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Acoustic Life of Sheds

a Big hART production.


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

Live performance, acoustic and visual installations

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


The Shearing Shed – Tulip Farm, Table Cape

Composer: Lucky Oceans

Live performance with slide guitar, pedal steel and percussion

Performances 11am & 12.30pm


Jack’s Shed – Table Cape

Composers: Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey

Live performance, acoustic and visual installations

Performances 12noon & 1.30pm, open 11.45am until 3pm


Jane’s Shed – Boat Harbour

Composer: Nick Haywood

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

Performances 1.00pm & 2.30pm


Black Ridge Farm – Milabena

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

Acoustic installations and a live performance for recorder, harp, trumpet and sound design

Performances 2.15pm & 3.45pm