These boots were made for walking!


    Creative Peterborough & Peterborough Presents invite you to come and take a walk on the wild side with them as new arts initiative aims to give Peterborough audiences a new perspective on their city

    On the 23rd of May, as part of The Green Festival, Creative Peterborough, has alongside over 30 other artists, created “Walk this Way” a series of free events and projects all designed to get those attending to see, discover and appreciate their city in a different light.

     The project, which is part of the three year programme devised by Peterborough Presents, starts with a set of quirky and unusual Peterborough walking tours led by some very remarkable tour guides. The tours will see participants encountering a variety of unusual, extraordinary and quirky experiences which include a pop up art gallery, street theatre, poetry footbridge and even the opportunity to have your feet massaged and washed. More information on this below, Please do keep an eye out on this page and also on our facebook page and twitter @CreativePboro for developments.

    Make sure your book your place on the tours & the Every Journey takeover as we would hate for you to miss out on them.

    Takeover number one: Walk This Way- Guided Tours
    These guided tours bring these exciting takeovers together.

    If you take one of these tours then you will get to a bird’s eye view through the pop-up art gallery, the footbridge of poetry and experience the Peterborough museum in a new way. Your guides will help you to discover strange and wonderful events in unexpected places and be prepared for them to be strange and wonderful too.

    There will be two tour leaders, who aren’t sure what city they are in, and their group doesn’t always do what they are told, but they do discover some interesting “facts” and some unexpected art on their tour, and everyone goes home appreciating the city a little more.

    Be prepared to be astonished by the city you live in through its vivid stories, wonderful journeys and the best kept secrets that are all around us.

    The tours will take place in the city centre of Peterborough and we ask you to meet your tour guides outside the Visitor Information Centre at least five minutes before your tour. Visitor information centre: 9 Bridge Street | Peterborough | United Kingdom | PE1 1HJ

    Please wear comfy shoes and maybe bring an umbrella, if the weather looks dismal and some cake too.

    Where: In the city centre, but please meet at the Visitor information centre for the tour you have booked on.

    When: 23rd of May 2015

    How to get involved; Please book your tour through  event brite by entering: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/walk-this-way-guided-tours-tickets-16874899278  or by emailing: keelyjanemills@gmail.com
    or come to the Visitor Information centre on St Peter’s arcade on the day.



    Takeover number 2: Walk This Way- Pop-up Art Gallery

    The back of St John’s on the outside of the Church going onto the green space of St John’s square, will become a pop-up art gallery with 12 artists of all disciplines presenting a shoe or a pair of shoes. These will include shoes that have been mosaicked, painted or bejewelled. These will be presented on Plinths and the audience can come up close to the work and walk around them.

    To draw people toward this pop-art gallery there will be a large scale installation that hi-lights the scale of consumerism around shoes in the UK and also pays homage to the ritual of shoes being thrown onto telephone wires throughout the world. This piece will be interactive and again the audience can come close and even walk under it. Some of the artists will be there during the day so you can talk to them about the work and find out more about their work and the creative community in Peterborough.

    Where: St John’s The Babtist Church and St John’s Square, city centre Peterborough
    When: 23rd of May 2015
    Time: 12-4pm

    Takeover number Three: Walk This Way- Every Journey

    Inside St John’s Church and in the Lady’s chapel, you can take part in this unique event.

    Every Journey’ is a creative response to the theme of ‘Sustainable Transport’ and seeks to inspire individuals to form their own interpretation or personal response in relation to their experience of this activity.

    Foot-washing is an act and a ritual which has appeared in many traditions and cultures across civilisation. Here we are offering the experience, in collaboration with each participant, to explore the wonderful strength, potential and stories our feet have and to offer a moment of quiet reflection in a unique space. Each participant will have a foot-massage & wash. Luke will then document part of this process, the results of which will be displayed as part of his solo-exhibition in July. This per-formative and photographic piece by Luke Payn, with support from trained massage therapist Lauren Patrick will only be available to a limited number of people on the day.

