About us

Ricky Kidd, Sandridge Band, Broome, 2015.

Mission Connecting people and place through arts development and touring.

Vision The Northern Territory – our stories, our art, our place – expanding the Australian narrative.

Artback NT is a dynamic organisation bringing together Northern Territory artists with presenters seeking authentic arts and cultural experiences for their audiences and communities. We are the gateway to sharing the rich cultures, stories and art of the Territory with Australia and the rest of the world.

We ignite sparks in a creative Northern Territory. We develop, produce, curate and present ambitious, professional and energetic work to and from some of Australia’s most remote locations. From visual arts to performing arts, music, traditional and contemporary dance, we recognise the importance of identity, connection to culture and the intrinsic value of arts and culture to community health and wellbeing. Deep connections and consultation with communities inform our approach to arts and cultural development.

We activate creative participation, revealing an entire new world for regional, remote and very remote communities who are often left off the touring map. In 2020, we travelled 268,376 kilometres delivering 182 arts activities across 32 locations, reaching audiences of over 13,259 nationally. The organisation presented 93 workshops and facilitated 15 school events, while engaging a total of 200 artists and arts workers, including 102 Indigenous artists and arts workers, of which 54.6% were from remote or very remote locations throughout the Northern Territory. Since 1996, Artback NT has reached audiences of over 2.77 million.

From the Tiwi Island footy club to the National Gallery of Australia, we reach into every corner of this country. We provide communities and artists with new ways to share their stories, build respect for their work and, in turn, generate lasting positive community impact.

We are the conduit for local, national and international audiences who are seeking work that provides access into the talent and passion of an Australia far beyond the highway.


Staff image: Artback NT team working with Jade Lillie, community cultural development practitioner on the new strategic plan 2021 – 2024. L-R (front row) Eve Pawlik, Elizabeth Rogers (second row) Jocelyn Tribe, Marlene Timothy, Neridah Stockley, Rebecca Renshaw (back row) Jade Lillie, Jo Foster, Martin Douglas and Louise Partos.