Next Wave is more than just a festival. We facilitate learning programs and provide creative development opportunities for artists from around Australia; we regularly present interdisciplinary and contemporary performance work at our venue and in partnership with our peers; and we work hard to improve the conditions for experimental artists working in Australia today.

Make art or die trying.

Making art takes time and space and money and friends and weird ideas and useful feedback and industry hook-ups and marketing tricks and thinking time and writing time and doing time and talking time and stacks of other stuff. We can’t give you all those things but we can offer free space, tech advice and support - our theatre and studios at Brunswick Mechanics Institute are beautiful, flexible spaces to try things out.

Expressions of interest are now open for Brunswick Mechanics Institute’s 2020 January – June Creative Development Program.

If you’re an artist or company with a new performance project to develop, Brunswick Mechanics Institute (BMI) offers up to three weeks of free space, along with access to tech, production and industry support.

Selected projects are able to use either the Studio or Theatre space and could choose to work in one intensive or across multiple blocks over the season.

Applications from artists who live and work in City of Moreland will be highly regarded.

Expressions of interest will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • High-quality, original concept
  • Well-researched with a clear rationale
  • Demonstrated social, cultural, political, environmental, personal relevance (why does this work need to be made now)
  • Experimental, pushing artform boundaries, or innovating within a specific artform
  • Where appropriate, considers cultural safety, environmental sustainability, access and inclusion

Expressions of Interest Open: 7 November 2019
Expressions of Interest Due: 5pm, 1 December 2019
Applicants Notified: No later than 9 December 2019


Have a question? Get in touch with Mechanics via email or telephone (03) 9387 3376.

  1. Sarah Aiken and Rebecca Jensen, WAISTD Development, 2019. Photo by Gregory Lorenzutti.