Next Wave 2018

03 September — 22 September 2018

Constantin Malmare NWA, Alfredo Jaar, mixed media, Next Wave 2016.

About Next Wave

The Next Wave project began in 2014 as an exciting new venture for the RBSA. The project aimed to stage an exhibition of work by emerging and early-career artists that would add to the variety of the RBSA Gallery’s exhibition programme. It also aimed to support and promote the exhibitors to help them develop their career in the arts sector. Following the success of Next Wave 2014, the RBSA made it a biennial project so that the aims could be developed and continued.

To view the exhibition catalogue for Next Wave 2016, click here.

To view a film of Next Wave 2014, click here.

Deadline to enter

Entry form and digital file(s) of the work(s) entered by 4pm on Wednesday 4 July.

Call for entries - How to enter

The application pack is available to download from this page -  Click the download in the upper-right. The deadline to submit your entry form is Wednesday 4 July.

This exhibition is open to all early career artists working in all media*, up to ten years post-qualification. All entries are to be made by digital submission.

  1. Click the link on the top right to download the application pack or send a SAE to the Gallery. Please use Adobe® Reader® (free software).
  2. Read through all the terms and conditions in the application pack.
  3. Complete the entry form and exhibit labels.
  4. Return the entry form and images by the deadline stated in the application pack. We recommend that artists submit their entry several days before the deadline so there is time to deal with any technical difficulties. 

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Call for entries - How to pay your entry fee

Please ensure that you follow the instructions provided and check your payment carefully.

  1. The fee is £10 per artist. There is a 50% (£5) discount for artists aged 35 and under.
  2. Select the relevant button below to be taken to the PayPal payment portal.
  3. Click the relevant checkout button. The yellow checkout button will take you to your PayPal account. The white button will take you to a guest account to pay using your card details.

Entry fee for artists aged over 35 (£10)


Entry fee for artists aged 35 and under (£5)

Troubleshooting download problems

Downloading files involves many variables and these may cause various problems. If you experience any issue when downloading the application pack please check the following to help you resolve the problem:

+ Is the latest (free) version of Adobe® Reader® installed on your computer?
+ Which browser are you using? We recommend Firefox.
+ Check that your computer settings allow you to download files.

If you are still unable to download the application pack after checking the above, please try to right click the link and choose 'Save link as'.

If none of the above enables you to download the application pack, please click here to contact us and we will be happy to send it to you via email.

* We do not have the facilities to show video therefore cannot accept this medium unless you can provide your
own equipment.


Key Dates

  • Next Wave 2018
    03 September — 22 September 2018

    An exciting exhibition of contemporary art by emerging and early-career artists.