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[caption id="attachment_9650" align="alignright" width="533"] Blisscohen showing her beautiful artwork for PAOS 2021[/caption]

As 2021 shapes up following the new lockdown in January and the ever evolving vaccination program, PAOS is seeking to adapt to the new circumstances and help PAOS artists and their potential audiences get in contact with each other this year.

There are a few new options being discussed, namely: video releases and promotions, appointment systems for visiting studios where safety will be paramount, and zoom meetings and lectures held by arrangement of PAOS artists.

Many other organisations in the leisure and print media have already adapted their business models as demand for magazines through high street and supermarket sales has dipped over the last year. Many societies and lecturers have turned the tables on plummeting sales and produced videos and seminars often on a low budget to paying audiences. Works are in progress to the PAOS website to help to this end.

The website can only facilitate what is and should be the artist-audience-visitor relationship, therefore if you as a visitor would like to arrange a meeting with any PAOS artist, there is no need to wait for a visiting date or a link to appear on the PAOS website: simply get in contact with any artist straight away to find out more about their work.

Some more experienced PAOS artists are also art teachers; they and other PAOS artists already run pay to view workshops, bookable for instance through social media. There will be a variety of information and opportunities out there already. There is, for now, no PAOS organised charging system or lecture schedule put together, but it is under discussion.

PAOS membership officially starts in March but each artist returning year to year, updates their page at anytime. Check back to see if your favourite creative is doing something zoom in 2021.

Jurgita Banioniene has been showing her lovely work, here is a short video the likes of which we hope to see more of through PAOS 2021:

Jurgita Banioniene holding her beautiful artwork video link

see more of her work and get in contact with her here:

http://paos.org.uk/artists/blisscohan/

Zoom Meetings and Videos for PAOS 2021

As 2021 shapes up following the new lockdown in January and the ever evolving vaccination program, PAOS is seeking to More

Tickets now available for 'David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring'





In the midst of the pandemic, David Hockney RA captured the unfolding of spring on his iPad, creating 116 new and optimistic works at his home in Normandy.

Created during lockdown, this new body of work has been ‘painted’ on the iPad and then printed onto paper allowing you to see every mark and stroke of the artist’s hand. Tickets will be limited, book early to avoid disappointment or become a Friend for your best chance to see the show.

David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020 will open on 27 March. Friends of the RA receive free priority access to all exhibitions with a family member as their guest.


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See what else is on at the RA: https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/

RA taking bookings for ‘The Arrival of Spring’

Tickets now available for ‘David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring’ In the midst of the pandemic, David Hockney RA captured More

City Culture Peterborough is delighted to announce the reopening of Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery on Friday 4th December. The Museum will be open to the public from Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm, and Sunday 12pm-4pm.

Peterborough Museum is one of the city’s most historic buildings. The Museum was previously a private house and then became Peterborough’s first hospital. There are both a wealth of stories to fascinate and enthral the whole family and amazing objects to discover, from prehistoric fossils to Roman artefacts, Victorian surgical equipment and incredible crafts made by prisoners of war.

Previously under the management of Vivacity, the Museum has transferred to City Culture Peterborough, part of City College Peterborough. Pat Carrington, Director of City Culture Peterborough and principal of Peterborough City College said, ‘I am delighted and thrilled that we are now able to reopen the Peterborough Museum and to be inviting visitors back for the first time since March. The team at City Culture Peterborough have been preparing for this day and have some great new things for you to see and experience’.

All the Museum galleries will be open, including a new exhibition to celebrate the reopening, ‘Restart Peterborough’, which features art from local artists.  To ensure the safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers during their time at the Museum, measures have been put in place to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. Face masks will be required when in the building, there is a one-way system in place to help ensure social distancing, sanitising facilities are available throughout, and we have an increased cleaning regime of the Museum and facilities in place. Perspex screens have been put up around all tills and contactless sales are available.

These measures do mean that there is a reduced capacity for visitors to the Museum, including limits on the numbers in each gallery. You may be asked to queue both before entering and while in the building so that appropriate social distancing can be followed. Unfortunately, Coronavirus restrictions mean that many of our interactive activities have been removed, to reduce touchpoints within the building.

To help the NHS identify cases of the virus, we will ask visitors to give their details on arrival for test and trace purposes. If you are showing any symptoms of Coronavirus, please do not visit the Museum.

Squires Coffee House will be reopening but there will be a reduced capacity and new social distancing measures in place.

