Performing Arts Development and Touring

Australian Performing Arts Market

The Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) The Gathering will be hosted by Darwin Festival during August 2021 and will bring leaders of the performing arts sector to the Top End of the Territory. Arts Markets have fast become the most efficient way for producers and artists to network, see how their work fits within the wider context of Australia and provide a platform to sell their tour-ready shows.

To take advantage of this opportunity Artback NT will be offering a number of places to independent Northern Territory artists and arts workers to attend the APAM Gathering in Darwin. There will be industry support and full payment of registration costs for those who are selected.

APAM Gathering in Darwin will take place:

  • in-person from Saturday 14 – Tuesday 17 August
  • digitally from Tuesday 10 – Thursday 19 August

The Gathering is an important time for artists and arts workers to share their work and to be inspired by the latest curated production showcases and pitches chosen from around Australia and New Zealand. Northern Territory practitioners will be able to see how their work fits into a national and international landscape. Delegates will also have extensive networking and professional development opportunities.

To be part of this, an Expression of Interest round has now opened for artists and arts workers to apply for the in-person APAM Gathering in Darwin from Saturday 14 to Tuesday 17 August.

The successful applicants will be selected by a panel process that will focus on the artists:

  • five-year strategy for their work nationally and internationally and how APAM 2021 can support this
  • knowledge of the Northern Territory arts and culture sector and their ability to be an arts ambassador for the Territory
  • identified professional development outcomes
  • availability

Important Dates and Information

APAM Gathering, Darwin, Expression of Interest closes Friday 16 July

Successful applicants will be notified on Tuesday 20 July

APAM Digital Gathering, Tuesday 10 – Thursday 19 August

APAM In-Person Gathering, Saturday 14 – Tuesday 17 August

Funding for the successful independent Northern Territory artists has been made available through the Strategic Arts Program awarded to Artback NT by Arts NT.


Elizabeth Rogers

Performing Arts Manager

PO Box 535
Darwin, NT 0801

08 8941 1444