2018 Annual report

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CORRUGATED IRON YOUTH ARTS

2018 ANNUAL REPORT


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Why We Exist

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Chairman

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Executive Producer

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Treasurer

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Supporters & Partners

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Who We Are

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2018 Productions, Community Events & Celebrations

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Creative Schools & Communities

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Workshops, Training & Mentoring

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Special Projects


WHY WE EXIST Igniting Creativity, Connecting Community, Exploring New Territory Our primary purpose is to:• inspire young people in the arts as audience, participants and
performers 
 • develop young people’s life skills, artistic skills and confidence
through an arts medium 
 • create opportunities for young peoples’ stories to be shared 
 • promote positive community perceptions of young people and 
the arts 
 In 2018 we provided access to the arts for a broad range of young people based across the Top End of the Northern Territory. 
Outcomes include:

 • Quality performances and public outcomes inspired, driven and created by young people 
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A range of sustainable opportunities for artists to develop career 
path ways, present work and explore creative development

Development of the artforms in which we work through building 
 capacity of teaching artists and the young people we work with.

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CHAIRMAN MEGAN LAWTON 2018 continued Corrugated Iron’s positive trajectory of growth and development with a broad and exhilarating program delivered across the Northern Territory. Our team of artists, artsworkers and technicians collaborate with young people in a range of settings and across all artforms to create wonderful projects and experiences. Productions for year included Yawulŋgura, Animal Farm, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Whiplash I & II, and Corrosion. Yawulŋgura was a largescale community performance developed and presented in Yirrkala; a two-year project that also includes an animated book. Whiplash was the domain of the 18<30 Theatre Ensemble and included a mix of

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self-directed monologues, script excerpts, short films and dance. Love’s Labour’s Lost and Animal Farm were presented simultaneously and audiences loved these classic pieces which stretched and developed the actors. Corrosion was a collaboration with Circus Monoxide [Wollongong] and saw performances presented in Darwin and Wollongong. The Creative Schools and Communities Program continues to develop with a growing range of projects being delivered, and a team of extraordinary artists committed to ensuring that young people, no matter their geographic location, have access to inspiring arts projects. This Program is a


combination of rewarding long-term partnerships and projects that will lead to future collaborations. We worked across xx sites and 300,000 square kilometres.

the Board and staff to ensure the organisation’s core focus remains true. The genuine participation in the organisation by the Champions, and young tutors and artists is tangible.

Partnerships and collaborations are central to our way of working – strengthening delivery and ensuring relevance as well as extending opportunity. A highlight in this area was Unbroken Land – a large-scale site specific community performance produced by our colleagues Incite Arts and staged in the Alice Springs Desert Park. Seven young actors, a young tech in training, and two crew joined this production.

I acknowledge the hard work and commitment of the board, staff, teaching artists, creative professionals and early career artists who inspire the children and young people we work with. Megan Lawton Chairman

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EXECUTIVE PRODUCER JANE TONKIN 2018 was a fun and challenging year with a significant focus on collaborations and partnerships. Corrugated Iron always “plays well with others” – we recognise the value in collegiate connections and teaming up, this approach consistently strengthens the impact of our projects. Whilst this is a constant feature of our annual program, 2018 took this to new levels. Carnivale was a collaboration with the neighbours both in and outside the Nightcliff Community Centre, and with our ‘landlord, City of Darwin. The street was closed, and food stalls and performances created a wonderful atmosphere to mark 21 years since Corrugated Iron and others such as Dementia Australia and Disability Action moved into the Centre. A team of ten travelled to Alice Springs to be part of Unbroken Land in the Desert Park. It is the second time we have participated in this performance produced by our colleague Incite Arts, and is a major learning experience for us all each time. When Shall We Three Meet Again [W3] was a future visioning project 6

