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Hit the Road with Artback

Calling all NT Creatives – Artback NT is seeking expressions of interest for its Performing Arts Development and Touring Program. Alternating between development and touring support, this round is on the hunt for exciting tour-ready works that share stories with a distinctly Territorian flavour. 

By Kate Conway

The program is open to all genres of performing arts from solo musicians and bands to spoken word or comedy and supports artists looking to step up the business hustle – think marketing, logistics and teeing up venues – with Artback stepping into the role of agent and providing a helping hand to independent artists. 

Evan Saunders is Performing Arts Manager at Artback and says the program can offer a valuable taste of life on tour. 

“They’re going to know what it is like to be contracted as an artist on tour so they can just focus on the art. They’re going to reach some really interesting places in the NT, see some beautiful parts of the country and meet some amazing people along the way,” he says. 

Formerly known as the Borroloola Strong Women’s Song Group, Wiji Ngambala is a project that has evolved through the program from development through to the tour ready stage. The group’s musical mentor, singer/songwriter Dr Shellie Morris AO says it was wonderful to work with Artback on the special project. 

“Artback has been so supportive of Marlene Timothy’s vision and dream of reclaiming our four language groups Yanyuwa, Garrwa, Gudanji and Marra. It’s so wonderful to work alongside an organisation that takes the time to listen and fully understand what the project means to the community,” she says. 

If you’re an NT-based performing artist or producer with a story to tell, fill out an application and get set to hit the road with Artback.


Photos: Benjamin Warlngundu Bayliss 

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