‘Next Wave plays a key role in Victoria and Australia’s contemporary art scene, by presenting new art, new artists and new possibilities. This Year’s festival theme is aims to get us thinking, to challenge conventions and to encourage us to look at the world differently.’ - Peter Batchelor:  Victorian Arts Minister

100 Proofs the Earth is Not a Globe. Photo by Shea Bresnehan.
Next Wave Kickstart

Kickstart is Next Wave’s major developmental activity, assisting young artists across art forms to develop new work in a supportive environment. Kickstart projects are developed with a view towards inclusion in the forthcoming Next Wave Festival and respond to that Festival’s theme; Kickstart 2009 projects responded to the 2010 Festival’s theme No Risk Too Great.

Successful Kickstart applicants are eligible for support which includes financial assistance, creative development, budgeting and marketing advice, feedback, administrative advice and support from Next Wave staff. Kickstart includes 3, three-day development intensives for participating artists. These intensives include seminars, presentations, field trips and discussion forums which extend the participant’s knowledge and experience of independent artistic practice, from both a creative and professional point of view.

Our 2009 Next Wave Kickstart artists:
Brown Council (NSW)
Katherine Beckett (NSW)
Nicole Breedon (VIC)
Ashley Dyer (NSW)
Rachel Feery, Ed Gould and Lisa Stewart (VIC)
The Sisters Hayes (VIC)
TAPE Projects (VIC)
Alisdair Macindoe (VIC)
The Restaged Histories project (QLD)
Rob McCredie (VIC)
Bennett Miller (WA)
Jessica Olivieri and Hayley Forward with the Parachutes for Ladies (NSW)
Hannah Raisin (VIC)
Peter Reid (VIC)
Eddie Sharp (NSW)
Fiona Bryant and Kate Stanley (VIC)
George Egerton-Warburton (WA)

‘Next Wave kept urging us to push it to a higher level. The mentoring has been great.'Jess Olivieri, Kickstart artist

Come on the Scene, was Next Wave’s major regional Victoria touring program in 2009. Five Regional Kickstart artists who presented new work in the 2008 Next Wave Festival took their projects back to regional Victoria in a unique project supported by Visions of Australia and NETS Victoria’s Exhibition Development Fund.

Created within the young artists’ regional communities, each artist’s work fussed innovative contemporary art methodologies and processes with a grass-roots connections to the people and communities, which characterise their town or regional centre. The resulting work provided a fresh perspective on regional Australia and the role of art in fostering a new sense of community and connectedness in this context.

Curated by Jeff Khan and Tamara Marwood, Come on the Scene included video, sculpture, printmaking and installation works by Ellen Coyle, Trevor Flinn, Carly Preston, Roderick Sprigg and Pip Stafford, and was toured to Warnambool, Shepparton, Horsham, Swan Hill and Tarralgon from March to November 2009. More than 13,000 people saw this touring exhibition.