This is the Next Wave Emerging Curators Program

Next Wave’s Emerging Curators Program was established in collaboration with Gertrude Contemporary over 15 years ago, supporting emerging curators to develop exhibition projects at this iconic Melbourne institution. In 2014, West Space and Centre for Contemporary Photography joined to extend the program to multiple galleries and into public space.

We are thrilled to announce that in 2015-16, Next Wave will continue working with Gertrude Contemporary, West Space and Centre for Contemporary Photography alongside new partners Liquid Architecture and Arts Project Australia.

We invite proposals for research-driven curatorial projects in their early stages, to be developed through 12 months of mentorship with some of Melbourne’s leading curators and presented at Next Wave Festival 2016. As each opportunity has a different focus, applicants are encouraged to select the most appropriate partner and direct their application to one of these organisations.

Who is it for?

This program is for curators (including artists-as-curators, producers, writers, activists and other types of organisers) who are interested in long-term project development and mentorship to explore, expand and renew contexts for the presentation of art and ideas. Participants are encouraged to consider expanded curatorial practice, inclusive of exhibitions, event-based and performance projects, and projects that are site-specific, digital or discursive. We strongly encourage applications from curators who are Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or culturally and linguistically diverse, as well as curators with a disability.

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Timelines & Key Dates
Thursday 2 April 2015
Applications open

Thursday 30 April 2015
Applications close at 11:59pm AEST

Late May 2015
All applicants notified of outcome via email

June 2015 – May 2016
Curators develop projects in the lead-up to Next Wave Festival 2016, and attend regular meetings with their program partner and Next Wave.

Friday 25 – Saturday 26 September 2015
Next Wave ‘all in’: Melbourne, Victoria
A two day workshop and briefing session with all Next Wave Festival artists and participants

May 2016
Next Wave Festival 2016

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