Making Waves: Kickstart

Next Wave is focused on building stronger, more collaborative, and better resourced experiences for our artists and their communities.

For twenty years Kickstart has supported the practice of early career artists to create their most ambitious work, presented at Next Wave Festival in Melbourne. Alongside our plans for 2022 and beyond, we reconsider and reinvent what our legacy commissioning and artist development program could be.

Centering artists where they live and work, we are shifting our structures to invest in development, foster intergenerational support and mentorship, and see artists experiment where they live and within their existing communities.

Co-curated with the Artistic Directorate, the 2021 cohort will work alongside each other, and with Next Wave current and alumni artists of various programming streams.

Drumroll please…

We’re thrilled to announce the Kickstart 2021 cohort, a stellar group of early-career artists working across disciplines and ideas. You will be getting cosy with these names over the next few weeks as we spotlight who they are and what they’re thinking about.

Delali Zevon-Aniakwah (ACT)
Jocelyn Tribe (NT)
Rachael Anderson (SA)
Kartanya Maynard (TAS)
Devika Bilimoria and Amias Hanley (VIC)
Ivy Mutuku (VIC)
Prue Stevenson (VIC)
Elham Eshraghian-Haakansson (WA)
Rhanjell Villanueva (QLD)
& Re-Right Collective (NSW)

Kickstart includes a structured professional development schedule in the first year of engagement, and supports the development of new work for presentation contexts and according to timelines that best suit the work.

Lifting up the practice of Kickstart artists within their diverse communities and contexts will have a profound impact on their individual growth and in the broader sector – to develop new generations of artistic practice, expanding and adding richness and complexity beyond conventional pathways.

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