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‘Pinarra Aku’ (Listen You Mob), a children’s radio show, to inspire young people to learn Warumungu langauge is up for
a national award. The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia has selected ‘Pinarra Aku’ as one of five finalists for
‘Best New Radio Show-Talk’. Created by BRA Artistic Director, Kathy Burns, whom co-hosts the show with Rosemary Plummer
(Traditional Owner) on 8CCC Radio, the program is to educate and keep language alive. Rosemary and Kathy have been
creating songs together and teaching language since 2011. They have combined their love of language and education to
develop, ‘Pinarra Aku’. The show is made up of songs written and performed by young people in the Barkly,
dreamtime stories, stories written by local people, language lessons and games.
The ‘Barkly Boys’ strike a chord with ICTV as they pick up
‘Best ‘Our Music’ Video’ award.
Listen to all epsiodes at www.barklyarts.com.au
Series 2 is coming soon!
The aim is to make learning language fun and simple.
The show also features a mascot, called Pinangkarl who is a
White Cock-a-too that helps the children say the language
words. BRA and 8CCC Radio are supporting Rosemary and
Kathy to attend the gala awards night in Terrigal in November.
Rayella selected to
Nannup Music Festival,
WA in 2016
‘We Are One’ is a song the Barkly Boys wrote which is an anthem for
Indigenous people to unite. Reggie O’Reilly, the bands drummer had a vision
for the film clip to include the young people of Tennant Creek so BRA’s Media
Mob department turned the TC Primary School hall into a film clip set to make
the award winning music video. The award was announced at this years
National Remote Indigenous Media Festival in Lajamanu.
To watch the film clip head to: http://indigitube.com.au/music-video/item/2773
Commonwealth Bank ‘Australian Of the Day’ Award
Australian of the Day- 20th August 2015
“I’ve been painting for a long time, since I had long black hair, now I have
three grandkids, four dogs and one pussycat.”
Susannah has gained acclaim as a visual artist working from the Barkly
Regional Arts Centre where her large catalogue of work focuses on her rural
upbringing, scenes from station life including the livestock, cattleman, and
daily duties of those living and working on remote stations.
Susannah devotes a large portion of her work to the painting of religious
scenes, however undoubtedly there’s the odd painting of the bush cars that
pepper the desert landscape. Her work has been widely acclaimed and has
featured in exhibitions across the Territory as well as in the prestigious
Sheffer Gallery in Sydney.
Australian of the Day- 30th July 2015
“We play here every single day.”
Reggie is a musician and educator currently working on the multiplatform
resource ‘What’s Up Winanjjikari,’ a video project championing the work of
musicians working within the Winanjjikari Music Centre. The web series, shot
entirely on iPads, mixes music with language lessons, which Reggie claims is
an important way for his audience to “understand where they come from”.
The series follows the working lives of the musicians including their recent
tour of the NT and assisting at the Womadelaide Festival in South Australia.
Reggie is also the drummer in the Barkly Boys, NT’s rising country-rock stars
who regularly play in Tennant, Borroloola and Alice Springs as well as the
annual NT Bush Bands Bash. As the nephew of one of the members of NT Hall
of Fame’s The Tableland Drifters, music runs in Reggie’s blood.
He’s currently hard at work on his first album with the Barkly Boys, entitled
‘Must Be Your Dream’ and plans to use his skills in video to write, shoot, direct
and edit his own music videos.
CommBank has been supporting the Australian of the Year Awards for
over 35 years – recognising the outstanding Australians making a
significant contribution to the country.
Two BRA artists were selected to be an ‘Australian of the Day’.
Susannah and Reggie have also been selected by Australian film director,
Gillian Armstrong to be in a short film that recognises Australians. Our
Media Mob unit is currently filming piecs to send across to Gillian.
Susannah Nakamarra Nelson
Artistic Director, Kathy Burns has received two nominations for this years ‘DISABILITY
SERVICE AWARDS’ with the nomainations in the category ‘Excellence in Promoting Community
Awareness’ for BRA’s work in creating the 2015 Desert Harmony Festival which promoted and
supported disability. The Festival theme strongly acknowledged and highlighted the very valuable
contribution of community members, and all Australians living with a disability to the cultural
and art focussed event. Secondly, preparation and focus was prioritised on the inclusion of people
living with a disability in participating in and attending the Festival events. Kathy will be
attending the award ceremony in Darwin on Tuesday 10th November.
Do you support the work we do?
Please become a member!
In 2016 we will be hosting special
members nights for you to
enjoy intimate evenings of art and
Contact us on 8962 2799
With BRA, the Barkly region is well positioned to grow a local creative industry. It’s pretty unusual to have an arts
organisation of this size embedded in a remote electorate. We all know that the cost of doing anything in remote and very
remote regions is crippling. But with BRA you’ve got creative industry specialists who produce a range of multi arts products
and events that demonstrate the rich talents and cultures of the Barkly. At the same time we present works of artistic
excellence for the community to enjoy. Everyone, no matter where they live, should have access to arts experience.
