Space for creative development

Next Wave’s home base is Brunswick Mechanics: a multipurpose arts venue located in Melbourne’s inner north.

Brunswick Mechanics can be hired for creative development and rehearsals – as an engine room for art-making and a space to create, expand and experiment.

With a focus on community, exchange and collaboration, this is a place to play, connect and cultivate experience.

Download our Venue Hire Pack for more information.

We are now accepting bookings for June 2024 onwards.

If you are interested in developing your work with us, please fill out our online form and we will get back to you soon. Our venue staff are part-time, and we thank you for your patience in responding to your enquiry.

If you have any questions, please email us at

“Thank you so much for letting me use the space on Monday! It was perfect and the shoot was amazing! 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽”
– Naina Sen, theatre film shoot, 2023

“Thanks so much for generously hosting us for our creative development over the past fortnight. It’s very much appreciated.”
– David Williams, theatre creative development, 2023

Our roots in Brunswick

A home base for Next Wave grounds us and our now-established networks. It reinforces our Melbourne roots as we strengthen our local relationships – with artists, community, peer organisations and our neighbours.

Next Wave values meeting people where they are and the legacies embedded in place, and we look to local artists and community to lead and guide our direction. We facilitate opportunities that enable artists to engage meaningfully with the locality and communities of Merri-bek and its surrounds. We connect our neighbourhood with contemporary ideas as artists and audiences. We are actively growing our capacity to commission locally, program responsively, and partner more generously.

  1. Brunswick Mechanics, photographed by Anne Moffat