    Where: At the Lady’s Chapel within St John’s the Baptist Church, city centre Peterborough.
    When: 23rd of May 2015
    Time: 12-4pm

    How to get involved: through event brite by entering: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/walk-this-way-every-journey-tickets-16766869157 or by emailing: keelyjanemills@gmail.com
    There will be slots available on the day, so please go to the lady’s Chapel to book your place.


    Takeover number Four: Walk This Way- The Bridge of Poetry

    7 Poets have been riding on the bus routes of Peterborough and have created pieces of spoken word based on these journeys with many positive and personal hi-lights. These poems have been recorded by some of our real people of the city and have been presented into a podcast that will be played in the footbridge between Peterborough train station & Queensgate shopping centre. Come and experience this bridge as it will be transformed into a place of peace above the busy road and road works below.

    Where: At the footbridge between Peterborough train station and Queensgate Shopping centre
    When: 23rd of May 2015
    Time: 12-4pm

    How to get involved: Make your way down to the footbridge on the day.



    Takeover 5 : Walk This Way- Have you been?

    An improvised performance in a space that is one of the best destinations in Peterborough, where you will experience the museum in a new way.

    For one day only you can happen upon Phyllis and Sybil who are honorary cleaners of Peterborough museum, these two exceptional professionals will show people how to clean and interact with the great exhibits at the museum. If you want to meet these two then you will have to seek them out as they can be quite shy and Phyllis and Sybill don’t talk but their mannerisms tells you all there is to know.

    Where: Peterborough Museum, on Priestgate in Peterborough City centre
    When: 23rd of May 2015
    Time: 12-4pm

    How to get involved: Come down to Peterborough Museum on the day.













  • Creative People & Places bid success!

    Creative People & Places bid success!

    Peterborough makes the national grade.


    Vivacity Culture and Leisure are thrilled to announce that Peterborough has successfully been awarded £725,000 of funding from Arts Council England as part of a £1.2m programme.

    An exciting and innovative programme has been developed by local representatives from Vivacity, Creative Peterborough, Young Lives, Step Up Community Association,  Voluntary Arts and Metal.  The consortium has been working on the programme and talking to local groups from across the city and it is a great boost to Peterborough to receive this award as it reflects the active support of the many local groups that have been involved over the past year.

    Creative people and places is a national funding programme from Arts Council England which is designed to get more people involved in the arts. The funding, which is for 3 years, will be used to create a programme of work focused on young people, artist’s networks and collaborations and bringing new communities together to increase audiences and participation in the arts in Peterborough.

    Greer Roberts, Head of Arts at Vivacity says ‘Peterborough’s Creative people and places programme is a great opportunity for us to find ways to unlock talent, energy and creativity from across the city allowing communities and grass roots organisations to play a leading part in inspiring others to get involved with the arts’.

    “The grant is excellent news for our city…”

    Jabeen Shafee, Project Manager of Step Up says ‘Step Up Community Association are extremely proud to be partners of a locally based Consortium which has successfully secured funding from The Arts Council.  The grant is excellent news for our city and will undoubtedly improve the current Arts provision in Peterborough!  Step Up’s expertise in community engagement with minority communities, particularly young people provided a valuable resource for formulating the bid.  We now look forward to consulting with these communities to listen to what they want to see happening in their city and bring this to fruition’.

    To help The Arts Council decide which locations were eligible to apply, it took an average of the Active People data over two years (2009 and 2010) and focused on the least engaged 20 per cent. Active People is currently the most reliable national data source that measures what we are trying to change. A list of eligible locations (the lowest 20 per cent on the list) can be found on The Arts Council website.

    “This is a fantastic initiative and one that really matched the vision of the Creative people and places programme.”

    This funding is a significant achievement, driven by local people and local organisations and Peterborough has developed an innovative programme to become part of this small number of national demonstration projects.

