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Dear Family,

It’s NAIDOC Week across the continent, and we’re celebrating resilience, creativity and empowerment with our First Nations friends, artists and collaborators.

Back in 2014, Next Wave initiated Blak Wave, a special program of works by emerging First Nations artists, including Megan Cope, Steaphan Paton, Ghenoa Gela, SJ Norman, Sean Jorvn, Carly Sheppard and Ryan Presley. This program was a milestone in our commitment to recognise, celebrate and centre First Nations cultures in Australia.

Since then, we’ve come a long way in our efforts to embed First Nations thinking and perspectives into all we do. Every day, we continue to educate ourselves by listening, thinking, reading, making, collaborating, sharing and being creative together. We encourage you to get along to some of the NAIDOC Week events in your town, donate to a First Nations-led org, and to continue learning, taking responsibility, engaging, advocating and celebrating our rich and diverse First Nations cultures. 


Next Wave


Next Wave Presents


So far this year, Next Wave has produced two beautiful stand-alone projects. The first is a large-scale outdoor exhibition called 'This Place is Old', featuring the works of Indiah Money, Morgan-Lee Snell, Hugo Comisari and Jeanine Leane and produced for Reconciliation Week in partnership with the University of Melbourne's New Student Precinct. If you happen to be in Melbourne, you can see the exhibition at Porter's Lane, at the back of the ERC Library on the University of Melbourne's Parkville campus. 

Working with Programming Assistant Marley Holloway-Clarke throughout April and May, Next Wave also programmed three weeks of music, dance, poetry readings and workshops for The Living Pavilion, a major collaborative project celebrating the history and culture of the Melbourne University site on the lands of the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nations, paying respect to Elders past, present and emerging. 

The Living Pavilion was a major collaborative effort between the New Student Precinct, CAUL and THRIVE Research Hub as part of CLIMARTE 2019. The closing party was led by the Djirri Djirri Dance Group, Kalyani Mumtaz and The Merindas, and we had so much fun.

Of course, we have much more First Nations programming coming up this year and at the 2020 Next Wave Festival. Keep your eyes and ears open for news in the future. 


Next Wave Suggests


QLD: Warraba Weatherall, Documents 2019 talk
Fri 30 Aug

Join Warraba Weatherall to learn about the creative process behind his Documents 2019 work, exploring the process of documentation, where the removal of material forms from their original environment become Documents. Read more.


VIC: For Love or Money
Sat 6 Jul to Sun 25 Aug

For Love or Money is a group exhibition of Australian artists exploring ideas related to work, emotional labour and artistic value. In particular, it examines the economic structures that underpin artistic labour and how artists sustain their practices within broader capitalist systems. Featuring Kay Abude, Artists' Subcommittee, Shannon Lyons, Make or Break, James Nguyen, Steven Rhall, Elvis Richardson, Abdullah M. I. Syed and Salote Tawale. Read more.


NSW: 'Material Place: Reconsidering Australian Landscapes'
Until sat 7 September

Material Place gathers artists who, whether in local ochres or on Google Earth, are thinking through the materiality of the Australian landscape and its representation. Abstraction is a strategy for some artists, while others delve into how it arises as a byproduct of the law or mapping. Read more.


VIC: Memory Mixtape
Sat 3 Aug - Thu 29 Sep

We make sense of the world through the ever-present past. Neika Lehman (trawlwoolway) curates a lineup of films that emphasise one of Blak cinema’s strongest joining links: memory.  Read more.


VIC: ACCA Workshop Series: Staining with Katie West
Wed 14 Aug

Join artist Katie West in a practical making workshop to explore different ways of leaving marks, stains and traces on fabric using natural dyes from plants. In this hands-on workshop you will experiment with and learn about different natural dyeing techniques, using silk and an array of botanicals to create unique textiles. Read more.


SA: Elyas Alavi, I Wish Borders Could Become Drunk (Part Three)
Sat 13 July

I Wish Borders Could Become Drunk (Part Three) is a unique performance that questions the demonisation of asylum seekers through the artist’s highly personal perspective on the trials and realities of the contemporary refugee experience. Read more.


