Heartland. New art in the Shropshire Hills

Heartland logo

In 2017 three artists will open your eyes to new ways of seeing and understanding our fragile 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.

To find out about this exiting programme of music, performance and visual art, please have a look at our What's On section. All Heartland activities are free of charge, but some are bookable in advance.

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.

Super Moon drawing, Bedruthen Steps
super moon drawing

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.

Counter Culture project
Counter Culture project

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
The Camp


Heartland is a partnership project between the National Trust, Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership, Stiperstones & Corndon Hill Country Landscape Partnership Scheme, Arts Alive and Ben Osborne Photography.