Art: Arts Led Workshops Brought Forward After ‘Challenging Week’ for Women


Arts Led Workshops Brought Forward After ‘Challenging Week’ for Women

Present – 10 April 2021

A month of free workshops for women presented by the all female collective Sugar Stealers created to support women through the arts is being brought forward in response to an extremely challenging week for women across the UK.

Funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, the online workshops include mediation, yoga, spiritual and creative exploration, nutrition, personal development, pregnancy yoga, being a mum, boxing, art, dance, bee keeping, script writing and growing your small business.

The Sugar Stealers workshops come as the UK is approaching the first anniversary of the lockdown and have been designed to offer support, community and inspiration after research has shown the pandemic has impacted on women particularly hard.

Nottinghamshire actor Esther Coles – part of the Sugar Stealers collective and best known for Enola Holmes (2020), Emma (2020) and BBC Nurse – will be delivering several script writing workshops looking at how to find and develop characters as well as another series giving the complete lowdown on everything you need to know about keeping bees.

For something more physical, there will be an empowering, all body, boxing workout from “She Strikes” with Tash Holway, described as ‘getting to grips with how to harness and implement the power and strength you have on any day and finishing feeling stronger than when you started.’

Or join professional West End performer Molly-May Gardiner for a ‘Bedroom Boogie’ designed to get everyone ‘moving spontaneously to music, embracing our femininity and releasing any unwanted emotions, allowing the creative energy within to flow.’

With line-drawing, cookery and conversation for new mums on the menu too, there is something to help improve the wellbeing of women everywhere.

Sugar Stealer and DJ Tricia Gardiner – co-founder of the community arts centre Fisher Gate Point in Nottingham –  will be bringing the month of events to a close with a Zoom Soul Sister party on 10 April for everyone who has taken part during the month.

Tricia explains: “The whole pandemic has been tough on women, whether isolated at home as a new mum, caring for older family members or juggling work and home schooling. We have designed these free workshops led by inspirational women to help support women everywhere through these last few months.

“With the events of the last week, we have brought them forward as we felt they are needed now more than ever. We support women through the arts and we want to show some solidarity for women in light of current events.”

Along with Tricia and Esther, film producer Anna Griffin makes up the third director of Sugar Stealers.

All the events are free to book via Eventbrite. Once booked, Sugar Stealers will email a zoom link for the workshop booked, and participants can join with cameras on or off!

To get involved, view workshops and book here:

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