Arts NT grants

For all Arts NT grant information go to the Northern Territory Government website.

Grant recipient information available:

Strategic Arts Program

The Strategic Arts Program supports new initiatives that will deliver on the priorities of Vibrant NT: Arts and Culture in the Northern Territory to grow a sustainable arts sector, market and promote Northern Territory arts and increase opportunities for access and participation in the arts across the NT. Find out more about the Strategic Arts Program

2016-17 Successful Recipients

Applicant Project Region Amount Approved
Arts Industry Development
Artback NT To select a delegation of NT arts ambassadors to attend the 2018 Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) in Brisbane and to work with NT artists to showcase their work at the event. Darwin $65 660
Brown’s Mart/ Tracks Dance/ Corrugated Iron Youth Arts To undertake six laboratories to explore the most appropriate model for the organisations for the future. Darwin $26 025
Incite Arts To host Meeting Place 2018, Arts Access Australia’s signature event, in Alice Springs. Alice Springs $99 600
Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation Ltd/ Music NT/ MAGNT/ Yothu Yindi To develop an audience and marketing strategy for the four major events. Darwin $7 733
Access for Artists with Disabilities
Kyle Adams To support a 20 week mentorship with music producer James Mangohig, sound engineer Mat Cunliffe and creative producer Tania Lieman to develop RAP, spoken word and DJ skills. Darwin $15 500
Arts Access Darwin To support 16 Darwin based artists with intellectual disabilities lead the development and production of a new, innovative and accessible e-book: Talking To The Future.  Darwin $20 000
Central Australian Singing Inc To undertake a community engagement and skills development program amongst emerging artists with disabilities as part of the Desert Song Festival in Alice Springs. Alice Springs $20 000
Central Craft To develop and offer an inclusive arts program for people with a disability in partnership with with Incite Arts, Life Without Barriers and Centralian Senior College. Alice Springs $14 718
Bindi To enhance the Bindi website to showcase the artwork of Indigenous artists with disabilities and to produce targeted marketing collateral for Bindi Magic, an annual exhibition held in conjunction with Desert Mob. Alice Springs $20 000
Independent Producers & Curators
Darwin Fringe Festival To engage Matrix on Board to examine the current outcomes of the Darwin Fringe, its future possibilities, and how it might best move to a sustainable and effective model in the future. Darwin $20 000
Elbowrkshp To research strategic development and export opportunities with the vision to increase national and international exposure. Alice Springs $18 964
Johanna Bell To undertake business planning and strategic online communications. Darwin $20 000
Franca Barraclough To generate a professional and distinctive marketing platform to present past and future creative productions. Alice Springs $11 800
Alice Springs Theatre Group To facilitate the development of a 5-year strategic plan and to create a website. Alice Springs $20 000
Frankie Snowdon & Madeleine Krenek To develop a strategic and creative plan for a sustainable professional contemporary dance organisation based in Alice Springs. Alice Springs $20 000
TOTAL$400 000

NT Arts Grants Program 2016 project round 2

Closed: 2 November 2016
Project activity commencing after: 1 January 2017 

The grants are available to Northern Territory artists, not for profit arts organisations and community groups to develop and showcase the arts of the Northern Territory and support community access and participation in arts and cultural activities.

Successful Grant Recipients

Documenting the art and life of Dion Beasley: An illustrated memoir.
Johanna Bell and Dion Beasley will create an illustrated memoir celebrating the life and art of Tennant Creek based artist Dion Beasley. The book will combine drawing, photography and mapping with stories from Dion’s life. 
Johanna Bell $19 700
The Perception Experiments (Presentation).
A group of NT choreographers and performers will present the premiere season of a new contemporary dance work, “The Perception Experiments” at Araluen Arts Centre from the 25th – 28th of May 2017.
Frankie Snowdon $15 000
Terminally Positive National Tour.
After a sell-out Darwin Festival series, Northern Territory comedian Amy Hetherington is taking her uniquely Territorian and distinctly optimistic debut solo show ‘Terminally Positive’ on a national tour.  She will also use her tour experience to mentor and deliver workshops to aspiring comedians in the NT.
Amy Hetherington $3 500

At the Dakota EP Release Initiative.
5 piece indie-pop band, “At the Dakota” (NT Song of the Year People’s Choice Winner) will record and produce their highly anticipated second EP ahead of their 2017 national tour.

