Our flagship New Work development program BUILD UP has four exciting projects supported in 2023.

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

2023 BUILD UP recipients include new Aboriginal Comedy, a blending of cultural and contemporary dance practice, a new collaborative script set in the heart of Australia, and a reconstruction of Indian femininity. Across the next 9 months our artists will work to develop their projects through self directed development processes across the Territory - we’re looking forward to sharing more stories with you and also some glimpses of these works as they take shape.


Photograph of two people sitting down facing each other. One of them is looking down slightly with a hand raised, palm facing out. the other person has jewellery draped across their lap and is holding several pieces in their hand that they are looking at.
Close up cropped in photograph of someone facing their right side and looking to the left facing the camera. They are in front of our limestone wall in the courtyard.
4 images cropped together in a square. Three of the images contain cropped portrait photographs of three different people who are looking at the camera. The image on the bottom left is of a remote road.
Close up portrait photograph of someone looking at the camera smiling slightly.



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


2024 applications open by December 2023, and close early in the new year for projects beginning from March 2024.



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.


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

You can reach our Artistic Associates Cj, Nadine, and James at

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