Corrugated Iron Youth Arts 2019 Annual Report

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Annual Report 2019

INDEX Our Vision & Purpose


Chair : Megan Lawton


Treasurer : Steve Bartlett


Executive Producer : Jane Tonkin


Supporters & Partners


Who we are


Our team


Productions & Public Outcomes


Lord of the Flies


Sanctuary Lakes Variety Show


Tropical Strength




Performing Arts Intensive


Pop Up Arts Zone


Community Events & Celebrations


Workshops, Training & Mentoring


Creative Schools & Communities


Art Camp




Investment in our sector



Igniting Creativity, Connecting Community, Exploring New Territory

Corrugated Iron invests in the next generation of creative thinkers. 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

We provide access to the arts for young people across the Northern Territory. Outcomes include: • Quality performances and public outcomes inspired, driven and created by Young people • A range of sustainable opportunities for artists to develop career pathways, Present work and explore Creative development • Development of the artforms in which we work through building the capacity of teaching artists and the young people we work with.


Corro is the absence of fear When it’s over I might even shed a tear I love being up there on the stage Whether it’s impro or reading lines from a page The lights go dim and the curtains open No matter what happens I’ll always be copin’ I don’t care what I am, a rock, a pirate or a lamb Or maybe someone who says, ‘BOOM! POW! BAM!’ I wish I could stay there for ever and ever People asking, ‘When you going to quit?’ And I say, ‘Never!’ It’s like finding my place in the world Like not being curled From a frozen image to a moving octopus I can make movies for hours, I just love this Give Coro a go please don’t say no There’s circus and fun, you just gotta go To solve life’s puzzle of many parts All you have to do is go to Corrugated Iron youth arts! Start planning how you’re going to get to the top And no matter what you’ll never go flop In this place no one is your foe It will pick you up when you feel low Corrugated Iron will help you feel the real ‘you’ Corrugated Iron will make you feel new. By Leo Sinclair.

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Chair Megan Lawton

Outcome Area 6 A financially sustainable organisation with a culture of accountability that operates effectively and efficiently in a socially and environmentally responsible fashion. 2019 saw Corrugated Iron Youth Arts [CIYA] celebrate a great year of performance, and whilst CIYA is best known for its theatre and circus programs, the artform list is much broader. In 2019 it included dance, sewing [machine and hand], filmmaking, visual art, music video, percussion, mosaic work, murals, working with natural dyes ... and the list goes on. Amidst all the creativity, the CIYA Board and management continued to pursue our commitment to governance and accountability set out in our strategic plan 2015-2020. We maintain a focus on good governance practice, essential for CIYA’s continued sustainability, and we are guided by the Australia Council for the Arts’ Essential governance practices for arts organisations. I address the seven areas below. Foundations for management and oversight. We undertook a number of board evaluations, a vision day, and workshops around our board processes and adopted a Strategic Plan for 2020-2024. We are delighted to see our vision - Igniting creativity | Connecting community | Exploring new territory - on the new CIYA t-shirts.

Structure of the board I thank the Board for their continued engagement and for their diversity of views and experience that ensures we have robust decision making and continue to add value to the organisation. In 2019 we welcomed Steve Bartlett to the role of Treasurer. We sadly accepted the resignation of Leslie Merrett from the role and thank her for her hard work over previous years. Steve adds the skills of Chartered Accountant, to those of HR, law, arts management and community engagement already possessed by the Board. We frequently audit the skills of the Board and welcome nominations at any time.

In-grain Diversity Diversity in art forms and people continues to be a strength of CIYA. As at 30 December 2019 gender representation remains balanced: Management Committee. Female (3); Male (3) Executive Producer: Female (1) General Manager: Female (1) Young people are strongly represented across the organisation with half our in-house teaching team being under 30, and three-quarters of these being school-aged. They are part of a training and mentoring program that supports their development through to confident teaching artist. The Board works closely with the Corrugated Iron Champions, ten young people who meet monthly, drive projects and participate in the visioning for the organisation. Their voice is crucial in determining the organisation’s future. Whilst this is not a complete picture of the diversity ingrained in CIYA culture we will continue to report on these and other indicators.


