Deanne Butterworth, Nat Cursio, Jo Lloyd, Sandra Parker, Phoebe Robinson and Paul Romano. Billed as a mini-festival, each […]

Solstice

  The season one closing party of Arts House, Solstice, is a party of experiments, an experiment of a party. Local artists, including Next Wave alumni Tristan Meecham, Brooke Stamp, Matthew Day, Fiona Bryant and Zoe Scoglio, mark the return to longer days by testing new ideas and sparking imaginations in an atmosphere of celebration […]

Exploration of Infinity Within Small Spaces @ Eckersleys Gallery

  Eckersley’s Open Space Gallery (behind the Eckersley’s store on Franklin Street) hosts Exploration of Infinity Within Small Spaces, a group exhibition by emerging artists in their second year in the Australian Academy of Design Visual Art program. Featuring nine young artists including Next Wave Festival 2012 Ringleader Shivanjani Lal, the exhibition explores the infinite […]

Pegboard 7 June

  The 7 June 2012 edition of our Pegboard is now online. Your Pegboard will always be here with art news and opportunities worth knowing about! Read on for TWO great giveaways, a video peek into our Day Passes, opportunities closing soon and much more. Plus, find out how you can help us make the next Next […]

Our Day Pass video

  We’ve crammed all the goodness of a Day Pass into a three minute video. The Day Pass was an innovation in this year’s festival – curated, day-long excursions through the NWF 2012 program to share with friends and fellow art lovers, from morning to evening with plenty of pit-stops in between. Follow the journey […]

Help shape the next Next Wave Festival

  We need some help from the members of our Next Wave community. We want to hear how you went at NWF 2012 so we can be better next time. Tell us what was great and what wasn’t so great. We will read your feedback. We won’t sell your details. So, please, make a cup […]

Next Wave @ Melbourne Art Fair

  Melbourne Art Fair takes over the Royal Exhibition Building once again this August. This year, we’re on board to curate a project room. NWF 2012 artist Renee Cosgrave will display work as part of this showcase of the next generation of artists. Get under the dome and see it all from 2-5 August.

Text Camp works

  Here’s a wrap up of the great work by our Text Camp emerging writers, written during NWF 2012. In partnership with the Emerging Writers’ Festival, we brought six emerging arts writers together with mentors from Real Time, Ampersand, Blackmail, Art Guide, Crikey and The Thousands to provide focused mentoring advice and fostering lasting relationships. […]

Sweet Child of Mine

  Tiny Stadiums 2012 at PACT gets the sweet honesty of Next Wave alumnus Bron Batten for a few more days. The award-winning Sweet Child of Mine is an earnest, hilarious, tongue-in-cheek personal history, featuring Batten’s own parents live on stage. Plus, you can catch it in a double bill ticket with NWF 2012 show […]

New season @ Arts House

  Arts House is importing some precious gems for the second half of 2012. The July-December program has just been released and features some exciting shows including a knowing take on Hell House, a contemporary Wunderkammer and the Other Film Festival. The program also boasts a bunch of Next Wave alumni including Black Lung Theatre, […]

See you in 2014!

We wrapped up Next Wave Festival 2012 with a pop up food and art extravaganza at the iconic Queen Victoria Market last night. We danced, we ate, we drank potions, grazed on edible installations and enjoyed the last bite of the festival together, with our friends and community. THANK YOU for making this real.

Pegboard – Day 9

  The Day 9 Pegboard is now online. The final day of NWF2012! But it’s not over yet!!! There’s still plenty on offer today before it all wraps up. Read on for more info on shows for today. And make sure you join us for our closing night party at Queen Victoria Market, Fresh Produce – your last […]

Bone Library and Shelters special events

  Sarah-Jane Norman has been engraving a complete dictionary of “extinct” Indigenous Australian languages onto the prepared bones of sheep and beef cattle in a confronting durational performance within City Library. Visit Bone Library today to become a public trustee of one of the bones. A national registry will be created for the public record, […]

Fresh Produce closing party tonight

  Don’t miss the free closing party of NWF 2012 from 8pm-10.30pm tonight at your insides while a celebratory survey of delectable contemporary art amazes your eyeballs. Expect cake, porcine performances, edible installations, carotene cocktails and…more cake! Come at 8 and stay late for the Mercat Cross after party.

