In 2022 Brown’s Mart was thrilled to receive a record number of applications to our BUILD UP program.

This program supports the development of bold, urgent and relevant performance work from across a range of artforms, artists and cultural practices.

2022 BUILD UP recipients include several projects that connect deeply to Yolngu culture, a musical beatboxing drag journey, a verbatim theatre work about family and resilience, a deep dive into Indonesian sounds, an experimental theatre work investigating fear of the ‘other’, two text-based works which explore a mother’s right to autonomy and the autistic female experience, and an immersive performative piece about our relationship with death and dying.

Development on these works will roll out across the year and across the Territory – we’re looking forward to sharing more stories with you and also some glimpses of these works as they take shape.


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BUILD UP supports the development of bold, urgent and relevant performance work from a range of artforms, artists and cultural practices, offering funding, time and space to develop ideas without the pressures of a public performance outcome.


Projects can be submitted at any stage in their development


BUILD UP applicants may receive up to $15,000 in funds towards the development of a work, plus additional in-kind support such as office and rehearsal space, project mentoring, professional advice and advocacy, and other resources as required.


Applicants must be based in the Northern Territory and have the option to develop their project where they are OR come to Darwin and develop their project at Brown’s Mart:



Successful projects will be chosen based on

  • a clearly articulated and passionate vision with ideas that are bold, urgent and relevant
  • a demonstrated interest in creating work that is accessible to both new and existing audiences within the Territory and beyond
  • demonstrating how this support during BUILD UP will develop their professional practice
  • having a clear plan for progressing the project and a realistic budget


  • Applications are submitted via an online form.
  • Alternatively, applicants can submit their application via up to ten (10) minutes of video or audio along with your budget. Please move through the Application Form to see where to upload your budget and what questions you should address.


All BUILD UP artists will be supported by the Brown’s Mart team with the following:

  • Access to space at Brown’s Mart
  • Artistic feedback and professional advice
  • Regular check-ins during the project
  • Advocacy and promotion of the project within the performing arts industry
  • Future project planning (including auspice support for funding the project's future development)
  • Wrap-up including coordination of showcasing and feedback mechanisms
  • Financial / budgeting support
  • Advice on technical and production elements


November 2022 - 2023 applications open



Brown’s Mart will be responsible for the financial management of the BUILD UP project. The applicant will remain the Producer of their work and is responsible for coordinating any other artists involved.

Following the completion of the BUILD UP project, an acquittal conversation/debrief will be scheduled with a member of the Brown’s Mart Artistic Leadership Team and Brown’s Mart CEO.


Please reach out to the Brown’s Mart team who would love to work with you with any BUILD UP questions. 

You can reach CEO Sophia Hall at or on 8981 5522.

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