 

Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery opening times:

Monday- Closed
Tuesday- 10am-4m
Wednesday- 10am-4pm
Thursday- 10am-4pm
Friday- 10am-4pm
Saturday- 10am-4pm
Sunday- 12pm-4pm

Entry to the Museum is free with the exception of special event days.

 

Peterborough Museum
Priestgate
Peterborough
PE1 1LF
01733 864663

Peterborough Museum and Gallery Reopens December 2020

City Culture Peterborough is delighted to announce the reopening of Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery on Friday 4th December. The More

Former Chair of Peterborough Artists' Open Studios (PAOS), Hilary Dunne, sadly passed away on 30th October 2020 at Peterborough Hospice after a long battle against Cancer.

Hilary was a respected international artist whose work reflected her love for and involvement with people she met on her travels across Africa, India, the Caribbean and Latin America where she enjoyed their rich tradition and culture.

Her work received international recognition through exhibition held at galleries across the UK including the Mall Galleries (London), Royal Academy (London), Irongate Studios (Glasgow) as well as overseas galleries including the Kiku Gallery in Osaka (Japan).



Hilary took on the role of Chair of PAOS in 2014 but sadly had to stand down from the role in 2016 due to ill-health.  She was a fun and kind person to be around and despite her battle against Cancer, she was always upbeat and cheerful.

Hilary is a sad loss to the art world and our thoughts go out to her family and friends who have had the privilege of knowing a truly talented artist and lovely person to be around.

 

Jackie Hall

PAOS Chair

 

 

Hilary Dunne: Former PAOS Chair sadly dies

Former Chair of Peterborough Artists’ Open Studios (PAOS), Hilary Dunne, sadly passed away on 30th October 2020 at Peterborough Hospice More

A new website dedicated to selling work and souvenirs from Peterborough's artists has been launched,

Peterboroughgiftshop.com is the brainchild of Thorney-based artist Chris Lane and Peterborough Tourism Manager Tracy Snooks, and is perfect for those searching for Peterborough-based gifts online.

Posters, prints, cards, publications, jewellery and crafts are all on sale through the site Peterboroughgiftshop.com

Chris, the person behind the website, said: "More and more people are buying arts and crafts online.  My company, Artinfusion. together with Tracy, the city's Tourism Manager, and Jackie Hall from the PAOS committee have been looking at other avenues to increase and outlets to offer not only Peterborough products but the great selection of artists that live and work in the city."

[caption id="attachment_10662" align="alignnone" width="600"] Chris Lane, Artinfusion, has developed the peterboroughgiftshop.com[/caption]

"The city has a vibrant arts' community and it's important that we continue to support our local artists in these challenging times by selling their work to a wider audience via the internet."

The online shop has already attracted a number of Peterborough Artists' Open Studios' members including Tony Nero, Kerry Richardson, Prue Pye and Sue Keen.

Kerry said "I would usually sell my jewellery through Open Studios' events and other arts and crafts fairs across the country each year.  This year has been different with many events being postponed or cancelled which was very disappointing.  Becoming a seller on the Peterborough Gift Shop has provided me with a new outlet for my work and I've been really happy with the sales I've made so far."

There is no charge to become a seller or to set up your items on the online shop. You only pay 25% commission when an item is sold.

The Peterborough Gift Shop is designed for people who live in the PE (Greater Peterborough) postcode area.  If you are interested in become a seller on the  shop email chris@artinfusion.co.uk to find out more.

 

 

New online art shop launched for Peterborough

A new website dedicated to selling work and souvenirs from Peterborough’s artists has been launched, Peterboroughgiftshop.com is the brainchild of Thorney-based More

Peterborough Central Park are inviting members of the public to enter their photo competition.

As the seasons change and the dark nights start to draw in, we want you to capture Autumn in all its glory in Central Park, Peterborough.

This could be snapping the array of colours around the park as leaves begin to turn beautiful shades of orange, red, gold and bronze or simply capturing an activity shot in the park - the choice is yours.



Rules are simple - one entry per person with permission being obtained for any entry that contains people as all entries will be displayed and promoted on the FoCP website www.centralparkpeterborough.com, our social media platforms and the Central Park notice board.

Deadline for entries is 30th November 2020.

Entries to be emailed to focp@centralparkpeterborough.com



Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.


Happy snapping!

