List of arts organisations and venues

The following is a list of arts organisations and venues which may be able to offer you advice and support.


Alice Desert Festival An initiative of Red Hot Arts Central Australia and offers showcase opportunities to local artists from Alice Springs and wider Central Australia. Phone: 08 8653 6111
Association of Northern Kimberley and Arnhem Aboriginal Artists
The peak support agency for Aboriginal artists and art centres located in the regions of Arnhem Land, Darwin, Katherine, Kimberley and Tiwi Islands. Phone: 08 8981 6134
Artback Arts Development and Touring The arts development and touring organisation for visual and performing arts within the Northern Territory and for touring arts nationally and internationally. Phone: 08 8924 4183 (Darwin)
Phone: 08 8953 5941 (Alice Springs)
Arts Access Darwin Provides advice and support for disability service providers and mainstream organisations interested in hosting arts activities and events for people with disabilities. Arts Access Darwin also assists in seeking funding and staging showcase disability arts events. Phone: 08 8945 7347
Barkly Regional Arts A networking and resource organisation that responds to the cultural and artistic needs of the communities in the Barkly region. Phone: 08 8962 2799
Brown's Mart Arts Provides project support and management for the development, creation and production of new theatre. Brown's Mart Arts also manages the precinct including the heritage listed theatre. Venue Phone: 08 8981 5522
Central Craft Represents, develops and promotes the Central Australian crafts industry. Phone: 08 8952 4417
Corrugated Iron Youth Arts An arts organisation providing skills development and performance opportunities for young people aged five to 25 years in the Darwin region. Phone: 08 8948 3200
Darwin Community Arts Facilitates arts and cultural development that reflects and celebrates communities' diversity and creativity. Phone: 08 8945 7347
Darwin Entertainment Centre The premier performing arts and entertainment venue in the Top End of Australia. Able to accommodate large and small performances, events and conventions, and has played host to major national and international acts as well as Darwin-based artists. Phone: 08 8980 3333
Darwin Festival Profiles the Northern Territory as a cultural destination of choice by contributing to the artistic, cultural and economic development of the Top End, whilst offering opportunities to showcase and interpret the cultural and artistic diversity of the region. Phone: 08 8943 4200
Darwin Symphony Orchestra Performs a range of orchestral music for the community of the Northern Territory and an avenue for growth of skills and experience of its members. Phone: 08 8946 6488
Desart The Association of Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Centres. Phone: 08 8953 4736
Darwin Visual Arts Association
A community based organisation dedicated to supporting the production, promotion and appreciation of visual art by local artists in all media. Increases public awareness and audience participation in contemporary visual art in Darwin. Phone: 08 8981 9351
Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre
A cross-cultural enterprise in the Katherine Region which provides a contemporary meeting place in which to celebrate, learn, create and share culture. Phone: 08 8972 3751
Happy Yess A community run, not for profit, live original music and arts venue. Is focused on supporting local original musicians and artists across a wide range of genres and art forms.
Incite Arts A community arts organisation delivering high-quality, accessible arts programs together with the communities of Central Australia, focusing on those who are under-served and who face barriers to arts engagement. Phone: 08 8952 6338
Katherine Regional Arts Works cooperatively with local, Territory and national organisations to develop and implement community driven arts and cultural initiatives across the Katherine region; Also provides advice and promotional support for artists and organisations and increase community participation in the arts. Phone: 08 8971 0928
Music NT The contemporary music office for the Northern Territory representing, developing and servicing the music industry, while establishing and maintaining links with peak industry bodies on a national level. Phone: 08 8981 1995 (Darwin)
Phone: 08 8952 0322 (Alice Springs)
Northern Centre for Contemporary Art Dedicated specifically to the promotion and support of contemporary visual art in the Northern Territory. Phone: 08 8981 5368
NT Writers' Centre Members range from hobby writers to published authors. Offers advice to all writing interests or experience. Phone: 08 8941 2651
Red Hot Arts Central Australia Develops and promotes the distinctive cross cultural arts sector of Central Australia and supports the development and marketing of the arts. Phone: 08 8952 2392
Tactile Arts A member-based, community arts organisation supporting artists and artisans throughout the Top End of Australia . Phone: 08 8981 6616
Territory Craft - Katherine A community membership-based organisation which represents, promotes and develops craftspeople and the crafts in the Katherine region. Phone: 08 8981 6615
Tracks Dance Company The premier performing arts company of the Northern Territory. It is known for its innovative, large-scale outdoor performances that bring together participants from diverse cultures and artistic disciplines. Tracks works with professional artists and community members to produce high quality, inclusive and innovative dance performances.

