We live in a time of profound change. Heartwood is a site for transformative arts, culture and science. Our intention is to offer areas of study and collaborative research to build the skills that will meet the needs of the emerging future. Now and in times to come, we will need, more than ever, the ability to think creatively, to explore and understand our shared humanity through conscious human action across cultural, social, economic and political divides, to act in harmony with our planet, our local environment and in the interest of intergenerational equity. The arts, and the practice of creative exploration and research at the heart of all artistic processes, can provide shared liminal experiences and make more humane societies possible, even in the face of an, at best, uncertain environmental future.
Who are we?
Heartwood is a free association of scholars, artists, researchers and educators. Heartwood aims to provide an avenue of learning that seeks to communicate new ways of seeing and to initiate events in aesthetically pleasing venues on challenging themes of contemporary interest.
Nestled among the green hills of the Byron Shire hinterland, Shearwater The Mullumbimby Steiner School was established in 1993 and now caters to children and students from Early Childhood to Year 12.
The buildings have been thoughtfully designed to accommodate the flow of Mullumbimby Creek and seasonal water-flows through its flat alluvial valley. The site has been considerably enhanced with an ongoing and extensive plant regeneration program that has seen the reintroduction of native rainforest trees and shrubs.
Shearwater has also extended its place awareness in developing a living learning program that includes place in its delivery of content and teaching practice. This comes to fruition in the High School each year with the School’s signature Wearable Arts event that acknowledges and draws from the creative talent of its students, staff and local community.