Australia Council discontinue Next Wave’s Organisational Funding

Art Announcement from Australia. Published by anonymous on Friday 13 May 2016.

With a long history of nurturing and supporting the next generation of artists across Australia, the Board of Next Wave are shocked and disappointed by the decision of the Australia Council to discontinue Next Wave’s organisational funding.

A healthy flourishing community needs a healthy and flourishing arts community. We need voices
that challenge, question and provide ways to think anew. Artists provide that critical voice.

‘We are saddened by this decision; Next Wave has a long history and enviable reputation built upon our support of creative risk taking, says Janenne Willis, Chair, Next Wave Board.

‘We have worked with some of Australia’s leading artists early in their career, today our alumni are
some of Australia’s most important and influential artists and curators, from Deborah Mailman, Patricia Piccinini and Chris Mann to ACCA’s Max Delany and Gertrude Contemporary’s Mark
Feary.

Following the axing of a number of Australia Council programs dedicated to emerging artists,
including JUMP and Artstart we are concerned about the shrinking number of opportunities for
young artists, leading us to question where support for the next generation of artists will come from.
Next Wave is an important feeder to the major arts organisations; we uncover extraordinary talent
and provide them with the tools and pathways for a sustainable artistic practice. This is devastating
news not just for Next Wave but for all artists and the Australian community.’

This news comes in the midst of the 2016 Festival, which is being met with critical and audience
acclaim, and record-breaking box office numbers. While this is a significant financial loss, Next Wave remains determined to move forward and continue their important work.

Next Wave is in solidarity and supports our colleagues in this very difficult time for the arts across Australia.

Next Wave’s current Australia Council funding agreement concludes in December 2016.

Established in 1984, Next Wave is the most comprehensive platform in Australia for a new
generation of artists taking creative risks. Next Wave produces unparalleled learning programs and a biennial festival which reflect a commitment to social and cultural diversity, environmental
sustainability and inclusion.

Janenne Willis, Chair, Next Wave Board and Georgie Meagher, Artistic Director, Next Wave
Festival are available for interview.