Next Wave 2016 Project Call-out

Next Wave Festival 2016 Projects
Next Wave invites expressions of interest from emerging artists wanting to be part of Next Wave
Festival 2016.
We are seeking a small number of projects across artistic disciplines that will unfold in sites across
Melbourne in May 2016. We will accept applications for projects that are experimental, political and
interdisciplinary across any artform/s, however we have a focus on theatre/performance, online works
and discursive projects (projects that encourage critical thought within and around the Festival
through writing, speaking or other means). Applicants should demonstrate that their project is
conceptually and logistically ready for presentation in May 2016.
We believe a diverse conversation is a rich conversation. To this end, we want to amplify quiet voices,
offer radical propositions and attend to the peripheries instead of the centres. As such, we strongly
encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and GLBTIQ
artists to apply, as well as artists with a disability.
The Festival is being made without one single theme, but through many intersecting lines of thought.
This list is the beginning of an attempt to catalogue them:
With Next Wave Festival 2014 attracting audiences of 342,000, Next Wave remains a significant
moment of exposure for emerging artists. Being part of Next Wave will broaden your network of peers
and help you to take your arts practice to the next level.
Festival Details
Selected artists will receive from Next Wave:
Assistance seeking funding
Support with negotiating partnerships and accessing resources for the completion of the
Assistance with developing budgeting and project management skills
Some marketing and publicity support
Assistance with risk assessment and management
Assistance securing a venue
Ticketing through Next Wave’s ticketing system
Regular feedback on the conceptual development of their project
Selected artists are expected to:
Actively seek funding for the development and presentation of their project (inc. travel and
accommodation during the Festival)
Manage their project (this includes stage managing and production managing)
Actively publicise and market their project
Continually develop their project in the lead up to Next Wave Festival 2016
Attend regular meetings with Next Wave staff
Attend the Next Wave ‘all-in’ in Melbourne on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 September 2015.
Next Wave will cover flights and accommodation within Australia for one artist per project.
Assessment of Expressions of Interest (EOIs) is ongoing and applicants can expect to hear from Next
Wave within two weeks of submitting their EOI. Next Wave will receive EOIs until 11:59PM AEST
Monday 8 June 2015. EOIs will be assessed by the Next Wave Artistic Team in consultation with the
Curatorial Advisory Committee and other industry peers. Next Wave will contact applicants to discuss
their possible inclusion in the Festival and may ask for further information such as a budget or
EOIs will only be accepted digitally.
Submitting your Expression of Interest
Please submit your EOI using the ONLINE FORM found at
Make sure you have:
Read all the information available on our website.
Prepared your responses to the following fields on the online form:
o Project Description (250 words max.)
o Presentation (100 words max.)
o Your Practice (250 words max.)
Prepared your support material. Support material must be provided online. Direct us to your
website, vimeo, flickr, soundcloud or blog. Up to three (3) URLs can be provided. Support
material can include:
o images (up to 20)
o video footage (up to 10 min)
o audio (up to 10 min)
o text-based material (up to 1,000 words)
Prepared your CV. When filling in the online form, be prepared to upload a Curriculum Vitae.
Point-form is encouraged and include only what is relevant to your application (max. 1 page per
group member; max. 4 pages in total).
Etched the dates of the Next Wave ‘all-in’ into your diary. It is a condition of acceptance into
the Festival that you attend this 2-day intensive on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 September 2015.
Etched the dates of the Festival into your diary. Next Wave Festival will take place in May
About Next Wave
Next Wave challenges our understanding of what art can be. Through our development programs
and biennial Festival, Next Wave assists emerging artists to realise extraordinary new work that
invites us to see the world and ourselves in unexpected ways. Our programs support young artists to
take creative risks, to establish critically-engaged professional practices and to launch their work into
a wider artistic and public domain. Our projects transform familiar sites, and activate new audiences.
Next Wave also ignites a broader debate about art and its role in contemporary society. The next Next
Wave Festival will be held in May 2016.
Talk to Next Wave
For enquiries or further information about the Next Wave Festival 2016 Project EOIs please don’t
hesitate to call Next Wave on 03 9329 9422 or email [email protected] If you are deaf, or
have a hearing or speech impairment, you can contact us through the National Relay Service and
ask for 03 9329 9422.