Applications for the 2018 SPARK NT Curator are now OPEN

SPARK is an Artback NT initiative 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 art 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 eight months in one year for tour throughout the Northern Territory the following year.

In 2018 Artback NT, with support from Catalyst – Australian Arts and Culture Fund, will be able to contribute the following financial support towards the successful project:

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

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.

Before completing an application, please ensure you review the program guidelines.

Download an application form to apply.

Please submit your application and required support material via email to Dropbox links are welcome to accommodate large files.

Applications close 2 April 2018.

The exhibition project will be in development from May 2018 for tour beginning April 2019.

Artback NT Visual Arts staff are available to discuss your project ideas at any stage. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the assessment process by 30 April, 2018.

In 2017 the successful Spark NT Curator, Clare Armitage, developed the exhibition Fecund: Fertile Worlds – now touring the NT!


Jo Foster and Neridah Stockley

Visual Arts Development and Touring Managers

PO Box 4582
Alice Springs, NT 0871

08 8953 5941