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LU Arts announces Happy Mondays programme

Students can get their creative fix every Monday thanks to a partnership between LU Arts and LSU.

Happy Mondays is a weekly programme of art-based workshops and events taking place in Cogs in the Students’ Union, starting on 12 October.

Open to all students, the workshops are for every skill level, from complete beginner to those who have experience in the craft. Many of these are run by arts workers - current students who are trained and employed by LU Arts to run arts workshops. If you are interested in becoming an arts worker, more information is available here.

Happy Mondays workshops are a chance to learn a new skill, make something new, meet people, relax and have fun. Each workshop costs £3, which includes all your materials and places must be booked in advance. They will be run with social distancing measures in place; if you have any concerns about this, please email

If restrictions change then the workshops will be moved online, with materials available to pick up from the LU Arts office for anyone who has booked a place. 

As well as the creative sessions, there are two performance nights to enjoy. Acoustic Night is an open mic music night showcasing the best music talent on campus. It will be organised by the singer-songwriter/contemporary music scholar for this year. Speech Bubble is a spoken word event, combining open mic slots with performances by professional poets. These events will both be online this term – livestream details will be announced nearer the time.

The team are currently looking to appoint a Speech Bubble Co-Ordinator to run the two Speech Bubble events this year. As well as gaining valuable skills in event management and marketing, you can earn £400. If you are interested in this position you can apply here. Applications are open until 12 October.

The Happy Mondays programme for the autumn term is as follows:





Mon 12 October 7-9pm

Food is art: draw your new flatmates with food workshop

Make new friends and have fun in this food sculpture workshop creating yourself or one of your new friends using food.

Mon 19 October 7-9pm

Portrait illustration workshop

Have a break from your computers and join Pickle Illustration for a creative and relaxing workshop tackling the drawing of portraits.

Mon 26 October 7-9pm

Night photography walk

As the clocks go back, make the most of the dark nights by learning how to take cool photos at night.

Mon 2 November 7-9pm

The wonderful art of découpage workshop

Turn recycled objects into aesthetic trinkets using découpage. Experiment with delicate pressed flowers and leaves, pattered paper and vintage newspapers and magazines to create your own unique piece to take home.

Mon 9 November 7-9pm

Hand embroidery workshop

Create your own hand embroidered design in this relaxing and fun workshop which will cover all the basics and more, including how to get started, different types of stitches and top tips.

Mon 16 November 7-9pm

Drawing dialogue workshop

Learn how to respond to a short text through conversation and making drawings using a wide variety of materials.

Mon 23 November 7.30pm

Acoustic Night

 Open mic music night

Mon 30 November 7-9pm

Festive foliage and card making workshop

Get in the Christmas spirit with this festive card making workshop and learn how to create simple botanical shapes with acrylic paints and pen details.

Mon 7 December 7.30pm

Speech Bubble

 Open mic spoken word event