Pegboard – Day 8

  The Day 8 Pegboard is now online. Welcome to the final weekend! And if you think it’s winding down…think again. This weekend will be firing until the very last minute. With incredible shows to see all over town, free events at Wake Up, sunset celebrations and a online pokie games huge closing party at Queen Victoria Market, […]

Creo Nova steamboat cruise tickets available

  Tickets are still available for, and you may remember some of their creations being whirled at the close of our opening night House Party. This is the final Creo Nova cruise so book now! And what classier way to finish up your festival experience than a steamboat cruise?

Fresh Produce, the last bite of NWF2012

  This SUNDAY head to the iconic Queen Victoria Market for your last bite of Next Wave Festival 2012, kicking off at 8pm with a celebratory survey of delectable contemporary art. So skip MasterChef and join us for edible installations, poultry-inspired performances, succulent screenings, carotene cocktails, live art with CAKE and more! Dotted with wine […]

Pegboard – Day 7

  The Day 7 Pegboard is now online. We’re full steam towards the final weekend of the festival! Head to the calendar for shows to see today and book out your weekend, morning to evening. Surely the rest of the world can wait until next week? It’s time to go to Next Wave with your pals! Today’s Pegboard […]

Extra Blindscape show announced

  The scheduled season of Blindscape has sold out. However, if you’re on the hunt for a ticket to this exciting new performance, an extra show has just been announced for 2pm, Saturday 26 May at Arts House, Meat Market. Tickets are limited. This is your last chance to score a ticket and experience this […]

Pegboard – Day 6

  The Day 6 Pegboard is now online. Get your kicks on Day 6. From iPhone illuminated circus to taste testing with the Shaman, NWF2012 has a greater variety of kicks than a stony-faced Steven Seagal on a US Navy battleship. And more shows are fresh outta the kitchen, including The Exchange Program 2 and BINGO Unit’s […]

Pegboard – Day 5

  The Day 5 Pegboard is now online. Here we stand, midway through NWF 2012. That means, after today, there’s only four more days to get your fill of the next wave of contemporary art until 2014. Woah, what a long time to wait. Read ya Pegboard for info on Food for Thought talks, tonight’s Wake Up party, […]

Wake Up party tonight

  Tonight we’ll all be zeroing in on West Space for the very special Wake Up party from 7pm. Wake Up is our art club for NWF 2012 and tonight we celebrate with free shows, cheap drinks, banging DJs and smooth dancing. Plus, we’ll be kicking on at The Carlton later with even more DJs […]

Text Camp – published work so far

  Our Text Camp emerging writers have been hard at work, slaving over their keyboards and monitors in between shows at NWF 2012. And they’ve got the proof. Articles written by our Text Campers have begun to appear in print and online publications. Here is a selection of mid-festival work by the Text Camp scribes. […]

Food for Thought talks

  Food for Thought has taken over the stunning view at Footscray Community Arts Centre with a standing exhibition and dinner parties on until 27 May. Drawing inspiration from Judy Chicago’s seminal artwork ‘The Dinner Party’, LEVEL ARI are bringing people together at the dinner table to create discussions about women and feminism. But that’s […]

Pegboard – Day 4

  The Day 4 Pegboard is now online. 3 days down and it’s been HUGE but there’s plenty to look forward to this week, with more shows opening, and lots to see and do all day long. As always, peruse your Pegboard and get staff picks for shows we’ve seen and loved, as well as the full rundown […]

Pegboard – Day 3

  The Day 3 Pegboard is now online. Opening weekend is down and you now have only seven days to catch all that is daisy fuentes pokies NWF 2012. In today’s Pegboard, our Residents offer some picks and we update you on today’s free events at Wake Up and around town.

MISSING: 1,000 BELLS

  On the evening of Saturday 19 May, 1,000 vanished from the Elm Tree in City Square. But we’re not crying foul – they were left there precisely to vanish. On the weekend, people from all walks of life visited the tree and took a bell, as volume pills canada part of Drums Between The […]

The Give us a Look schedule

  The schedule of live, free events for Give us a Look at Dear Patti Smith is now available. It all kicks off tomorrow and you’re invited to turn up and tune into the NWF 2012 with Monte Masi. A durational performance work and exhibition project presented by Monte Masi (in collaboration with Nick Moss […]

Pegboard – Day 2

  The Day 2 Pegboard is now online. Be ready for what’s on offer today. In today’s Pegboard, we hand-pick some more shows for you and keep you up to date on free events at Wake Up and around town.

