18 May 2017
An exciting new vision for Brunswick Mechanics Institute is on its way following the appointment of Next Wave as new managers of the venue from 1 July.
Next Wave has a 33-year track record of pushing creative careers to the next level and are known for creative risk-taking, embracing cultural diversity and fostering inclusion.
From 1 July the venue will dedicate half of its use to free or highly subsidised artistic development and will partner with existing festivals, including Melbourne Fringe.
Next Wave Director and CEO Georgie Meagher says Next Wave is thrilled to be collaborating with Moreland City Council to manage such an important cultural asset in Brunswick.
"We want the Mechanics Institute to be locally loved and internationally renowned, a real hub that is focused on providing dedicated time and space for artists to create and develop new works," said Ms Meagher.
For the last four years the Mechanics Institute has been expertly managed by Metanoia Theatre, which made a significant and valued contribution to the venue's development during this time, particularly through its Live Works program, which saw a number of artists supported in the creative development of new works.
Next Wave's offices will remain at the Meat Market in North Melbourne.