Newark and Sherwood: Virtual ways to get social and creative in lockdown
Two new ways to get social and creative during lockdown have been launched.
The virtual book club and art social have been set up by the newly-created Acorns Project to give people in Newark and Sherwood a chance to try new things.
They have been paid for through Arts Council England’s Here For Culture campaign.
The Book Club — offered as a chance to meet like-minded people, explore new books and enjoy conversation — starts today, at 7.30pm.
The first book is Spencer Johnson’s Who Moved My Cheese?
The informal discussion will be hosted by Ann Russell, a local executive coach, leadership facilitator and mindfulness teacher.
There is also a chance for families to get involved, with a discussion of the children’s well-being activity book Create Your Own Calm on Thursday, March 11, at 2pm, hosted by the book’s author Becky Goddard-Hill.
The third session is on Thursday, March 18, at 7.30pm when Playing Big: A Practical Guide For Brilliant Women Like You by Tara Mohr is discussed.
It will be hosted by business and mindset coach Anna Dunleavy.
A virtual weekly art class, the Acorns Art Social, is led by Newark-based artist Elaine Winter and offers an opportunity to learn techniques from a professional, and meet and chat with like-minded people.
They take place over four consecutive weeks on Zoom, starting on Tuesday, March 2, 2pm to 4pm.
Elaine will guide through a range of drawing exercises and strategies to help people create fun and explorative art reflecting on different themes.
Drawing materials will be sent out in a special pack in advance of the session.
All ages, levels of ability, and experience are welcome.
The Book Club events are free with an optional donation of £3 contributing to host fees and while attendees are asked to buy their own books, some free copies are available to those facing financial difficulties.
The Art Social is offered on a scale from £20 to cover the four classes and your materials pack with a £10 option for those who cannot pay the full amount, as well as a limited free option for those who cannot manage to contribute at this time.
More information and booking details can be found on The Acorns Project’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/theacornsproject