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Ritual with Katie West, Next Wave Festival 2018. Photo: Snehargho Ghosh



Dear Family,

We’re excited to announce that Brunswick Mechanics Institute, Siteworks and Blak Dot will host the second iteration of Critical Mass next month, featuring artists hand-picked by our Producer-in-Residence Onyx B. Carmine. Critical Mass presents two weeks of radical and experimental work dedicated to dismantling dominant political narratives, expressing complexity, collapse and magic. There has never been a better time to shrug off the winter shackles and head Brunswick-way for a healthy dose of art-induced night sweats. See you there 🔥. 

I’d also like to remind all Victorian artists to make a submission to the Government’s Creative State 2020+ consultation. See below to find out how you can support our bid, and contribute your own thoughts to the strategy. Your voice is important!

This Peg is so full of good reads and great art to see, I hope it provides guidance for the weeks ahead!


Roslyn Helper


Critical Mass 2019 Program Revealed


Brunswick Mechanics Institute is hosting Critical Mass with Blak Dot and Siteworks as part of Melbourne Fringe Festival next month and the program is now live!

Talks, exhibitions, parties, music and performances form a packed two-week program that focuses on decentering, agitating, questioning and dissolving dominant political narratives, celebrating complexity and conjuring new worlds.

Curated by Onyx B. Carmine, highlights include a hyper-powered Bla(c)k-led drag show presented by The Motherless Haus, Afro Hub’s venue take-over and showcase of local African talent, Papaphilia and Mossy 333’s experimental dance + harsh industrial sound collaboration, and Bron Batten’s latest morality-shattering performance work. 

We can’t wait to get critical with you. Read the full program here


Have your say - Creative State 2020+


Calling Victorian artists! Creative Victoria are consulting the sector on the future of the State’s Creative Strategy. Independent artists and small organisations run the highest risk of getting left behind in these conversations, so it’s important (and easy!) to make yourselves heard in this moment.

All you have to do to make a submission is post your thoughts on the Creative State online ideas wall, or upload a written or video submission to their website.

You can also endorse the ideas of your peers by ‘upvoting’ their comments and suggestions.

We here at Next Wave are advocating for:

- Investment in artist learning 
- Investment in the development of new work 
- Prioritising cultural safety and inclusion programs and initiatives 
- Providing greater support to the Victorian Festival sector 

Why? Because we believe these priorities will contribute to a robust, future-oriented and inclusive arts ecology that supports artists to thrive.

Submissions close on Friday 30 August. Get your ideas in!


Next Wave Suggests


VIC: Salon X
Thu 5 Sep

Salon X is an evening of embodied storytelling and performances on themes of self-love, body positivity and intersectionality, alongside exhibitions that explore tattoo, community and identity from Samoa, Japan and locally. Join Next Wave 2020 artist, Lay the Mystic, along with ANIVA and Ryuishi Fujimura, at the Immigration Museum for songs in language, spoken word and dance. Read more.


NSW: Subbed In books launch
Thu 22 Aug

Subbed In launches six new books, including Next Wave 2020 artist Marcus Whale’s poetry collection wheeze, a collection of poems about the ghostly possession of the body. The launch also features readings from Jason Gray, Zhi Yi Chan, Eloise Grills, Allison Gallagher and Šime Knežević. Read more.


SA: Set Piece
Fri 16 – Sat 17 Aug

Set Piece brings together film and theatre citations, interview material and improvisation to explore homosexual coupledom through the lens of power dynamics and erotic power play. Next Wave alumni Nat Randall and Anna Breckon present these work-in-progress showings as part of their residency with VITALSTATISTIX. Read more.


VIC: Doubting Writing/Writing Doubt
Wed 21 Aug

Join ten writers from ACCA’s program Doubting Writing/Writing Doubt, including Next Wave alumni Zara Sigglekow, for readings and performances of works in progress. Developed in response to On Vulnerability and Doubt, the participating writers ask: How can engaging with doubt and vulnerability help us let go of conventional writing positions, and go further into the expanded field in response to the exhibition? Read more.


