Ken Conway came to Darwin in 1999 and in 1972 took a short break from being a lawyer to help establish Brown’s Mart, an historic building, as a community performance space.
Since then he has been Executive Officer of Brown’s Mart Community Arts, established and toured the Territory with a Theatre in Education Company, presented activities and performances in remote communities with Kids Convoy and continued to work as an actor and director - mostly with Darwin Theatre Company - in both professional and volunteer capacity when his work with Brown’s Mart permitted.
He is a Churchill fellow and recipient of the Ros Bower Award, a national annual award in recognition of sustained commitment to community arts. In 2010, Ken was awarded the Australian Medal of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to the performing arts.
He has assisted in establishing a number of local arts organisations and projects, and Brown’s Mart has hosted programs which led to the development of organisations such as the Northern Territory’s Writer’s Centre, Corrugated Iron Youth Arts, The Multicultural Arts Office, Darwin Fringe Festival and Tracks Inc.