Meet our Artistic Directorate

It’s in our DNA to test, embrace change and pilot.

We’ve been doing it for 35 years – seeding networks, breaking new ground and pollinating art-making across this country, wide and far.

With this embedded in our legacy and our future, we open up our artistic leadership model to orientate our work beyond our hub in Brunswick and guide our key programs and activities.

In true Next Wave style, rather than having one Artistic Director, we asked for eight – an ensemble who will be pivotal in generating ideas, extending networks and unearthing new artistic voices and visions.

The Artistic Directorate will work with Next Wave for two years, curating and mentoring, shaping connectivity of artists across the continent and offering local perspectives on practice and communities.

We recognise the generosity and goodwill these identified mid-career and established artists inherently possess, and acknowledge the intrinsic value of their existing relationships, network and experience they bring to these positions


Amaara Raheem is a shape-shifter, dance-artist and amateur weaver. Dancing came about through working in theatre and for her language has always been part of movement. She crosses borders: cultural, geographic, imaginary and disciplinary.


Daley Rangi is an eclectic antidisciplinary artist generating unpredictable works and words which evade categorisation and invade the status quo; speaking truth to power and reorientating hierachies.


Dominic Guerrera is a Ngarrindjeri, Kaurna and Italian person, who is also a poet, podcaster and community organiser.


Kristi Monfries is a Javanese – Australian creative producer and curator. Kristi specialises in collaborative and experimental arts projects between Asia and Australia and she is particularly interested in risk and experimentation with a passion for working with emerging to mid-career artists.


Born and brought up in New Delhi, India, Naina Sen is an award winning documentary filmmaker and video installation artist whose practice is strongly based on immersive cross-cultural storytelling.


Nathan Stoneham is a community and cultural development artist who creates contemporary, socially engaged arts processes and performances. He’s interested in queer and transcultural collaborations.


Theia is an artist, curator and producer of contemporary art, live events and site-specific projects living in nipaluna/Hobart.


Based on Darug Country in western Sydney, Tian Zhang is an award-winning curator and changemaker working at the intersections of art and cultural practice.

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  5. Colour portrait of Amaara Raheem.

  6. Colour portrait of Daley Rangi

  7. Colour portrait of Dominic Guerrera

  8. Colour portrait of Kristi Monfries

  9. Colour portrait of Naina Sen

  10. Colour portrait of Nathan Stoneham

  11. Colour portrait of Theia Connell

  12. Colour portrait of Tian Zhang