At the heart of everything we do are the communities and the people who live here.

We are working with communities in a number of different ways:

• a programme of CO-COMMISSIONING: matching artists with communities to develop projects together.  View opportunities for artists here.

• COMMISSIONING artists directly to deliver some exciting projects across the area.

• a COMMUNITY INITIATIVE FUND in partnership with County Durham Community Foundation. Find out more here.

• A partnership with OPERA NORTH to create a large-scale COMMUNITY OPERA which will be performed at Locomotion NRM at Shildon in May 2020.

• A partnership with THE FORGE to deliver a programme to train artists, develop schools as cultural hubs and help schools on their journey to achieve Artsmark.

• HeART of the Matter – a series of speaker and discussion events encouraging cross-sector debate on key issues


“10 Words for a Northern Landscape” Podcast Series

With Durham Book Festival and Producer Caroline Beck.

Northern Heartlands Opera

Community Opera May 2020