Who we are

Our Mission

‘It’s harder to hurt someone if you know their story’. Our work sheds light on invisible stories, bringing hidden injustice into the mainstream. These stories make it harder to hurt someone - on an individual, community and policy level. Our work demands best practise, and we strive for generational change.

Our History

27 years ago, Big hART was set up as an innovative experiment to find new ways of dealing with disadvantage. Motivated by the closure of a paper mill in the industrial town of Burnie, Tasmania, Big hART began working with the community, creating high quality art to transmit their story. This began a journey that has taken the Big hART model to over 50 communities nationwide.

BIGhART Approach

We are
content
producers.

Authentic, high-quality art made by professionals, with communities.

The themes we tackle are big – the art is moving, funny, intimate and grounded in the community. We love film, theatre, documentary, events, music, podcast, apps, digital media and more. We employ innovative, emerging and established artists to mentor participants and create award-winning work.

Read our latest Annual Report

We are
community
builders.

Strong, thriving communities through evidence based approaches.

The communities we work with may be in the middle of the desert, isolated in the city, or enslaved on the world’s oceans. Everyone, everywhere has a right to thrive, and we love to collaborate with communities, seeing ‘what’s strong’ rather than ‘what’s wrong’ – and working together to strengthen it. We employ talented community builders, designing award-winning projects.

We are
change makers.

Positive, transformational project designs – that are cost effective.

The issues we assist communities with always involve both a problem and an opportunity. These opportunities give rise to Big hART projects. The projects are deeply embedded in cultural activity. Everyone, everywhere has the right to be involved in culture, because a cultural voice gives communities the chance to participate in imagining a more positive future, and driving change to get there.

Our team

Big hART is project based. Our core staff deliver these projects in the field, working alongside a large pool of skilled, highly regarded professionals.

Scott Rankin

Sam Hawker

Andrew Viney

Genevieve Dugard

Sophia Marinos

Piers Ramsay

Angela Prior

Mark Leahy

Allery Sandy

Bettina Richter

Aaron Hopper

Lucy Harrison

Rachel Small

Patrick Churnside

Michelle Adams

Nat O'Donnell

Amy Morcom

Lincoln Smith

Clare Spillman

Maggie Abraham

Patrick Wundke

Aimee Kepa

Leith Alexander

Big hART board

John Culley

Chairman

Education: With 30+ years in his field, John has long-term experience in working with poverty and disengaged students. He is currently state school principal in a highly disadvantaged community. His key areas of experience are in HR, counselling, and policy.

Andrew Viney

Public Officer, Treasurer

Entertainment: Andrew has 20+ years in the private sector, and the music and entertainment industry. He is experienced in logistics, financial planning, and HR management.

Barbara Baikie

Member

Justice & Gender: Barbara has held 20+ years of senior positions in juvenile justice, disability, child protection, and policy. She is currently President of the National Council of Women of Australia. Her key experience includes strategic planning and consulting.

Scott Rankin

Member

Community Development & Arts: Scott is Big hART's Co-founder, CEO, and Creative Director, with additional roles as Writer, Director, Executive Producer, essayist and public speaker. He is a leader in CCD project design, consulting to Government and the corporate sector.

Allery Sandy

Member

Community Development & Arts: A Yindjibarndi leader and artist, Allery has been working with Big hART in Roebourne for 6 years, as a key elder on the project and a cultural consultant. Allery's background includes community welfare, Yindjibarndi language education, work for the Aboriginal Church and she is also a Director on a number of boards.

Sandra French AM

Member

Local Government: Sandra is a businesswoman with previous experience as a Mayor, and is highly skilled in senior management. She has sought after board experience including: Tasmanian Police, Tasmanian Community Fund, and Tasmanian Local Government.

Neal Rodwell

Member

Disability: Neal is the Manager of North West Residential Support Services Inc., with 30+ yrs experience in disability and the not-for-profit sector. He is highly skilled in the areas of financial management and policy development.

Wendy Page

Member

Media: Wendy has 25+ years experience as a television journalist with ABC TV, including nearly 20 years with Australian Story where she was one of the founding producers.

Carla Wall

Member

Technology: Carla is the Managing Director of COINS Australia. She has 20+ years’ experience driving the vision, business strategy and growth in the software and construction industries; ensuring organisations deliver successful transformational change.

Patrick Churnside

Member

Community Development & Arts: Patrick is a Traditional Owner from the Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi Language Groups and a gifted performer and has worked with Big hART leading intercultural workshops for many years. Patrick is also a board member of the State Government Aboriginal Cultural Materials Committee and City of Karratha Arts & Cultural Advisory Group.

Michelle Adams

Member

Community Development & Arts: Michelle is a Yindjibarndi woman from Roebourne, who has worked with Big hART for many years to ensure the program is safe culturally. Michelle has also been a senior government adviser in Indigenous Affairs and the Department of Communities and is a trained language specialist.