Photo competition – Capturing Autumn

Peterborough Central Park are inviting members of the public to enter their photo competition. As the seasons change and the More

UPDATE



Considering the recent and ongoing position of HM's UK Government as to COVID 19 instructions to the public. The committee in consultation with the membership has decided to postpone the 2020 event weekends until 2021. PAOS artists have been offered to carry their membership forward to 2021 or withdraw for the year. Applications for 2021 are also planned to open as normal after the AGM in November 2020, all being well.



If you are a PAOS 2020 member and have any queries or information as to your own activities, you should have received an email from PAOS webteam with instructions on how to consider proceeding.  If you are still concerned or have yet to receive the email, please contact a member of the committee, links can be found on the  contact page



Many thanks for your support and feedback so far.

PAOS 2020 postponed till 2021 due to COVID19

UPDATE Considering the recent and ongoing position of HM’s UK Government as to COVID 19 instructions to the public. The More

11th January to 29th March 2020



Peterborough Museum and City Art Gallery, Priestgate, Peterborough, PE1 1LF



This interactive exhibition taking place from the 11 Jan - 29 Mar 2020 is perfect for families and any Nick Sharratt or Tracey Beaker fans!







Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants is a wonderfully bright and colourful touring exhibition all about Nick Sharratt and his illustrations. There's loads to look at, from drawings he did as a boy and student to original picture book artwork. There are sections on how picture books are made, lots of activities to do, including dressing up, creating your own 'Sharracter' and working in his studio.



Plus meet Nick Sharratt at our extra special launch on 11 Jan, 10.30am - 4pm. Bring your books to be signed by the man himself or purchase a new book in our shop at Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery. Enjoy a fun Nick Sharratt inspired lunch in our cafe, available during the exhibition period.







Entry to the exhibition and launch is free. There will be charged entry during Feb half term (17 - 21 Feb) for 'What's a Wellyphant?' which includes family activities across the museum. Find out more.



Exhibition opening times:



Tues - Sun (incl. Mondays on Bank Holidays and during school holidays)10am - 5pm (last admission 4.30pm)



Draw along with Nick Sharratt



Book Nick Sharratt school sessions



What's a Wellyphant? - book now !



Find out more about whats on at Vivacity Arts: Vivacity.org

Exhibition: Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants

11th January to 29th March 2020 Peterborough Museum and City Art Gallery, Priestgate, Peterborough, PE1 1LF This interactive exhibition taking More

Peterborough Museum and City Gallery, PE1 1LF



Please call back for updates.



16th April to 7th June 2020



This compelling retrospective exhibition celebrates 50 years of the creative output of East Anglian sculptor and academic, Professor Brian Falconbridge, charting a personal and professional journey from early student days through a lifetime of making and mentoring. 



Though a sculptor, his inspiration derives from European painting from the 17th to the 20th century via artists such as Velasquez, Zurburan, Schwitters, Morandi, Cotan, de Chirico and Picasso and movements including Dada and Russian Constructivism.  At the same time, the influence of Japanese thought, literature and culture are reflected in his attention to scale and simplicity in his sculpture and in the brushwork in the works on paper. The interest and insight to be gained in this assembled body of work lies in being able to view early student work that includes the transformation of commonplace everyday objects with a nod to the ‘surreal’ and then to be able to follow the imagery through as it takes on a range of influences, until it is ultimately pared down and formalised into both wooden constructions and bronze casts incorporating the theme of ‘still life’. 



 © Brian Falconbridge, Study for Still Life (towards Emmaus), 1983 



Complementing the sculpture is an abundant collection of drawings, both polychrome and black and white, including a major installation comprising 102 works on paper.  Some are small and intricate, some urgent and gestural and others, larger, highly considered and ordered. In drawing together this representative body of 50 years’ work by Brian Falconbridge, HINDSIGHT: 2020 evidences both commitment to the pursuit of creativity through the practice of Fine Art and the continuity and development of his ideas as an artist.

WE ARE SORRY THIS EXHIBITION IS NOT GOING AHEAD AS PLANNED AT THE MOMENT: HINDSIGHT 2020 by Brian Falconbridge

Peterborough Museum and City Gallery, PE1 1LF Please call back for updates. 16th April to 7th June 2020 This compelling More

A new decade starts at the Royal Academy in London with a new program of exhibitions



Visit the Royal Academy website



To see or take part in:







Picasso and Paper 



25th January to 13th April



Pablo Picasso rewrote the rules of painting, but he also tore up the rulebook for paper. Bringing together 300 of the artist’s works, both on and with paper, this exhibition spans his entire prolific career and represents a significant chapter in modern art. 