where we joined forces with Brown’s Mart and Tracks Dance to reflect on a shared history and strategically plot a vibrant future. A series of labs were run with 39 participants, people who have worked with all three organisations. We built a wonderful picture of the propellants that inspire people to pursue creative careers and the building blocks that support them. The three organisations have a commitment to continue working together on several strategies including continuing to facilitate sector discussions. Yawulŋgura continued our longterm partnerships with both Yirrkala School and the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre. This crossgenerational performance was the culmination of a two-year project and is accompanied by an animated e-book. Our outreach work expanded with more requests from across the NT although we maintain a focus on the Top End. This work involves many long-term collaborations as well as one-off projects that enable communities to get to know us, and what we do. The outcomes from these activities range from performances and concerts to increased confidence to published books to exploration of a range of


artforms and showcases at festivals. Our partnerships in the Katherine Region see us running activity in schools, and communities in the region, and we are seeing a growing number of young people developing fantastic skills. The youth-led nature of the organisation is a real strength, and a highlight of this approach is the Code of Conduct designed by all our workshop participants. This has ensured a deep consideration of the code and a continual reflection by classes.

My thanks to a wonderful team of collaborators – core staff, teaching artists, creative professionals, production crew, board, champions and colleagues – who spark curiosity and provide a safe space for young creatives to develop capacity and be inspired. Jane Tonkin Executive Producer

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TREASURER LESLEY MERRETT TREASURER’S REPORT Corrugated Iron Youth Arts Incorporated has maintained a range of income streams including multi-year and annual funding, a variety of project grants and significant generated income through fees for service, equipment hire and memberships. The Board approved an allocation of up to $41,000 from reserves in the 2018 budget to ensure continuity of programs whilst funding was unconfirmed. The organisation subsequently will draw only $3,400 to balance the year’s operations. The total income for 2018 was $1,269,279, 12% less than the previous year. 65% of our income is spent on employment costs including professional learning. Project grants totaled $352,294 and were expended in line with agreements delivering a wide variety of arts projects. INCOME 2018 1 MULTI-YEAR ARTS GRANTS 2017 1 MULTI-YEAR ARTS GRANTS

2 PROJECT GRANTS

3 WKSHP

2 PROJECT GRANTS

KEY: 1 Multi-year Arts Grants – Australia Council [4 year] $260K pa and NTG [3 year] $140K pa 2 Project Grants – usually one-year, focussed on specific project or outcome 3 Workshop Fees [in-house Workshop Program fees]

4 FEES FOR SERVICE 3 WKSHP

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EXPENDITURE 2018 1 2017 1

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Fees For Service [outreach programs and projects, commissioned activity] Generated Revenue [membership fees, hire of facilities, interest] In-kind income [television sponsorship, venue hire waived]

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KEY: 1 Personnel [including salaries, fees, superannuation, professional learning] 2 Presentation & Workshop Costs

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Outreach costs [travel, accommodation, allowances] Marketing, Documentation & Evaluation Administration

One of Corrugated Iron Youth Arts Incorporated’s key outcomes is “Maintaining a healthy financial position including reserves of at least 20% to turnover; a working capital ratio of 2 and cash reserves in weeks at ten or over.” Based on the 2018 audited financial figures, our reported outcomes against our targets are as follows: Target

2018

2017

2016

Reserves to Turnover

20%

13.5%

13%

16%

Working Capital Ratio

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3.8

4.1

4.5

10 weeks

25 weeks

23 weeks

27 weeks

Cash Reserves to Turnover

As at 31 December 2018, Corrugated Iron Youth Arts Incorporated maintained its favourable financial position, with total net assets of $175,997.

