Hinterlands was a national programme of socially engaged arts projects along five remote stretches of waterways across England and Wales.

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Supporting our vision for ‘living waterways that transform places and enrich lives’, new arts activities and commissions involving local partners connected and engaged communities along targeted stretches of waterways to release their potential:

  • North East (Sheffield and Doncaster suburbs on Sheffield & South Yorkshire Canal)
  • West Midlands (Smethwick/Sandwell on New Mainline Canal and Dudley Canal)
  • East Midlands (Leicester surrounding areas on the Grand Union Canal)
  • London (Enfield on the River Lee/Lea Navigation)
  • Wales (Pontypool/lower end of Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal, Torfaen)

With support from both Arts Council England and the Arts Council of Wales, five creative producers were appointed across our regions to collaborate with local communities and artists to strengthen a sense of place and deepen engagement in these environments.

Hinterlands helped grow our reputation across England and Wales as an innovative force for creative and social change at a local level. It demonstrated that canals are especially accessible cultural spaces for local communities, able to provide benefits for visitors in terms of engagement, mental health, skills and well-being.

A second phase of participatory and socially engaged Hinterlands arts activities will take place during 2019-20. 

Last date edited: 14 May 2019