The Abbotsford Convent partners with other arts and cultural organisations, festivals and events to develop artistic practice, expand our public programs, attract diverse audiences and create new conversations and thought-provoking experiences for everyone to enjoy at the Convent.
The Convent is proud to be a Festival Partner with Next Wave Festival – Australia’s leading platform for a new generation of artists taking creative risks.
Next Wave’s learning programs and biennial festival reflects a commitment to social and cultural diversity, environmental sustainability and inclusion – values that the Abbotsford Convent shares.
In May 2018, the Convent was home to four dynamic Next Wave projects:
- ‘Daydreamer Wolf’ by Elyas Alavi – a cross-disciplinary exhibition in which artist and award-winning poet Alavi documents his experiences as a Hazara refugee, artist and migrant to Australia, through personal, playful and mythological lenses
- ‘Future City Inﬂatable’ by Ellen Davies & Alice Heyward – a durational dance piece in which Davies and Heyward look tothe experimental and radical architecture movements ofthe 1960s and 1970s, using choreography to transform theseunmade designs into living processes for growth, change,caution and fantasy
- ‘On the Border of Things (Part Two)’ by James Nguyen & Nguyen Cong Ai – Join James for a road trip with his artist uncle, Ai,and settle in for the ride! Viewed from the driver’s seat of an old ute, this documentary is a playful and refreshingly candid take on the classic road trip trope
- ‘Ritual’ – Each day of Next Wave, a new artist leads us through new rituals at a different festival location. Say a prayer, share a cup of tea, burn, weave, dance, make offerings – you don’t know until you get there! One thing is for sure, though, you will connect, strengthen, transform and reflect.
In 2017, the Convent was also proud to host the Next Wave 2018 Festival Artist Intensive in preparation for this year’s Festival, which included Luke King’s Auslan class, a Welcome to Country from Wurundjeri elder Uncle Perry and an engaging festival marketing workshop presented by industry figureheads from the Abbotsford Convent, the Northcote Townhall and RRR.
We look forward to hosting more events, works and exhibitions showcasing new generation talent with Next Wave into the future.
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To discuss arts and cultural programming and partnership opportunities, contact the ACF’s Producer, Natalie Smith.
Learn more about Next Wave on the Next Wave website.