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OUR CREATIVE INDUSTRY
BUILDING A STRONGER BARKLY
Barkly Regional Arts (BRA), is a multi-award winning, multi arts platform working right across the Barkly region. Our operational model
provides access to the creative industry, opening pathways into a professional arts career and invigorates art into a living culture. As the
only organisation speci cally building the creative industry in the region, we continually strive to o er and deliver professional and
creative excellence despite our very remote disadvantages.
rough our extensive 7 programs ( Winanjjikari Music Centre, Artists of the Barkly, Media Mob, Touring & Events, Radio, Arts School
in Residence and the Desert Harmony Festival) we provide local artists with the ability to create innovative projects through professional
development, skills, training, employment and collaborations with industry professionals. We enable locals to reach national audiences.
We support communities to run their own arts enterprises and create projects that support their culture and language, through both
traditional and contemporary mediums.
BRA works hard to give our region's artists a professional career with pathways into the national arts sector so that people have the best
possible chance of success. e creative industries involve communications, connectivity, history, the passing on of cultural knowledge
and language, personal expression, reconciliation, education, positive pro ling, tourism and employment. It's an indutry that explains
complex ideas and new labels, invites change, ghts for rights and does so with inclusivity, innovation, fun and the opportunity to share
talent with the rest of the world.
BRA's dedicated team of 18 people are committed to building a stronger Barkly through our creative industry.Our region's art and culture
o erings are a rich part of the wider Australia. Our high number of diverse languages spoken across our vast region, makes us rich with
stories, told by talented artists in remote outback pockets. Our lives and environment are lled with extremes which create resilient
characters that have wisdom and knowledge to share. As we walk in two worlds, towards a stronger community, in partnership, the Barkly
can demonstrate to all that we are indeed, the heart of Australia.
In 2008, ve years a er settling into the Barkly community to work as an arts'
professional, I asked a local wag: 'How long do you have to live here before you're
considered a local"?
"Sixteen years mate, and then you might get a nod from a real local", he replied.
It was probably a bit of a laconic, throwaway line or perhaps it was about witnessing the
progress of a whole generation. Or perhaps it was just pulling my leg. I get a lot of that.
Whatever it was, under that rule-of-thumb I've got a little ways to go yet. A couple of the
seventeen Barkly Regional Arts (BRA) employees have only been working and
contributing to the region for ve or six years... but they're getting there! Signi cantly
though, most of the BRA and our Winanjjikari Music Centre (WMC) are true locals.
ey and their families have been here since -- well, for generations!
But even using the above waggish 16-year yardstick, Barkly Regional Arts is, without
a doubt, a local organisation, that will celebrate its 20th year in 2016. BRA has evolved
from a small o ce at PAPAC to the current sprawling precinct at the Tennant Creek
Training Centre. is progress is a result of plain hard work over many years by many
very e ective people. BRA is now one of only 14 Key Producers funded by the Australia
Council for the Arts. is places us in the top bracket of the 147 key community arts
companies across Australia... and the small number of those companies that do deliver
programs to remote areas, do so from a major urban base.
BRA is an infant in comparison to other highly e ective local service orgs like AHAC,
Papulu Apparr-Kari, JCAC, BRC, BRADAAG, Women's Refuge and the many family
businesses. Like all of these entities BRA shares the belief that longevity at a local level
is a key to e ective service delivery. e best services, the best program delivery and the
best chance of success come from the local orgs and businesses that 'deliver and stand' -
that don't come in with an exit strategy.
Continued over page
EO, Alan Murn On being a local...
Tartakula artist, Tennant Creek, Lindy Brodie.
On location with Media Mob, lming her artist pro le.
Get onboard and be a part of our
thriving arts and culture!
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