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.

Deep art engagement.

Working with the University of Melbourne’s New Student Precinct across a multi-year campus activations project, Next Wave envisions and delivers annual programs of student mentorships, socially engaged and participatory projects and large-scale artistic commissions. Using our deep art knowledge and passion for creating art environments for all, we engage students and audiences to embrace the transitional, forgotten and peripheral histories of the site, and provide an opportunity for innovative thinking about the way we live, adapt and learn; as individuals and a community.

Participatory Workshop

Thursday, 14 March, 2019

Over two workshops, participants will collaborate to produce a temporary outdoor artwork to be presented at the University of Melbourne Parkville Campus.

Site lines will conceptually build on the construction site at the New Student Precinct. Participants will develop a series of viewing devices that act as creative platforms to prompt discussion with and about the University of Melbourne community: seeing in / out / within.

Throughout the workshops, participating students will engage in discussions about the politics of vision ranging from surveillance, voyeurism, the human eye and the mediated image.

A series of portraits of workshop participants in situ will be printed as paste-ups and installed on hoardings around the New Student Precinct at the Parkville Campus.


Public Assembly is collaboration between Lynda Roberts and Ceri Hann and is a socially engaged practice working at the intersection between art and design.

Established in 2007, Public Assembly acts as a creative laboratory, generating ideas through action. Their practice is driven by the desire to enable others with skills and inspiration to creatively engage with their immediate environment.

Indigenous Short Film Screening

Thursday, 31 May, 2018

As part of the New Student Precinct Project and Next Wave Partnership, Next Wave will present a screening of Indigenous films over three evenings sourced from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) digitised collection, as well as several other independent Indigenous film makers and collectives.

This program presents a variety of moving image works by First Nations artists and filmmakers. Using strategies ranging from satire, re-enactment, documentation, humour and experimentation, we invite audiences to join us to pay our respects and celebrate the vibrancy, dynamism and resilience of First Nations people and culture. These films and single channel video works explore issues ranging from historical and present-day exploitation, dispossession, violence and intergenerational trauma; the ongoing legacies of colonial fantasies and stereotypes; cultural identity; and the struggle for sovereignty.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that these works may contain images and voices of people who have died.

  1. The Living Pavilion, Melbourne University, 2019. Photo by Lara Gissing.