Paul Brandis $9 550
Jilamara Arts and Crafts Association.
Artists of Jilamara Arts and Crafts Association will research the Tiwi collection of artefacts and artworks held at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.
With this research, the artists will develop and create a new body of original limited edition prints.
Jilamara Print Workshop $19 710
The Package Creative Team.
Following acclaimed NT seasons in 2014, 2015 and 2016, “The Package”, a magical, wordless theatre show combining puppetry, physical theatre, animation and mask, will showcase at the Adelaide Fringe 2017 and the Honey Pot performing arts market.  The Team will premiere an original score with a live ensemble of NT musicians.
The Package presents at Adelaide Fringe 2017 with live musicians $19 600
Singer/Songwriter Caiti Baker will release her debut album into the US market place. Caiti will showcase her music in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Nashville. Caiti Baker USA Showcase Tour $20 000
Tunnel Number Five 2017.
Tunnel Number Five will bring professional independent musicians from across Australia to the Northern Territory to build collaborative opportunities with Territory musicians to exchange knowledge and skills; provoke the creation of new music and further explore Darwin's WW2 Oil Storage tunnels resonant potential.
Anisha Stitfold $20 000
Broken in Dublin in 2017.
Butler will attend rehearsals and professional readings of her play “Broken” by company Rough Magic in Dublin, Ireland in preparation for the Irish production in 2018.  She will also meet with the cast and design team and artistic directors of Irish theatre companies.
Mary Anne Butler $4 896
Between us: a young adult novel. 
Atkins will edit and rewrite parts of her second young adult novel, “Between Us”, a new work set in Darwin that examines multiculturalism, waves of immigration, our changing attitudes to refugees and the way these impact on our national identity.  Atkin’s debut novel, “Nona & Me”, was joint recipient of the Chief Minister’s Book of the Year Award 2016.
Clare Atkins $9 900
Develop and Record New Work.
Emerging artist, Serina Pech will develop and record a collection of new songs for her debut album in Darwin.  The work will take place in Darwin with ARIA nominated producer James Mangohig.
Serina Pech $20 000
Lace Tools. 
Stanton will develop a new body of work using a hand held 3d printing pen. The work will examine old school lacemaking patterns and power tools to juxtapose some traditional male and female creative work practices whilst using mediums of contemporary technology.
Janine Stanton $9 100
'Coal Face' Development in Nhulunbuy and Yirrkala
Sarah Hope will produce a development of her theatrical work 'Coal Face’ in Nhulunbuy, where the play is set and where local community, who inspired the story, will have an opportunity to further contribute to the development process. Hope and director Frederick Copperwaite will also hold auditions and workshops in Yirrkala for a future production in 2018.
Sarah Hope $20 000
Johnathon Yunupingu Recording Project.
Yunupingu (member of the legendary Saltwater Band, and a co-writer with Gurrumul on a number of award winning songs) will record 10 songs in Galiwin'ku and Darwin.  The recordings will present Yunupingu and his unique vocal style and exceptional songwriting talent to a national and global audience.
Johnathan Yunupingu $20 000
Visions of Darwin - 2030 AD.
Gohier will create a new body of work exploring the seismic shifts in Northern Territory identity, culture and history post Cyclone Tracy 1974. The work will analyse and juxtapose contemporary Northern Territory identity and themes with those of the past through the mediums of painting, printmaking and sculpture.
 Franck Gohier $20 000
#NT Landscape. 
Joy will push the boundaries of the traditional genre of landscape painting, dedicating herself to developing her mark and pallet in order to create a disciplined body of work that speaks to the country of the Top End. 
Linda Joy $20 000

Southern Camps Fibre and Textile Art Project
A community driven intergenerational project that provides Alice Springs Southern Town Camp residents with new art making opportunities and the potential for economic reward. The workshops will be delivered onsite by Alice Springs textile artist Anna Satharasinghe.

Tangentyere Council $8 044

Last updated: 28 November 2017