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Big hART at John Northcott Estate: Community, Health and the Arts

Wright, P.R.ORCID: 0000-0002-6433-3889 and Palmer, D. (2009) Big hART at John Northcott Estate: Community, Health and the Arts. UNESCO Observatory EJournal MultiDisciplinary Research in the Arts, 1 (4).


This paper considers the work of Big hART, a social impact of the Arts company, in their residency entitled Northcott Narratives over three and half years at John Northcott Estate, a public housing estate in Sydney. During this time Big hART used arts practice to engage tenants, strengthen their creative dispositions, and build relationships between tenants and a range of different communities. Northcott Narratives used a variety of multi-modal forms with tenants to inquire into, and then express ideas in relation to issues that confront them. These ideas are presented as social policy recommendations. The power and benefits of this form of arts practice along with the tensions and challenges are revealed. The paper adds to the developing discourse in relation to community cultural development.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Education
Publisher: Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne
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