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Nominations open Fri 1st Nov 2019

Nominations close Mon 2nd Dec 2019

For more information, please call:

Jane Tonkin on 8948 3200

Sean Pardy on 8981 5522

The alliance invests in, and celebrates the achievements of our Northern Territory Arts Sector through:-

  • sharing resources,

  • pro-actively generating professional learning opportunities,

  • hosting sector-focused labs and discussions, and

  • collaborating on projects.

Nominations are open for individuals who play a vital role in the Northern Territory performing arts sector through their courage, achievement and inspiration.

Through their strategic alliance, Brown’s Mart Arts, Tracks Dance Company and Corrugated Iron Youth Arts wish to publicly recognise and celebrate the value and achievement of the individuals who contribute to the Performing Arts in the Northern Territory.

Compared to national standards the Northern Territory punches well above its weight when it comes to the Performing Arts, a valuable contributor to the local economy. These three organisations exemplify this. In 2018 they employed over 250 artists and arts workers, and each of them leveraged their funding from the Northern Territory Government four fold, meaning that the local economy was boosted with funds brought in from interstate, and through philanthropy, sponsorship and other business activities.

The arts are well renowned for their contribution to the tourism sector as well. In 2017, more than three quarters of all tourists who visited the NT were arts tourists (78%). Nationally the performing arts are a significant contributor to the economy with cultural and creative activity contributing $111.7 billion to Australia’s economy in 2016-17 or 6.4% of Australia’s Gross Domestic Product. Compare this to the sports industry which in 20011-12 contributed just 12.8 billion to Australia’s economy.


And so, the W3 alliance wishes to celebrate these achievements by recognising the individuals who contribute play essential roles into this over achieving industry.

Nominating someone is a straight forward process and they will be assessed by a panel of industry experts. The criteria for achievement is based on their enthusiastic contribution and their courage in the artform.

We encourage nominations for those on stage and behind the scenes:-

  • Performers – those we see in the spotlight,

  • People working behind the scenes – producers, writers, directors, designers, technicians and so on,

  • Outstanding Collaborations – reflecting exciting projects made possible through partnerships, and

  • Artists inspring the next generation – teachers and community engagement workers.

Nominations may be for creative professionals, young and early career artists, and those who deserve recognition for life-time achievement.

Recognition awards will be announced at a small ceremony on Black Friday, 13th December 2019.

Four artists will be recognised and will receive a $200 cash accolade along with a season double pass to the three organisations’ seasons, and a workshop pass for Corrugated Iron.

“Artists and arts workers work well above and beyond the wage that they take home. They help create the wonderful lifestyle that we love here in the Territory and they are courageous in choosing to work in an industry that can be a financial struggle. I think acknowledgment of their achievments is way overdue.”
Sean Pardy Director Brown’s Mart Theatre


“A Corrugated Iron Alumni described participating in youth theatre as ‘exercise for the soul’. They are right! Everyday performing artists and artsworkers inspire audiences and those they work with, tell our ever-important Territory stories, and challenge us to think differently. It is time to celebrate their significant contribution to the Northern Territory.”
Jane Tonkin Executive Producer Corrugated Iron Youth Arts

"We celebrate so many things and yet we have been overlooking celebrating the Performing Arts in the Northern Territory. This sector is an incredibly important part of our shared story and so it's great the We3 Alliance are kickstarting the Recognition Awards."
Adelaide Wood Company Director Tracks.