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The Platform


Corrugated Iron plays a vital role in a region where there is no tertiary training in the performing arts and informal on-the-job-training for emerging and early career artists and arts workers is at the heart of all that we do.


THE PLATFORM provides mentoring, training and professional learning and access to very rare free rehearsal and performance space for emerging NT artists aged 15 to 30. Through a multi-layered approach THE PLATFORM supports the growth of our future makers and cultural leaders by providing opportunities that range from testing new ideas to taking up residence within Corrugated Iron.


Young creatives can choose their own adventure through:


Annual professional employment pathway program for emerging and early career artists aged 15 to 30 who want to develop their skills and experience in their chosen artform, teaching artistry, facilitation and group work skills. The cohort will participate in all Tool Kit masterclasses will meet interstate circus and theatre artists through online workshops, and become assistant teaching artists in our workshop program.


A three month structured placement as part of Arts NT's NXT Gen Arts Grants our emerging Artist in Residence will develop their experience of working within an arts organisation as well as have access to space to work on their own practice. 

Work alongside Corrugated Iron staff and artists in the workshop program, contribute to creative development processes and play a key role in the development of a new work for Darwin Fringe Festival.

NXT Gen Arts Grants provide structured career development for Northern Territory (NT) early career artists or art workers aged 18 – 25 years through a professional practice placement.


At Corrugated Iron, we’re always seeking ways we can support the NT’s early career and emerging artists. We know that having a physical space to dream, play and experiment is an integral part of creating, so we’re swinging our doors open to welcome a group or collective of artists aged 18 – 30 to be our Company in Residence.  


The 2023 residency will take place between May and November.

Upon successful application, the company will work with Corrugated Iron’s Creative Producer (Programs) to devise an in-residence program and schedule. 

This opportunity is for a company or collective of 2 or more artists under 30 who work creatively together. Examples include:

  • a ready formed group of actors and/or circus performers who work together to put on shows 

  • a collective of film makers who are working together/want to work together on a shared project 

  • a group of creatives with varying artistic practices work who are interested in collaborating


With a focus on developing industry knowledge and the fundamentals of independent arts practice, Tool Kit prepares emerging artists and early career artists for a sustainable life in the arts. The masterclasses will be facilitated by industry experts in self producing, independent arts administration, marketing plus more. Alongside set topics, the program will respond to the requests of emerging artists and will draw on the expertise of NT and national practitioners. 

RAISE THE ROOF scratch nights

A place for young creatives and emerging artists to test out new ideas, themes and performance styles in front of a safe and supportive audience. Taking place quarterly, Raise the Roof not only showcases works in progress but offers a platform for experimentation and risk. Whether it’s a developing circus act, a rough comedy sketch, an exploration of a new form, or crewing a live show for the first time, Raise the Roof is the place to test it – Inspired anarchy is quite possible once we RAISE THE ROOF!​

The next Raise The Roof event will occur in 2024.

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