Lesley Merrett Treasurer

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SUPPORTERS & PARTNERS GOVERNMENT PARTNERS

PROJECT PARTNERS & SUPPORTERS

Indigenous Languages and Arts

Ludmilla Primary School Darwin Middle School Karama Primary School Yirrkala School Kintore Street School Katherine High School

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UNBROKEN LAND, ALICE SPRINGS

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WHO WE ARE BOARD OF MANAGEMENT

CORE TEAM

Chair : Megan Lawton Treasurer : Lesley Merrett Public Officer : John Jablonka Secretary : Lisa Burnett Zoe Scrogings Sulal Mathai

Executive Producer Jane Tonkin General Manager Fiona Carter Workshop Program Coordinator Jodie Reichstein Circus Program Manager Nikki Jeffries

CHAMPIONS Zephyr Davis Koko Lawton Jesse Noonan-Wade Nyasha Ogden Harrison Port Damon Rowston Jarrah Steinberg Holly Van’t Sand

Drama Program Manager Kate Kelly Creative Schools & Communities Coordinator Stephanie Martin Marketing & Communications Hannah McFarlane Circus Trainer Hemlock Mejarne Technical Consultant & Lighting Deisgner Chris Kluge Yirrkala Dhawu Project Coordinator Sarah Hope Marketing Intern Jesse Noonan-Wade

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TEACHING ARTISTS

PROJECT ARTISTS & ARTSWORKERS

Leo Boudib Rochelle Cabry Zephyr Davis Chloe de Buyl Rhys De La Cruz Kristen Elms Kim Fitzgerald Aimee Gray Reese Hayes Weniki Hensch Lynette Hubbard Merlene Hutt Hannah Illingworth Tiffany Jansen Shaun Lee Maxwell Lowe Jinu Mathew Thomas Midena Joey Nganjmirra Isaac Reid Melanie Reid Kristy Rickert Damon Rowston Luca Rudd Sievers Taylor Smith Sean Spencer Simon Storey Jack Tinapple Amrah Vuillerman Tyson Wallent Felicity Wardle Lily Whiteaker Luth Wolff Haylee Wright Ricky Wurramarra

Tony Rive Karen Edelenbos Miki Ensbey Damien Pree Jennelle Saunders Justin Schmidt Thom Ramage Vanessa Spinelli Liz Stagg Sandra Thibodeaux Rob Hoad Taylor Smith Kate Roseth Rebecca Adams Huni Bolliger Shaun Lee Vikki McLeod Jenelle Saunders Sara Scrutton Vanessa Spinelli Jack Tinapple

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UNBROKEN LAND REHEARSAL

LITTLE SPARKS CLASS

CITY OF DARWIN LIBRARY FUN

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PRODUCTIONS Yawulŋgura Whiplash Theatre I & II Carnivale Corrosion Unbroken Land Love’s Labour’s Lost Animal Farm

COMMUNITY EVENTS & CELEBRATIONS Palmerston Pool Party Nightcliff Seabreeze Festival Darwin City Library Tour Teddy Bear’s Picnic

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Yawulŋgura or YAWULNGURA 12 April 2018 Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre Yirrkala

CO-PRODUCED WITH Yirrkala School & Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre CAST & CREW Director | Sarah Hope Designer | Lighting Designer | Chris Kluge Sound Designer | Stage Manager | Damien A Pree Production Manager | Miki Ensbey Lighting & Sound Operator | Artistic Team Sarah Hope | Jenelle Saunders |

FUNDING PARTNERS ILA

Production Crew Fiona Carter | Steph Martin PERFORMED BY Yirrkala School Students

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WHIPLASH I A series of short and devised works.

19-21 April Brown’s Mart Theatre Featuring Drama in Performance [Nightcliff] Drama in Performance [Palmerston] 18<30 Ensemble

WHIPLASH II Created and presented by the 18<30 Ensemble for Darwin Fringe 12-14 July Brown’s Mart Theatre Featuring Pippa Johnston-Leek Isaac Reid Michael Van Berkel Haylee Wright Mema Munro Jack Macmillan Thomas Midena Marcus Sulhan Amy

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CARNIVALE A street party and free show for the community

CO-PRODUCED WITH City of Darwin

22 June 2018 Bauhinia Street, Nightcliff Nightcliff Community Centre Nightcliff Primary School

Performances by: Corrugated Iron Workshop Groups Nightcliff Primary School In Vogue Dancers

PROJECT PARTNERS City of Darwin Dementia Australia Childbirth Education Association Integrated Disability Action Nightcliff Primary School Mental Health Coalition FUNDING PARTNERS & SUPPORTERS City of Darwin Commonwealth Bank NT Community Benefit Fund Territory Day Nightcliff Electorate Office Don Whyte Framing 18


Marking 21 years since the Nightcliff Community Centre was refurbished and organisations moved in, Carnivale was a wonderful street party. The road was closed, food stalls moved in and the street was full of tables and chairs, performances and a lantern parade. The Centre had open offices, a photographic history display and performances in the hall. A new artwork for the foyer was commissioned from Linda Joy to mark the occasion.