Integrity In All Reporting; Act Ethically And Responsibly; Risk Management In 2019 the Board was pleased to adopt a Code of Conduct applicable to all personnel (including the Board, staff, volunteers and contractors) that captured our commitment and supported our various roles. The Board met with the Auditors prior to finalising the accounts and the auditor provided a desktop review of risks and compliance. We also adopted our Child Safe Environment Policy and Complaints Investigation Policy. We continue to enhance our policies to support our organisation.

Remuneration and reviews of staff A team of 74 delivered the 2019 program. From creative professionals through to trainee teaching artists, all inspire the young people we work with and embrace Corrugated Iron’s commitment to giving young people a voice and sharing their stories. CIYA instituted a Health and Well Being Strategy focusing on staff. This strategy acknowledges the sometimes-challenging nature of our work, and provides practical support to staff.

Engage with stakeholders As always partnerships play an integral role in the strength of our delivery and a number of projects in 2019 exemplify this. We take this opportunity to thank our partners - Amity Community Services, Child Australia, Kalano Association, Brown’s Mart Arts, Tracks Dance, Southern Cross Television, Ludmilla Primary School, Darwin Middle School, and Darwin Community Arts. We continue to have an inspiring team including Champions and artists and I thank them for their contribution to CIYA. We are grateful for the support we have from the NT Government through the Department of Health, and the Department of Sport, Recreation, Tourism and the Arts. We are pleased that all our hard work has contributed to our securing continued funding from the Northern Territory Government and the Australia Council for the Arts until 2024. CIYA was busy throughout the year at all sorts of community events and celebrations including some annual events such as Nightcliff Seabreeze Festival and Teddy Bear’s Picnic as well as getting back to the Mahbilil Festival in Jabiru. A highlight for me was the series of juggling and hula hooping sessions run on the Nightcliff Foreshore on Wednesday evenings. A marvellous celebration of the dry season. Lord of the Flies kicked of our presentations for the year, a sold-out season including school matinees. Sanctuary Lakes Variety Show saw 200 performers take to the stage for our annual free show for the community. Performers ranged from 4 to 21, in a rich show that saw familiar stories re-enacted alongside devised work with messages about deforestation and the environment. Tropical Strength was created and presented by the 18-30 Ensemble for Darwin Fringe. Chairs was a low-key devising process that spanned a wide age range and focused on generating material in response to the chair prompt. The result was two showings with funny, thought provoking, witty pieces – fun for both participants and audience. I thank the Board and other volunteers, families and participants, staff and, in particular, Jane for her unwaveringly thoughtful leadership. Megan Lawton Chair

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Treasurer Steve Bartlett At the time of writing, the world is negotiating its way through an unprecedented health and economic crisis. Obviously this will have impacts on the way that we continue to deliver on our objectives. However, I’m pleased to be able to say that the hard work done over a significant period of time has Corrugated Iron Youth Arts Incorporated strongly placed to not only meet these significant challenges, but continue to thrive into the future offering all our participants opportunities to learn, enjoy and grow. To support our activities, Corrugated Iron Youth Arts Incorporated maintains a diverse 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. During the year, the Board approved allocations from reserves totaling $11,412, with $5,000 allocated to provide seed funding for future projects and $6,412 allocated for asset replacements. This explains the majority of the reported loss for the year, with the remainder a result of $6,725, which is principally due to the increase in worker’s compensation insurance and a small portion due to the unanticipated expense of moving offices. The total income for 2019 was $1,146,081, 9.7% less than the previous year. Our Grants income, down 15% from the prior year due to a reduction in project grants, was somewhat offset by a 6.7% increase in our sales income (workshops, vouchers, fees, etc. 71% of our income is spent on employment costs including professional learning. Project grants totaled $356,164 and were expended in line with agreements delivering a wide variety of arts projects. 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 audited financial statements, our reported outcomes against our targets are as follows:

Reserves on Turnover Working Capita Ratio Cash Reserves to Turnover













10 Weeks

29 Weeks

25 Weeks

23 Weeks

As at 31 December 2019, Corrugated Iron Youth Arts Incorporated maintained its favourable balance sheet, with total net assets of $157,860.

