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The Lonely Spores Club
is a project about connection and small novelties in the time of Covid-19. It is a participatory happening inspired by Solarpunk principles and is taking place during Mental Health Month in October 2021.​​​​​​​

2021 has brought many of us back into lockdown as the Delta variant ravages through our communities. Sometimes when we're feeling small, we can put ourselves in the shoes of life forms that are *really small* - like clumps of mosses, lumps of lichens and algae colonies. These lower-order plants are some of the oldest and most resilient lifeforms on earth. Populating every continent on earth in the most extreme and inhospitable environments, their stoicism and persistence are inspirational. As time stretches on in these isolated conditions, it's easy to start feeling like a lonely spore disconnected from the others. We would like to extend some digital and physical rhizomes out to bundle us back in together. By making some small, shared interventions in our lives for just a week, we might be able to come out of this with a slightly different perspective.

When you join the Lonely Spores Club, you will receive a series of four postcards in the mail, with different instructions on the back of them. The idea is you try something out of the ordinary every week for a month, and see how you feel at the end of it. Once a week you are invited to join a Zoom with the artist, Grace Kingston and Di McClaughlin - Casula Powerhouse's resident art therapist and all-round legend. You are also invited to send images of the things you create so Grace can make you a personal digital artwork at the end of the month out of your findings. However, there is absolutely no pressure to follow through on either of these things.

Participation in the Lonely Spores Club is FREE.
The online meetings will take place on the following Fridays in October from 4pm - 5pm:
8 October
15 October
22 October
29 October

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Images courtesy of Grace Kingston and The Lonely Spores Club participants