"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.

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

A Life Amongst the Tulips. Meet Tassie Tulip Farmer Dave Roberts-Thomson


My name is Dave Roberts-Thomson. I grew up at Table Cape. I’ve been drawn to, and trapped by the family farm my whole life, (laughs). I’ve also had a lifelong interest in the arts, science and community, and I’ve always. Read more

Cultural Healing in Songs of Peace


“Everyone knows that to feel better when they’re hurting is to talk about it. We need to write our emotions down and express it…The song I wrote for John Pat, it’s written in the wind forever. That’s what songs are. Read more

Paper on the Catwalk


“The process of making paper is so interesting. There’s something lyrical about paper, a little bit quieter, a bit more story related. Then there’s the lineage of paper and what paper means to humanity.” -Lyndal Thorne, Director paper on skin.. Read more

The Capoeira Road to Roebourne – Meet Aimee Kepa


“If we can move in different ways, we can also think in different ways”, says Aimee Kepa in this first-person piece, “The way I approach capoeira workshops in Roebourne – with young women and women in the prison – is. Read more

Burnie Beginnings and the Big Ears Club


“It was a simple way of giving people a voice. I think that was what it was for us. Because you’re young you don’t have a voice. It was us having a bit of a scream into small town conservatism”. Read more

NEO-Learning – Celebrating Roebourne’s Living Culture


“Everyone always said that NEOMAD was such a strong resource, that it should be in schools everywhere”, says Big hART Associate Artist Mark Leahy. “Young people of Roebourne would be the teachers, they were central to NEOMAD so they’d be. Read more