Steve Bartlett Treasurer


Excutive Producer Jane Tonkin Corrugated Iron adopted a new vision this year Igniting creativity | Connecting community | Exploring new territory. The process involved staff, board and the young leaders of our organisation, the Corrugated Iron Champions. Such a task can feel daunting when so many are involved, all with a valid perspective on how to describe our existence. The exercise demonstrated what I love about this organisation – we all tread different paths, which means robust discussion, but there is strong cohesion about where we are headed and why. Young Creatives are involved in telling our story. Seven Corrugated Iron Champions continued to work with the Board and executive staff on the long-term visioning for the organisation. Workshop participants designed our Workshop Code of Conduct which was adopted by tutors and workshops, as well as the broader staff and team. Young creatives played a role in designing television ads, the Lord of the Flies image, photo shoots, and the new t-shirt. 24 out of the 74 employees [one-third] are young people. They have a major influence on the organisation. Teaching Artists are wonderful. Our Tutor Pathway Program means we have a rich teaching environment with creative professionals working alongside and mentoring young artists. We receive consistent feedback from families about the positive impact of having young people in the teaching space. 2019 saw us thrive with the injection of half a dozen new people joining the teaching team with in-house workshops, and another half-dozen expanding the repertoire offered through our outreach work. We moved offices – again! We remain in the Nightcliff Community Centre, our home for the last 22 years, but have consolidated two office spaces into one large one. There is less open plan but great shared space for collaborating. The move has refreshed the core team and we love that teaching artists, early career artists and young creatives can make use of the shared space. During the year we went through the exercise of applying to the Australia Council for the next four-year term and this provoked a number of conversations with some of our alumni. Being part of Corrugated Iron has a long-lasting impact on people, and it was rewarding to see this impact well-articulated by our alumni as well as those currently involved. Stay tuned for more of this reflective investigation over the next twelve months. Overall, 2019 provided a sense of rejuvenation and reflection. Our purpose spans offering the first sparks of exploration into the arts, through to supporting young people’s development as creatives and as human beings. We help forge creative careers and we change lives – a wonderful and rewarding challenge. The team of 74 plays an absolutely critical role in this, and I take this opportunity to acknowledge their hard work and commitment to the arts, to young people across the Northern Territory, and to this organisation. Jane Tonkin Executive Producer

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Supporters & Partners Patrons

Her Honour the Honourable Vicki O’Halloran AO Administrator of the Northern Territory and Mr Craig O’Halloran

Government Partners

Presenting Partners

Outreach Partners Amity Community Services Child Australia Darwin Community Arts

Education Partners Ludmilla Primary School Darwin Middle School Katherine High School


Who We Are Board of Management

Chair : Megan Lawton Treasurer : Lesley Merrett / Steve Bartlett Public Officer : John Jablonka Secretary : Lisa Burnett Zoe Scrogings Sulal Mathai Ex-Officio: Jane Tonkin

Champions Zephyr Davis

Koko Lawton Nyasha Ogden Harrison Port

Abbie Springbett Jarrah Steinberg Holly Van’t Sand

Core Team Executive Producer Jane Tonkin


General Manager Fiona Carter Workshop Program Coordinator Jodie Reichstein Drama Program Manager Kate Kelly / Kyle Walmsley Circus Program Manager Nikki Jeffries Creative Schools & Communities Stephanie Martin Marketing, Communications & Design Hannah McFarlane Technical Consultant, Lighting Designer & Operator Chris Kluge