Phone: 08 8924 4410

Watch This Space Watch This Space supports local, national and international artists, both emerging and established, to foster and value contemporary art practice in the central desert region through presenting a program of exhibitions and offsite projects that inspire and stimulate local, interstate and international audiences. Phone: 08 8952 1949

Local Government Association of the Northern Territory The peak organisation representing the interests of Local Government in the Northern Territory and provides information on all Local Governments in the Northern Territory

Arts Law Centre of Australia A not-for-profit company established with the support of the Australia Council to provide specialised legal and business advice and referral services, professional development resources and advocacy for artists and arts organisations. Phone: 02 9356 2566 or
1800 221 457
Australian Copyright Council An independent non-profit organisation providing information, advice and training about copyright in Australia. Also produces publications, research, and submissions on copyright policy issue. Phone: 02 8815 9777
Australian Government - Ministry for the Arts The Ministry for the Arts is the Australian Government's arts and culture policy body and provides funding and grants to arts and cultural organisations and individual artists from across Australia to advance cultural and Indigenous sectors. Phone: 02 6141 6666
Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) Australia's peak national network and advocacy body for artists working in art and science; emerging art practices, mobile and portable platforms and experimental sound. Phone: 08 8231 9037
Asialink Offers a wide range of artistic and cultural programs that enable Australians to develop their talents and experience by working in and with Asia. Establishes personal contacts, on-going communication networks and further projects. Art form areas include visual arts, performing arts, literature and arts management. Phone: 03 8344 4800
Australia Council for the Arts The Australian Government's arts funding and advisory body and provides a range of grant programs for artists and arts organisations. Phone: 02 9215 9000 or 1800 226 912
Creative Partnerships Australia
Promotes, encourages and facilitates business, philanthropic and donor support for the arts. Works with the business sector, the arts and cultural sector, the philanthropic sector and governments including local councils throughout Australia to deliver delivering services including partnering, volunteering and programs. Phone: 08 8943 0657
Copyright Agency Limited
Provides assistance for people to reproduce, store and share words, images and other creative content, in return for fair payment. Connects the creators, owners and users of copyright material. Has also been appointed by the Australian Government to manage the artists' resale royalty scheme that commenced in June 2010.
National Association for the Visual Arts
Manages an online meeting place for everyone involved or interested in Australian visual arts and craft. Gives grants to assist artists in their professional development, publicises other grants, prizes, exhibition opportunities and residencies to its members. Phone: 02 9368 1900
Regional Arts Australia
The key national body representing the broad and complex interests and concerns of those working with and for the arts in regional, rural and remote Australia.

Artbank Supports established and emerging visual artists and craftspeople by buying contemporary Australian artworks and showcasing them through its rental scheme.
Artshub Australia Australia's leader for professionals working within the arts. Promotes arts jobs, news, events and information.
Cultural Gifts Program Offers tax incentives for private donors of culturally significant items to public art galleries and other collecting institutions.
Grant Finder Find suitable and relevant grants for community projects through the Australian Government Department of Business.
Indigenous arts, culture and languages Provides information about activities that promote Indigenous cultures.
Our Community Provides information to non-profit groups about available grants and funding.
Offers subscription models.
Register of Cultural Organisations A register of cultural bodies qualified to offer a tax deduction to donors.

Last updated: 15 February 2021

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