Expressions of interest are now closed for our 2019 January – June* Creative Development Program.

If you’re an artist or company with a new performance project to develop, Brunswick Mechanics Institute (BMI) offers up to three weeks of free space, along with access to tech, production and industry support.

Selected projects are able to use either the Studio or Theatre space and may choose to work in one intensive or across multiple blocks over the season.

Approximately 30% of projects chosen will be from artists who live in the City of Moreland.

Expressions of interest will be assessed against the following criteria:

— High-quality, original concept
— Well-researched with a clear rationale
— Demonstrated social, cultural, political, environmental, personal relevance (why does this work need to be made now)
— Experimental, pushing artform boundaries, or innovating within a specific artform
— Where appropriate, considers cultural safety, environmental sustainability, access and inclusion

Expressions of Interest Due: 5pm, Wed 28 Nov 2018
Applicants Notified: No later than 14 Dec 2018

*Please note: Applications for both programs have now closed. We will run another application period for July – Dec 2019 development projects in May 2019. Please keep an eye on this page for updates.

Have a question? Get in touch with Mechanics via email or telephone (03) 9387 3376.

2019 Creative Development Artists (Jan - Jun)

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In the first half of 2019, Brunswick Mechanics Institute is allocating no less than 15 weeks of free creative development space to the following artists and collectives:

Oonagh Slater


Isabella Waru

Roberta Rich

Lydia Connolly-Hiatt

Will McRostie

Marcus Whale

Little Ones Theatre

More artist and project info coming soon!

2018 Creative Development Artists

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Over 2018, we will allocate no less than 26 weeks of free creative development space to the following artists and collectives.

CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT – 2018 Artists and Companies
Provides up to 4 weeks of free creative development space and more for artists or companies to develop new work.  See below for project synopses of 2018 selected projects.

Emma Palackic, Christopher Bryant & Justin Gardam: Lockpick Pornography is a genderqueer adventure story adapted from the novella of the same name by Joey Comeau, a darkly humourous exploration into queer political vigilantism and the way that aggression and anger can both galvanise and destroy us.

Field Theory: Final Visions is a performance event presenting live apocalyptic survival scenarios.  Prepare for the worst, hope for the best.

Bron Batten: Left Right Forward March is an interactive, live performance lecture, interrogating the ethics, morals, merits and drawbacks of left and right political stances within contemporary Australian culture.

Cera Maree Brown & Meri Leeworthy: investigate the cultural history and social dynamics of astrology.  They take a lateral and critical approach to a clichéd conversation by interviewing people with a range of perspectives about their understanding and practice of astrology.

David Woods: The Disability Slapstick Plan is a daring, funny, and complex work featuring artists with perceived physical disability. A triple-decker narrative of unconventional comedic proportions that navigates the intricacies of access and inclusion.

Nat Grant: developing a work for solo drummer and feedback. Simply titled Feed, this work interrogates unsolicited feedback around gender roles in and outside of the arts.

Ngioka Bunda-Heath: Second development working on an exciting new project tilted Blood Quantum.

Olivia Koh, Jimmy Nuttall & Nicholas Smith: These three multidisciplinary artists and collaborators will focus on a new body of work which takes the form of a series of performances and films, capturing actors and performers interacting in inner-suburban localities and constructed sets, playing out sequences of televisual vignettes.

Rachel Perks & Bridget Balodis: aka Double Water Sign. Calling on the almighty spectre of the Witch, MORAL PANIC unleashes all that is terrifying and unknowable about queerness and womanhood. It is an unsettling hallucination, an occult thriller and a very dark comedy.

Rasha Tayeh: Palestinian artist Rasha Tayeh has re-contextualised the Ancient Map of the Silk Road in the form of a dining table and invites audiences to explore pre-colonial narratives over a five-course meal in Spice Trails & Trade Routes.

Free and unlimited short notice space for artists and companies residing in the City of Moreland, to rehearse, make, meet, remount and create.

Daniel Schlusser
Geoffrey Watson
The Furies – Tessa Waters, Steph Speirs, Victoria Falconer & Rowena Hutson

International residencies

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Next Wave is proud to be a partner in Asialink Arts new Global Project Space in 2018, enabling the first international resident artist to travel to Melbourne in 2018.