Cash sales on the door

  Tickets have just become available on the door for tonight’s performances of the following shows. First in best dressed! Blindscape Wintering PHYSICAL FRACTALS

Pegboard – Day 1

  The Day 1 Pegboard is now online. We’ll be sending out a Pegboard every day of the festival to keep you up to date on what’s on. In today’s Pegboard, we profile more day passes, offer some staff picks and let you know what’s on at Wake Up and GACPS.

The calendar is your best friend

  A huge, mixed bag of shows open tonight. If you haven’t realised already, the calendar is the best place to go if you’re picking shows on the day. Head there to find out what’s on each day of the festival. Click on each day to expand and collapse the lists, and click through to […]

What’s on at GACPS

  Here’s a rundown of what’s on at The Greater Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere today. View the Official Cultural Program each day of the festival to find out what’s on. And follow the ambassadors on Twitter and facebook.   Opening Blessing of the Greater Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere and Day 1 of the embassy program. 1.30pm GACPS […]

More Day Pass profiles

  Day Pass 6 Day Pass 6 on Thursday 24 May will transport you into fantastic worlds and new perspectives. Contemplate globalisation and the rising Asian empire over coffee before following the crescendo of chiming bells to City Square. Then scoot over to Fed Square and glimpse psychedelic sound craters through fractured glass. From here […]

Pegboard – 2012 Opening Night

  The Opening Night edition of our Pegboard is now online. Read all about tonight’s house party, Wake Up trailers, profiles on Day Passes and staff picks. SEE YOU TONIGHT!

House Party tonight yo

  Next Wave Festival 2012 kicks off at 6.30pm tonight at Footscray Community Arts Centre. We’re throwing a house party and you’re invited to search through our cupboards, flip through our records and crash on our couch. Just kidding. This will be a bit better than your buddy’s house party on Elgin Street. We’ve got […]

WAKE UP at West Space

  Wake Up and wait for the sun to rise…500 methods for a new beginning is our collaborative keynote project on at West Space every day of NWF 2012. We asked 100 bright minds to come up with methods for a new beginning. Then we handed those methods to 5 exciting, emerging artist collectives. Now […]

Day Pass profiles

  Day Pass 3 Day Pass 3 on Monday 21 May is a big-un! Starting at Breakfast Club in The Wheeler Centre, you’ll soak up thoughts about how artists can communicate about poverty, in conversation with The Oaktree Foundation. From there, it’s off to The Greater Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere Sports Day at NGV Studio in […]

Our Text Camp writers

  Our emerging writers program, Text Camp, is in full swing. Many Text Campers have even begun writing about Next Wave within their mentors’ publications already. Get to know our Text Camp writers and look out for their insights on NWF 2012 in Real Time, The Blackmail, Ampersand, Art Guide, The Thousands and Crikey.   […]

STAFF PICK: FLYWAY

  NW Marketing Assistant Sean says… “FLYWAY takes a small group of travellers on a path from Carlton to Docklands. Armed with binoculars and headphones, each traveller is enveloped in a lush soundscape and led to special moments dotted along the path. Elizabeth Dunn has created a work about migratory birds that isn’t only for […]

STAFF PICK: Shotgun Wedding

  NW Associate Producer Kristy says… “Shotgun Wedding – Ah yes. Oh my goddah! If you don’t have ticket for this show. GET ONE. QUICKLY! Take your friends, your partner, your mum, your dog. Maybe not your dog unless it’s very small, and enjoys what is a truly explosive 2 hours of hurrah, whoop and […]

STAFF PICK: PHYSICAL FRACTALS

  NW Executive Director, Paul says… “PHYSICAL FRACTALS is a mesmerising dance work that sucks the audience into a succinct world of rhythm, repetition and synchronisation. Dancer/Choreographer Nat Abbott manipulates the live sound, created by the two performers, to create a self perpetuating sound track that helps to fracture our sense of time. At certain […]

