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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 specifically building the creative industry in the region, we
continually strive to offer and deliver professional and creative excellence despite our very remote disadvantages.
Through our 7 extensive 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. The creative industries involve communications, connectivity, history,
the passing on of cultural knowledge and language, personal expression, reconciliation, education, positive profiling,
tourism and employment. It’s an industry that explains complex ideas and new labels, invites change, fights 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 offerings 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 filled 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.
Get onboard and be a part of our
thriving arts and culture!
WHAT’S THE USE OF YA?
As manager of Barkly Regional Arts (BRA) I receive a lot of feedback about the
programs we deliver. We also invite feedback through surveys, questionnaires and
such, particularly at events. Most feedback is positive and encouraging, but not all.
However all feedback is important, and we use it to constantly improve the depth
and scope of our arts program delivery service across the Barkly region.
So, although we see ourselves as improving and adjusting to fit the particular needs of
the Barkly community, it may not always be apparent what impact we really do have.
We can measure some benefits with quantitative facts and figures about participant
numbers, income generation, job figures, tourist numbers, audience numbers,
employment pathways, training figures and such. We do this, but even so, are we
capturing the full flow-on effects of our programs?
The impact of the creative industries’ other economies, such as community well
being, cultural support, social inclusion, community engagement – all of those
qualitative benefits of participation in, and access to arts excellence – are harder
to measure. And yet these are the layers of the arts sector that we receive the most
feedback about. Was the show / workshop / event / exhibition any good? Plenty of
But it is important to locals, businesses, funding bodies, corporates,
Philanthropics, governments – anyone who might want to partner or support us has a
full measure of our worth. And we want to know too!
To this end, BRA and partners
have initiated a research project - “CREATIVE BARKLY: Sustaining the
Arts & Cultural Sector in Remote Australia”. This project is looking at
arts activities across the Barkly to understand the role of the arts in
the Region. It will deliver information back to the Region that will be
helpful in planning the future of arts across the Barkly. Although the
research is broadly about the impact of the Arts in remote regions,
there will be focus on Barkly Regional Arts’ programs in the Barkly.
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