New Work Program

Developing New Work that is Bold, Urgent and Relevant


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.

We have six different initiatives across the program which are designed to support a range of artists and artforms, including theatre, dance, music, and First Nations performance. 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 and can even progress an idea or project by seeking support from several of the initiatives across a longer development period.

Keep an eye out online for more information throughout the year.

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 such as office and rehearsal space, project mentoring, professional advice and advocacy, and other resources as required.

Applications are assessed annually at the beginning of each year.

Selected through an EOI process, two paid Artist Residencies are offered at Brown's Mart in 2022

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

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First Nations Program

Supporting the seeding and development of new Indigenous performance work from Darwin and Territory-based artists.

Under the guidance of First Nations artists, this program offers artistic and financial support, office and creative space, and project mentorship to develop a new idea or progress a work of performance.


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


Brown's Mart Residency

The Brown's Mart Residency will not proceed in 2022. Watch this space for 2023 dates.

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.


Artist Retreats

Each of these two x one-week Artist Retreats is open to up to four artists who receive free accommodation and artists’ fees to support the generation or further development of a new work in an environment that promotes intensive focus.

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12 Smith St, Darwin
(08) 8981 5522

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Brown's Mart Arts Ltd

(T/as Brown’s Mart)
ABN: 67 141 763 895


12 Smith Street Darwin City
GPO Box 3451, Darwin NT 0801



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