Cottenham Canvas

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Cottenham Canvas is a community group with the aim of promoting mental wellbeing through creativity. You don't have to be an experienced artist or a resident of Cottenham to attend.

This activity is good for wellbeing because

  • it will help you find the time, space and inspiration to explore your creativity;
  • attending the group will help to prevent loneliness and isolation by providing a regular social event to look forward to and a reason to leave the house and be around others;
  • art can be a powerful tool to help cope with stress, anxiety or depression – creating something often brings a sense of achievement and self worth (and can also facilitate a journey of self discovery).

How to contact

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Where to go

Cottenham Village Hall
Lambs Lane
Cottenham
Cambridge
CB24 8TA UK

What to expect

Whatever your age or artistic ability, you will be welcomed by Rob (the founder of Cottenham Canvas) every Monday evening (7-9pm), where you will find a calm and respectful space in which to explore your creativity.

The focus is on painting, drawing and other forms of mark-making on canvas or paper, using whatever medium is preferred. Members of the group can share tips and insights, or simply use the session as an opportunity to take a break from life’s stresses. It’s a friendly group but there’s no pressure to chat.

More information

Book your place by emailing Rob.

This is not a tutor-led class and you are encouraged to bring your own painting, drawing and creative projects (and materials) to sessions – your creative journey is your own! If you don’t have any materials, Rob will provide sketch paper, pencils, pastels and charcoals for you to use. The aim isn’t to produce a masterpiece but to enjoy the process and spend time with others.

You don’t have to stay for the full session – just come for as long as you can.

The venue is wheelchair accessible and has toilets and parking.

Sessions cost £4 to cover room hire and materials – bring cash on the day.

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