Latrobe & Port Sorell

Hannaford and Big hART

26th Jun 2024

An exhibition celebrating the 28 year creative partnership between Australia’s most prolific portrait artist and renowned social change and arts company, Big hART.

A collection of dynamic and moving realist portraits painted on stage, in rehearsals, in homes, at workplaces and on country by Alf Hannaford to celebrate and elevate the extraordinary people at the centre of Big hART’s work. Big hART uses portraiture in its projects as it’s a time honoured way to bestow respect. Having a portrait artist of Hannaford’s virtuosity paint people from Australia’s most marginalised and hidden communities sends the message that their lives are just as important as the politicians he is known for painting.

Portraits include members of Albert Namatjira’s family; Pitjantjatjara actor Trevor Jamieson; Aboriginal young people and Elders from the Pilbara; TAS Seafarers from the Blue Angel project; housing commission residents from Northcott in Sydney and young people from the West Coast of Tasmania and some NW TAS Coast Scenery.