"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.

Songwriting – a lifeline between prison and the community in Roebourne


Sometimes songs can do more than just be an expression, they can be a lifeline. In Roebourne in the Pilbara, songwriting is helping incarcerated Indigenous men connect back to their community and Country, and join families with their loved ones.. Read more

Music is a Food – it Feeds Us


“The role of music in this community is so important, we need this community to have music. The songs that people are writing are about their families, about the countryside. Music is an expression of who that person is”, says Rachel James. Read more

Painting With Light – The tech wow factor of SKATE


“What we’ve been trying to do is create interactivity between the skaters and the lighting systems, so that the skaters are actually painting with light.” We talk with tech artists Jordan East, Stephen Hawker and Steph O’Hara, on how innovation and. Read more

Meet Genevieve Dugard, Set Designer of SKATE


An interview with SKATE Set Designer Genevieve Dugard, on designing a set for skateboarders, balancing theatre and sport, and her creative vision for the future of SKATE. “I’m inverting what you would normally think about skateboarding and skateboarders, and then. Read more

Board Painting for NAIDOC Week


In the lead up to NAIDOC Week, Michael West, local Aboriginal artist also known as Guwaali, led a board painting workshop and educational session with the SKATE cast at the Cutaway, Barangaroo. Enjoy this photo essay from the day, with photographs by. Read more

Meet Amy Morcom, SKATE Producer


“There’s literally nothing else that does the same thing. It hooks all your senses.” An interview with SKATE Producer Amy Morcom, on what a producer actually does, and why she thinks skateboarding and percussion make such a powerful combination.  . Read more

Walking with Technology

“You have an elder using an iPad and using colour and animation. Young people are learning, I am learning.” -Yindjibarndi woman Michelle Adams on how Indigenous people can walk with technology, using it as a tool to keep stories alive.. Read more

The Art of Empowerment


From the outside of Monterey Secondary College in Frankston, it may look like another vanilla day at another high school in Melbourne – lessons, curriculum KPIs, smart phone control, teenagers embroiled in the latest dramas. But in one room, there’s. Read more

The Origin Story of SKATE


“Skateboarders are pretty altruistic and so are young people. SKATE’s been in Big hART’s DNA for probably 12-15 years.” SKATE Executive Director Scott Rankin reflects on SKATE’s early days in this first person interview. “Telen Rodwell and some friends began…. Read more

The Generosity of Sheds


Over 1200 people flocked to a potato shed, a silage tower, a shearing shed, a bulk storage shed and a woodworking shed for Acoustic Life of Sheds. Montana-born shed owner Devon Cruickshank said “We thought we’d just be cleaning up the shed…. Read more