    Helen Lax, Regional Director, East, Arts Council England, said: ‘This is a fantastic initiative and one that really matched the vision of the Creative people and places programme. Each of the three strands of activity will be informed by feedback from the community, driving local engagement from the outset and ultimately delivering a programme of activity that will invest in and invigorate arts and cultural life in Peterborough’.

    The Creative people and places consortium will now work through a business planning and partnership development phase with Arts Council England and local partners in deciding the detail of the programme. From November 2013 the public will start to see the benefits of this substantial grant.

    You can read more at the Arts Council website;

  • The Fund – October

    Thanks for all the applications for the Creative Peterborough Fund! We have had 9 applications requesting a total of £29,170, with £13,000 available.

    The results will be announced early in November.

  • The Fund

    As Creative Peterborough announces our second round of grants up to £4000 for groups and organisations this seems a good time to reflect on what happened in the first round.  I hope this will help those applying to the second round.

    There were 12 applications, totalling £36,653, with funding of £13K available.  This told us that there is clearly a demand for funding, and ideas for projects.  And that we didn’t have enough to fund everything.

    The Creative Peterborough Committee discussed all the applications and in some cases asked for more information to ensure all could be compared fairly.  Information missing included:

    Breakdowns in the how the money would be spent.  We don’t need itemised billing but asking for a lump sum means we can’t identify what is being spent on artists (which is very important to us), and how much is being spent on getting the art out there (also important.)

    Background information about the group, including track record, connections with the communities they wanted to work with, and how they were going to manage the project.

    The applications then went before a panel which included two independent assessors who have experience in funding and arts management.  The applications were discussed in detail and scored on the following criteria (ranked in importance):

    • Is it artist-led? Investment in artists and art-form practice is a major priority.
    • Where is the creativity and innovation? Projects should demonstrate new ways of working, collaboration and / or experimentation.
    • How sustainable is the work? What will its impact be? Projects should be designed to include the potential to continue / have impact beyond the activity funded by the project.  Will the project make a significant difference to the artists themselves, to the wider arts community, or to the standing of the arts in Peterborough?
    • What will be the visibility of this work? Projects should aims for some level of visibility, quality of exposure should be considered as well as quantity.
    • Need? Do the projects address an identifiable need or a gap in provision,  and could not be funded from elsewhere, such as membership fees, sales, statutory or community funding.
    • Credibility? Can the organisation demonstrate realistic budgeting and planning, and the ability to deliver the outline project, by providing a track record proportionate to the funding applied for.

    Although not expected to meet all, these criteria were used to rank the applications and the panel then awarded funds to four projects that provided the strongest evidence of:

    • Innovation in art form and practice.
    • Sustainable project models for local professional artists to develop regional and national profiles.
    • The potential to have an impact on “difficult-to-reach” audiences.
    • Being artist / arts–led (rather than social or education) projects that are unlikely to receive funding from elsewhere.

    These were:

    Snap-Back – A project with young people led by community organisation Step-Up, which used the development of skills in photography to explore issues of image, self-esteem and identity.

    St John’s Church – Funding the activities around two artists’ residencies, a poet and a visual artist, over the next two years

    Blok Collective – Development funds to move the organisation into a more sustainable business model, paying for fundamental support such as office infrastructure, mentoring, improved online presence and partnership funding for a programme of projects.

    View5 – Funding to research and develop their residency with a local countryside trust and exhibition of work to engage communities with the rural landscape, and to use this work to build new relationships across the region.

    These projects will be reported on in the blog as they are completed.

    As an artist-led group it’s been an interesting, and challenging, process for us to go through the business of soliciting, appraising and variously rejecting and supporting funding applications.  We hope we have done it with the courtesy and within a timescale that is acceptable – and that by writing this overview it will encourage new groups to successfully apply.

    The deadline for submission for the second round of The Fund awards is 21st October, and more information is available here.  We are happy to discuss ideas for projects and support the development of applications – just get in touch via info@creativepeterborough.com

    We look forward to hearing from you.