Creative Barkly was a three-year research project looking at arts and creativity across the Barkly Region (2016-2019). Our aim was to understand how artistic and creative activities contribute to cultural, social and economic development in Barkly communities and the Region as a whole.

Over a total of ten field trips to the region, the researchers administered a survey to 120 individual artists and creative producers (representing 1.6% of the population), and conducted interviews and consultations with representatives from 36 key organisations. Our ecological approach to the arts and creative sector in the Barkly recognised relationships and patterns between traditionally separated domains such as commercial, amateur and subsidised. This made the Creative Barkly study unique, incorporating cross-cultural, cross-art form, and cross-sector perspectives.

This study represents the first independent evidence base of its kind to be generated for arts and creativity in the Barkly.  This evidence base and comprehensive set of 48 recommendations will be helpful in planning the future of arts across the Barkly. 

Download the full Creative Barkly Report (10MB .PDF file).

Download the Summary Brochure (758KB .PDF file)

Download the Snapshot of Arts in the Barkly (376KB .PDF file)

Download the Snapshot of Arts and Health in the Barkly (1.2MB .PDF file)

Download the Summary Recommendations (99KB .PDF file)


Visual arts, performing arts, craft, literature, media and advertising, design … whatever you’re into, we’d love to hear about it.

All arts and creative practices are included

If you do arts or creative things in the Barkly, please take some time to fill out our survey. You’ll go in the draw to win a brand new iPad!

This is your chance to win!