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The Team


Janie Andrews

Lynette Hubbard

Luca Rudd Sievers

Maria Jimena Arcos

Merlene Hutt

Amy Simpson

Joseph Baronio

Hannah Illingworth

Tim Sinclair

Leo Boudib

Dylan Jackson

Declan Singh-Lippo

Rob Brown

Tiffany Jansen

Taylor Smith

Rochelle Cabry

Nat Kelly

Benjamin Speare

Beth Caird

Koko Lawton

Abbie Springbett

Nikki Daire

Jack Macmillan

Liz Stagg

Jack Davis

Jinu Mathew

Sandra Thibodeaux

Zephyr Davis

Tara McDonald

Anna Thomson

Aly de Groot

Ryan Medlicott

Michael Van Berkel

Rhys De La Cruz

Hemlock Mejarne

Fred Van’t Sand

Dieneke Drum

Thomas Midena

Holly Van’t Sand

Kristen Elms

Nyasha Ogden

Lucy Van’t Sand

Nicky Fearn

Thom Ramage

Tyson Wallent

Scott Gooding

Isaac Reid

Felicity Wardle

Aimee Gray

Melanie Reid

Simon White

Catherine Hart

Sarah Ruben

Lily Whitaker

Elvira Haryadi

Julia Richardson

Todd Williams

Leila Heinrich

Tony Rive

Anna Wolff

Rob Hoad

Matt Rowe

Haylee Wright

Charlee Horni

Damon Rowston

PRODUCTIONS & PUBLIC OUTCOMES Lord Of The Flies Sanctuary Lakes Variety Show Tropical Strength Chairs Performing Arts Intensive Pop Up Arts Zone Community Events & Celebrations

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Lord Of The Flies 3-13 April 2019 Brown’s Mart Theatre

Creatives Director | Kate Kelly Lighting Design & Operation | Chris Kluge Sound Design & Operation | Tyson Wallent Stage Manager | Jane Tonkin & Nikki Jeffries Set Dressing & Props | Alison Dowell, Nikki Jeffries, Steph Martin, Cast & Family Members TV Commercial | Thomas Midena Poster design | Hannah McFarlane Poster artwork | Jarrah Steinberg

Supported by Brown’s Mart Cavenagh Theatre Trust Southern Cross Television



A plane carrying a group of students crashes. The pilot is killed but what happens to the surviving students on the uninhabited island? Lord of the Flies explores the conflict between the human impulse toward savagery and the rules of civilisation. The young cast breathed a new life into a classic text that has always been relatable, raw and real.

Cast Rae | Koko Lawton Jo | Nyasha Ogden Simon | Harrison Port Piggy | Ryan Patricks Roger | Jack Mitchell Em | Holly Van't Sand Sam | Cara Underhill Bree | Abbie Springbett Henri | Grace Doherty Nicholas | Jarrah Steinberg Chorus | Sammy George/ Ngoc Pham/Abbey George Officer | Jack MacMillan

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Sanctuary Lakes Variety Show 21 & 22 June

Sanctuary Lakes, Palmerston 2 performances 900 people Created and presented by the Workshop Program - Cast of 200 Thirteen classes created performances for our annual free show for the community. This year we presented a variety show where the goblin hosts presented a range of performances from reenactments of stories, aerial circus performances, devised work with messages about deforestation and the environment, fire twirling. All created and presented by 182 performers, aged 4 to 21 years – mostly human but also some goblins, light spirits, bears, and green ants. Drama Ensemble [Nightcliff and Palmerston] | Drama Studio [Nightcliff and Palmerston] | Little Sparks | Little Rockets [Wed & Sat] | Circus Troupe | Stage One | Flight School 101 | High Fliers | Dynamite Circus | Ninja Circus

Facilitators Kyle Walmsley | Nikki Jeffries | Thomas Midena | Tim Sinclair | Zeph Davis | Koko Lawton | Nikki Daire | Hemlock Mejarne | Leo Boudib | Lily Whiteaker | Nyasha Ogden| Matt Rowe

Lighting Design & Operation | Chris Kluge Sound Design & Operation | Tyson Wallent Stage Managers | Hemlock Mejarne, Luth Wolff & Nikki Jeffries Poster Design | Hannah McFarlane

Supported by:

City of Palmerston Cavenagh Theatre Trust Brown’s Mart Theatre



Tropical Strength

Created and presented by the 18<30 Ensemble for Darwin Fringe 12-14 July Brown’s Mart Theatre 3 performances 145 audience