Low Down on Next Wave’s House Party

  Next Wave Festival 2012 opens on Friday, 18 May with the Next Wave House Party – the super-def, throwdown jizzam of the year. We’ll be filling every nook and cranny of Footscray Community Arts Centre with art, performance, games, cheap drinks, food and friends. THE LOW DOWN Packed out with performances, installations and party games. […]

Atlanta Eke at Dancehouse salon

  Next Wave artist Atlanta Eke and her NWF 2012 project Monster Body, will be the topic of conversation at Dancehouse’s bi-monthly series of informal talks – Simone’s Boudoir. Discussion will be inspired by Atlanta’s explorations of the monstrous representations of the female body and how they articulate with notions of feminism. Turn up and have […]

Pegboard 10 May

  The 10 May 2012 edition of our Pegboard is now online. Read all about the Wake Up program at West Space – our art club for NWF 2012. Plus news about Day Pass perks, our new map and more. ONE WEEK TO GO!

Next Wave starts next week

  Next week! From 19 to 27 May, Next Wave Festival 2012 will host the most exciting emerging artists from around Australia plus special guests from overseas. 38 projects, over 600 artists, many unusual locations all over Melbourne. And…you. Next Wave isn’t a festival where you see a show or two and head home. We […]

Map hitting the streets

  Our Next Wave magazine has been out and about for weeks. It’s a flip-through introduction to our artists, a way to excite and inspire. This week we’re releasing the super-functional companion – our fold-out map of NWF 2012. Pick one up, drop it in your bag and have all the info you need as […]

Day Pass Perks

  We’re thrilled to announce the goodies each lucky Day Pass holder will receive on their day with Next Wave. Thanks to our friends at Crumpler, each Day Passer gets a Tuft pouch – a rugged, go anywhere pouch to keep your best things at your fingertips and scratches at bay. It’s water resistant, it attaches […]

Wake Up program announced!

  We’re pumped for WAKE UP AND WAIT FOR THE SUN TO RISE at West Space, not only because it’ll be our Art Club – a place for audiences, artists, residents and all comers and goers to meet, talk and party during the festival – but also because we’ll have some white-hot work going on […]

Preview 2014 teaser

  We’re putting on a festival right now but we’re already thinking about what we want for the 2014 festival. We’re living now and in the future to make the very best possible for the next Next Wave. Preview 2014 is a special commission and the first stage of a new collaboration between dancer Paul […]

Introducing, The Residents

  This week we introduce Residents Laura McDermott of Fierce Festival; Ben Pryor of American Realness; Indonesian curator Alia Swastika; and Inza Lim of Seoul Marginal Theatre Festival. The Residents will be arriving next week and shacking up at the swish Art Series Hotel, The Cullen, for the duration of the festival. LAURA MCDERMOTT Laura […]

Pegboard 26 April

  The 26 April 2012 edition of our Pegboard is now online. Inside you’ll find an invitation to our opening night house party, opportunities to photograph or perform in Next Wave Festival 2012, as well as upcoming events and arts-related opportunities. Plus much more.

Call out: Photographers for NWF 2012

  We’re seeking three photographers to document the Next Wave Festival 2012 between 19-27 May. We need images that capture everything unique about our artists, our audiences and our festival. This is a unique opportunity to build your portfolio as you’ll be compiling images over a variety of genres, styles and locations. Established photographers with […]

Introducing, The Residents

  This week we introduce Residents Harun Morrison, Fierce Festival Co-Director; Ianto Ware of Renew Adelaide; and Chinese artist Ma Yongfeng…   HARUN MORRISON Harun Morrison has been Joint Artistic Director of Fierce Festival with Laura McDermott since Autumn 2009. Harun was formerly a producer part-time at BAC, London and has worked as a freelance producer […]

Wake Up in residence

  Five young, emerging artist collectives from Australia and the UK have now taken up residence in Melbourne, creating work for one of our exciting keynote projects. We call it Wake up and wait for the sun to rise…500 methods for a new beginning. We asked 100 of Australia’s brightest thinkers to imagine these methods […]

Emerging art and fashion worlds collide

Well Autumn has (finally) arrived in Melbourne and independent designers Kerry Findlow and Nyssa Narrow are here to help festival-goers, including AD Emily Sexton, dress in style this season.

