The Barron theatre itself was beautifully decorated; copious amounts of fairy lights were draped around the blackened rooms joined by bunting and lanterns, creating an ethereal vibe. A projector shone onto a transparent drape in the middle of the room and featured a lucid-dreamlike film, which people comfortably watched on the sofas the committee had laid out.
The Art Society offered cakes, canapés, tea and coffee, as well as free art supplies in order to quench people’s creative needs for the evening. The lock-in also featured several set activities: life drawing, lantern decorating, jazz and poetry. However, people were also able to indulge in their own activities; sprawled on the floor and seated, they produced beautiful drawings, poems and music.
The atmosphere was very much relaxed, full of those who simply appreciated the opportunity to be in a group of like-minded people revelling in the creativity of the event. Being a part of this evening left me feeling very much inspired to pursue my own artistic means. Ultimately, I found the Creative Lock-In a highly worthwhile evening that definitely brought a much needed break from the chaos of freshers week.
Emily Rose Pearce
Photo credit: The Art Society