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

• 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

COMING EVENTS, PRODUCTIONS AND PROJECTS:

TRAPPED

TRAPPED is inspired by events surrounding the monumental collapse of the San Jose Mine, Chile in 2010.

THE MAN ENGINE

The only visit of The Man Engine to County Durham

BEYOND THE END OF THE ROAD

In partnership with NOVEMBER CLUB.

HEFTED TO HILL

Conversations with farmers.

PODCAST SERIES

With Durham Book Festival and Producer Caroline Beck.

CRAFT AND CONFLICT

Highlights Contemporary Craft Tour at Bowlees Visitor Centre

CROOK WINTER CARNIVAL

Workshops will be taking place in Crook in the autumn, leading up to this spectacular parade celebrating all things CROOK on the last Sunday in November, 2018.