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Have your say: Creative State 2020+


Hey Next Wavers! If you’re based in Victoria and care about the future of the arts, this one is for you. Creative Victoria are now seeking views and ideas from the sector to inform their next four-year creative industries strategy. This is a great opportunity for us to collectively put forward what we think is going to be important for the arts to prioritise over the coming years.

Next Wave is passionate about creating the conditions for artists to thrive. Here is what we’re hoping the Government will take on board as they put together their strategy: 

Investing in artist learning is key to a rigorous, robust, inspiring and inclusive artistic ecology.
Investing in the development of new work contributes to a sustainable sector and positive social change.
Prioritising cultural safety and inclusion programs and initiatives ensures that our conversations are rich, diverse and open to all.
Providing greater support to the Victorian Festival sector will grow audiences, increase accessibility and sector capacity.

We’d love it if you could hop on to the Creative State 2020+ portal and put forward your ideas, insights or provocations. To contribute, you can:

-    Post your thoughts on their online ideas wall 
-    Upload a written or video submission
-    Head to a consultation workshop if you’re in Melbourne, or host your own

Submissions close at the end of August, and anybody can have their say.


Next Wave Suggests


VIC: Hell is Other People
Opens Thu 1 Aug

James Nguyen (Next Wave alumni) and Ciaran Begley’s exhibition Hell is Other People is a collaboration that utilises the Nissen Hut - a ubiquitous example of military flatpack design - to process personal histories affected by successive policies of confinement that continue to define the Australian project. Read more.


SA: TRANSCRIPTIONS 2, a live issue of fine print magazine
Fri 6 Sep

Next Wave 2020 artists, fine print, have invited artists and writers to respond to the collection in the Elder Wing of Australian Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia with a series of readings and performances. Read more


NSW: TE MOLIMAU by Taofia Pelesasa
Wed 7 - Sat 24 Aug

Presented in association with Black Birds (Next Wave 2020 artists), Te Molimau is set between Tokelau and Western Sydney, against the changing Pacific landscape. It sees Vitolina, a young woman who is the only remaining person on the sinking Pacific nation of Tokelau in its final moments above the ocean. Read more.


VIC: Deep Soulful Sweats presents Rrrahh! The Future
Sat 10 Aug

Next Wave alumni and dance party aficionados, Deep Soulful Sweats are presenting 'Rrrahh! The Future'. Awaken the life force, sprout some greens, spread the sunshine all around and into your bones. Read more.


SA: The Scene is the seen
Tue 27 Aug – Sat 21 Sep

Curated by Next Wave 2020 artist, Rayleen Forester and Ray Harris, The Scene is the seen is an exhibition, performance and critical writing event of emerging and mid-career South Australian practitioners, exploring the potent relationship between text and art. Read more.


VIC: Great Movements of Feeling
Throughout 2020-21

Originally presented as part of Next Wave 2018, the exhibition Great Movements of Feeling considers emotion through a personal and historical lens; as a force that occurs between people, concepts and objects. It’s touring Victoria in the near future. Read more.


VIC: Channels Festival
Sat 24 Aug - Sun 15 Sep

Rolling out across Melbourne and beyond, the 2019 Channels Festival highlights Australian and international artists working across video and performance. Participating artists have been invited to develop and present works that examine how social, cultural and technological structures impact collective and individual visibility and agency. Read more.


Next Wave is Learning

Sullivan Patten is reading
White Psycho Dream Girls

Nikki Lam is reading
Reinvention in Six Parts: Meditations on Julie Koh’s Asia/Australia

Emily Sweeney is reading
Victoria Perin on I will never run out of lies nor love


Bobbie Virgona is watching
Robbie Hood

Sarah Werkmeister is reading
Lights, camera, caption! Why subtitles are no longer just for the hard of hearing

Magenta Sheridan is reading
Office Romance 


Next Wave Suggests

VIC: KINGS ARI exhibition call-out

KINGS Artist-Run applications for exhibitions are open now. Each year, they look to deliver a series of artistically exciting and discursively engaged projects; accompanied by talks, performances and written content. Applications close Sat 10 Aug. Read more.

ALL: Australia Council at Dhaka Art Summit

Now in its fifth edition, the Dhaka Art Summit (DAS) is a hub for art and architecture in South Asia, held at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, in the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. The Australia Council will lead a cluster of creative collectives and individuals to DAS 2020 from 7 – 15 February 2020. Applications close Tue 3 September. Read more.


NSW: First Nations Curators' Program

Applications to Firstdraft’s First Nations Curators’ Program are open year round and assessed periodically. The program supports an emerging Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander practitioner to present an exhibition at Firstdraft, and is designed to provide early career practitioners with new skills and professional development. Read more.

ALL: Copyright Agency Fellowship for a Visual Artist 

The Copyright Agency’s fellowship program awards one 80K Fellowship each year to an established Australian visual artist to develop and create new work in any medium for exhibition or public presentation. The Fellowship is for projects starting after 1 January 2020. Applications close Mon 23 September. Read more.


Next Wave Giveaway



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, Narangga/ Kaurna performer, Jacob Boehme will be performing BLOOD ON THE DANCEFLOOR, exploring the legacies and memories of our bloodlines, our need for community, and what blood means to each of us. We have a double pass to the session at 7.30pm on Tue 20 Aug give away. To enter, email with the subject line ‘BLOOD ON THE DANCEFLOOR’.


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