What’s On

See what what’s happening at our home at Brunswick Mechanics, and right around the continent ↓

Sat 9 Jul | Mood Studios

You’re invited to a free 2-hour workshop with Melbourne based artist Kay Abude at Mood Studios, where we’ll gather for an afternoon of food and conversation to discuss sustainability in art practice.

This event is part of Making it in Moreland by Arts Moreland, a free series of workshops, gatherings and talks presented by Next Wave in partnership with Moreland City Council

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Thu 14 –– Sat 16 Jul | Brunswick Mechanics

Desire is a form of possession, commanding the body from within. Do we resist its embrace, or allow it to compel us wherever it must? Drawing on film tropes of the monster queer, this electronic opera for one is a magical summoning – a longing for communion with the invisible, where the performer’s body moves, and is moved by sound.

Possession celebrates the high drama and craft of opera via a solo performer inhabited by forces beyond human control.

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Sat 9 Jul –– Sat Aug 13

How do we see the world around us, when the dominant contemporary visual language is determined by colonial histories and capital?

In The Revolution Will Not Be Aestheticised artist Warraba Weatherall considers the way that scientific and cultural perspectives inform contemporary cultural knowledge systems and forms of representation. Researched through archival materials, Australian politics, and Indigenous knowledges, the exhibition encourages a deeper insight into the construction and transmission of Indigenous knowledge systems and its direct influence in shaping social, political and cultural futures. In assessing how cultural archetypes are maintained throughout society, Weatherall builds on an existing dialogue of contemporary cultural identity to consider what encourages a healthy cultural continuum.

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Feb 2022 | TAS, NSW, VIC
Thu Feb 24 2022 | Brunswick Mechanics VIC
Sat Feb 26 | Brunswick Mechanics, VIC
Fri 4 Feb - Sun 6 Mar | Brunswick Mechanics
Sat 5 Mar | Brunswick Mechanics
Sun 6 Mar | Brunswick Mechanics, VIC
Fri 4 Feb - Sun 6 Mar | Brunswick Mechanics
Wed 9 Mar | Brunswick Mechanics, VIC
Thu 10 Mar | Brunswick Mechanics, VIC
Thu 17 Mar | Brunswick Mechanics
Sun 27 & Tues 29 Mar | Berth 4, Federation Wharf (VIC)
Wed 27 Apr, 7:30PM | Brunswick Mechanics
Thu 28th Apr, 5:30PM | Brunswick Mechanics
Wed 11 May –– Sat 25 Jun | Brunswick Mechanics
Sat 4 Jun | Brunswick Mechanics
Wed 8 Jun | Brunswick Mechanics
Sat 11 –– Sun 26 Jun | SiteWorks, TwoSixty & Melbourne
Thu 16 Jun | Glenroy Community Hub
Sat 25 Jun | Brunswick Mechanics
Thu 30 Jun | Brunswick Mechanics
  1. Credit: Belinda Locke, ‘Everyday Acts of Disobedience’. Photo: Jack Dixon-Gunn

  2. Credit: Studio Portrait of Aida Azin. Photo: Thomas McCammon

  3. Image: Jenny Barnes. Courtesy of the artist.

  4. Image: Lily Nie at Paperlily Studio. Courtesy of Emerging Writers’ Festival

  5. Credit: The Purple Shall Govern (2022). Photo: Jody Haines.

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  8. Credit: Silk screen printed textiles in the studio (2021). Photo: Kay Abude.

  9. Image: Marcus Whale - Possession. Photo: Rena Zheng.

  10. Image: Kathleen Gonzalez, Secretos de la Raiz (video still), 2022

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  12. Image: New North Foreign, Intimate Concert 4. Courtesy of New North

  13. Image: Radical Hospitality at Next Wave. Photo: Mae Hatrick (2022)

  14. Image: Here We Have It by Amrita Hepi, 2021, VCA Dance, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, University of Melbourne. Image by Gregory Lorenzutti.

  15. Image: James McLean (photo credit James McLean)

  16. Image: Jacqui Shelton ‘Department of Lost Notes’ Anne Moffat (2022)

  17. Coil, Image: Lucy Parakhina (2022)

  18. Image: Coil. Photo: Rosie Hasties (2022)

  19. Image: install of Jacqui Shelton at Brunswick Mechanics. Courtesy of the artist.

  20. Image: Chik Chika Photo: Nick Mckinlay

  21. Image: Jacqui Shelton ‘Department of Lost Notes’ video- still 2022

  22. Image: Leisuretime I. Photo: Aaron Claringbold and Rebecca Mccauley (2022)

  23. Image: Magic Steven. Courtesy of the artists and Brunswick Music Festival.

  24. Image: Maria Moles. Photo: Nick Mckinlay

  25. Image: Brunswick Mechanics Institute. Photo: Anne Moffatt (2020)

  26. Image: Coil. Photo:Diana Domonkos

Hyperlocal Headlines

On display: Sat 11 ⏤ Sun 26 Jun
📍 Across Siteworks
📍 TwoSixty
📍 Queen Victoria Women’s Centre

Get involved: Work Sessions
Sat 11 & Tues 14 Jun
📍 Siteworks
📍 Queen Victoria Women’s Centre, Brinbeal, Foyer, 210 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Drop-in session
Sun 12 Jun (no ticket required)
📍 Siteworks

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How does language influence our world view, or reveal our biases? Will the future of news be hyperlocal or distributed? Who writes it, how is it accessed, and who controls it?

Hyperlocal Headlines takes place as a series of artist-facilitated creative conversations and collective storytelling and writing sessions that imagine the future of news. Participants will become citizen journalists for a day, learning to collaborate with AI technologies, understand media bias and language, and explore how the ways we tell stories can impact collective futures.

Participants’ narrative and poetic speculations will be broadcast as website interventions and on three public digital news tickers across Naarm/Melbourne.

Get involved:
Public Work Session 1
Sat 11 Jun
📍 Queen Victoria Women’s Centre, Brinbeal, Foyer, 210 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Drop-in session
Sun 12 Jun
Anytime between 1-4pm
No ticket required
📍 Siteworks, Community Room, 33 Saxon St, Brunswick

Public Work Session 2
Tues 14 Jun
📍 Siteworks, Community Room, 33 Saxon St, Brunswick

The Work Sessions are free to attend, and a limited number of $100 payments are available for any participants who are unwaged workers or concession card holders.

Artist Bio

Make or Break devise and experiment with process-based projects that are co-authored with communities they are invited into. These have included creating experimental economies and temporary currencies; caring for civic spaces; celebrating the labour of strangers; prototyping future worlds; writing speculative fiction and facilitating conversations as collective research.


Auslan interpretting Auslan interpretation will be available for the Work Session on the 14 June. We would love to support your attendance. To share or confirm any access requirements with Next Wave for either of the two sessions, please email ticketing@nextwave.org.au by 04 June.

Wheelchair icon All work sessions are wheelchair accessible. Please contact ticketing@nextwave.org.au if you have any questions.

Learn about Access at our venue Siteworks here.
Learn about Access at our venue Queen Victoria Women’s Centre here

Hyperlocal Headlines was commissioned by Next Wave for Next Wave Festival through Kickstart. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. Supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program.

  1. Image: Hyperlocal Headlines. Photo: Jacquie Manning (2022)