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Our incredible AD Emily Sexton outside our 2014 Festival Club Shebeen



Hello dear Pegboard readers,

As some of you know, the 2014 Festival was my second and final with Next Wave. And what a high to go out on! Many of you have been sharing stories with me about what a fun and exciting time you had at the Festival. I also had a brilliant time. It was perfect, I loved every minute. Our artists and team pulled together something that exploded my expectations; indeed, one of my great highlights was that despite working on the festival for over two years, I felt like I learnt a lot about art from this Festival, and the role it plays in contemporary life. My happiest place is when I am discovering something new - and so in that way, the 2014 Festival was one of my happiest, and proudest, ever creations.

So it's time for me to take a risk, be brave and look out to the unknown. A grand experiment. I can talk underwater to artists and the community about why this is important, and now I have to follow my own advice. It's a kinda weird feeling, but I am going to try!

And it is so important for Next Wave to honour its intention, and always make space for new people and new ideas. Which is what we are now doing. I will hand-over to the next Artistic Director in August.

Looking backward for a moment and reflecting on the extraordinary people who are my predecessors in this role, I think we can all be very confident that the next Artistic Director, together with the Executive Director and Board, will successfully lead the company towards the 2016 Festival.

If you would like to apply for one of the best jobs the Australian arts scene has to offer, all the details are here.
Meanwhile, we are of course pretty busy at NW HQ at the moment; a mix of reflection, analysis and tidying up, while also celebrating the opening of 5 Next Wave 2014 projects at Metro Arts in Brisbane last night.

We have had a great response so far to our Festival Survey, but we would love to hear more about your experiences at the Festival. Go on, you even get a prize!
See you very soon!
Emily Sexton
Artistic Director
Next Wave


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Applications close Friday 30 May

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Open Call for China Residences

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Applications close Sunday 15 June

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PICA Proposals

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Applications close Monday 16 June

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