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How does the shifting media landscape affect what we imagine?


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Breakfast Club is a platform that interrogates how the world and art collide.

Following a highly successful series at the Wheeler Centre during the 2012 Next Wave Festival, your early morning shot of artistic and intellectual insight is back. Every Wednesday morning for four weeks this June, we’ll explore different issues that stimulate our artists and creative thinkers as they develop new work.

We’re not interested in expert-led formats or a room full of people thinking the same things; we want big opinions, good discussion and personal stories. And coffee (that’s important). Each event runs for one hour, and will be punctuated by a series of provocations from artists, writers, thinkers and commentators. Guests for this session are Giselle Stanborough, Matt Blackwood and Jessica Alice. Your host will be Emily Sexton.

The biennial Next Wave Festival will take place in May, 2014. The aim of this series is to get the artists (and audiences) thinking about the big questions.

Light breakfast by Yoghurt Culture and Small Batch coffee by donation.

More online

Stop, collaborate and listen. Follow #NWbclub to discuss Breakfast Club topics on Twitter (two ‘Live Scribes’ will be tweeting each event); subscribe to the brand new Breakfast Club podcast (via Soundcloud or iTunes) and catch up with blog posts at the Next Wave website.


Matt Blackwood

Matt Blackwood is an award-winning writer and artist who has received commissions for his Locative Literature projects. He is fascinated with stories experienced and linked to the places where these stories are set, no matter how magnificent or mundane. Matt’s passion for literature and place led ... Read more

Giselle Stanborough

Giselle Stanborough is an emerging intermedia artist whose practice often addresses online user generated media and the way in which such technologies encourage us to identify and perform notions of self. She graduated from COFA in 2010 with the University Medal. Since then she has exhibited in gall... Read more

Emily Sexton

Emily Sexton is a former Head of Programming for the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas. She was the recipient of a prestigious Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship in 2014. Previously, she was Artistic Director of Next Wave (2010–14), where her key achievements were a radical rethink of an ar... Read more

Jessica Alice

Jessica Alice is a writer, editor, broadcaster and speaker from Melbourne.She is Poetry Editor of Scum and Sex & Gender Columnist for Spook magazine. Jessica was Co-Director of the National Young Writers’ Festival in 2014 & ’15. Jessica’s writing ... Read more


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