Next Wave festival has been hailed as Australia’s most comprehensive platform for a new generation of artists taking creative risks. This year’s festival launches today, and is set to bring 36 new art projects to Melbourne until May 22.

The biennial festival features performances, music, parties, visual art and workshops at a number of iconic locations across the city including ACMI, Northcote Town Hall, Domain House at the Royal Botanical Gardens and The Toff in Town.

The exhibitions explore diverse themes, such as the effect of distance and perception on landscape (Emma Fishwick’s ‘microLandscapes’); the trade of emotion, intimacy, chemistry and authenticity (Nat Randall’s ‘The Second Woman); and what it means to experience a place at a distance (Claire Robertson’s ‘Far From Here’).

Next Wave reflects a commitment to social and cultural diversity, environmental sustainability and inclusion, attracting risk-taking artists and audiences.

Of the 36 premiere works on display, 75 per cent are created by women and 20 per cent by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.

For the full program and information head to 2016.nextwave.org.au

Image: Emma Fishwick’s ‘microLandscapes’