Past events

Newark Creates is a celebration of creativity, linking an artistic programme to our heritage and history, exploring stories and spaces.

Members of the Cultural Consortium launched Newark Creates in the summer of 2021 with a series of outdoor events celebrating Newark and our heritage spaces.

Heritage Poetry Trail

Starting in July to coincide with Newark Book Festival, poet Leanne Moden was commissioned to create poems inspired by our Heritage buildings around Newark Market Place to create a Heritage Poetry Trail.  Poems were displayed throughout summer alongside the promotion of an activity trail. Why not download the poems and trail and have a go yourselves.

Download the poems here: Newark Heritage Poems (PDF File, 912kb)

Find the trail activity sheet here: Our Heritage Poetry Trail - Activity Sheet (PDF File, 457kb)

You can also watch two of the poems being performed by their writer Leanne Moden below:

Summer 2021 events

In August we hosted a Family Play Day in Newark Market Place and Castle, which included a family themed market with pop up museums, festivals and outdoor play, street theatre and circus acts.

Over the Bank Holiday we showcased dance groups from across the region as part of the Brass Explosion in Newark Castle and the Steampunk market. Dancers could be found demonstrating skills in Scottish Country Dancing, Swing, and Clog Dancing.

As part of Heritage Open Days on 11th September, we hosted a twilight event at Newark Castle. The evening included performances by The Muskham Pinkies and Jukebox Jive, with The Cake Ladies Street Theatre and pop up stalls featuring local produce, Newark Ramblers' anniversary town trail and pop up arts and crafts workshops. With supplies included from the National Civil War Centre, families spent the evening sat around the Castle drawing and painting.

soundLINCS · Musical Whispers

Musical Whispers

Our first year programme ended in March 2022 with Musical Whispers. A co-created project with soundLINCS music development agency working alongside community groups in Newark – from drop in sessions at St Mary Magdalene Church and Newark Library to a family day at the National Civil war centre and sessions with Newark’s Carers Dementia Group. The aim of Musical Whispers was to help local people create a soundtrack celebrating Newark’s history, heritage and buildings. They used instruments, percussion and technology to support and guide participants in this fun musical journey. The music created can be heard below:

Fun Palace 2021 and 2022

At the end of September 2021, Newark hosted our first Fun Palace! A Fun Palace is a celebration of community skills, creating 1000s of tiny revolutions. A bit like a jumble sale of creativity! 2021's Fun Palace took places across 3 days with drop in workshops and activities in Newark Library, St Mary Magdalene Church, YMCA, the Palace Theatre Newark and National Civil War Centre, Newark Market Place, Secret Garden Studios, LetsXcape Board Game Café and other venues. From large knitting to puppet theatres, basketball to learning how to play chess, everyone offered their time and skills to share with members of their communities.

In 2022, we enjoyed origami, balloon modelling, ninjutsu, cocktail making and even learning how to wire a plug, with diverse events taking place at Newark Library, St Mary Magdalene Church, the Palace Theatre, YMCA, Newark College, Newark Heritage Barge, Newark Art Gallery and Inspire at the Buttermarket.

What happened in 2023?

Here's our short film showing our 2023 highlights:

  • ADHD Foundation: Neurodiversity Charity – we commissioned the ADHD Foundation to be one of the first in the county to host a unique Umbrella Installation – with colourful umbrellas adorning over our Marketplace, Bridge Street and Stodman Street. Running throughout the summer we created an associated community engagement programme – from an opening ceremony with community performances to a closing ceremony with the Inspire choirs, and an arts day creating a long community-collective piece of artwork; 5 schools took part in the education programme; various community groups performed under and connected to festivals; partners of the consortium undertook Umbrella creative workshops and we promoted use of the digital app to raise awareness of Neurodiversity.
  • Outdoor Arts Fest in association with SO Festival - We joined the Lincolnshire Festival Consortium to aim to strengthen our skills sets and enable our partners to bring international dance and street theatre to the town. This programme included Go and See visits and training opportunities. We welcomed Sonia Sabri Dance Company and ICHI one man band to Newark.
  • Urban Canvas co-created three interactive pieces of chalk art on our pavements. Rainbow Road, Historic Street Games, and 3D pavement art based on Porters Shop.
  • Artist in Residencies - This included Nicky Rafferty, our storymaker and James Mayle, graffiti artist. They worked at festivals including Newark Book Festival, Newark Beach, Newark Festival, Heritage Open Days, Fun Palace, Big Draw, Christmas Light Switch On and Steampunk Christmas weekend in addition to working directly with a variety of community groups.
  • Fun Palace returned
  • Fallen From the Same Tree – a Sound & Light Installation. Inspire Youth Arts, artists Urban Projections, C J Mirra and students from Magnus Academy co-created a sound and light installation at St Mary Magdalene Church for two free evening viewings.
  • Book Bench prep work – In 2023 we commissioned Wild In Art to work with us, artists, and communities to co-create Book benches for a Sculpture Trail to look at wayfinding.

Download our 2023 colouring in sheet here. (PDF File, 1,782kb)