Featuring Mim Bardwell Iona Francis Nic Gregory Kosta Hatzivalsamis Jordana Jack Pippa Johnston-Leek Jack Macmillan Thomas Midena Michael Van Berkel Haylee Wright Lily Whiteaker

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Fri 11 Oct Corrugated Iron Performance Space Fri 8 Nov Brown’s Mart Theatre A five day improvisation intensive was held during the school holidays with a focus on generating material fast and in response to the prompt – chair. Participants came from across our program so spanned a wide age range resulting in a lovely cross-age project, and building of connections. This included extending connections via tutors collaborating with youngsters they usually teach. A showing at the end of the first week, and participants enthusiasm led to continued experimentation with chairs and a second showing. The result was two showings with funny, thought provoking, witty pieces – fun for both participants and audience.

Facilitator | Kyle Walmsley Technical Support | Chris Kluge Performers | Thomas Midena, Matt Rowe, Mehdi Husaini, Mim Bardwell, Lucy Tinapple, Jo Hayes, Michael Van Berkel, Harrison Port

Collaborators | Koko Lawton, Cara Underhill


Performing Arts Intensive 1 event | 8 hours | 5 artists | 70 high school students | 6 teachers resulting in 3 songs | 6 dances | 4 improvised theatre pieces | I gigantic acrobalance In June 2019, Corrugated Iron Youth Arts [CIYA] and Centre for Youth & Community Music [CYCM] co-hosted a performing arts intensive for middle and high school students. Students, and their teachers came from a number of schools and some young people, who work with CYCM and/or CIYA, attended independently of their school. They all converged on CDU for the day and participated in sessions in dance, voice, drama and circus. 70 students and six teachers worked with five teaching artists. Students were broken into four groups and rotated between the artforms. At the end of the day there was a showing that included two songs, six dances, short improvised drama pieces, a mass acro-balance and a performance that a group of drama students brought to share. Participating student “I expected it to be very big and I wouldn’t know anyone at all but it was very good because we split into groups and I actually got to know people throughout the day. I was very out of my comfort zone (with activities I’m not familiar with) but I still enjoyed the things I haven’t done before.” Participating teacher “My students were thoroughly engaged the whole day. A parent told me this morning that her daughter was brimming excitedly yesterday afternoon with all the things she had done throughout the day. Engaging in such a variety of activities in the morning and then revisiting them was so valuable to the students who were new to the activity or needed to feel more confident about what they had created for the performance. It was a creative, fun, welcoming, dynamic, supportive, collaborative, educational and refreshing atmosphere. Let’s make it a thing!”

Collaboration with: Centre for Youth & Community Music, CDU Engadine High School, NSW

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Pop Up Arts Zone With an overarching goal of building community connection, the Pop Up Arts Zone was true to its name, popping up in a range of sites through the year. The activities were rich and varied and so linked us with different pockets of the community in a range of settings. 29 events | 16 artists | 520 people | 7 locations Supported by: CBF City of Darwin Café De La Plage Darwin Community Arts Palmerston Hospital Casuarina Surf Life Saving Club Juggling Club and Hula Hooping Soiree Nightcliff Foreshore Wednesday evenings from April to September saw weekly juggling sessions followed by hula hoop sessions at Windsurfer’s Corner. A lovely way to enjoy the dry season and the sunset each week. Turn out ranged from children to seniors, locals and tourists, novices to experts.

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A number of pop ups occurred at Malak Markets over the dry season. We met new people, connected with CIYA friends, and supported people having a play and Tecumlearning quam quitricks. Tecum As always, there was a number who stuck around for the whole quam qui si con core venihil time, persevering and developing a real luptiaeappetite magnis. Si forpatis? the equipment that caught their eye. Pala sero intu ceres. Overheard at one of the markets... Boy 1: If we were at home right now, we would be playing Minecraft. Boy 2: This is way better than Minecraft! Pride Week Rainbow Day We participated in this family day with some come’n’try activities particularly aimed at children. Very fun event, lovely and busy.


