Places in Particular – Final Three Day Symposium, 6th-8th April 2020

Every place is unique, with its own landscape, people, heritage and culture. How does creativity help us shift from making assumptions at a distance to working with people and places in particular? How can we use this to develop change from the bottom up?

Over three days we will bring leading thinkers together to reflect on why creativity and improvisation is so vital in place-based working.

We will discuss why change can only grow from each unique combination of people, heritage, culture and landscape.

We will hear from, and visit, some of Northern Heartlands’ award winning and pioneering projects.

We will celebrate, create, be entertained, dance, eat and drink – and we’d love you to join us!

Join us on 6th, 7th and 8th April 2020 at TCR Hub, Barnard Castle.  Tickets are available here for each day or a combined three-day ticket.

Places in Particular is priced at “pay what you can” but recommended prices will help us to cover costs and support the attendance of others.  Please select “Donations” ticket type to “pay what you can”.

The programme in brief will include (click here for more info):

Day One, Monday, 6th April, 1.30 pm to 9.00 pm
THEME: The Practice of Improvisation in Place-based Working
Keynote Speakers: Professor Stephen Bottoms and Dr Maggie Roe
The day includes: introduction to Northern Heartlands’ innovative ways of working; creative discussion; evening supper, bar and mini-ceilidh

Day two, Tuesday, 7th April, 9.00 am to 9.30 pm
THEME: The Particularities of Place
Keynote speaker: Francois Matarasso
Presentations by artists and participants from Northern Heartlands’ projects
Afternoon field trips, creative activities, dry stone walling demonstration, explore the area
Evening celebratory meal, bar, entertainment, convivial banter, camp fires and outdoor food

Day three, Wednesday, 8th April, 9.00 am to 3.00 pm
THEMES: Valuing Upland Family Farms and Improvisation in Funding
A parallel programme exploring (i) the value of upland farmers’ knowledge or (ii) the complexities of funding places in particular
Key speakers (farming) include Kate Mayne (Nuffield Scholar), Ewan Allinson (artist and philosopher), Julia Aglionby (Uplands Alliance)
Key speakers (funding) include Dawn Plimmer (Collaborate CIC), David Renwick (National Lottery Heritage Fund), Helen Parrott (Arts Council England)
Other speakers to  be confirmed
Plenary session to conclude the Symposium
Lunch and finish