Leon Spilliaert



23rd February to 25th May 2020



From celebrated self-portraits to dreamlike views of the North Sea coast, this exhibition will introduce UK audiences to the visionary work of Belgian artist Léon Spilliaert. 







Summer Exhibition 2020



 9th June to 16th August 2020







Art you love, art you hate, and art that simply puts a smile on your face. Get ready to discover works by household names and emerging artists at our annual celebration of art and creativity.



you can also enter the RA Summer Exhibition from the 6th January







Enter Art in the Summer Exhibition here

2020 at the Royal Academy

A new decade starts at the Royal Academy in London with a new program of exhibitions Visit the Royal Academy More

Art and forest bathing at a stroke !



Get out and paint in the forest with some guided demonstrations and tuition from Paisley Art - Clare who tutors at Art Stars children's school will be on hand to help you if needed. 



25th January 10.30am - 3pm - bring lunch with you! Contact Clare on 07762434204 for more information and to book your place.



£40 per person







Claire also tutors at Art Stars children's Art School: FIND OUT MORE

Forest Painting Retreat

Art and forest bathing at a stroke ! Get out and paint in the forest with some guided demonstrations and More

Following the success of the Peterborough Artists’ Open Studios’ (PAOS) Affordable Art Fair in 2018, we are delighted to announce that we’re hosting another event on 23rd November 2019.



Where: Colonel Dane Memorial Hall, Church Street, Alwalton, Peterborough PE7 3UU



When: Saturday 23rd November 2019 11am – 4pm



All items available on the day are unique and will cost £50 or less.



Glass bubbles by artist Kerry Richardson is an example of some of the items available at the PAOS Affordable Art Fair



Artists exhibiting at the event include:



Mahemuda (Muni) Arsalani (Mosaics)Deirdre Blackburn (Painting & Drawing)Jill Colman (Jewellery)Kay Hall (Mosaics)Handmade by Joolz (Mixed media, Stained glass)Sally Hammerton (Painting, Drawing)Christine Jose (Painting, Drawing)Martina K (Mixed media)Sue Keen (Mixed Media, Textiles, Hand Bound Books)Chris Lovell (Digital Art, Photography, Mosaics)Lindsay McGinlay (Mixed media)John McGowan (Printmaking)Margaret Mallows (Printmaking)Tony Nero (Painting, Drawing)Jon Pain (Woodcarving, Sculpture, Woodturning) Katherine Parsons (Ceramics, Mixed Media, Sculpture)Prue Pye (Mixed Media, Painting, Drawing, Printmaking)Kerry Richardson (Jewellery)Paul Saunders (Digital Art/Photogarphy)Lexy Wells (Mixed Media, Encaustic wax paintings)Pauline Wheatley (Painting, Drawing, Pottery)Brian Withall (Glass)Christine Withall (Pottery)Amy Wright (Polymer Clay, Mixed Media)

PAOS Affordable Art Fair: Saturday 23 November

Following the success of the Peterborough Artists’ Open Studios’ (PAOS) Affordable Art Fair in 2018, we are delighted to announce More

7th December 2019 at the Green Backyard, Oundle Road, Peterborough



Go Green - Go Local - Get Organic for Christmas.



PAOS artists and lots of independent artists and crafts at the Green Backyard this year 2019







Two Peterborough artists get themselves festively framed at the Greenback Yard 



SAVE THE DATE! Our Christmas Fair is back with great stalls, music, activities, food and drink. We have some great surprises booked this year which we will be announcing over the coming weeks.The aim of this event is to bring the community together in a festive and joyful celebration of the year.The fair is an opportunity to champion our local creators and give our community the opportunity to buy unique gifts and produce as well as raise awareness of what is on offer in the surrounding areas.Put the date in the diary and let us know if you would like to help out by volunteering or running an activity.There is no parking onsite, but parking is available opposite at Pleasure Fair Meadow for £1 an hour, or £4 for the day.



We are a garden site, please do wrap up warm and wear appropriate footwear.Friendly dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead at all times and be accompanied by an adult. All dog waste must be picked up.You are welcome to wear your Christmas hats and jumpers :)



https://www.thegreenbackyard.com



http://www.facebook.com/thegreenbackyard

The Green Backyard Christmas Fair

7th December 2019 at the Green Backyard, Oundle Road, Peterborough Go Green – Go Local – Get Organic for Christmas. More

Escape the Ordinary!



