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Acoustic Life of Sheds – Cape to Cape

Rural life blends with art to create surprising new harmonies.


Big hART celebrates its 25th year with an expanded version of its much loved music project, Acoustic Life of Sheds, with a journey in sound, cape to cape, along the Arcadian north west coast.

Sheds have many lives. They dot the Tasmanian landscape, built to serve through storms, floods and drought. Sheds are sentinel shapes on the horizon, watching as rural life changes around them, bringing a new purpose, a new patina, a new story, until abandoned. With their heyday long gone, these relics stand with hinges rusted shut on a rich past, preserved in metal, grease and dust.

Acoustic Life of Sheds brings together musicians, composers and sound designers to listen to these sheds on family farms, to be inspired by the echoes of the past, and to play back these sonic lives to us.

Big hART created Acoustic Life of Sheds for the 2015 Festival to such acclaim, it was clear they’d barely scraped the surface. This year, invited back by popular demand to explore five new sheds between Table Cape and Rocky Cape in a 50-kilometre round trip, finishing with a celebratory concert hosted in a large working shed.

Take the complete 5-shed tour or follow your nose to any for the set performance time.

To receive information about locations, accessibility, route and related events, please register here.

This event is held at various venues from Table Cape/Wynyard to Rocky Cape on the north west coast and requires your own transportation.

Journey Registration Hub
Coastal Pods, Wynyard Wharf,
1 Goldie St

Your 5-shed touring experience starts here with coffee and locally sourced produce available from 9.30am. Pick up your map and be ready to depart
at 10am or 11.30am.

The Stables
124 Stennings Rd
Nate Gilkes (Present Tense) and James Milsom (Tricksy Studio)
Performances 10.30am and 12 noon

The Calving Shed
136 Robin Hill Rd
The Twoks – Mark Leahy and
Xani Kolac
Performances 11.30am and 1pm

The Barn
Irby Boulevard
Madeleine Flynn, Tim Humphrey and Lisa Garland
Performances 12.45pm and 2.15pm

128 Port Rd
Claire Edwardes (Ensemble Offspring) and Peter Knight (Australian Art Orchestra)
Performances 1.45pm and 3.15pm

Tulip Farm Shearing Shed
363 Table Cape Rd
Lucky Oceans
Performances 2.45pm and 4.15pm
Complete your day with a celebration of local food and refreshments.


Created by: Scott Rankin and Andrew Viney


Presented Big hART in association with Ten Days on the Island

Supported by The Commonwealth Department of Employment’s Empowering Youth Initiatives, Arts Tasmania and Australia Council for the Arts.

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Acoustic Life of Sheds – Cape to Cape

Coastal Pods Wynyard, Goldie Street, Wynyard, Tasmania, Australia

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