Mark Making & Colour Workshop: Reflections on Freedom - The Long Lost Year

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A free mark making workshop for partnership members across Big Local networks to find playful ways to share and honour experiences of loss

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Join a relaxed mark making workshop facilitated by artist Belinda Latimer, from Belinda Latimer Designs based in Par, Cornwall, open to partnership members across Big Local areas and Creative Civic Change networks to reflect on our experiences over the pandemic. You don't need to be 'creative' or have any previous experience of art, mark making or drawing at all.

This workshop is offered as part of a series of creative sessions for The Long Lost Year Project, a collaboration between Local Trust, The Loss Project and RIOT SOUP.

In this session you'll be introduced to the idea of doodling and making marks. We'll reflect on experiences of loss, restriction and freedom and how we can illustrate those feelings and experiences through lines, shape and colour. Belinda will guide you through a simple creative process - so don't worry if you don't think you're 'good' at drawing/ doodling or don't like the sight of a blank piece of paper!

We know loss comes in many forms; from bereavement, to loss of confidence, to loss of the things we had planned. There have also been things we've lost that we've been happy to let go of. All of your experiences are welcome.

We’ve deliberately kept the group size small (max. 10 people) to help us have the space to connect with each other too. These sessions will be run via Zoom.

We hope this session is playful and fun and allows a bit of time out to acknowledge and honour our journeys over the pandemic, as well as the chance to be creative in a relaxed atmosphere with other people.

You can use any of the following materials you might have at home:

- Paper – any kind - even scrap paper or old newspapers would do!

- Paints

- Food colouring

- Pencils

- Pens/ Felt tips

- Beetroot juice/ Turmeric/ Coffee

- Brushes

- Cocktail sticks/Skewers

If you don’t have any of the suggested art materials you can use at home for this session, get in touch with us to see if we can help you get what you need. Just email and ask us about getting some art materials.

NB: We are not trained counsellors and this is not a group therapy session. There are other organisations that may be able to support you, should this be the type of support you need.

Celebrating your artwork - The Long Lost Year Exhibition

For those that want to, you'll be able to submit your artwork to be part of a collective, interactive exhibition hosted at Big Local Connects at the end of October showcasing and honouring our experiences over the past 18 months.

For more information, contact Asma and Steph via

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