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Whilst 2021 may not have begun the way we’d all hoped, Ouseburn’s Cobalt Studio and its sister venue Ernest have two new projects bound to wipe away those winter lockdown blues.

With their staff working tirelessly over the new year, within a few weeks we’ll see the projects come to fruition: Cobalt Studio’s The Zine Society For Challenging Times workshops commence on Thursday 4th February, and new deli shop Ernie opens at the end of January.

Both projects show a commitment to creating a sense of community. The Zine Society For Challenging Times is open to anyone across the UK, with each participant submitting work to produce a communal zine. Only a way of making black marks is needed, as those taking part will receive all other materials in the post. The internet isn’t necessary, making the project accessible to all, yet Cobalt will be hosting demonstrations on Zoom workshops. Each workshop will be centred around a different lockdown theme: ‘Joy’ on Thursday 4th, ‘Ritual’ on Thursday 11th, ‘View’ on Thursday 18th and ‘After’ on Thursday 25th February.

Meanwhile, over at sister venue Ernest, their deli shop Ernie will be opening round the back of the venue. Initially a lockdown survival project, it has evolved into a venture that seeks to work directly with producers, emphasising the local. Out of 1196 products, 313 are super-local, which means they are from within 20 miles of the venue. Ethical produce is paramount at Ernie, and they are working directly with 91 producers to ensure high-quality produce which is kind to the planet.

Visit their social media for info on how to book tickets for The Zine Society For Challenging Times.

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