Our HeART of the Matter programme of Speaker and Discussion events brought together artists, policy and decision makers and members of our communities to explore relevant issues.  We planned to end our Speaker and Discussion programme in April with a 3-day symposium but we had to cancel owing to COVID-19.

However, a global pandemic was not going to stop us so we reimagined our final symposium into a digital event with a series of weekly premiers coupled with live text chat for the audience and contributors.  We have covered a wide range of topics with contributions from respected experts.  Topics include “Funding in a Time of Uncertainty”, “Working with “Hard to Reach” Communities”, “Participatory Art”, “Landscape and Belonging”, and “Rediscovering Traditional Music”.  There’s also an element of “slow-TV” as we watch our artist/researcher Ewan Allinson at work building a dry stone wall.

Watch the films premiered so far here on our symposium platform: Heart of the Matter

Read about past Speaker and Discussion events below, these are short reads, one or two minutes max.

HeART of the Matter Online Symposium

“HeART of the Matter” is the new name for what would have been our live three day final symposium,

Land of Promise

Land of Promise is an eye-opening musical journey through three centuries of radical thought, action and song about our land,

Not Just Part of the Scenery

As more and more tourists are drawn to our special places, what does that mean for the people who


On 29th September 2018 at Wolsingham School, Northern Heartlands’ People Make Places event took a hands-on look at what

Planning – a Participatory Art? – 25th April 2018

An inspiring day of discussion, performance, debate and networking showcasing examples of creative engagement in planning. The question we

Heart of the Matter

Discussion Event, Monday 27th November, St Catherine’s Community Centre, Crook This was the first of our ongoing series of