"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.

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

A Heart for Marrawah – Meet Artist Zoe Grey


“Marrawah is all of my art practice”, says Zoe. “Whether I’m here or away, I’m painting Marrawah, using memory to think back on it and returning to its familiar forms.”   Growing up in Marrawah life revolved around the ocean.. Read more

Parity Wage, Empathy & Collective Care: Big hART Responds to COVID-19


With arts and cultural organisations collapsing, independent artists lining up at Centrelink as thousands of arts-workers lose their jobs, and 255,000 events are cancelled across the country, Big hART has chosen to respond differently. All staff across the country have. Read more

Frankston Girls – Don’t define us by your stereotypes.


“Some of you here might feel like you’ve heard about me before. Remember, ‘that naughty kid’. You know, one of those mouthy girls who really needs to watch her tongue. One of those girls who’s complicated because you know, she comes. Read more

Art as Protection – Diary from South Korea


“Using art as protection was such a great theme for our trip, it is so closely linked to a core belief at Big hART – it’s harder to hurt someone if you know their story. Jangsaengpo was a former whaling. Read more

The Vulnerability of Inequality and how Teenage Girls are Changing Communities


2015 Australian of the Year Rosie Batty is one of Australia’s leading campaigners against family violence. She believes young women are key to changing inequality in remote and disadvantaged communities – “Project O is about lifting our expectations of ourselves,. Read more

The Zine Effect


“All of the messages they wanted to share with the world, the changes they wanted to see, the struggles, they could share it in the zine”, reflects Fallon Te Paa, of the zine project with Frankston Project O young women.. Read more

Justice, Story & Strategic Growth – by Scott Rankin


“This accelerating Tasmanian narration in this new digital and global century is fascinating and full of opportunity. But what happens with this acceleration – if we get inclusivity wrong?…If we leave people behind in this flash new imaging…” – Scott. Read more

North West Coast, a photo essay by Heath Holden


Represented by Getty Images Editorial and Lonely Planet Images, Photographer Heath Holden has travelled all over the world, from Qatar to Kenya but still finds time to fit in work with Big hART. In this photo essay experience the invisible. Read more