The Arts assist communities to discover the gift of their narrative for the nation.
We produce a wide range of art – theatre, documentary, exhibitions, events, games, apps, animations, concerts, installations, radio, podcasts, and more. Our projects are always searching for authentic, intimate narratives and the unique voice of each community, so we can make art that speaks powerfully from high-profile platforms, such as festivals.
Communities often hold within their past a hidden narrative gift, which can speak loudly when mentored. Roebourne, in Western Australia, is one such iconic community. Together we created a large powerful theatre piece Hipbone Sticking Out, which tells the story of how global trade swept through history from 1602 to the present, and changed the Pilbara forever. Hipbone combined internationally renowned actors with local performers on a lavish set. From the opening scene European theatrical artifice crumbles, and by the end it is the local story, told with great simplicity by local voices, which touched the audiences deeply. Through fierce comedy, exquisite visuals, and ensemble generosity, a great sadness sitting unresolved in the heart of Roebourne spoke powerfully to the country about intercultural forgiveness. The guts of the story came from the narrator – John Pat – a young man who died in custody in Roebourne in 1983. His family were part of the performance every night, and even though the story of his passing is full of tragedy and sadness, in the nightly re-telling, it became a gift from the community to audiences around the country, as well as part of the local healing process.
The Arts are a critical domain in Big hART’s work – transmitting the hidden story of many oppressed communities in the country’s narrative.