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CORROSION CO-PRODUCED WITH Circus Monoxide, Wollongong, NSW 12 & 13 July 2018 Corrugated Iron Performance Space Presented as part of Darwin Fringe 5 & 6 October 2018 Circus Monoxide, Wollongong, NSW CAST & CREW Directors | Hemlock Mejarne | Nat Harris | Nikki Jeffries Stage Manager | Luth Wolff Lighting Operator | Claire Downey CAST Noor Beevors Jack Bradley Asha Colless Jarrah Davis Allana (Aldi) Doyle Kim Fitzgerald Jude Francis Merlene Hutt Mel Kisela Tammy Kisela Allanah Lewis Erin Lynch Maddie Sengstock Maverick Scott Jarrah Steinberg Gefen Svirsky Tyson Wallent Lily Whittaker

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PROJECT PARTNERS Circus Monoxide FUNDING PARTNERS & SUPPORTERS NT Regional Arts Fund Cavenagh Theatre Trust Darwin Fringe


A creative exchange, initiated by Corrugated Iron’s circus team, saw a group of young performers from Circus Monoxide travel to Darwin for a week long residency before presenting a two-night season for the Darwin Fringe. Both the Corrugated Iron cast and the Monoxide cast has pre-preared elements. The combined group then developed some combined routines to weave the show together. Packed houses enjoyed the Fringe season, and the Corrugated Iron team then travelled to Wollongiong in October to co-present the performance there. It is always a vaulable experience for our young creatives to work with other artistic influences and, in this case, being able to check out the facilities of another company.

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UNBROKEN LAND Presented by Incite Arts, Alice Springs A Corrugated Iron Champions Project 14-16 September 2018 Alice Springs Desert Park

PROJECT PARTNERS & SUPPORTERS Incite Arts Cavenagh Theatre Trust NT Regional Arts Fund

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CORRUGATED IRON CAST Nyasha Ogden Harrison Port Jarrah Steinberg Holly Van’t Sand Evie Seivers Abbie Springbett Electra Srbinovski CORRUGATED IRON CREW Kate Kelly Jane Tonkin Tyson Wallent


Building on the previous Unbroken Land, where the Corrugated Iron Champions worked back stage, this saw the team take centre stage. They played chorus to the narrator of the production - a fantastic extension to our involvement. We reconnected with a number of the Alice Springs performers from 2016. Corrugated Iron, again, took a trainee tech to be part of the project as a way to build their experience and extend their territory connections. Unbroken Land is a significant project for Corrugated Iron, connecting us to the Alice Springs arts community, and in particular our long-term colleagues Incite Arts. It provides a rich learning experience for the Champions.

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LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST 8 & 9 December Brown’s Mart Theatre

CAST & CREW Crew Director | Tony Rive Designer | Tony Rive Lighting Designer | Chris Kluge Stage Manager | Tiffany Jansen Lighting Operator | Chris Kluge Sound Operator | Cast Tilly Adams Michaela Davis Kosta Hatzivalsamis Jo Hayes Pippa Johnston-Leeks Hemlock Mejarne Thomas Midena Jack Mitchell Mema Munro Hugo Murrell Harrison Port Caitlin Richards Tony Rive Matt Rowe Marcus Sulhan Fred Van’t Sand Lily Whiteaker Haylee Wright

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ANIMAL FARM 7 - 9 December Brown’s Mart Theatre

Both Animal Farm & Love’s Labour’s Lost were supported by:

