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19 September 2013
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Today we’re writing to you with mixed emotions. We’re basically ERMAHGERD Pug and Dramatic Chipmunk out to lunch.

Our dear Artistic Program Manager Serena Bentley has recently been appointed as Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Victoria. We’re of course very sad to see Serena go, but proud that she will be joining a great team at the NGV, led by another member of Next Wave alumni, Max Delany. Serena has been an instrumental player in our 2012 and 2014 curation and artistic programming, producing significant artistic projects such as Fresh Produce, Wake up and wait for the sun to rise and a range of international commissions. We congratulate her on her new position, and sincerely hope she continues to ring NW HQ with a creepy animal voice. Serena will finish up in early October.

We are excited to announce that Meg Hale will be joining the NW team in October as our new Artistic Program Manager. Meg returns to Next Wave with a wealth of experience as an arts producer, curator and writer. Meg was an Associate Producer for the 2008 and 2010 Next Wave Festivals, and has held significant roles with City of Melbourne, Melbourne Fringe, Falls Festival and the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival. In 2009 she undertook a Curatorial Mentorship with the Images Festival in Toronto, and for a number of years she was the Gallery Coordinator for TCB Inc.

In other news, we’re pumped that this Saturday we’ll be welcoming all of our 2014 Festival artists to Melbourne to meet each other and get the low-down on how we’re going to deliver a corker of a 2014 Festival. Two exciting Melbourne festivals open this week: the inaugural Channels Festival, whose co-Director is NW alumni and one of our newest Board Members, Eugenia Lim; as well as the much-loved Melbourne Fringe Festival. Indeed, we’re excited to welcome Eugenia to the Next Wave Board alongside Andrew McKinnon, and Bo Svoronos. You can read more about the Next Wave Board here.

Hope to see you out there!



Emily Sexton
Artistic Director, Next Wave 


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Project QUAD produce a series of roaming exhibitions, exploring communities within Melbourne. QUAD are looking for 10 emerging artists to participate in a group exhibition during February 2014 at Brightspace, St Kilda. The exhibition will attempt to unify and promote local emerging artists within the City of Port Phillip and the broader Melbourne community and also involve artist talks, performances and opening and closing night events. Art of all forms accepted

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Cake Wines Archi-bottle Prize

Recent hosts of our latest Supper Club Series, the lovely Cake Wines, are taking submissions for their 2013 Archi-bottle prize. Dubbed ‘Australia's second most prestigious art prize’ the Archi-bottle searches for the next collaboarting artist whose work will appear on one of their summer range of wines. It’s a great way for Australian artists to get broader exposure and be featured on a national scale. The winner will receive a $2000 cash prize and 5 cases of wine.

Applications close 4 Oct 5pm

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