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24–25 May, Melbourne and Brunswick

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.

Browse the program on the All School website


Fri 10 May, Brunswick Mechanics

The Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network is thrilled to host an evening with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen in conversation with Nam Le.

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Fri 19 Apr, High Note (Melbourne)

Next Wave x (nexus) is a multi-sensory Radical hospitality event of experimental dance battles, cuisines and a party.

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Friday 8 March, Counihan Gallery and Brunswick Mechanics
Sat 3 Feb, Testing Grounds (Narrm)
Thurs 5 and Fri 6 October, WXYZ Studios
Sat 26 Aug, Rapid Creek NT
Wed 23 - Mon 28 Aug, Rapid Creek NT
Tue 1 - Thurs 31 Aug, Online
Thurs 3 Aug, Footscray Community Arts
Tue 18 - Sat 29 Jul, Brunswick Mechanics
Sat 6 Jun, Brunswick Mechanics
Sat 6 May, Brunswick Mechanics
Wed 1 – Fri 31 Mar, Brunswick Mechanics
Fri 17 — Sun 19 Mar, Perth Cultural Centre Amphitheatre (PICA)
Fri Mar 24, Tue 28 Mar, Tue 4 Apr, Tue 11 Apr & Tue 18 Apr, Yagan Square (Perth)
Sat 25 Mar, Brunswick Mechanics
Sat 11 Mar, Brunswick Mechanics
Wed 15 Feb, Brunswick Mechanics
Sat 5 Nov, Brunswick Mechanics
Fri 18 Nov, Migrant Coffee
Fri 28 — Sat 29 Oct, Trades Hall, Carlton
Fri 21 Oct, Platform Arts
Fri 15 & Sat 16 Jul, Brunswick Mechanics
Sat 11 ⏤ Sun 26 Jun, Queen Victoria Women's Centre
Wed 11 May — Sat 25 June, Brunswick Mechanics
Thu 28 Apr, Brunswick Mechanics
Sun 27 & Tues 29 Mar, Federation Wharf, Princes Walk
Thu 17 Mar, Brunswick Mechanics
Sat 26 Feb, Brunswick Mechanics
Thu 17, Fri 18 & Sat 19 Feb, Brunswick Mechanics
  1. Deep Soulful Sweats at Castlemaine State Festival, photo by Keelan O’Hehir

Leisuretime I

Leisuretime I
Aaron Claringbold & Rebecca Mccauley
Sun 27 & Tues 29 Mar
📍 Berth 2, Federation Wharf, Princes Walk (in front of Riverland)
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Leisuretime I is a photographic intervention inside an operating tourist ferry on the Birrarung/Yarra River, led by your friendly guide Catherine Ryan. Jump on board and join us in reflecting on the ways that photography has shaped contemporary understandings and uses of ‘natural’ spaces within the floodplains now known as Melbourne.

Float along the river seated within a camera obscura, disembodied from the outside world, and experience your surroundings reversed and upside-down, projected onto the vessel walls. Cruise with our guide as we take in some of the sights this city has to offer; floating riverside bars, outdoor BBQs, million-dollar properties, yoga in the park, and the oldest and largest surviving single dock in the world; asking, why did we get here, and how?

Content Warnings and credits
This production takes place on a boat that will travel down a river. Audience members will be in a dark space on a boat for the entirety of the show and will not be able to leave the boat for the duration of the performance. There will be low visibility during the performance, and audience members who experience claustrophobia and/or motion sickness are encouraged to contact Next Wave with any questions.

Commissioned by Next Wave for Next Wave Festival 2020. ‘Leisuretime I’ is supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program 2020, Creative Victoria and Regional Arts Victoria through the Sustaining Creative Workers Initiative, the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and RMIT through its Photo Futures Lab.

Lead artists — Aaron Claringbold & Rebecca McCauley
Performer— Catherine Ryan
Scripting and devising — Aaron Claringbold, Rebecca McCauley & Catherine Ryan
Mentors— Willoh S. Weiland, Steven Rhall & Kate Golding

Thanks to Jamie Lewis and all at Next Wave for their trust, Con and Yarra River Cruises, Julieanne Axford and Gail Smith at the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Corporation, Roslyn Helper, Melanie Mackenzie at Museums Victoria, Eliki Reade, Bron Belcher, Tristen Harwood, Grace Connors, Christine McFetridge, Kelly Hussey-Smith, APHIDS, Marcello Rotar and Paul Murphy.

Aaron Claringbold and Rebecca McCauley are artists currently based in Naarm/Melbourne. Starting from a place of photographic practice, the pair bring together shared interests to explore land, land use, ecology and human presence within modern day ‘Australia’. Reflecting on their shared positionality as settler-descendant white Australians, they are interested in how we form ideas (and who benefits from these ideas) of nature and wildness. They have a particular interest in practices that centre place-based bonding and responsibility, and that complicate the myriad of essentialisms underpinning the Australian Colonial Project.

Aaron Claringbold artist website
Rebecca Mccauley artist website

  1. Image: Aaron Claringbold and Rebecca Mccauley (2022)