After previous successful seasons of artist led markets and gallery exhibitions, Lincolnshire based practicing artists Eve Marshall and Shalini Austin will present their 5th ESC Artists exhibition promoting extraordinary workmanship and talent.



The Exhibition will include various artists from Lincolnshire, Rutland & Cambridgeshire exhibiting a mix of Felt Art, Copper Creations, Textile Design & Batik, Stained & Fused Glass, Artistic Woodwork, Pottery, Silver Jewellery, Sculptures, Original Paintings and Art Prints.



Several exhibitors will be demonstrating throughout the exhibition. As well as having the opportunity to view and buy something special, visitors have the opportunity to meet some of the artists and in many cases commission individual pieces. Many exhibits will be available to buy.



22nd October - 3 November 2019 at the Stamford Art Centre, 22 St Mary's Street, Stamford PE9 2DL.



Exhibiting Artists:   Eve Marshall: Artisan FelterShalini Austin: MetalsmithAnita Ruiz: Stamford based Glass ArtistCathi Prince: South Lincolnshire based Stained Glass ArtistClaire Rudin: Cambridge based Batik Artist Dawn Isaac CeramicsHeARTwork by Jacki CairnsJosette Carroll: Stamford based Sculptor and PainterLesley Adolphson: Deepings based Jewellery Designer and MakerLin Chatfield ArtMathew Gardner: Why not woodRachel Watts: Cambridgeshire based Wildlife SculptorTony Orvis: Rutland based PotterPallet Wood Stuff

Escape the Ordinary

Escape the Ordinary! After previous successful seasons of artist led markets and gallery exhibitions, Lincolnshire based practicing artists Eve Marshall More

Explore paintings and drawings by Laura Knight RA, the first woman to be elected to full membership of the Royal Academy of Arts.



This free display celebrates the work of Laura Knight RA, one of the most famous and popular British artists in the first half of the 20th century. Drawn from the RA’s Collection of paintings, drawings and sketchbooks, the show explores three distinct themes from her long working life – the countryside, the nude and scenes from the theatre, ballet and circus.



Her portrait of Joan Rhodes, a music hall strong woman known as “The Mighty Mannequin”, will be on show alongside drawings and sketchbooks from around 1911 to the 1960s. These include drawings from the Folies Bergère and the Ballets Russes, to which she had privileged access in 1919 and the 1920s, the Blackpool Ice-Drome, the circus drawings of Bertram Mills and Carmo who she joined on the road, and the landscapes of the Malvern Hills where she and her husband settled in the 1930s.



From the age of thirteen, Knight studied at Nottingham School of Art. She then lived and worked in an artists’ colony in Staithes, Yorkshire before moving to join the thriving artists’ community at Newlyn in Cornwall. She was awarded a Damehood in 1929, and was the first woman to be elected to full membership of the Royal Academy in 1936.



Knight, Laura; Dawn Credit line: (c) The Artist's Estate (c) Royal Academy of Arts / Photographer credit: John Hammond /

Laura Knight RA: A Working Life

Explore paintings and drawings by Laura Knight RA, the first woman to be elected to full membership of the Royal More

Peterborough Cathedral holds the Earth:



Residents can see the Earth like never before at Peterborough Cathedral after an art installation was revealed on the 19th August 2019. Peterborough Evening Telegraph's photographer David Lowndes has made these spectaular shots of the opening proceedings.



 Photos: David Lowndes – Peterborough Telegraph 



The Gaia exhibition opened with a giant globe installed in the catherdal.



The work is by Luke Jerram, the artist behind Museum of the Moon, which was installed at the Cathedral last year.



Visitors to the Cathedral got their first view of Gaia at 10am, but came to life at the grand opening later in the evening.



A special soundtrack plays while the ‘Earth’ rotates



The seven metre diameter globe has been created using NASA imagery .



More: Snap up prizes with Gaia competition



The artwork will be free to view during the day. There are also numerous evening opening dates when the artwork can be seen to its full advantage, with its internal light glowing as dusk falls. The specially made surround- sound composition by BAFTA award winning composer Dan Jones will also be played, and on many evenings there will be the opportunity to go ‘Up to view the Northern Hemisphere’, climbing the steps to the next level of the Cathedral to take in the stunning view.



Luke Jerram said: “I hope visitors to Gaia get to see the Earth as if from space; an incredibly beautiful and precious place. An ecosystem we urgently need to look after – our only home.



