Sweat season Collective

Sweat Season carves out space for the creation of enmeshed experiences specific to the local place, environment and people of Garrmalang/Darwin


In Honduras there is a celebration that marks the day every year when the sky rains fish. In Phnom Phenn the city sprays itself in water as the river annually changes direction. In Darwin a city slows impossibly down as the crime rate rises, the white tourists flee, and jackfruit and mango start fermenting as the ocean turns venomous. 

Sweat Season is a new annual celebration of an ancient shift, the Build Up; three months of sweaty, tense, revelatory weather culminating in the Wet Season, three months of downpours. 14 Darwin artists, utilising and investigating new ways of being and creating alongside each other in the environmental, cultural, and community melting pot of Darwin, will create new participatory, experimental, durational, cross artform and site specific works that celebrate and interrogate the rituals of the Build Up - new, old, and impossible. 


Sweat collective artists

  • Matthew Van Roden

  • James Mangohig

  • Gary Lang

  • Jenelle Saunders

  • Shaun Lee

  • Tamara Howie

  • Haneen Martin

  • Tarzan Mcdonald

  • Ciella Williams

  • Alicia Scobie

  • Jessica Devereux 

  • Amina McConvell

  • Lee Harrop

  • Kelly Beneforti

  • Tony Lee

Sweat Season celebrates multiplicity of our city.

Diverse intersectional practices that span multiple artforms.

The space between artistic expression and multicultural celebrations.

Images - Left to right and top to bottom: Grevillea by Matthew Van Roden. Image of Haneen Martin. Beautiful Noise by Jess Devereux. Image of Jess Devereux. Work by Cj Fraser-Bell. Work by Shaun Lee. A Combinatorial Explosion by Amina McConvell. Kelly Beneforti in Landed by Tracks Dance Company. Image of James Mangohig. Kelly Benforti and Cj Fraser-Bell in Queer Territory. Work by Cj Fraser-Bell. Jenelle Saunders and Jess Devereux in Global Positioning by Tracks Dance Company. Tarzan Mcdonald at Octopus Story Studio by StoryProjects. Image of Gary Lang. A Selection from the series '36' at SHEILAS group exhibition by Alicia Scobie. Rock Star by Lee Harrop. Ciella Williams in You Dance Funny by Tracks Dance Company. Image of Matthew Van Roden. Image of Tamara Howie. Work by Tarzan McDonald as apart of ‘Asia in Darwin’ at Survive Garage in Jogjakarta.