About Hearts Collective
"Many highly talented, brilliant, creative people think they’re not because the thing they were good at at school wasn’t valued or was actually stigmatised."
- Sir Ken Robinson, Do schools kill creativity? TED Talk
Hearts Collective is an arts-based, non-profit community interest company working to enrich people’s lives through accessibility to the arts across West Yorkshire
Bringing joy, healing, and education through the arts
Advocating for full inclusion and accessibility in the arts
Promoting the arts as a tool to improve physical and mental health and wellbeing
Our ethos is based on the values of inclusion, acceptance, diversity, hope for the future, and love for all. We believe that:
Black lives matter
Trans lives matter
No human is illegal
Women's rights are human rights
The future is accessible
Love is love
Kindness is a superpower!
We also believe in process over product, and that there is no right or wrong way to engage in the arts. We believe that everyone should be encouraged to create in whatever ways they prefer.
What We Offer
Community arts hubs
Performances, lessons, and workshops for schools
Arts engagement for care home residents
Advice and support on accessibility in the arts
Meet the Team
Founder and Director
Katherine-Alice is the founder and one of the Directors of Hearts Collective. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Dance and Drama with Design for Performance. She is also an experienced and trained Disability Adviser.
She was inspired to create Hearts Collective after evolving a passion for ballroom dancing at the age of 26 and noticing the positive effects on her physical and mental health.
Rachel is one of the Directors of Hearts Collective. Whilst undertaking her English Literature degree at Newcastle University, she ran creative poetry workshops for the general public with the support of a local theatre company. Upon graduating, she worked in communications in the arts sector, primarily in dance, for 8 years.
Pete is one of the directors of Hearts Collective. Involved in amateur dramatics, glee clubs, and stand-up comedy, he is enthusiastic to see the arts promoted for healing and personal growth. Following a career in the finance industry, Pete is now training at Ridley Hall, Cambridge to be a Priest within the Anglican Church.
"There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people."
Vincent Van Gogh