Project Leader: Brydie-Leigh Bartleet

Brydie-Leigh BartleetProfessor Brydie-Leigh Bartleet is Director of the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre, Griffith University, Australia. She has been travelling to the Barkly Region and working in partnership with Barkly Regional Arts for over eight years. She has worked on a range of national and international projects in community music, arts-based service learning with Australian First Peoples, arts programs in prisons, and global mobility. Many of these projects have been realized in partnership with a wide range of NGOs, arts and community organizations, and colleagues across Australia and the Asia Pacific. She serves on the Board of Australia’s peak music advocacy body, Music Australia, and has served as Chair and Commissioner of the International Society for Music Education’s Community Music Activities Commission. She is the co-founder of the Asia Pacific Community Music Network, and is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Community Music. She has worked on four successive Australia Research Council Linkage projects, led a major Australian Government Office for Learning & Teaching Innovation and Development project, and produced well over a 100 research outputs. In 2014 she was awarded the Australian University Teacher of the Year.

Chief Investigator: Sandy O’Sullivan

Sandy O'Sullivan

Associate Professor Sandy O’Sullivan is a proud member of the Wiradjuri (Aboriginal) Nation. She lives in Brisbane and is Associate Professor of Creative Industries in the School of Communication and Creative Industries, University of the Sunshine Coast. Her work focuses on alternative dissemination processes for Indigenous Australian research students and career researchers and the digital museum space. Her research focuses on the ways that we might use new media and digital forms to create research outcomes that are both rigorous, culturally appropriate and meaningful for our cultural communities and our communities of practice. She is an ALTC Teaching Fellow and current Australian Research Council (ARC) Indigenous Research Fellow.

Chief Investigator: Naomi Sunderland

Naomi Sunderland

Dr Naomi Sunderland is Senior Lecturer in the School of Human Services and Social Work and member of the Music, Health, and Wellbeing Research Stream at the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre and Menzies Health Institute Queensland at Griffith University. Naomi has an extensive background in participatory, creative, and community based research in the areas of health, wellbeing, and arts based community development. She has collaborated on many arts and health research projects including: the 1000 Voices Disability Life Stories Project; a social determinants of health evaluation of the Scattered People asylum seekers and refugee music group; and a participatory intercultural evaluation of multi-arts work with Barkly Regional Arts in the Northern Territory. Naomi teaches in the First Australians and Social Justice team at Griffith University and specialises in topics around transformative intercultural and immersive education, equity, and diversity. Naomi has a PhD in applied ethics and human rights from the Queensland University of Technology. She has worked in government and non-government organisations and universities in Canada and Australia. She has published widely on the topics of health promotion partnerships, music and wellbeing, disability and happiness, and transformative ethics. Naomi is also an active singer, songwriter, and performer and has released several albums of work internationally.

Chief Investigator: Phil Hayward

Phil-HaywardPhilip Hayward holds adjunct professor positions at the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre Griffith University, Southern Cross University and University of Technology Sydney. He is the founding editor of the online journal Shima. He has written widely on music and cultural studies topics including articles for refereed journals such as Perfect Beat, Popular Music and Society, Screen Sound and The Journal of World Popular Music. He has written six books, on topics such as the music cultures of Norfolk Island, Lord Howe Island and The Whitsunday Islands, and has edited eleven anthologies, addressing topics such as Indigenous music cultures and screen soundtracks. He has been a chief investigator on teams that have been awarded two ARC Discovery projects (on the Melanesian Music Industries and on Australian Film Soundtrack production) and two Collaborative grants (on sustainable music cultures and Creative Barkly). He is also a member of the audiovisual ensemble The Moviolas.

Research Fellow: Sarah Woodland

Sarah WoodlandDr Sarah Woodland is a researcher, practitioner and educator specialising in arts, theatre and performance. She has over 20 years experience in the arts and cultural sectors in Australia and the UK, with a particular focus on engaging communities from diverse social and cultural backgrounds in the arts. Sarah has spent over 10 years in the Griffith University School of Education and Professional Studies undertaking arts research, teaching Applied Theatre and leading university-industry partnerships and placements for students through the award winning Learning and Teaching program, Theatre Scope.

Project Partner Barkly Regional Arts: Alan Murn

Alan Murn is Executive Office for Barkly Regional Arts (BRA). He has had a 14-year association with BRA and been EO since 2009 when he accepted the challenge of guiding BRA from a small project driven arts company into a larger long-term program driven one. Previously he had been Manager of Julalikari Arts in Tennant Creek from 2003 – 2009 and so was deeply involved in the Community, Arts and Cultural Development (CACD) trajectory of the Barkly region. As manager of an Australia Council for the Arts’ Key Producer, Alan’s remit is to adopt a local arts leadership role to lobby and advocate for the creative industries. To that end, Alan has taken on a number of local community roles including Tennant Creek Art Gallery Management Committee, former Board member of ArtbackNT, Darwin (Deputy Chair 2011 and 2012), Board Member of Barkly Region Alcohol and Drug Abuse Advisory Committee (BRADAAG), member of Regional Economic Development Committee (REDC), Barkly, (Department of Chief Minister appointment), member of Local Tourism Advisory Committee (LTAC) Barkly to mention a few. Alan has a B Visual Arts (Printmaking), SA School of Art, has worked in the Visual Arts Department, The Flinders University of SA and as Artist-in-residence and Printer-in-residence at The Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide.

Project Partner Regional Development Australia NT: Robin Gregory

Dr Robin Gregory is Central Australia Project Officer and has lived in the Territory for over twenty years. She has worked in both the public and private sectors, including for Indigenous not-for-profits. Much of her work has been undertaken with individuals and communities in regional and remote areas of the NT and WA. Robin has a strong professional background in heritage research, conservation and management planning. In the last few years she has also undertaken social research regarding transitional housing and homelessness, and was recently part of the Home Internet Project. This collaborative research project between the Centre for Appropriate Technology, Central Land Council and Swinburne University of Technology investigated the feasibility of home internet in remote communities. Robin commenced with RDA NT in February 2014. As a result of her previous employment, including running her own consultancy business, Robin brings to RDA NT considerable experience in project facilitation and management, provision of grant advice and assistance, and connecting people and organisations.