Brown’s Mart Theatre

Darwin’s first home for theatre and live performance

Darwin Airport BUILD-UP and SHIMMER

Darwin Airport Build Up

Darwin Airport BUILD UP is our seeding & development program. Each year, Brown’s Mart will offer NT based theatre and artistic teams the opportunity of a residency of up to a month in the Brown’s Mart Studio in order to investigate, explore and develop new ideas for live performance. It is through BUILD UP that future Shimmer productions and partnerships will be identified and developed.
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SHIMMER will be an annual curated season of new Territory theatre. In 2018, Brown’s Mart is presenting its sixth curated season of new works by local artists. For details on the work that is supported through Brown's Mart SHIMMER program please download SHIMMER programming guidelines

Darwin Airport BUILD UP and SHIMMER

Curatorial Vision Artists wishing to develop or have their work produced through Brown’s Mart need to have a clear vision for their work. This includes being able to demonstrate: WHY they want to create the work; WHO the work is being created for: and how the work is RELEVANT to a contemporary audience. For work to be accepted as part of BUILD UP it needs to pass an open application process assessed by an independent peer review panel. Applicants are encouraged to discuss their applications with the Executive Director before submitting their work.

For information please download BUILD UP Guidelines for artists
To apply download Application form BUILD UP

Selection Process Proposals will be assessed by a Peer Selection panel of three industry peers and the Executive Director (ED). The peer selection panel will be chosen by the ED and approved by the Brown’s Mart Board of Management. Artists wishing to have their work considered for the SHIMMER season of work should send proposals to For further information contact: Sean Pardy, Executive Director or by calling 8981 5522


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