A world shaped by artists.

Next Wave is the most comprehensive platform in Australia for a new generation of artists taking creative risks. Next Wave delivers Kickstart, a nationally focused, artistic and professional development program, and major presentation opportunities through our biennial Festival and national partnerships program Next Wave X.

Next Wave also operates the Brunswick Mechanics Institute, a centre for experimental performance and artist-led learning, which enables us to support artists in the development and presentation of experimental work year-round.

Next Wave is a values-driven organisation and industry leader, advocating for cultural inclusion, broad accessibility and best practice in environmental sustainability, with deep respect for the traditional custodians of the lands and waters that sustain us, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.


A world of creative discovery, massive dreams realised, cultural norms disrupted and new dialogues in contemporary arts and culture.


We craft extraordinary learning and presentation opportunities that empower emerging artists to challenge our understanding of what art can be, where it takes place, and who will be watching.

We do this by:

We work from a place of openness, generosity, enthusiasm and warmth.

We are big dreamers, careful and critical thinkers, and unyielding in our drive to support artists to produce their best work.

We believe the only conversation worth having is an inclusive one. We seek a diversity of expression in all our work, and are built to learn, respond and adapt according to the needs of our artists and communities.

We are committed to leading the way in cultural inclusion, accessibility and environmental sustainability practices. We advocate for artists, and recognise the intrinsic value of art and art-making.

  1. Nat Randall, premiere of The Second Woman at Next Wave 2016.