NT: Bighouse Dreaming
Fri 16 – Sun 18 Aug

After premiering at Brunswick Mechanics Institute as part of Critical Mass 2018, Arrernte writer-performer Declan Furber Gillick brings Bighouse Dreaming to Darwin Festival. Bighouse Dreaming combines the rhythm and cultural force of hip hop with theatre, following Chris, a young Aboriginal defendant, through the youth justice system in a remote Australian community. Read more.


VIC: Megan Cope at Australian Print Workshop
Sat 17 Aug

Join Next Wave alumni, Megan Cope in conversation with Bundjalung curator, writer and artist Djon Mundine OAM. Megan’s exhibition of original lithographs runs from 10 Aug – 7 Sep at Australian Print Workshop. Read more.


NSW: The essayist
Sat 3 – Sat 31 Aug

The essayist is an exhibition inspired by the literary form of the essay. Next Wave alumni Benjamin Forster and Phuong Ngo’s works are presented alongside Ida Lawrence, Jac Ball, Magda Stanová, Mark Hislop. Mitch Cairns, Nina Ross, and Pilar Mata Dupont. Read more.


VIC: Nkisi, 33EMYBW, DJ Plead, Makeda
Fri 13 Sep

Liquid Architecture, Cool Room and Arts House premiere the speculative electronics of Nkisi and 33EMYBW in Australia; in concert with Melbourne’s DJ Plead and Next Wave alumni, Makeda. Read more.


Next Wave is Learning

Sullivan Patten is reading
Growing up Queer in Australia

Magenta Sheridan is reading

Bron Belcher is reading
A Constant Hum

Roslyn Helper is reading
How Trigger Warnings Are Hurting Mental Health on Campus


Moorina Bonini is reading
Growing up Aboriginal in Australia

Anita Spooner is reading
Review: Ok Democracy, We Need to Talk

Sarah Werkmeister is reading
The Anthropocene Is a Joke

Alec Reade is reading
Tuvalu Delaration on Climate Change for the Survival of the Pacific small Island Developing States


Next Wave Suggests

VIC: Abbotsford Convent Studio Residency Program

Proposals are now open for Abbotsford Convent’s Studio Residency Program, through which artists will be provided with studio space at the Convent for six months, an honorarium of $2,500, access to support and mentoring and a marketing and communications package. Applications close Sun 15 Sep. Read more.

NSW: Entries open for 2019 Blacktown City Art Prize

Now in its 24th year, the Blacktown City Art Prize is a highly valued art prize, with cash prizes of $20,000 and acquisitive awards. Local, regional and national artists are invited to submit entries in drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics and mixed media. Entries close Tue 8 Oct. Read more.


NSW: Carriageworks seeking Program Assistant - Performance

Carriageworks seeks a Program Assistant - Performance to work closely with the Head Curator - Performance to support the planning and delivery of the Carriageworks Performance Program. Applications close Sun 25 Aug. Read more.

TAS: Intimate Epics, Ten Days on the Island EOIs now open

Ten Days on the Island invites submissions from Tasmanian artists interested in participating in Intimate Epics, a series of site-responsive works in built-environment locations across Tasmania. Selected projects will engage with audiences around Tasmania through intriguing small-scale performance, installation, visual art, music, sound, video/digital events or other hybrid forms. EOIs close Mon 9 Sep. Read more.


Next Wave Giveaway


David Rosetzky, Composite Acts at Channels Festival

Composite Acts is a special one-night-only presentation of a newly commissioned video work and live performance by esteemed Australian artist David Rosetzky, working in collaboration with choreographer Jo Lloyd, as part of Channels Festival. We have a double pass to give away! To enter, email with the subject line 'Composite Channels'.


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The next Next Wave Festival is in 2020.


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