Helping culture to grow in Newark and Sherwood

The Acorns Project is a brand new initiative launched with the support of Arts Council England working to get people in Newark and Sherwood to:





& DO!

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Voices of Newark

What have you missed doing in 2020?
We've been handing out laser-cut oak leaves around Newark and asking you to share what things have been sorely absent from your year. Is it going to the theatre? Seeing family? Travel?
Let us know either by dropping one of our leaves off to the Palace Theatre postbox if you've found one or post on social media with #TheAcornsProject and we'll fill one in for you.
UPDATE If you've filled in a leaf for us, pop along to our Off Mute installation at Newark Castle and you might see your response on display!


Off Mute: Local Voices From A Year Like No Other
At Newark Castle from Friday 19th to Monday 29th March, 9am to 7pm

We’re taking Newark and Sherwood ‘off mute’, amplifying local voices in a fascinating installation. Marking a full year since the first lockdown of 2020, this immersive experience in Newark Castle’s stunning grounds blends audio and visual elements to tell the remarkable stories of people who’ve gone above and beyond for the community over the past 12 months and asks visitors to think about what they’ve missed and gained during this extraordinary time which will be remembered for years to come.

A soundscape will greet visitors at the left entrance to the Castle with local voices speaking about their experiences from the last 12 months while a large video screen will be placed on the inner Castle wall featuring interviews with local people including business owners, creatives and volunteers who’ve supported their communities within Newark and Sherwood. The band stand will house giant panels which will ask visitors to reflect on four questions about their recent experiences and feature responses gathered from the community over the past several months.

Local creators have also been involved in the project as visitors will be see at the entrance a specially commissioned map of the Castle grounds by Newark-based artist Christine Goldschmidt and be able to hear an original piece of music by local composer David Andrew Warman, written as a response to the past year.

Members of the public are encouraged to enjoy Off Mute in line with current government guidelines on social distancing and travel which can be found at

Supported by Newark & Sherwood District Council with funding from Arts Council England's Cultural Recovery Fund, Off Mute is part of The Acorns Project, bringing together cultural activity across the district.

Free to visit


Clay Creative Kits

UPDATE: All kits have now been claimed. Make sure to follow us on Facebook for similar activity in the future.

Thanks to funding from the Heritage Action Zone Creative Newark Project, we're now able to offer a great way for young people to learn some new skills during this difficult time. Free creative kits providing an intro to clay sculpting are now being delivered to Newark and Sherwood residents aged 13 to 18 who apply via the below form.
Packs include 1kg white air-dry clay, acrylic paints and assorted paint brushes alongside full instructions about how to get started on a variety of clay projects and links to tutorials and inspiration on YouTube and TikTok. Make sure to apply quickly as these will be allocated on a first come, first served basis!
Young people who receive the packs can also win Totally Locally Newark vouchers by sharing photos of their clay creations on The Acorns Project Facebook page during April.

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