CAST & CREW Cast & Crew Director | Kate Kelly Designer | Beck Adams Lighting Designer | Chris Kluge Sound Designer | Tyson Wallent Stage Manager | Tiffany Jansen Lighting Operator | Chris Kluge Sound Operator | Cast Leo Boudib Mark Bunnett Kate Dyer Cat Hart Koko Lawton Nyasha Ogden Isaac Reid Michael Van Berkel Tyson Wallent

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COMMUNITY EVENTS & CELEBRATIONS Corrugated Iron loves being part of community activities. We meet many alumni at these events; it extends performance opportunities for our young artists; and we find new participants for our workshops - there is always a coupld of young people who will stay at a come’n’try session for hours, loving every minute!

Palmerston Pool Party, Youth Week Circus come’n’try added to the array of activities on offer celebrating Youth Week. Whilst young people stood in line for the amazing floating thing on the water, we kept them busy with a skipping rope. Nightcliff Seabreeze Festival An annual activity for Corrugated Iron, circus come’n’try all afternoon with many of our young artists, staff, Champions and Board joining in on the action. Darwin Library Tour An annual activity for Corrugated Iron, our team of young creatives led workshops over four days in the four City of Darwin Libraries. Always a fun and adventurous tour with enthusiastic young people.

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CREATIVE SCHOOLS & COMMUNTIES This work is in high demand.

Examples of activity

In 2018 we maintained long-term collaborations with schools and communities and delivered projects in partnership with government, community councils, schools, health organisations and youth agencies. Relationships are crucial to this work.

THE EMU HAS BIG FEET

The over-arching goals of this program are to:*build engagement with learning, *provide exploration of the arts, *develop projects that support families celebrating outcomes with their children, and *help ensure that all young people have access to arts programs.

Urban schools & Communities

Bagot, Ludmilla, Darwin Middle, Palmerston Senior College, Bagot,

Ku kananganthan ka me ngala-ngala kanthin wurran Co-written by the students of Nganmarriyanga School and Dub Leffler. Illustrated by the students of Nganmarriyanga School Translated by Jeanette Cook and Linda Munar Although all the hard work was done in 2017, this book was published in 2018. This bright, durable and bi-lingual book is now being used by the school as fantastic reading resource.

Regions

Katherine – Katherine High, Kintore Street, Callistemon House, Binjari, Kalano,

Regional sites & remote communities

Binjari, Beswick, Tipperary, Yirrkala, Belyuen, Gunbalyunya, Milingimbi, Dundee Beach, Jilkminggan, Woolianna, Tiwi College, Manyallaluk, Dougla-Daly, Adelaide River, Nganmarriyanga, Barunga

The Emu Has Big Feet

Indigenous artist Dub Leffler travelled to Nganmarriyanga School to develop a bilingual book project. 107 students participated in the project. Students created the book’s illustrations over the course of a week of artistic exercises. Dub and the students worked together to develop a written narrative. Dub then designed a book incorporating the students’ artwork and

writing. Corrugated Iron engaged 2 local translators through the school to translate the story created by Dub and the students into the local language Murrinh-patha. Copies of the book were printed for the students and the school library.

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WORKSHOPS, TRAINING & MENTORING

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Workshop Program The Workshop Program is, in some ways, the backbone of our operations. It is offers a space for exploration, and dipping the toe in the water, through to preparing audition pieces for tertiary training. Along the way young people develop skills and confidence, build wider social networks, and tell their own stories. The teaching artists working with them are often past participants of the Workshop Program. This is part of our ecology. Alumni talk strongly about the keen desire to return and inspire the next generation, and we have grown this into a natural cycle within the organisation. Participants in the older ensembles have the opportunity to express an interest in teaching and test this. They are mentored and supported through a progressive journey which often extends to working in outreach settings as well. Parents are invited to contribute to our longitudinal study each year. As in other years, parents often enrol their children with sights set on gaining confidence [and 94% see this result], and having an extra-curricular activity. They see the impact of our program on physical health [96%] and emotional well-being [88%]. 87% of parents think that gaining performance skills is important, and 90% see improvement in performance capacity. More than half respondents [58%] have children in their first year of attending Corrugated Iron, 29% have been attending two to four years, and 13% have been part of activity for five or more years.

