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People now know me for something positive: an evaluation of Big hART’s work at the John Northcott Estate

Wright, P.R.ORCID: 0000-0002-6433-3889 and Palmer, D. (2007) People now know me for something positive: an evaluation of Big hART’s work at the John Northcott Estate. Murdoch University, Murdoch, Perth.



The following report provides a review of Big hART’s work in the Northcott Estate since 2002. From this time, Big hART in association with project partners carried out a series of community cultural development projects that culminated in the production of photographic portrait work, music, geo-spatial maps, performance theatre, filmmaking, narrative and writing pieces, and a series of other performance and arts-based activities. The intention of Big hART was to help ‘empower’ and assist tenants of Northcott to tell their stories, help build people’s sense of community, and encourage conditions that decrease violence and isolation. The Northcott Narratives Project is the title used to encompass all the separate but related projects undertaken by Big hART at the Northcott Estate from the period 2002- 2007.

This report does two things. Section one describes the purposes of the evaluation and considers the aims and aspirations of Big hART and its two major funding partners against the evidence. This section involves an ‘audit review’ of the work1. The second section draws on recent scholarship within the field to make a series of observations about how this was achieved and the approaches used by Big hART and its partners. This section involves an ‘open inquiry’ into the personal, social and organisational changes and benefits brought about by Big hART’s. It is the combination of both of these approaches that not only describes the social impacts of the arts in relation to the Northcott Narratives Project, but how they can be better understood and built on (Belfiore & Bennett, 2007).

Item Type: Report
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Education
Publisher: Murdoch University
Copyright: Copyright 2007 © Big hART
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