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.

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 office and rehearsal space, project mentoring, peer-support, professional advice and advocacy, and other resources as required.

Applicants must be based in the Northern Territory. Projects can occur anywhere throughout the Northern Territory.



Successful projects will be chosen based on

  • a clearly explained 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
  • a compelling explanation of how BUILD UP will develop their professional practice
  • a clear, achievable plan and a realistic budget


Click here to check out the 2024 recipients. You can also view previous participants from 2023 and 2022 here.



All BUILD UP artists receive:

    • Up to $15,000 for their project
    • Access to space at Brown’s Mart 
    • Artistic feedback and professional advice as required
    • Advocacy and promotion of the project within the performing arts industry as required
    • An offer of future project support (including auspicing for funding the project's future development)
    • Support and advice in coordinating showcasing and feedback mechanisms
    • Financial / budgeting support

All BUILD UP artists will:

  • Develop their project in line with their submitted application plan and budget, and discuss changes with Brown's Mart
  • Participate in 3x yearly BUILD UP group events (online or in person)
  • Allocate $1000 of awarded funds for documentation.
  • Liaise with Brown’s Mart regarding the documentation of their project and share documentation with Brown’s Mart for shared use
  • Acknowledge Brown’s Mart’s support in all future iterations of the project


Brown’s Mart will be responsible for the financial management of the BUILD UP development, as well as Workplace Health and safety if the development takes place at Brown’s Mart.

The applicant remains the driver of their work and is responsible for scheduling and running their BUILD UP development.

Brown’s Mart’s Artistic Associates will support the applicant through both structured and informal check ins.


You can submit an application in one of three ways.

  1. The online form below
  2. Video submission. 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.
  3. Interview. Applicants can apply via a conversation with an Artistic Associate. The conversation will be filmed for the assessment panel, and will be following the questions in the application form. This can happen in person or online. Interview applications will take place February 6-10, and will be arranged via email, phone, or in person.

We recommend artists discuss their application with an Artistic Associate prior to submitting.



A budget template form is available HERE, or you can supply your own in your application.

  • Applicants should attach a budget to their application.*
  • All artists should be paid for their work on a BUILD UP project, with necessary on-costs (super and workers compensation) included. Projects that do not include wages for participating artists will not be considered.
  • Budgets MUST include documentation of the project, with $1000 of the potential $15000 funds used for documentation. Artists may specify their plan to spend these documentation funds OR Brown’s Mart can plan documentation with them after they are successful. This should include video, photography, audio, artistic responses, or some combination of the above.
  • Funds can be used for travel, equipment, wages, cultural consultation, accommodation, child-care, design and fabrication, venue hire, dramaturgy, research or other activities or items associated with the development of your BUILD UP project.

*If you need to provide your budget by talking instead of as a written document, you should submit your whole application via interview, rather than online form or video.

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December 2024
2025 applications open

February 2025
Applications close

March 2025
BUILD UP group meeting #1

August 2025
BUILD UP group meeting #2

November 2025
BUILD UP group meeting #3

BUILD UP projects should take place between March and December of 2025 where possible.


Office closure: The Brown's Mart team are unable to discuss your applications over the New Year break from December 20 - January 7.



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

You can reach an Artistic Associate at artistic@brownsmart.com.au, at 8981 5522, or:

Cj: artistic_cj@brorwnsmart.com.au

Nadine: artistic_nadine@brownsmart.com.au

James: artistic_James@brownsmart.com.au

You can reach CEO Sophia at ceo@brownsmart.com.au.

Application Questions

You can view the Application on the form at the bottom of this page OR you can download the questions here.

The questions on the form and in the document are the same and are written in plain English.


2024 applications have now closed, 2025 applications will open later in the year.

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