Shaping the future artistic leadership at Brown’s Mart

The interim Artistic Leadership Team

Brown’s Mart is thrilled to announce that Nadine Lee, Ben Graetz and Haneen Martin will join CEO Sophia Hall in an interim Artistic Leadership Team. 

Together this powerhouse of respected Top End artists will spend three months investigating and listening as they lead Brown’s Mart towards a new and exciting vision which both respects and cherishes our long history as an incubator and home for the artistic community, and takes the organisation forward into a deeper community engagement.

What can you expect next at Brown’s Mart?

Over January 2022 we will be inviting artists and community members to bring us your ideas, inspirations, passions, dreams and projects.

Following this we will announce an EOI process for the new artistic leadership to take Brown’s Mart forward. Throughout, Brown’s Mart will stay passionate and committed to developing and presenting new, local and First Nations performance work and to filling the three performance spaces in our precinct with theatre, music, dance, multi-artform work and conversations.


17 January – Artistic Leadership Information Session
17 February – Artistic Leadership EOIs open
14 March – Artistic Leadership
EOIs close

To chat to the interim Artistic Leadership Team you can email or give us a ring at 8981 5522.

Nadine Lee

Nadine Lee is from the Gulumerridjin (Larrakia), Wardaman and Karajarri peoples of NT and WA with Asian and European ancestry. Born and raised in Darwin from a large artistic and cultural family she has been a practicing artist since graduating with a Bachelor of Creative Arts and Industries (Visual Arts) from Charles Darwin University. She is a multi-disciplinary artist who has shown in local and National exhibitions.
2016 alumni of the exclusive inaugural Encounters Indigenous Cultural Workers Scholarship with the National Museum of Australia supported by The Princes Trust Charities Australia and 2018 alumni from the National Gallery of Australia Indigenous Arts Leadership Program, Wesfarmers. Associate Researcher for the Fowler Museum at University California Los Angles UCLA for the Aboriginal Screen-Printing Textiles from Australian ‘s Top End Exhibition. Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair – Cultural workers alumni. Larrakia board member DAAF. Is currently the Northern Territory Regional Arts Fund Manager for Darwin Community Arts (DCA) and causal Creative Producer at DCA. Qualified Laughing Yoga Leader.

Ben Graetz

Northern Territory and of Badu Island on the Torres Strait Islands of Australia. Ben has been working in the performing arts sector for over 20 years and has established himself as one of this country’s most dynamic and influential arts makers, working as a Performer, Director, Producer, Programmer, Writer, Emcee and Artistic Director. 
Ben is the Founder of BRG Productions, a First Nations creative event company and is currently the Co- Festival Creative Director (First Nations) of Sydney World Pride 2023 and the Creative Director of the National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMA).

Haneen Martin

Haneen Mahmood Martin is a Malay-Arab writer and artist, born in Kuala Lumpur and now living in Darwin on Larrakia land. She is a Creative Producer with Next Wave and currently undertaking her MFA (Cultural Leadership at NIDA). In 2021, Haneen was a Co-Manager of the National Young Writers’ Festival and a Producer for Darwin Fringe.

Her written and visual arts work has been presented nationally and through The Guardian, SBS Voices, Frankie Magazine, InDaily, Northern Territory Writers’ Festival, the Red Dirt Poetry Festival and many more. Earlier this year, Haneen was awarded a Regional Arts Australia Fellowship to work on her first book.