About Artback NT

Artback NT is the Northern Territory’s visual and performing arts touring agency.

Mission Statement:
Connecting people and place through arts development and touring.

Covering a landscape of over 1.3 million square kilometres, Artback NT ignites sparks in a creative Northern Territory. Delivering artistic programs that incorporate uniquely Territory stories across the breadth of the Territory, Artback NT’s multi-art form program sees the organisation represented with offices in Darwin, Alice Springs and Borroloola.

In 2015, Artback NT travelled over 186,000 kilometres delivering 167 arts activities nationally across 22 locations, reaching audiences of 142,700 across its four programs. The organisation presented 76 workshops and facilitated 41 school events, while employed a total of 252 Indigenous artists and arts workers.

Artback NT has activated creative participation across the Territory for 21 years and continues to promote excellence and advocate for NT artists at a national level.

Come and be part of Artback NT’s story!

Artback NT’s four program strands are:
Visual Arts – working with individual artists, curators and communities to develop and tour exhibitions, which promote the artistic excellence of Territory artists to a national audience, as well as to remote and regional communities within the NT.
Theatre & Dance – developing the NT theatre and dance sector through producing, commissioning and other forms of distribution of NT work. Touring NT theatre and dance work throughout the Territory, nationally and internationally.
Contemporary Music Touring – supporting grass roots, emerging and established NT musicians to tour the Territory; enabling regional and remote communities to access and share this wealth of talent. Supporitng learning and employment pathways for talented Indigenous musicians to realise opportunities and control their own creative and economic activity.
Indigenous Traditional Dance Program (ITDP) – assisting dancers to participate in cultural exchanges, presentations, consultations and performances in relation to traditional dance with the focus being cultural maintenance and community cultural development.

Artback NT 2015 map


Artback NT has delivered arts experiences to 662 venues across Australia since 1994. 348 of these events were located in the Northern Territory, including 99 Indigenous communities. Since 1996, Artback NT has reached audiences of over 2.476 million. (Current at end 2015)


ABN: 72 598 610 340