The most visible demonstration of the region’s capacity to produce and present great work is the annual Desert Harmony
Festival. It’s also where BRA demonstrates to a local, Territory and national audience that the Barkly is special. We are all
aware that Tennant Creek doesn’t enjoy the best profile. We all get sick of being ‘bagged’. BRA strategically offers the festival
to refute these perceptions with this annual showcase event. Growing the festival promotes a positive regional profile and is
an economic driver that benefits all.
Less visible of BRAs operations is the outreach work we do continuously through the year with Barkly communities. We
have art skills and arts management training, music industry training programs, remote recording, artists in residence and
artists in schools programs, site management and contributors to 8CCC radio to new name but a few. BRAs Media Mob is an
active fee-for-service outfit that records and promotes all these programs. (There are 107 videos on BRAs Vimeo site and our
awards and trophy cabinet is testament to the quality of the work)! In fact the visible profile of the Desert Harmony Festival
sometimes masks BRAs major underpinning programs here in Tennant Creek and out bush; but those programs remain our
core purpose... we basically just produce the festival on the side.
Of course nothing exceptional happens in remote communities without community support and partners. We enjoy
wonderful cross sector and business collaborations and partnerships throughout the community. We truly value the support
and input from LOCALS above all else.
We’d love to have more members and volunteers though. The arts industry both nationally and in the Territory is going
through a lean period – arts companies have always operated in a risky environment and BRA is no exception, despite its
strength and track-record. So, if you’d like to help grow your local award-winning arts organisation that’s out there
championing this community then drop in and sign up. The more the merrier. This weekend we’ll be at the Battery Hill Night
Markets signing members and supporting Volunteers SA and NT to recruit volunteers.
Perhaps by joining a local organisation, you could be deemed a ‘local’. Beats waiting 16 years....
DID YOU KNOW?
BRA turns 20 years & WMC
celebrates 10 years
Get ready for a year of
Grants awaiting announcement
Aus Co.-Project Funding
‘Art School In Residence’
‘Barkly Breeze Flying Trapeze’
‘Greenie Beanies’ TVC
Grants in submission
1. Aus Co- 4 yr funding
2. NTG Arts Grants
GIGS, FESTIVALS & TOURING
From there it didn’t stop for Rayella and WMC as they then embarked on the Country Arts WA
Sand Tracks Tour supporting the mighty Tjintu Desert Band across the remote SA and WA
communities of Amata, Warakurna and Warbarton. It was Rayella’s first time visiting that country
and though they were largely unknown to begin with, they certainly won over a lot of fans and were
received very well by the huge crowds who were both surprised and pleased to see a young female
commanding the stage as powerfully and confidently as Eleanor can. Rayella are shaping up to be
a group in high demand with performances and festival appearances currently being planned right
across Australia for 2016.
The Winanjjikari Music Centre has had a busy and festive second half of 2015. After an intense Desert Harmony Festival
period there was little time to rest with the WMC team playing a significant role providing and operating a full PA system and
instrument backline as well as participating in music workshops at the week long Bush Bands Business at Ross River Resort outside of
Alice Springs. This was in lead up to Bush Bands Bash concert at Snow Kenna Park in Alice Springs on Sat 5th October which was one of
the biggest yet with an amazing crowd of over 2000 people witnessing an amazing night of home grown Central Australian music.
Rayella Band from Marlinja as well as the Desert 7’s represented the Barkly on the big stage and didn’t disappoint with both acts
acclaimed as highlights of the event.
This was a week of workshops, meetings, showcases and general festivities involving over 150
representatives from remote media and broadcasting organizations right around Australia. Using their
newly acquired iPad Movie Making skills the team produced daily video reports throughout the event
which can be viewed on Barkly Arts Vimeo page (vimeo.com/barklyarts). The week was capped off
by an amazing concert featuring Lajamanu Teenage Band, North Tanami Band and our one and only
Barkly Boys to represent WMC on the big stage.
With barely a week off to recover
the WMC & Media Mob Team of
Dirk Dickenson, Reggie O’Riley,
Marcus Finlay, Sean Bahr-Kelly and
James Winwood Jumped straight
back into the WMC troopy and off
to Lajamanu for the 17th National
Remote Indigenous Media Festival.
It doesn’t stop there, with WMC taking there skills to the Tennant Creek Primary School once a week, teaching the kids drumming patterns. An initiative of Cheryl
Pelser’s, to ensure students get a wide range of art and culture learning which is taught by local people. The WMC fellas prepare their lesson structure each week and
make the learning practical for the kids to understand musical patterns. This is a fantastic way to inspire the next generation of Barkly musicians.
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