Creative Travels Workshops

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Join Nottingham Contemporary associate artists, Chris and Sian, for weekly creative workshops on board a narrowboat as we gently meander along the River Trent. Using the natural landscape for artistic inspiration and the canalboat as our studio, we’ll experiment with sketching, sculpture, sound and poetry together in a small group. This is an opportunity to meet and connect with other people and try something new in a unique, laid back creative environment.

Week 1 Drawing/Sketching

Week 2 Colour and Form

Week 3 Printing

Week 4 Weaving and Sculptures

These workshops are designed to support positive mental health and physical wellbeing. Workshops are free for anyone living in Nottingham but we particularly encourage people living near to/along the River Trent (including The Meadows, Wilford, Sneinton, Colwick, Netherfield, Bakersfield and Clifton).

To book, please contact Carol Burrell (Community Wellbeing Coordinator, Canals and Rivers Trust) by email or phone on 07586 969 753.

If you would like any more information about the workshops or want a friendly chat before you join us, please contact Natelle Morgan-Brown (Community Programmer, Nottingham Contemporary) by email or call us on 0115 9489 750

  • Free

  • You do not need any art experience or specific skill to join these community workshops

  • Spaces are booked on a self-referral basis or as a refererral from a medical or supporting professional eg GP

  • Boat is wheelchair accesible

  • All art materials are provided

  • Some free refreshments are available on board

  • Bathroom is available on board

  • Life jackets provided on board

  • Parking is not provided please see City Centre Car Parks - Nottingham City Council for public parking

  • The canalboat is an aired yet confined space so staff and participants are encouraged to wear face coverings and use hand sanitiser regularly. Max group size is 8. Please do not attend if you have recently tested positive or have symptoms for COVID 19.

  • Boat boards and disembarks at Castle Lock, River Trent (near the Navigation Inn NG2 1AA) and travels along the River Trent between Beeston and Nottingham during the workshops.

This Social Prescribing project is being delivered in partnership with the Canals and Rivers Trust