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Research Interests

Bernard’s current research builds on the culture centred collaborative creative practice methodology developed during his PhD. Art and design based creative projects such as books and video contribute to the investigation. Critical Participatory Action Research is utilized to build a shared understanding of the direction and outcomes of projects. The research is informed by Indigenous methodologies and principles, such as those espoused by Nation Building theory and practice, where cultural knowledge remains the property of the community and Elders involved. The research process supports the collection and distribution of this knowledge as a source and means of social, political and economic capacity building. Explorations of the centrality of culture to Aboriginal health and wellbeing, and the significance of engaging in ongoing processes of developing cultural responsiveness, are at the forefront of the investigative process. It is an approach that evolves from continuous personal reflection in response to community engagement and service.

Education/Academic qualification

Creative Arts, PhD

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Research Output 2013 2017

A Mother as Loving as You

Sullivan, B. & Ingram, J. 23 Dec 2017 58 p.Wagga Wagga : Burambabili Gulbali

Research output: Other contributionCreative Works Original - Textual

Open Access
Aboriginal English
Human Being

An Elder led, culture centred framework: Steps toward a Wiradjuri Giilang Biladha

Sullivan, B. & Evans, D. Oct 2017

Research output: Contribution to conferencePresentation only

cultural heritage

Burambabirra Yindyamarra: Sharing Respect

Sullivan, B. 17 Sep 2017

Research output: Non-textual formCreative Works - Curation of Exhibition/Event/Festival

Digital Print

Menindee Girl: The Story of my Life

Sullivan, B. (ed.) 26 Jan 2017 120 p.Wagga Wagga : Sharing and Learning

Research output: Other contributionCreative Works Original - Textual

Life Story

Revitalising First Nations Communities Through Collaborative Creative Practice: Culture-centred, service-oriented ways of working in Indigenous communities

Sullivan, B. Jun 2017 Media Approaches to Communicating for Development. Baú, V. & Brimacombe, T. (eds.). University of New South Wales, p. 6-6

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference paper


Activities 2017 2017

  • 1 Oral presentation

Yindyamarra Yambuwan screenings, talks and book launches

Sullivan, B. (Speaker), Stanley Grant (Speaker)
01 Jul 201708 Jul 2017

Activity: Oral presentation

Press / Media

Interview with Bernard Sullivan: A mother as loving as you

Bernard Sullivan


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

'Fair Game' - History, racism and reconciliation in Australia

Bernard Sullivan


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Yindyamarra Yambuwan film screening

Bernard Sullivan


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Yindyamarra Yambuwan, a film for all

Bernard Sullivan


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

At the Library

Bernard Sullivan


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media