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Brian Fuata performing at the opening of Wayfind (curator Amelia Winata) at Next Wave 2018. Photo: Sarah Walker



Hi Wavers,

This year's IETM (Informal European Theatre Meeting) recently took place in Eleusis, Greece. I was fortunate enough to attend, to meet international peers, to spend a week discussing the joys and challenges of transnational collaboration, and to learn about the similarities and nuanced differences we are facing in our respective cultural and political contexts to make art happen. 

Some questions tabled, included: How do we balance our environmental philosophies with the carbon cost of making art internationally? How do we as artists and artistic institutions, think and plan in time-frames that stretch beyond funding cycles? How do we create the conditions to engage globally from a position of listening first? The answers are of course complicated, but creating robust networks with friends who share similar concerns, and engaging in sustained conversation beyond national borders are some good first steps, and we will continue to build on these efforts. 

Back home, we have just closed out another financial year, and I'd like to take the opportunity to thank all of you who signed up to the Next Wave Collective, or made a donation to Next Wave. We are currently paddling hard behind the scenes to support 30 major new works by an impressive cohort of artists for Next Wave Festival 2020, and every cent of support goes directly into helping realise their dreams. So, thank you!

This issue of Pegboard is packed with announcements, events and readings, I hope you enjoy the scroll. 




Sullivan Patten joins Next Wave


We are thrilled to announce that Sullivan Patten has joined the Next Wave team as our new Business and Operations Manager.

Sullivan is a musician, DJ, producer, curator and booking agent with an expansive career dedicated to carving out a more inclusive music culture in Australia. They have programmed, produced and performed at major festivals, venues and events both in Australia and internationally. Sullivan joins Next Wave from Oztix, where they managed accounts for over 20 Australian and New Zealand clients.

Read more about Sully on the Next Wave website.


Next Wave Suggests


NSW: Black Birds x You Therefore Me present RECLAIM
Saturday 27 July

RECLAIM is an evening of connecting and empowering womxn through movement, music and art. It challenges the conventional idea of femininity and celebrates the diversity and strength of the feminine identity. Read more.


VIC: Opportunities for Artists 
Thursday 18 July

As First Nation practitioners, ideas of art and public interface may fall within self determined initiatives or via opportunities afforded by external bodies. Some of these opportunities are ‘identified’: for First Nation practitioners only. Traversing West Space and BLINDSIDE, Opportunities for Artists explores how notions of inclusion might be performed rather than experienced. Read more.


SA: Illusion
Until Friday 19 July

How can we understand conflict when the media bombard us with incomprehensible facts and figures every day? Featuring work by Elyas Alavi, Avan Anwar, Ali Eslami, Sha Sarwari, Dominic Symes. Curated by Next Wave GM, Priya Pavri. Read more.


WA: Invitation Art Prize
Sunday 13 - Sunday 27 October

Next Wave 2020 artist, Bruno Booth is showing work in the Invitation Art Prize in Joondalup. The exhibition will feature the work of thirty Western Australian artists working in a broad range of mediums. Read more.


VIC: The Personal in Art
Friday 6 September

All art initiates from a kernel of emotional truth or lived experience – but what is an artist's responsibility when it comes to contextualising their work? Join Next Wave 2020 artist, Andy Butler with Azizeh Astaneh and Tai Snaith as they discuss where to draw the line. Read more.


ALL: Tiyan Baker, 'Hard As You Can'
Until the internet ends

Next Wave alumni, Tiyan Baker's new video work, 'Hard As You Can' is out now on Prototype - e-newsletter of experimental video art & short film. It untethers the connection between Fight Club and toxic communities of alt-right men with delusions of power and dominance. Read more.


VIC: Seth Kim-Cohen: Bargeld ist die neue Liebe & Roslyn Helper: Simulation 1.2 - Ovid's Unicorn
Thursday 25 July

A lecture-performance double header with new works by American writer, artist and musician Seth Kim-Cohen and Melbourne-based artist Roslyn Helper investigating ficto-critical frameworks, the 'real' world, and comedy. Read more.


