• Handmade in Peterborough – Master Classes

    Handmade in Peterborough have created a set of free masterclasses with the help of Creative Peterborough and if you feel you would like to up your game as an artisan whether visual art or crafting and need that little help then please take a look at our first set of workshops on the link below and book yourself in.

    Handmade in Peterborough website

  • Artist in Residence – St John’s Church

    Artist in Residence – St John’s Church

    Could you be the ‘Artist in Residence’ at St John’s Church on behalf of its Development Board CIC?

    Based in the heart of Peterborough’s centre with a vast and fantastic history dating back to the Medieval age.

    St John’s CIC is looking for a Visual artist to create work based upon its past, present and future. The residency would be voluntary with a bursary for expenses and materials, which is supported by Creative Peterborough and administered through the Development Board. It would be for a year and there is potential to exhibit and showcase your work through The St John’s Development Board CIC. Please see below the submission guidelines:

    Please send in a A4 page proposal that answers these questions. 

    – What is your previous experience in visual art?

    -Detail why you would like to be the Artist in Resident for St John’s?

    -What would you hope to achieve as the Artist in Resident?

    Please send in upto three examples of your work, we will also accept links to other work too. 

    Please send this to: platformpeterborough@yahoo.co.uk by the 4th of March. 

    Keely Mills

  • Richard gets a Small Nose : Project – Funded by Creative Peterborough

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    Hello, my name is Jason Webb and I, together with Mark Curtis, set up a theatre company called Small Nose Productions. This blog is to tell you about the start, of what I’m hoping will be an exciting new project for Small Nose; and it’s thanks to the funding that we received from the Creative Peterborough Fund.

    First a little bit of background on the company.

    We set up Small Nose in 2010. Mark and I have both worked as professional actors and within that work we have both trained with a gentleman called Philippe Gaulier. He teaches clown which is, in a nutshell, how to have fun, be funny and make interesting theatre. Most recently we have made a show called Aesop’s Fable’s. We performed at the Key Theatre Studio last year and we will be doing it again this year (see the Key Theatre brochure) go and see it, its very, very funny. That’s enough info, I think.

    What are you doing with the funding that you received, I hear you shout. We are doing a series of research and development workshops on Richard III, by Mr. W.Shakespeare. This is what happened in: 

    WORKSHOP ONE.

    Date: 16th December 2012.

    Place: Key Theatre Studio.

    People: Artists based in Peterborough, or with a connection to Peterborough.

    This workshop was lead by John Wright. John set up Trestle Theatre Company and Told By an Idiot. He has written a book called ‘Why is that so funny’  (it’s a great book for anyone who has ever run a performing arts based workshop) and is a very well known director and theatre practitioner. I picked John up from the station and we arrived at the Key to get going for 10am.

    We went through a fun warm up. This was not about working up a sweat, but just moving around in a slightly peculiar way. Still we were all doing it and John made sure he pointed out anyone that was too good, and told them not to show off.

    We then did a series of exercises working in groups making stuff up on the spot, but trying to look like we knew what we were doing. See attached photos.

    Then it was into pairs where we were given titles of scenes to perform. This time a small audience started to let us know if we were being a bit boring, by slowly raising their hands. This was in preparation to doing the same game in front of an audience. So far everything we had been doing was fun and virtually impossible to do right; and that is the point, trying to learn to enjoy what John and Gaulier call ‘the flop’.

    We then made use of the seats in the studio. We called this game ‘finding the best seat’.

    Now clearly to someone reading this, that might sound very dull. But as you can see from the photos – it was very funny. If you are asking yourself why, come and see a Small Nose show, and hopefully we might answer that question for you.

    Yes you are right; we haven’t mentioned Richard III, Shakespeare or any great intellectual process. We just gathered a group of people who had never worked together and did a lot of laughing.

    We have this quote from John’s book on the front page of our web site:

    “If the work is playful it becomes pleasurable and when you’re enjoying yourself you get bolder and take risks. Choices proliferate. Problems become more manageable because our perspectives change once the work becomes a pleasure.” – (John Wright: 2010)

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    Next up Lisa: 10th Feb 2013, WORKSHOP Two.

    Useful links.

    www.smallnose.net

    www.trestle.org.uk

    www.thewrightschool.co.uk

    www.toldbyanidiot.org

    www.ecolephilippegaulier.com

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  • Urock dance

    Eventbrite booking at www.urock.org.uk/dance

  • ‘Fresh Take at Burghley’ Open Call for submissions

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    In January 2013, Art Pop-Up is accepting email submissions from artists who wish to be participate in the Fresh Take residency programme and exhibition with Burghley House in 2013. This is an open call to contemporary visual artists located in the Greater Peterborough area. More information is at www.artpopup.co.uk.