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SPECIAL PROJECTS

WHEN WHEN SHALL WE THREE MEET SHALL AGAIN WE THREE MEET AGAIN: REPORT

This report is based on a strategic initiative curated by Browns Mart, there was commitment Collectively This project was a strategic initiative Tracks Dance Company and Corrugated Iron Youth Arts to reflect made on where we have come from, acknowledge where we are atby and the three organisations to: curated by Browns Mart, Tracks discover where we want to go. • meet twice yearly to look at proDance Company and Corrugated CONTEXT gramming and collaborative Iron Youth Arts to reflect on where The performing arts in the Northern Territory is at the junction of professionalism and community. With a rich history of community opportunities, we have come from, acknowledge based art, in recent years the arts sector has developed its practice include increasingwhere numbers of professional artists generating a further strategic initiatives • facilitate where we are at andtodiscover wage for their work. and labs we want to go. Browns Mart, Tracks and Corrugated Iron are key players and • share resources with each other employers in the NT performing arts sector through the producing and creating of work. Each organisation developed a five year and bythe This project enabled the three led them to be funded strategic plan which successfully the broader sector in Government until 2020. The three companies are collegiate, a more pro-active way organisations to Federal share their sharing employees, artists, resources and equipment. The shared history between the organisations and the collegiate relationship • be more pro-active in generating knowledge, break placed down thinking them in an ideal position to posit the questions around the www.tracksdance.com.au between professional practice and community based or brokering professional silos, find creative integration solutions, and practice in Darwin. learning opportunities for non-perto form appropriate and lasting This project enabled the three organisations to share their knowledge, break down thinking silos, find creative solutions, and to form manent staff partnerships, to secure their future appropriate and lasting partnerships, to secure their future and the andwww.brownsmart.com.au the future of future the ofsector the sector theythey operate in. operate in. This project responded to the three organisationsSix being labs separatedwere held with 40 partici20 years ago and asked the questions - What has happened since? pants today? contributing to a rich discusWhat are the key issues for the sector and the organisations How will they best address the challenges ahead and contribute to sion about their practice including This project responded to the three www.corrugatediron.org.au a thriving NT performing arts sector for the next 20 years? the impetus for forging a creative organisations being separated 20 career, and the rewards and chalyears ago and asked the questions lenges of working in the arts. The - What has happened since? What future visioning highlighted the deare the key issues for the sector and sire for purpose-built facilities for the organisations today? How will the arts sector in Darwin, as well as they best address the challenges organisation’s vital role in providing ahead and contribute to hot desks, casual work opportua thriving NT performing arts sector nities and support and advice for for the next 20 years? early career and freelance artists. 1 | WSW3MA Report 2018

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ART CAMP

INVESTMENT IN OUR SECTOR

Designed and led by the Corrugated Iron Champions, this annual fourday intensive creates new work in a collaboration inspired by the beautiful surrounds of the Litchfield National Park. In 2018 we relocated to Batchelor, doing a day trip into Litchfield.

Corrugated Iron is keenly interested in the broader sectors in which we work including NT arts sector, NT youth sector and the national youth theatre and youth circus sectors. We are active drivers in a number of these.

26 young creatives [more than half first-timers] created performances, made their own set and props, rehearsed and presented on the final night. Finger knitting was a hit – with everyone making lengths and lengths, and the venue, with power, enabled us to sew 80m of bunting.

Breakfast Club Corrugated Iron convenes this monthly meeting of Darwin-based arts manager. NT Creative Health Network Corrugated Iron maintains this network, including its on-line presence. Youth Theatre and Youth Circus Sectors Corrugated Iron is committed to participating in national gatherings and discussions. NT Sector-wide network Corrugated Iron provides a mechanism for informal sector discussions.

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