Fred’s Pass Rural Show We joined with Darwin Community Arts to spend the weekend at Fred’s Pass. We taught youngsters how to sew their own juggling balls, created temporary visual art with the tag tool, played with circus toys, and joined in the Parade. Palmerston Hospital We visited the Palmerston Hospital three times, working with the aged care residents in the Gem Ward. Activities included weaving, indigo dying, and sun printing. Casuarina Pool Party Hosted by GPT Casuarina Square, the pool party was an all ages gig with DJ, photo booth, BBQ, basketball and touch footy activities, and a range of agencies who work with young people. Café de la Plage This gig focused on young children, preschoolers, and their families and was set in the lovely grounds of the Surf Life Saving Club at Casuarina Beach. Stories, games and running around like mad was the format, and didn’t our artists love it!

Community Events And Celebrations

Corrugated Iron loves being part of community celebrations. We often reconnect with alumni in these settings, we meet new people with hidden talents, and we get to have lovely conversations with all sorts of people about what we do. Every gig is different, we love the range of settings and the connection it forges with the broader community.

Events in 2019 included: Couch Surfing [Youth Week] Nightcliff Seabreeze Festival Casuarina Library Reading Event Italian Festival Casuarina Pool Event Teddy Bear Picnic Mahbilil Festival, Jabiru Nitmiluk Festival

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Workshops, Training & Mentoring 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. Almost half the respondents in 2019 have children who have participated in Corrugated Iron for four years or more. On average participants are involved in two activities so may attend a drama class and holiday program or circus class and Art Camp for instance. It is rewarding that many participants will engage with our program on multiple levels. All respondents believe that the workshops have a positive impact on the emotional wellbeing of their child. 90% of respondents believe that the workshop improve the confidence and performance capacity of their child. 4 terms | 640 classes | 18 teaching artists | 6 presentations | 200 happy young people Whilst parents all agree that the workshops play an important role in improving confidence and self- esteem, only half see the workshops as supporting creative career pathways. We ask what parents like best about the Workshop Program. That my child is surrounded by like-minded young creatives. They are all different but unite around drama. The facilitators have always actively supported her participation which, because she is quite The inclusive practices displayed from the corrugated iron teams I like being around like minded people, learning about all the different aspects of performing arts, like the support of other corrugated Iron participants (no judgement). I have particularly enjoyed the public Learning new skills with working with others Having young teens providing a lot of the training Oscar loved going to Corro, it was something that he wouldn’t miss for anything. He made great new Awesome tutors, flexible and creative and supportive environment. Visiting artists and performers. Show The Workshop Program demands continual reflection and improvement but we receive overwhelming commendation for our delivery. The teaching artists and the Drama and Circus Program Managers, along with the Workshop Coordinator play a crucial role in this. Thanks for providing my daughter with a safe environment to explore and develop her skills. I'm really impressed with the positive role models the Corro staff display. I feel confident knowing my son is learning some challenging tricks and manoeuvres in a safe and encouraging environment.



Creative Schools & Communities 47 sites | 2241 young people | 8 artforms Through the Creative Schools & Communities program, Corrugated Iron works in partnership with schools and communities across the Northern Territory with a focus on the Top End, creating custom-built arts residencies and education projects in remote, regional and urban settings. Through community collaborations we create both short term projects and long term partnerships, responding to the diverse needs and energy of young people. Corrugated Iron provides a safe environment of inclusivity that supports educators, families and youth services resulting in meaningful artistic outcomes and experiences. In 2019, the Katherine Region program continued and grew. This is a circus program being delivered in the town as well as a number of surrounding communities and extending to the Roper River Region. We are in the area every fortnight and have had a consistent program running for six years. In 2019, we looked again at basing personnel there rather than traipsing up and down the highway. Multi-year funding supported ongoing activity in Wadeye, Jabiru, Maningrida and Katherine. This longer term investment makes an extraordinary difference. The Remote Sports Voucher Scheme [RSVS] enables a significant amount of remote arts programs to occur, and we find we are returning to sites regularly or at least annually, and this embeds our program in these sites and allows for relationships to develop with key stakeholders and local artists. In 2018/19, Corrugated Iron picked up 10% of the RSVS work, the highest arts allocation, and only behind basketball, softball and gymnastics.

