Art Project

A Rising Tide 

Image of curators from Next Wave
  • Performance
  • Sound Art
  • Visual art
  • Writing

Last updated

28th March 2024


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A Rising Tide is a leadership and curatorial development program, initiated in partnership by Next Wave and VicHealth and involving four early-career practitioners, Banda, Matisse Laida, MaggZ, and Lydia Tesema—collectively known as the Young Artistic Directorate.

A Rising Tide encourages experimentation and risk-taking in curating, community building and culture-making, and is guided by Next Wave’s Young Creative Lead, Nickila De Silva. A Rising Tide emerged in response to a sector need for mentorship and capacity building for early-career artists and community organisers. This includes learning how to advocate—as an early-career practitioner—for accessible, culturally safe, and ethical working conditions, and how to navigate presumptions about young people that can negatively impact early-career participation and engagement in the arts.

As a convener, Next Wave—whose values are grounded in justice, friendship, and care—supports this through several methods: intergenerational and transdisciplinary collaborations, long-form and intersectional relationship building, and exploring experimental practice. Sometimes this looks like sharing food, hanging out and making art together.

As an inaugural program, A Rising Tide taps into Next Wave’s commitment to support a world shaped by artists, and its forty-year history as a launch pad for early-career practitioners.

Schedule of Events 2024

Fri 19 Jan - A Rising Tide: Y-AD Launch shoot day

Purpose: Create multiple short videos and hero images to share and hard-launch the A Rising Tide program and the respective Young Artistic Directorate. This clip is intended to highlight the personalities, processes and work of the Young Artistic Directorate from the micro to the macro, offering insight into this exciting new program and the people behind it. This content will be used to build the personal profiles of the Y-AD and to build the ART profile, to bring traction to the years programming/events, while also acting as a tool for documentation for VicHealth objectives.


  • Time: 10am-5pm

  • Location: Collingwood House

  • Open to public: No

Fri 8 Mar - Future River: IWD performance

Collab event with Brunswick Music Festival and Blak Dot

More info here


Time: Friday 8 March 6-9pm

Location: Counihan Gallery and Brunswick Mechanics Courtyard (DJs)

Open to the public: Yes (free event)

Fri 19 Apr - (nexus)

Radical Hospitality event by MaggZ


Time: Friday 8 March, 6-9pm

Location: High Note, Northcote

Open to public: Yes (free event, but registration required)

24 & 25 May - All School LAB

Day 1 – Thurs 24 May 

  • Welcome to Country (library rooftop)
  • Performance lecture with Nat Randall (L1 library)
  • Exchange with the CEO/ED, AD and Y-AD (L1 library)
  • Networking drinks (bar nearby library – TBC)
  • Experimental Sauna, with Bethany J Fellows (Science gallery – tbc)

Day 2 – Fri 25 May 

  • Talk with Erica McCalman (TBC) (L1 library)
  • Pickling workshop with Marian Abboud (L1 library)
  • Performance lecture with Georgia Cranko/Rebecca Bracewell (TBC) (L1 library)
  • 40 Year anniversary party, curated by the Y-AD at Brunswick Mechanics Institute, from 6.30pm


Time: 24 & 25 May

Location: Narrm Ngarggu library Science Gallery, Brunswick Mechanics

Open to public: Yes (ticketed)

Fri 26 Jul - Share House Exhibition

Radical Hospitality event by Banda - closed/invite only


Time: TBC

Location: TBC

Open to public: No

Sept - Radical Hospitality (Lydia)


Time: September - TBC

Location: TBC

Open to public: TBC

Nov - Radical Hospitality (Matisse)


Time: November - TBC

Location: TBC

Open to public: TBC