NSW: Future, as part of GIANT LEAP
Saturday 20 July - Sunday 8 September

Drawing on the films and posters of this time, artists have created their own updated versions of future cities, transport, domestic gadget and AI, providing both utopian and dystopian visions. Featuring works by Next Wave 2020 artist, Kalanjay Dhir alongside Christelle Hug, Michael Cook, Clinton Gorst and David Greenhalgh. Read more.


Next Wave is Learning

Priya Pavri is Reading
Hito Steyerl, 'Duty Free Art: Art in the Age of Planetary Civil War'

Anita Spooner is listening to
Eva Díaz: ‘We Are All Aliens’

Sarah Werkmeister is reading
On Resigning from the British Museum’s Board


Nikki Lam is reading
China's "Social Credit System" Rates How Valuable You Are as a Human

Roslyn Helper is reading
Scott Morrison’s quiet Australians

Magenta Sheridan is reading
Who has the right to decide what art is made in Australia? Apparently not artists


Next Wave Suggests

ALL: Copyright Agency CREATE Grant round open

CREATE grants offer opportunities for mid-career and established creative writers and visual artists to create and develop new work by providing time to write and create. Applications are open now and close on Mon 19 Aug. Read more.

NSW: New South Wales Artists' Grant

The NSW Artists’ Grant has been initiated by NAVA to assist professional visual and media arts, craft and design practitioners residing in NSW to produce, present and promote their work throughout NSW, interstate and overseas. Artists residing in regional NSW and Western Sydney are encouraged to apply. Applications for this round close Sun 21 Jul.  Read more.

ALL: Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant round open

The Ian Potter Cultural Trust offers grants up to $10,000 to assist emerging and early career artists to undertake international professional development opportunities to gain experience, develop networks and learn skills from leaders in their field. Applications close on Tue 10 Sep. Read more.

QLD: Arts Queensland Individuals Grant now open

The Individuals Fund is for individual artists and cultural workers (emerging and established) to participate in transformational professional and career development opportunities. Applications for up to $10,000 are open now, and close on Fri 16 Aug. Read more.

ALL: Digital Writers' Festival artist call-out

The Digital Writers’ Festival is an online-first writers’ festival dedicated to celebrating the work of writers from Australia and across the world, and fostering new relationships through collaboration between writers. They're looking for artists to participate in this year's Festival. Applications close Thu 8 Aug. Read more.


QLD: IMA Belltower Callout

Early-career Queensland artists are invited to submit proposals for IMA Belltower at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts. There are two opportunities: Exhibition as part of IMA Belltower, and Artwork projection on the façade of the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts. You are welcome to propose existing or new works. Applications close Wed 31 Jul. Read more.

VIC: City of Yarra 2020 Annual Grants open

Applications are open for individuals, groups and organisations for projects and events taking place in the City of Yarra in 2020 across three streams: Arts Development, Festivals & Events and Community Arts. Applications close on Mon 22 Jul. Read more.

NSW: Create a new cultural hub in Haymarket, Sydney

City of Sydney are inviting applications from organisations that provide services to the community or cultural sectors to act as head tenant for the City of Sydney’s property at 744 George Street, Haymarket. Applications close Tue 27 Aug. Read more.

ALL: Career Development Grants for Individuals and Groups

If you are an individual artist, arts worker or group of artists, a Career Development Grant can provide support to further develop your skills or improve your capacity to build an enduring career in the arts. They can support a broad range of activities such as skills and professional development, mentorships, showcases, residencies and other projects directly related to your career development. Applications close Tue 1 Oct. Read more.


Next Wave Giveaway


Omar Musa, 'Since Ali Died'

Big World, Up Close is a series of six compelling works amplifying vital voices in contemporary performance, on at Arts Centre Melbourne this August. As part of the program, rapper, poet and author Omar Musa brings Since Ali Died to Melbourne. The performance uses the death of his hero Muhammad Ali as a lyrical springboard, relating it to the realities of growing up as a brown-skinned Muslim boy in Queanbeyan. We have a double pass to the session on Tue 13 Aug give away. To enter, email with the subject line ‘Muhammad’.


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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