The work of Northern Heartlands is underpinned by a cultural landscape approach, recognising that places and landscapes are not static or fixed, but constantly changing, from season to season and year to year. They are lived and worked in, argued over, subject to changes that we create ourselves, and those over which we have no control. They are filled with human heritage and natural history, on timelines that stretch back into the deep past and forwards into the future. In other words, landscapes and places are processes, rather than things.
The Learning and Influence strand of our work will be an arts-led investigation of landscape, heritage and place and will explore how to collate our arts-based outputs into forms of evidence that are acceptable in formal processes. We will actively encourage participants to view projects as a chance to research their own issues and influence decision-makers, while ensuring that there are real opportunities to do so and build people’s skills.