"It's harder to hurt someone if you know their story"

Hear the stories of the artists, community members and people behind Big hART - making art, building community and driving change in rural and urban areas across Australia.

GULGAWARNIGU. Thinking of something, someone


In June 2023, this exhibition of digital artworks by younger people from the town of Ieramagadu (Roebourne) on Ngarluma country opened at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra on Ngunnawal and Ngambri Country. It ran until 2 October 2023. The. Read more

Untangled Paths – by Scott Rankin


“The boy who was terrified of words, spoken or written. Always watching. What was he doing with his time, that loner, on the river till sundown, in his boats, knots, string, art… he knew words were real, but couldn’t see them.”. Read more

A Place Where Water Falls


“When Water Falls is a meditation on what water means to everyone that’s involved in the project”, says Music Director Jay Jarome on the genesis of this unique project. “I had no idea it was going to be so big”.. Read more

Songs from the Heart


“My experience of Roebourne was a very fulfilling one, – one that I longed for, being a writer and a musician. Getting songs written, lyrics, it just brought joy to my heart”, shares Kankawa Nagarra in this first person narrative.. Read more

Diary of a Boatbuilder


“I do it because I was born into it and I can’t really come up with a better way to spend my time. To imagine something deep in your imagination, plan that idea, build that idea, and then see that. Read more

Cultural Justice, Intermediation, Flourishing and the Right to Thrive


  “If this past year has shown us anything it is the importance of thriving, even under duress. Thriving or flourishing isn’t about creating utopias, it is about resilience, and mutual support, and creating space for others… In fact, thriving. Read more

Opportunity & Identity – My Journey as a palawa Woman to University


  “I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. I wasn’t aware that I was a victim of this isolated label that’s put on North West Tasmania, and all the issues going on. Project O gave me a platform. Read more

The Sonic Playground of Zinc


“We were in a sonic playground. It was pure fun having such a unique palette of sound to create from -industrial machinery to rhythms made by conveyor belts and screeching wheels. It shook me from the comfort zone of my. Read more

Eels, Mud and the Acoustic Life of Boatsheds


Instruments made out of eel skin, artists covered in mud and boatbuilders jamming to music. Welcome to Acoustic Life of Boatsheds. “We got in this real zone covered in the mud of the river, smelling the river in the dark,. Read more

I feel a change is happening: Tootsie Daniel


“Songwriting gives me peace and joy. It helps not only me, but the community as well… I feel like a lot of change is going to be happening. We want to go out there and touch others.” -Tootsie Daniel  . Read more