    Key criteria:

    • All submissions must be made via email
    • Deadline: 4pm Thursday January 31st
    • Artists must be over 18 years of age
    • Artists must be located in the Greater Peterborough area
    • Selected artists will receive a contribution of between £400 to £700 towards project materials, the creation and installation of their artwork
    • Artworks must be new, eschewing traditional approaches, and be innovative in medium and concept
    • Not suitable for audio, video or film artworks
    • No submission fee
  • Award winning theatre company New International Encounter (NIE) create new, visually driven performances that speak dynamically to an audience using live music, multiple languages, storytelling, physical theatre and a european ensemble. With a number of exciting projects taking place in Peterborough over 2013, we are looking for a motivated individual to help support the NIE team on the delivery of workshops, touring shows and rehearsal residency in the city.

    Based in the busy Cambridge office as well as in situ in Peterborough, this internship offers an excellent opportunity for a capable individual to find out more about working in a touring theatre company with the chance to gain hands-on experience in project management, marketing, fundraising and producing. The internship is intended as a six month placement on a full time basis from February – July  2013, but we are also happy to discuss any alternative options working on a part time basis. This is a professional opportunity for someone who would like to develop a career in arts administration. The ideal candidate would be based in or around Peterborough or have a strong connection to the City.

    For an application pack or any further information, please contact: Cat Moore T: +44 (01223) 403343 cat.moore@nie-theatre.com .

    Closing date: 11 January 2013, Interviews to be held on Friday 18 January 2013

    The internship is offered with expenses covered (based on the Creative Apprenticeship scheme). The position is funded through Arts Council England and Peterborough City Council. www.nie-theatre.com

  • Fund It! Winner – Alex Airey

    So it’s been over a year since everyone voted for my project at Creative Peterborough’s Fund It Event. Since then I have been doing a lot of drawing, and a lot of writing. I have also had the opportunity to have some additional mentor time through one of the RSA’s residencies. It’s taken me a lot longer than I thought it would, but I am finally getting ready to put something into print.

    Having laboriously written and drawn the opening sixteen pages of my epic story, some of which I am even still happy with, it was difficult to hear that I had basically wasted my time. When I pitched the project, I had thought that the obvious place to start a story was at the beginning, but apparently that’s not the case! I made the painful decision to start over, and redrafted the entire novel. Although this decision has delayed the process somewhat, the extra time has allowed me to develop as an artist and as a writer, and I think the final product is now much better than it would otherwise have been.

    I have also had the chance to do more market and industry research, and have been developing a number of shorter stories in different genres to increase my chances of getting something published in a publication with wider distribution. I have already uploaded some of the results of this work to my facebook page, and had some interest from a publisher.

    But as I have yet to actually land that big publishing deal, I’ve been looking into print-on-demand self-publishing services so I can get something into print.

    The first part of the novel will be coming in at twenty four pages, and will introduce most of the protagonists of the story. My sixteen page prologue has been cut down to two pages, and I will be putting in a bit of exposition and possibly even a map. This book will be available early next year, and I’m aiming to get the second part out next year as well.

    I will also be self-publishing a compilation book to include the first few pages of chapter one alongside some shorter strips from the other titles I’ve been working on. I had hoped it would be finished by Christmas, but I’ve picked up a couple of commissions for paid work over the festive season, so it’s now looking like it might be January before you can actually buy a copy!

    That’s all ages away, so I’m going to be uploading the finished pages of all the titles to facebook.com/alxnorth, probably at the rate of one a week, and I will be uploading the first one on Friday 7th December. You can already find a couple of complete strips there to whet your appetite.

    Please let me know what you think, your suggestions and feedback will help me to continue to improve as a writer and artist, and help me decide which titles to develop.

    I hope you enjoy my doodles.

  • Snapback

    Project Snapback is a mixed media and photography exhibition, created by young british-asian people focusing on social isses affecting them. Based in the Gladstone area of Peterborough and working with local professional artists the culminating work will be displayed at Chauffeurs Cottage on the 16th and 17th of November from 11am-4pm.

    This project received funding from the Creative Peterborough Fund in May.

  • Peterborough Zombie Walk

  • EID Mela 2012