New Work Program

The future of NT Performance is here


Responsive and flexible to the needs of Territory performing artists, our New Work Program is a commitment to supporting the development of new performance work which is bold, urgent and relevant.

Projects may vary from the seed of an idea to a new artistic partnership, from a first phase creative investigation, to ongoing development of a work. Artists can apply for the type of support that best suits their project or can progress an idea or project by seeking support from several of the initiatives across a longer development period.

BUILD UP supports the development of 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, and succesful applicants may receive up to $15,000 in funds towards the development of a work, plus additional in-kind support.

a list of succesful 2023 projects is available here

a list of succesful 2022 projects is available here

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Based on a model designed by Tasmania Performs, and delivered in partnership with Performing Lines.

The Brown’s Mart Residency is a three-day weekend intensive which connects artists with each other and with three nationally recognised mentors, nurturing exploration and risk-taking this July.

Through an immersive period of collaboration, exploration and reflection, participants from all areas of practice generate new ideas, progress projects and forge creative relationships.

Following the residency, alumni receive ongoing mentorship throughout the year.

The Brown's Mart Residency is open for applications now

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Performance Experiments is a self-directed chance for artists to spend an intensive week focusing on collaborating and investigating, paired with an artist from a different artform. This new program will pay these two artists to create and play and will invite audiences into the creative process. Each Performance Experiment will host a ticketed public outcome at Brown’s Mart at the end of the week.

EOIs for Experiments in the second half of the year will open in June.

March and April Experiments are on sale here.

Selected through an EOI process, two paid Artist Residencies are offered at Brown's Mart in the second half of 2023, with EOIs opening in June.

Each residency lasts for four weeks and includes access to free office and creative space, mentorship, project advice and development.

In Residence Applications are not currently open

National Mentoring Program
for emerging writers
ages 18-26

Each year Brown’s Mart partners with Australian Theatre for Young People to bring Fresh Ink to the NT.

Public readings of the new plays are held in July and November.

Applications are submitted through ATYP.

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