TAS: 'A Colourful Past'
Sun 7 - Sat 27 Jul  

A Colourful Past is a celebration and showing on the histories of Aboriginal activism in Tasmania; and an exploration of the use of Art in Aboriginal activism and community awareness. Read more.


VIC: I will never run out of lies nor love
Wed 10 Jul - Sat 3 Aug

I will never run out of lies nor love is an upcoming collaborative project by Sydney-based curators Nanette Orly and Sebastian Henry-Jones that invites artists to contribute a work, either text based, spoken word or performance. Read more.


NATIONAL: Pass it On: Preserving Australian Indigenous Languages

‘Budgerigar’, ‘quandong’, ‘Torana’, ‘Canberra’ – there are many Aboriginal words in everyday use by both non-Indigenous and Indigenous Australians. What do we gain from knowing and learning First Nations words? And how can we embed more traditional language into the daily lives of all Australians? This event will be live-streamed. Read more.


Next Wave is Learning

Moorina Bonini is reading
Paul Daley, 'Tony Birch on The White Girl: ‘No Aboriginal person I know is intact’'

Priya Pavri is Reading
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

Sullivan Patten is reading
Angelina Hurley, 'The Blood Line Continues'

Anita Spooner is reading
Maddee Clark, 'Coded Devices'


Emily Sweeney is reading
Blaklash Projects, people+artist+place, 'Public Art and the Politics of Surveillance'

Roslyn Helper is reading

Katya Garcia-anton (ed) 'Sovereign Words Indigenous Art, Curation And Criticism'

Nikki Lam is reading
Anita Heiss, 'Post‐Colonial—NOT!'

Magenta Sheridan is reading

Daniel Browning, 'The dearth of criticism'


Next Wave Suggests

VIC: CAP Residency 

Collingwood Art Precinct are looking for their first recipient of the Bank of Melbourne Collingwood Residency. This will be awarded to an individual or small enterprise of between 2-4 people and comprises of a space, financial support, and mentoring. Applications close Fri 2 Aug. Read more.

ACT: Arts Activities grants

Applications are open to ACT-based artists at all stages of their careers. It supports artists, groups and arts organisations across a broad range of activities including artform-based projects, mentorships, residencies, professional or skills development and opportunities for the community to actively engage in the arts. Applications close 31 July 2019. Read more.

VIC: Courthouse Youth Arts program applications open
Geelong’s Courthouse Youth Arts are excited to announce a new artistic program for emerging performance makers who are seeking a supported opportunity to create new work. If you have an ambitious work yet to realise, and you’re a theatre maker, visual artist, musician or composer, dancer or choreographer, filmmaker, writer, publisher, producer, curator, poets or animator, they want to hear from you.  Applications close Mon 22 July. Read more.


NSW:  Performance Space seeking Festival Producer

The Festival Producer works within the Performance Space Programming Team to deliver a suite of projects for their annual Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art. Liveworks is a ten-day festival held at Carriageworks presenting experimental and interdisciplinary art from across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. In 2019 the festival will run from Thursday 17 – Sunday 27 October. Read more.

SA: Adelaide Fringe looking for Artist & Venues Coordinator

The Artist and Venue Coordinator’s principle role is to liaise with and provide support to Adelaide Fringe registered Artists and Venues. Applications close Wed 10 July. Read more.

VIC: ILBIJERRI Theatre Company seeking Executive Producer 

This position is a unique and exciting leadership opportunity with one of Australia’s leading theatre companies creating innovative works by First Nations artists. The Board encourages First Nations applicants to this position. Applications close 3pm, Fri 5 July. Read more.


Next Wave Giveaway


Hannah Brontë, MOTHERLODE

In 2016 Hannah Brontë gave birth to the multi-limbed dance party monster that is Fempress. In 2019 the hip hop beast is back with MOTHERLODE. Happening at Arts House on Thu 11 Jul, we have a double pass to give away. To go in the draw to win, email with the subject line 'Get Loded'.


The Next Wave Pegboard is Australia’s
e-newsletter for emerging artists and art lovers.

Every two weeks the Pegboard features Next Wave news, art-related events we recommend, and info on upcoming openings and opportunities.

The next Next Wave Festival is in 2020.


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