Visual Arts Development and Touring

SPARK is an Artback NT initiative that responds to an identified gap in NT curatorial pathways. The annual SPARK NT Curator Program, launched in 2017, 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. Artback NT, with support from Catalyst – Australian Arts and Culture Fund, contributes the following financial support towards the successful SPARK NT project:

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

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

In 2018 Darwin based educator, artist and curator, Sarah Pirrie, was announced as the SPARK NT Curator and will initiate and develop her exhibition: ‘We are: We eat’ from May 2018 for tour beginning April 2019.

Applications for the next round of SPARK will open early 2019. More info on the 2019 program can be found in the SPARK NT Curator Guidelines here.

As part of the SPARK initiative, in July 2018, we presented in partnership with Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre, the SPARK NT Symposium – Curatorial Practice Unpacked. Details below.


Jo Foster and Neridah Stockley

Visual Arts Development and Touring Managers

PO Box 4582
Alice Springs, NT 0871

08 8953 5941