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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 

Our Objectives 

  • 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 

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

Meet the Team


Katherine-Alice James
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 Evans

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.

A photo of Pete Clark, one of the directors.

Pete Clark

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 

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