Owing to the current unprecedented situation, we have taken the necessary decision to CANCEL this event.  However, we are looking at alternative ways of sharing our brilliant programme so watch this space...

This event is cancelled but please read on to find out what the programme involves, we are working on delivering this programme digitally and virtually.


Celebrating three years of Northern Heartlands Great Place Scheme, this three day symposium will explore what it means to create, live and work with Places in Particular.

Discuss the issues with the UK’s leading researchers and practitioners, the artists and communities creating pioneering projects, and those showing the way in policy and funding.

6th, 7th and 8th April 2020 at TCR Hub, Barnard Castle
Day Tickets from £10, Three Day tickets from £30
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See our current article in Arts Professional by Northern Heartlands’ Director, Jill Cole, exploring some of the Symposium themes further.

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

Day One, Monday, 6th April, 1.30 pm to 9.00 pm
THEME: Using creative methods and improvisation when working with landscape and environment
Keynote Speakers: Professor Stephen Scott-Bottoms and Dr Maggie Roe
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Day two, Tuesday, 7th April, 9.00 am to 9.30 pm
THEME: The Particularities of Place
Keynote speaker: Francois Matarasso
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Day three, Wednesday, 8th April, 9.00 am to 3.00 pm
THEMES: Valuing Upland Family Farms and Improvisation in Funding
Keynote speaker: Professor Mark Shucksmith, OBE
A parallel programme exploring (i) the value of upland farmers’ knowledge or (ii) the complexities of funding places in particular
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