Food for Thought banner making workshop

  Next Wave artists LEVEL will be conducting workshops for women in Brisbane and Melbourne in the lead up to the Festival. The banners created in the workshops will be integrated into Food for Thought at Footscray Community Arts Centre. The workshops are free and open to all women who would like to share their […]

Talk about a bubble

  This evening’s offering in Open Late on Thursdays at the Institute of Modern Art is Has the Brisbane ARI Bubble Burst? – a panel discussion on the rise and fall of Brisbane’s artist-run initiatives. Featuring Next Wave artist Rachael Haynes along with Chris Bennie (MSSR), Brooke Ferguson (Current Projects), Grant Stevens (formerly The Farm), […]

You’re invited – Next Wave Opening

  Join us for the opening of Next Wave Festival 2012 with the super-def, throwdown jizzam of the year. At Footscray Community Arts Centre, Friday 18 May from 6.30pm. View the Next Wave House Party invite online. And this is just one of many parties in the program. Mark your diaries!

Call out: volunteer performers for Wheyface

  Daniel Santangeli is seeking volunteers to perform in Wheyface between 19-27 May at Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall. 15 enthusiastic people are needed for the 8 performances. Each volunteer performer will be cast in a non-speaking role. You will only need to perform simple movement-based tasks. You don’t need to have any acting […]

Pegboard 12 April

  The 12 April 2012 edition of our Pegboard is now online. Inside you’ll find information about the opening of Bellowing Echoes on 19 April, how to get your sleuth on in BINGO Unit, as well as upcoming events and arts-related opportunities. Plus much more.

Book like a boss

Tickets are now on sale and selling fast! Visit the program and browse the Day Passes to work out your mix of shows over those nine days of mind-blowing contemporary art in May.

Bellowing Echoes opening at Gertrude

Next Wave Festival 2012 curators Bronwyn Bailey-Charteris and Marcel Cooper get off to an early start next week with the opening of their project Bellowing Echoes at Gertrude Contemporary at 6pm, 19 April.

Susie Bubble in Australia

  Susie Lau pioneered the fashion blogging industry in 2006 with the launch of her blog Style Bubble. Her daily posts featuring a highly articulate and intelligent approach to fashion trends, cemented her place as one of the world’s leading online fashion icons. Our friends at Portable.tv (who developed our snazzy new website)are presenting an […]

Stay in a landmark for less

Travelling to Melbourne in May for Next Wave Festival 2012? Our friends at Art Series Hotel Group are offering rooms at their boutique hotel

Introducing, The Residents

  In the weeks leading up to NWF 2012, we’ll be introducing you to The Residents – innovative arts leaders from around the world that we’ve invited to provoke, engage, speak and party at the Next Wave Festival 2012. Here’s three of The Residents now…   ANDY FIELD Andy Field is Co-Director of Forest Fringe, […]

Be a star in BINGO Unit

  Bookings are now open to take part in the filming of BINGO Unit – the new performance project by Team MESS. You can clip on a badge and solve the crime in this playful exploration of popular detective storytelling. It’s free to take part but space is limited so get in quick to get your […]

Tickets on sale now!

  Single tickets are now on sale for Next Wave Festival 2012. Head to the Next Wave program quick smart or you’ll miss the boat…and the wave. Day Passes, our affordable, accessible curated journeys through the Festival program, are still available but are selling fast. Many of the shows, parties, talks and events in the […]

Pegboard 29 March

  The 29 March 2012 edition of our Pegboard is now online. Inside you’ll find information about how to buy tickets to the Next Wave Festival 2012, how to volunteer and how to support our artists’ projects, as well as giveaways, upcoming events and arts-related opportunities. Plus much more.

