Successful in this year’s ARC Linkage Project grant round is a project that will examine the arts and cultural sector of one of Australia’s remotest regions, Barkly, in the central tablelands of Northern Territory. Called ‘Creative Barkly: Sustaining the arts & cultural sector in remote Australia’, it aims to “examine how the arts and cultural sector is currently functioning in remote Australia” and “deliver resources and recommendations that will inform current policies, strategies, and initiatives in the Barkly and beyond”.
Headed by Dr Brydie-Leigh Bartleet, Director of Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre, the three-year project brings together Griffith University, Barkly Regional Arts Inc/Barkly Regional Arts and Regional Development Australia Northern Territory Incorporated. It was awarded $208,215 in funds. Other team members include Dr Naomi Sunderland and Professor Heidi Muenchberger, Dr Sandy O’Sullivan (Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education) and Professor Philip Hayward (Southern Cross University).
The sparsely populated Barkly region is home to the Winanjjikari Music Centre, a music production house and training centre for Indigenous musicians, and a vibrant annual Desert Harmony Festival that celebrates local Indigenous and multicultural music, dance and culture.
Brydie-Leigh Bartleet is Music Australia’s Councillor for Research and a board director.