Funding Partners Remote Sports Voucher Scheme NT Department of Arts, Culture & Sport Harm Minimisation Unit NT Department of Health Alcohol Action Initiative NT Department of Healthv

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2019 Sites Adelaide River

Katherine YMCA

Ali Carung

Ludmilla School






Marrarra Chrsitian College


Milikapiti Millner Pre-school


MinjilangNitmiluk Festival


Nwarddeken Academy Palmerston -IndigenousVillage

Casuarina Pool Party Daly River Darwin Libraries Darwin Middle School Darwin Pride Rainbow Event Gapuwiyak Geyulkgan Ngurra GunbalanyaHaileybury Rendall School Jabiru Jilkminggan Kalano Katherine High


Pirlangimpi Pine Creek Ramingining Rockhole St Joseph's Catholic College Top End School of Flexible Learning Wadeye Wagait Beach Warruwi Werrenburn Wurrumiyanga Yirrkala Yarralin

Art Camp Designed and led by the Corrugated Iron Champions, this annual four-day intensive creates new work in a collaboration inspired by the beautiful surrounds of the Litchfield National Park. Based at the Environmental Campground, 22 young creatives created performances, made their own set and props, rehearsed and presented on the final night. Percussion pieces, skits, synchronised swimming, acro-balancing, were complimented by visual art, puppetry, yoga, badminton, ceramics, and circus. 4 days | 22 young people | 8 artforms

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A strategic Alliance between Corrugated Iron Youth Arts, Brown’s Mart and Tracks Dance. The alliance met several times during 2019 to facilitate an exchange of ideas, possibilities and information. We ran an activity at MAP2019 to build on the earlier Labs – collecting information from the MAP participants [who come from around the NT] that continue to tell the story around creative careers in regional settings and the rewards and challenges that come with our operating environment.

We launched the inaugural Performing Arts Awards. Designed as a pilot, 26 nominations were made for individuals who play a vital role in the Northern Territory performing arts sector through their courage, achievement and inspiration. And so, the W3 alliance celebrated our sector by recognising a small number of individuals who play essential roles in this over achieving industry. The criteria was based on their enthusiastic contribution and their courage in the artform. We encouraged nominations for those on stage and behind the scenes:• Performers – those we see in the spotlight. • People working behind the scenes – producers, writers, directors, designers, technicians, etc. • Outstanding Collaborations – reflecting exciting projects made possible through partnerships. • Artists inspiring the next generation – teachers and community engagement workers.

2019 inaugural awards were presented to: ANDERS PFEIFFER, a musician, production manager & tour manager based in Alice Springs. CHRIS KLUGE, a theatre technician based in Darwin. JOANNA NOONAN, an artistic director based in Darwin. SHALOM KAA, an actor, artistic director, chorister and comedian based in Darwin. GAIL EVANS, a writer, director, performer, musician based in Darwin. GARY LANG, a choreographer based in Darwin.


Investment in our sector

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

Breakfast Club Corrugated Iron convenes this monthly meeting of the Darwin Arts Managers Network. In 2019 we provided meeting space for larger planning meetings as well.

NT Creative Health Network Corrugated Iron maintains this network, including its on-line presence and coordinating forums. In 2019 we participated in a series of national meetings focused on sharing resources and future planning, hosted a gathering of practitioners interested in creative health, and began building a small following.

National Youth Theatre and Youth Circus Sectors Corrugated Iron is committed to participating in national gatherings and discussions. In 2019 personnel attended the National Youth Arts Summit hosted by Carclew in Adelaide, South Australia.

NT Sector-wide network Additionally, Corrugated Iron supports the independent sector through auspicing, access to rehearsal and training space, advice and support. In 2019, this work included:• Auspicing – Rob Brown • Auspicing – Portrait of a Senior Territorian • Open Space training for circus artists • In Vogue [weekly dance sessions in our performance space] • Movement Medicine [weekly sessions in our performance space]

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