Melbourne-based Next Wave is set to kickstart the new generation in Australian art, issuing a call-out for its new learning and presentation program, Kickstart Helix.

As an evolution of Next Wave’s renowned learning programs, Kickstart Helix brings together a diverse group of artists, curators, writers and producers into the one interconnecting program for the first time.

The program is open to emerging and early-career practitioners from across Australia, and will run throughout 2017. It is a year-long program of creative and professional development opportunities through residencies and workshops, as well as ongoing staff support and industry networking opportunities. Participants will be supported to develop their most ambitious creative work to date, with a presentation opportunity at Next Wave Festival in May 2018.

Next Wave Director/CEO Georgie Meagher and Creative Producer Erica McCalman are set to travel throughout Australia in October and November holding public briefing and meet with artists. Potential applicants are encouraged to make contact with Next Wave to discuss their ideas and organise appointments.

“The way that artists work has changed a lot since Next Wave began 32 years ago,” said Meagher. “We’re thrilled to launch this new iteration of our prestigious and competitive learning programs – one that’s more relevant, more inclusive and more empowering for Australia’s future art leaders,” said Meagher.

“Next Wave has a strong history of supporting and taking emerging artists to the next level. Kickstart Helix is an exciting new way for artists, curators, writers – and for the first time, producers – to take their bold and innovative ideas to reality,” said McCalman. “Collaboration is at the program’s core. In 2017 we want to give Kickstarters the opportunity to meet and learn from their peers.”

Further details about the program are available at Applications are due via the Next Wave website at 11.59pm on Thursday 17 November 2016.