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


Northern Heartlands’ Community Opera – It’s Beginning…

Your opportunity to be there at the start!

The Weardale Tub

Celebrating the industrial heritage of Weardale

Not Just Part of the Scenery

The fourth event in our HeART of the Matter Discussion Series

Northern Heartlands Opera

Community Opera May 2020


With Durham Book Festival and Producer Caroline Beck.


Conversations with farmers.