Acoustic Life of Sheds

Big hART Inc.

The nature of rural life has seen dramatic change with small farms under pressure from shifting markets and expanding agribusiness. People relocate, knowledge is dispersed, customs change, and ritual is lost, yet sheds remain; an integral piece of the rural landscape.

Farms are dotted with handmade buildings – some tin, some slab built in timber. Big hART, Australia’s leading arts and social change company, brings together farming families and composers, musicians, sound designers and visual artists to explore the stories of these resilient spaces and respond to their shifting existence.

Take a journey through Tasmania’s North West Coast and experience the world premiere of works from award-winning composers presented in the locations that inspired them, celebrating the endurance of these working buildings and the landscapes to which they belong.

Embark on a 5-shed touring experience over 32kms starting in Wynyard at 10am or 11.30am;


Pick and choose your own experience by arriving at your chosen shed/s for any of the allotted performance times.


Bruce’s Shed – East Wynyard

Your 5-shed touring experience starts here

Collaborators: Damian Barbeler, Nicole Forsyth, Ben Carey, John Taylor, Matthew Hoy

Live performance, acoustic and visual installations

Photographer: Nick Higgins

Performances 10am & 11.30am, open 9.45am to 2pm


The Shearing Shed – Tulip Farm, Table Cape

Composer: Lucky Oceans

Collaborator: Konrad Park

Live performance with lap and pedal steel guitars, chapman stick and percussion

Performances 11am & 12.30pm

Photographer: Chris Gosfield


Jack’s Shed – Table Cape

Composers: Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey

Live performance, acoustic and visual installations

Performances 12noon & 1.30pm, open 11.45 to 3pm

Photographer: Lisa Garland


Jane’s Shed – Boat Harbour

Lead composer: Nick Haywood

Co-creators: Alistair Dobson, Damien Kingston, Liam O’Leary, Nellie Gibson

Live guided improvisation with double bass, saxophone, guitar, drums and painter

Performances 1pm & 2.30pm


Shearing Shed, Black Ridge Farm – Milabena

Collaborators: Genevieve Lacey, Jim Atkins, Marshall McGuire, Phil Slater, John Rodgers

Performances 2.15pm & 3.45pm

Photographer: Neal Rodwell



Creative Director: Scott Rankin

Creative Producer: Andrew Viney

Radio/Sound Artist: Stuart Thorne


Presented by Big hART Inc. in association with Ten Days

Supported by Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Tasmania, Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal and Tasmanian Community Fund

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Image by Lisa Garland
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This event is held at various venues around the North West Coast and requires own transportation arrangements to participate

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Sat 21 Mar 2015, 10am or 11.30am Sun 22 Mar 2015, 10am or 11.30am Sat 28 Mar 2015, 10am or 11.30am Sun 29 Mar 2015, 10am or 11.30am



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