SPARK is a new initiative from Artback NT that supports an independent or emerging curator resident in the Northern Territory to develop an exhibition project for tour. The program is designed to foster critical and curatorial practice within the NT, and provide NT artists with opportunities to showcase their work within curated touring exhibitions.

SPARK exhibitions are developed over a maximum of six months in one year, for tour throughout the Northern Territory the following year. In 2017 Artback NT, with support from the Regional Arts Fund, will be able to contribute the following financial support towards the successful project:

  • A $10,000 curatorial fee
  • A modest budget towards research (travel/consultation) and development (artist/loan fees)

Artback NT is interested to hear from a wide range of practitioners, including those without previous curatorial experience. If you have a vision for an exhibition, we are eager to hear from you!

The successful curator will be selected through a competitive application process. To submit your application, please email it and your required support material through to by 5pm (NT time), 21 May 2017 – Dropbox links are welcome to accommodate large files.

You will be notified on 2 June 2017, with the exhibition project in development from mid-June 2017 for tour beginning early April 2018.

Artback NT Visual Arts staff are available to discuss your project ideas at any stage – | 08 8953 5941

SPARK guidelines and application form.


Jo Foster and Neridah Stockley

Visual Arts Development and Touring Managers

PO Box 4582
Alice Springs, NT 0871

08 8953 5941