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In 2017 three artists will open your eyes to new ways of seeing and understanding our fragile south Shropshire hills landscape. There will be opportunities to explore and appreciate the history, the stories and the future of this beautiful rugged upland area and understand what part we humans can play in caring for it.

 We are working with three artists/companies: 

Land artist  Tony Plant is a site specific artist whose multi-disciplinary, ephemeral works are exhibited and recognised globally. Over the course of the Heartland project he will work closely with the National Trust team to create a series of small and large scale, temporary interventions within the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, lasting from a matter of hours to a season to many decades. He has started work in Carding Mill Valley, do go along to watch him at work or to admire the  results of his labours.


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Composer and choir leader Mary Keith is a composer, music and choir director. She has worked with community singing groups in Shropshire and beyond, on projects responding to local events and places. Mary will create unique new choral music that is both inspired by the Shropshire Hills and created in situ. She will take groups of singers into the landscape to explore through their voices the acoustics, spaces, myths and physical properties of the geological features. Workshops start Sunday 23rd April and are listed under LIVE events here http://www.artsalive.co.uk/show.aspx?id=7846


Theatre makers Stan's Cafe is a highly acclaimed theatre company based in the West Midlands that has spent more than 25 years playfully exploring new theatrical ideas and sharing them with audiences around the world. Inspired by the Shropshire Hills they are developing a new performance, set in the distant future, called The Camp, which will help us imagine what it may have been like to inhabit this land in the Iron Age. The Camp takes palce 21-23 July at Earl's Hill, Pontesbury. Visitors are welcome to call in and stay awhile, even bivvy out overnight with the natives (free, but booking required - see link below 

FREE PARKING is at the Mary Webb School, Pontesbury, SY5 0TG  Saturday and Sunday 22nd/23rd July from 10am to 7pm. Please use this facility to avoid congestion on narrow roads. It is a short signposted walk to The Camp from here.

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All be creating something unique as their contribution the Heartland project.

Come outside in the Shropshire hills with us…be prepared to be entertained, educated and amazed!

The Camp is a free event. If you wish to stay overnight this is also free but must be booked in advance. You can do this here: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/f34da8b8-bab0-4511-b6f4-3bbf1c6ac297/pages/details


Heartland is a partnership project between:

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