The third event in our "HeART of the Matter" speaker and discussion series

On 29th September 2018 at Wolsingham School, Northern Heartlands’ People Make Places event took a hands-on look at what ‘place making’ means in towns, villages and rural communities. It was a day to explore ideas, make connections and be inspired, with an outstanding group of speakers and workshop leaders to stimulate and lead conversations about building big ideas for smaller places. How do we grow enthusiasm and get noticed? What are the challenges and barriers we face? How can we tackle these by thinking differently and working together? 

The morning speakers shared their experience of creating successful, transformative projects: 

Pam Warhurst CBE, chair of Pennine Prospects and founder of Incredible Edible

Pam has been an activist for over 40 years, involved in local politics and national policy. She cofounded Incredible Edible in Todmorden, which encourages community empowerment through growing food and the power of small actions. Incredible Edible now has over 100 UK groups and 600 world-wide. She also chairs Pennine Prospects, championing the communities and landscape of the Southern Pennines.

John Fox and Sue Gill, founders of Dead Good Guides and Welfare State International

John and Sue are directors of the legendary arts company Welfare State International (1968-2006) which invented influential prototypes of spectacular street performance, site specific theatre, fireshows, lantern parades and secular ceremonies. In 2006 they started Dead Good Guides to train celebrants and create ecologically orientated installations and devotional spaces in landscape.

Ruth Ben-Tovim, Encounters

As Creative Director of Encounters Arts, professional artist and consultant, Ruth has used the transforming power of the arts to work with thousands of people over the last 20 years. She shares with us her wide experience in engaging communities with creative projects, and in bringing people together to make social, cultural and ecological changes happen.

In the afternoon, all participants pooled their knowledge and experience together, looking in more detail at the issues faced by community projects in smaller places and rural areas, and worked together to find solutions. There was also be plenty of time to chat, share experiences and make new connections.