HeART of the Matter: People make Places

In partnership with Northern Heartlands

Past Project
HeART of the Matter: People make Places
How do people in rural areas put their towns, villages and landscapes on the map?

Saturday 29 September 

Wolsingham School

People Make Places is a hands-on look at what ‘place making’ means in towns, villages and rural communities. It will be a day to explore ideas, make connections and be inspired, with an outstanding group of speakers and workshop leaders to stimulate and lead conversations about building big ideas for smaller places. How do we grow enthusiasm and get noticed? What are the challenges and barriers we face? How can we tackle these by thinking differently and working together?

The morning speakers bring experience of creating successful, transformative projects:

Pam Warhurst CBE, chair of Pennine Prospects and founder of Incredible Edible
Pam has been an activist for over 40 years, involved in local politics and national policy. She cofounded Incredible Edible in Todmorden, which encourages community empowerment through growing food and the power of small actions. Incredible Edible now has over 100 UK groups and 600 world-wide. She also chairs Pennine Prospects, championing the communities and landscape of the Southern Pennines.

John Fox MBE and Sue Gill, founders of Dead Good Guides
John Fox MBE and Sue Gill: directors of the legendary arts company Welfare State International (1968-2006) which invented influential prototypes of spectacular street performance, site specific theatre, fireshows, lantern parades and secular ceremonies. In 2006 they started Dead Good Guides to train celebrants and create ecologically orientated installations and devotional spaces in landscape.

Ruth Ben Tovim: Founder and Creative Associate of Encounters Arts

As a professional artist and consultant, Ruth has used the transforming power of the arts to work with thousands of people over the last 20 years. She shares with us her wide experience in engaging communities with creative projects, and in bringing people together to make social, cultural and ecological changes happen.


In the afternoon, all participants will put their knowledge and experience together, looking in more detail at the issues faced by community projects in smaller places and rural areas, and working together to find solutions. There will also be plenty of time to chat, share experiences and make new connections.

This event is of interest to community groups, artists, academics, local activists, placemaking and landscape professionals, local government and relevant organisations.

We want this event to be affordable to all, so tickets are available from just £3. 

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What people said

An inspiring day hearing how artists, activists & even bread makers can help #peoplemakeplaces - great to see the work of John Fox, Sue Gill, Ruth Ben Tovim & Pam Warhurst get the creative ideas flowing
HLF North East