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Sonic Travellers seeks to discover shared connections between sonic pasts and presents, exploring regional affinities between Australia and Southeast Asia.

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Saturday 29 June, Brunswick Mechanics

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The 2024 LAB program considers Next Wave’s past, present and future – with a focus on intergenerational knowledge sharing and creative responses to notions of collectivism, preservation and care – culminating in a future-focused 40th birthday party.

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Making it in Moreland: Insights into Practice: Embedding Accessibility

Thu 30 June
📍Brunswick Mechanics, 270 Sydney Road, Brunswick
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Please note: the venue for this event has changed, and will be now taking place at Brunswick Mechanics. Updated Jun 30 2PM

Join us for a facilitated panel discussion with artists Luke Duncan King, Larissa MacFarlane and Gemma Mahadeo who share their learnings and experiences about creating work with access at its core.

In this discussion we will explore what it means when we talk about embedded access and why it is important for independent art practice. We will dive into shared learnings to better understand what role allyship has within the sector. And we will hear what real steps or considerations are needed to embed access at the beginning of the creative process.

Artist Bios

Belinda Locke (Moderator) is a disabled theatre-maker, director, and disability advocate based in Naarm (Melbourne). Belinda’s artistic practice brings to light hidden stories and experiences through performance and participatory art, collaborating with artists across multiple disciplines. She has been acknowledged for her work as the inaugural recipient of the Rose Byrne Scholarship for an Emerging Female Leader in the Arts (2016), selection for Australia Council for the Arts’ Sync Leadership program (2014) and shortlisted for the Graham F Smith Peace Award (2019). Belinda serves as the Chair of Arts Access Australia, the national advocacy body for arts and disability. View website.

Luke Duncan King is a visual artist, whose practise is grounded in printmaking, but extends into video, performance and other art forms. He has an interest in collaboration and has performed or co-created works with choreographers, dancers, performers, and other visual artists, in public and private museums and galleries. Luke is a board member for the Arts Access Victoria and participated in Moreland Art Committee from 2017 to 2021. He has participated in several art organisations as an Artist, a Deaf community rep and a creative advisor. Luke completed a BFA (Hons) at the VCA in 2015. View website.

Larissa MacFarlane is a visual artist and disability activist based in Naarm (Melbourne), on the lands of the Kulin nation. Her arts practice encompasses printmaking, street art and a community art practice. Larissa identifies as a proud queer disabled artist (she/they) and uses her experience of a 22-year-old brain injury to investigate Disabled culture, community, identity and pride. Her work is inspired by the urban industrial landscapes of Melbourne’s West, as well as her experience of disability, to investigate ideas of belonging and place, healing and change, and ways that we can celebrate what we have here and now. View website.

Gemma Mahadeo has been living, working, and playing on Wurundjeri land since 1987. Prior to that, they lived in the UK and the Philippines. Their work has appeared in print and online publications nationally. They are a writer and occasional musician, producing poetry and creative non-fiction, and have spent the last year working on state and local council digital commissions. They are currently finishing their first full-length poetry manuscript, and working with the Disabled QBIPOC Collective, of which they are a founding member.

You can find them on Twitter at @snarkattack or Instagram @eatdrinkstagger obsessing over cats, beer, tea, cheese, and being a failed musicologist.


Auslan interpretting This event will be Auslan interpreted.

Wheelchair icon Brunswick Mechanics is a wheelchair accessible venue.

  • A Quiet Space will also be available.

  • This venue is pram accessible and has an accessible bathroom.

We are able to assist with any access requests you may have ahead of this event. For further enquiries about how Next Wave can support your access requirements, please contact our team on (03) 9387 3376 or email us at

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We also welcome suggestions for how we can continue to improve our experience for people with disability.

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Making it in Moreland, Arts Moreland’s FREE workshop and speaker series is presented by Next Wave in partnership with Moreland City Council. Aimed at building both professional and practical skills the 2022 series is a fantastic opportunity to learn something new, increase industry expertise, engage with local artists and their practices and meet other people in the creative industries.

Making it in Moreland is generously supported by Moreland City Council through Arts Moreland.

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  1. Credit: Belinda Locke, ‘Everyday Acts of Disobedience’. Photo: Jack Dixon-Gunn