These are The Residents

  We searched far and wide for leaders of contemporary arts communities and instigators of innovative projects. And we asked them over to our place. Throughout the Festival, The Residents will be present as provocateurs at Breakfast Club in the morning and partying with the rest of us at Westspace each night. We’ll release profiles […]

Ballot open: Food For Thought

  Food for Thought embraces the notion that a revolution can start at the dinner table. You can be a part of this revolution, hosted by LEVEL Artist Run Initiative, at Footscray Community Arts Centre during Next Wave Festival 2012. Seats at the table will be allocated by ballot. To enter the ballot to attend […]

Crowdfunding for the finish line

Many of the projects in Next Wave Festival 2012 still need your support to get their fundraising goals over the line and make their grandest artistic dreams a reality. This is your chance to really get behind the artists who inspire you and the most anticipated events in Next Wave Festival 2012. Help make these […]

MoNOW in April

  We Australians present Manifestations of Now (MoNOW) in several spaces at Federation Square in April. Featuring a long list of exciting artists including Next Wave Alumni Brown Council, Bindi Cole, Keith Lim and Carl Scrase, MoNOW explores notions of self, time, space and place relating to the collective Australian cultural consciousness. With artists from […]

Fuguestate

  Next Wave alumni Jason Maling presents a new work in April: Fuguestate. In rural England in 2005, police found a man wearing a dinner suit, wandering alone at night in pouring rain. At hospital, staff presented him with a pencil and paper in the hope he would write his name. Instead, he drew a […]

Volunteer for Next Wave Festival 2012

  Volunteer for the Next Wave Festival 2012 and be part of a nine day explosion of new art experiences. Investigating twin concepts of urgency and generosity, the 2012 program offers whole-day journeys into a culture of new ideas created by the next wave of emerging artists. Next Wave is looking to recruit volunteers to […]

Pegboard 16 March

  The very special launch edition of our Pegboard is now online. Inside you’ll find information about the Next Wave Festival 2012, as well as upcoming events and arts-related opportunities.

Let’s Party

  We launched our program at Dear Patti Smith last night marking the first of many soiree-style gatherings in Next Wave Festival 2012. In 2012 we are interested in why people gather and what they’ll do to stay. Opening Night features our Festival artists running a massive house party at Footscray Community Arts Centre and […]

The Day Pass

  In Next Wave Festival 2012, we’re shaking things up. We’re interested in gathering: how people come together and what makes them stay. We decided to try something new and came up with the Day Pass – whole-day, crafted journeys that you can experience with friends. Then we grabbed some coloured markers and started drawing lines on the […]

Big art for a little audience

  Next Wave Festival 2012 isn’t all about big shows and big parties. Intimate events feature big, bold contemporary art works for smaller audiences. They’re ‘intimate’ experiences for one person or a small group. Take a migratory walk through the city or retro sci-fi audio tour of the Melbourne Museum before floating down the Yarra […]

Hiatus artists screen at City Library

  Before their new work Hiatus opens in Next Wave Festival 2012, artists Fiona Bryant and Lucy Farmer will both screen video works at City Library Melbourne in March and April. Fiona will present her self-directed, choreographed and performed With Myself, Not Alone (2007) and Farmer will show Tuesday (2010) created in collaboration with Carla […]

Eugenia Lim ‘stays home’

  Hikikomori are the Japanese ‘shut ins’ who confine themselves to their rooms for months or years on end. They survive on pop culture and communicate online. Next Wave artist Eugenia Lim will explore the hikikomori phenomenon, with her new work Stay Home Sakoku: The Hikikomori Project, living in a bedroom-style installation within West Space. […]

The case of the demon wombat

  ZOMBATLAND is the new work by Green Room Award-winning, Next Wave alumni, The Suitcase Royale. Set in the Australian outback and featuring trademark Suitcase Royale music and sets, ZOMBATLAND explores what happens when a mysterious disease turns lovable, furry wombats into blood-thirsty demons. Arts House becomes The Blue Lagoon Caravan Park for this gritty, […]

Dewey Dell call out for performers

  Exciting young Italian artists Dewey Dell are looking for 8 female performers, aged 20 to 30, to participate in a 10 day workshop culminating in public performances of Grave at Arts House as part of Next Wave Festival 2012. Artists with a movement based artistic practice or strong physical awareness are encouraged to apply. PDF: Next Wave […]

Preview 2014

  Expressing our wishes for the next Next Wave, this special commission features the first stage of a new collaboration. The inaugural work will support the expansion of cutting-edge contemporary arts practice by young artists with a disability. We’re doing this to ensure that a genuine diversity of people apply to be part of Kickstart […]