Professor Brydie-Leigh Bartleet (Director, Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre, Griffith University) has been awarded a highly-competitive Arts for GoodFellowshipby the Singapore International Foundation.

The Arts for Good Fellowship scheme is designed to grow the Arts for Good ecosystem, by fostering a community of practice that harnesses the power of arts and culture to create positive social change in this world.

The fellowship brings together leading professionals from the arts and social sectors in a dynamic program that includes residencies in both Singapore and Chennai, India. Applications were received from hundreds of artists, policy makers, arts executives and educators worldwide.

Professor Bartleetis a leading researcher and educator committed to championing arts for social change. Over the past decade, she has collaborated with prominent NGOs and arts organizations on projects that explore the role of the arts in social justice, regional development, intercultural reconciliation, health equity and criminal justice.

Professor Bartleet says, “This fellowship presents an amazing networking and knowledge-sharing opportunity to connect with fellow artists, educators, managers, policy makers and researchers working for social change in the Asia Pacific.”

“I believe the arts can change the world!” says Professor Bartleet. “The arts are an ever-present part of our lives. No culture has ever lived without the arts. Throughout time the arts have always been in flux, changing in response to the world and in turn changing the world. With a phenomenon that pervasive, I believe the arts have the potential to address some of the most pressing issues of our time.”

“Many of the projects the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre has led over the past 15 years have looked at innovative ways of harnessing the arts for social justice, social inclusion, social engagement, and social change,” says Professor Bartleet. “This fellowship will provide a unique opportunity to expand and deepen that work. I’m particularly excited about the residencies in Singapore and Chennai where we’ll have a chance to learn from other fellows working in the arts and social sectors across the Asia Pacific, and undertake visits and workshops with leading arts and social innovation initiatives.”

To view Professor Bartleet’s Arts, Education and Law Public Lecture, “Can Music Change the World?”