Barkly Regional Arts (BRA) is the regional hub for the arts in the Barkly region, working with remote Indigenous communities to deliver arts programs.
Working directly with the Barkly’s Indigenous communities throughout the region, we implement programs from our base in Tennant Creek. Our outreach workers work with Indigenous community workers in both the visual and musical arts, creating a platform for engagement and opportunity. BRA is the only arts organisation within the Barkly that offers art opportunities across a population of approximately 7,500 people. We are responsible for around fifty annual programs or projects that affect over eight hundred artists throughout the region. Secure funding has enabled BRA to develop strategies that create long-term, sustainable community benefits. In this way we help to address historical challenges of poverty, unemployment and social exclusion.
Established in 1996, Barkly Regional Arts (BRA) was originally as a networking and resource organisation for communities across the Barkly Region. In 2007 BRA was granted six-year Community Partnerships sector of the Australia Council for the Arts. This has enabled the development of long-term programs and assisted with staff tenure.
The region in which we operate covers around 283,648 square kilometres; twenty percent of the landmass of the Northern Territory (NT). The main industries in the region are pastoral, mining, tourism, and government services. 25% of the population is aged less than 17 years; approximately 70% of the population of the Barkly Region are Indigenous. The region is home to sixteen Indigenous nations, including the following language groups: Warumungu, Warlpiri, Alyawarr, Kaytetye, Warlmanpa, Wakaya, Mudburra, Wambaya, Jingili, Kudanji, Ngarnga, Binbinga, Garrawa, Yanyuwa, Waanyi and Mara.
Our policies and practices are rooted in the principles of reconciliation and social justice and encourage the inclusion and participation of the people and communities we serve.
Our arts programmes not only maintain culture but also promote physical and emotional well-being and contribute to the resilience of our constituent communities.
We strive to maintain a consultative approach that not only respects cultural protocols and traditions, but is led by these in everything we do.