Big hART was established by John Bakes and Scott Rankin in Burnie, Tasmania 16 years ago. Big hART is a group of people who have been making art together for sixteen years - creating theatre, film, television, paintings, photography, dance and radio. Big hART often work in small towns around the country or in cities where groups of people lack opportunity because of policy decisions, circumstance, survival issues or personal choice.

Big hART experiments with the process of making high quality art over long periods of time, involving large groups of people and then placing the finished work in national and international arts festivals. This often creates new opportunities for participants, helps build skills in communities and contributes to national social policy debate.