Hinterlands is a national programme of socially engaged arts projects along three stretches of waterways across England and Wales.

  • North East (Sheffield on Sheffield & South Yorkshire Canal)
  • London (Enfield and Tottenham on the River Lea/Lee Navigation)
  • Wales (Pontymoile/lower end of Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal, Torfaen)

Hinterlands, Everyday myths courtesy of The Bear Project

Drawing on the emerging themes from Phase 1 of the project, and other Trust-led arts engagement projects such as Super Slow Way and The Ring, the next phase will establish strong senses of place, connection and belonging along the selected stretches of waterways. 

With support from both Arts Council England and the Arts Council of Wales, three creative producers are now in place and collaborating with local groups and artists.

Hinterlands has helped grow our reputation across England and Wales as an innovative force for creative and social change at a local level. The activities will demonstrate how canals are able to provide real wellbeing benefits for visitors in terms of engagement, mental health and creative skills.


Wednesday 4 December Artist Emma Ghafur and Prince of Wales school pupils will visit the Lee Navigation by Rammey March, using themes of journeys, time-travel and evolution to unlock the creative potential of this pocket of canal and waterside.
Thursday 12 December Artist Josh Bilton and Ferry Lane school pupils will visit the Lee Navigation in/around Tottenham Lock and explore their responses to water, nature, animals and the environment through drawing, design, poetry and photography.

For further updates on Hinterlands-London activities visit www.facebook.com/HinterlandsLondon

Last date edited: 3 December 2019