New Art Exchange Saturday Art Club, Credit: New Art Exchange. (Photo: Tom Morley)

The New Art Exchange in Nottingham are providing a free online art workshop to encourage families to have fun and get creative.

The current pandemic has meant that the New Art Exchange has to remain closed since March 2020, but the team are still able to share the creativity online through workshops.

The Saturday Art clubs first began in 2017, and were designed as a drop-in opportunity for the local community to come and interact with their exhibitions.

Public Programmes Producer, Mercè Santos Mir, said: “The Saturday Art Club programme is renowned for creating a safe and supportive environment for local families to come together, despite NAE’s doors having to close to the public at the end of March 2020, we felt it was very important to still provide this space in whatever capacity was possible.

“Due to COVID-19 these sessions are now delivered via the video communication platform called Zoom.

“The first online Saturday Art Club took place in November 2020 with an experimental format from which we learned and adapted to this new way of delivering fun activities for all the family.”

A family taking part in the art club, Credit: New Art Exchange. Photo Tom Morley

The online Saturday Art Club is seen as a great way to start the weekend, and can be great fun for the whole family as the club focuses on art and craft activities, story telling, and poetry.

The club is aimed at children aged 4-5, who they hope to keep productive and creative during the lockdown.

Workshops will be taking place every two weeks, and dates have already been confirmed for February and March.

The New Art Exchange are also offering free material packs so that everyone is able to fully take part in the workshops.

Workshops take place over Zoom and are free, however you must still book before as their is a limited capacity available.

Originally the in-person Saturday Art Clubs could welcome up to 80 participants, but the online sessions have had to reduce capacity to just 15 participants per session.