 Photos: David Lowndes – Peterborough Telegraph 



“Halfway through the Earth’s six mass extinction, we urgently need to wake up, and change our behaviour. We need to quickly make the changes necessary, to prevent run away Climate Change.”



Dean of Peterborough, the Very Rev Chris Dalliston added: “I’d like to invite anyone who comes to see it, to spend time reflecting on the beauty of the Earth and the wonderfully rich, but fragile, planet we inhabit.”



For more information visit www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk/

Our sanctuary in space

Peterborough Cathedral holds the Earth: Residents can see the Earth like never before at Peterborough Cathedral after an art installation More

PAOS 2019 competition winner

Congratulations and well done to Carolyn Cullum from Bourne who won £100 to spend with the artist(s) of her choice More

On Thursday 1st November 2018, one of our members, Pete Hayward, sadly passed away following a short illness.  
Pete was an artist who lived as artists should, involved with their work every day; but he had also been a highly respected teacher, mentor and proponent of mixed media approaches in the creative arts; that encompassed dance, events and music. 
As the Head of the Art Department at Walton School he created a unique and vibrant atmosphere that encouraged many students to pursue their dreams and become involved in the arts.  Ex pupils still talk of their art lessons with delight and respect for his ideas, drawing skills and guidance, that in turn gave them confidence.  He inspired many young teachers in the late 1970s and 80s by his charismatic leadership and example.
He was a moderator for examination boards and was a guiding and purposeful influence in the difficult changeover from O level to GCSE Art.  His confident and knowledgeable endorsement of creative approaches in the Peterborough schools he moderated made teachers feel assured and well supported. 

Pete’s creative partnership with Rowena, his wife, was legendary. Between them they were innovators, bringing renowned contemporary dance companies into school and holding popular workshops. Pete’s influence and experience in visualizing concepts, made for some incredible school performances.

Pete had a trademark style of bold colourwork, large canvasses and semi-figurative imagery that was very much alive in his classroom studios. He was a teacher with a firm no nonsense classroom presence. His students left his lessons with useful skills which enabled them to externalize emotions and reactions in mature and exploratory ways.

Pete’s retirement from the profession gave him more time to concentrate on his métier and his vigorous semi-abstract works reflected his admiration for Pop Art and the 1960s of his youth.

To lose such a gentle and talented man at a time when he was still building and developing vibrant and passionate work is a great loss and we give our heartfelt condolences to Rowena, his family and close friends.

Pete Hayward: A sad loss to the PAOS art community

On Thursday 1st November 2018, one of our members, Pete Hayward, sadly passed away following a short illness.   Pete More

The new Treasures exhibition at Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery is a once in a generation event, which champions Peterborough’s significance as a city.
For years, Peterborough has had the reputation of being just ‘a new town,’ with businesses arriving in the 70s and 80s, stimulating the growth of the area.

While there is certainly plenty of growth in Peterborough, the idea that Peterborough is either ‘new’ or ‘just a town’ could not be further from the truth.

Town?

Peterborough is one of the United Kingdom’s many proud Cathedral cities, comparable in size to Norwich, Exeter and Canterbury.

New?

Peterborough Cathedral itself celebrates its 900 birthday this year. Before even then, people have lived in the area that is now called Peterborough for over 3,000 years.

Now, thanks to National Lottery Players and the Weston Loan Program with Artfund, National treasures from institutions across the country (including the British Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum) are being displayed together for the first time ever at Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery.

Each of the treasures on display has either been found in or has a very strong link to Peterborough, such as the Water Newton Treasure found at Durobrivae (Ancient Roman Peterborough) and the Casket of St Thomas Becket which was commissioned by Abbot Benedict of Peterborough in 1177.

Want to know more?

Some of the treasures on show

Each of these treasured objects has a significant link to Peterborough. Usually they are kept on display in the treasured collections of significant institutions from around the country.

Now, for the first time ever, they are being put on display together, for the first time ever, at Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery.



The Casket of St Thomas Becket.

Thomas Becket is possibly the most famous saint from Great Britain. Thomas Becket was Archbishop of Canterbury and was martyred in 1170 when agents of the King, acting on misunderstood orders, killed him in cold blood. The Abbot Benedict of Peterborough commissioned this casket to hold relics of the murdered saint and took them to Peterborough for safe keeping in 1177. It is widely believe that this is the casket which will have held those relics.

The Water Newton Treasure

Found at Durobrivae (the fortified Roman town near the village of Water Newton), this treasure tells the story of some of the first Christian groups in Peterborough. It is also one of the earliest examples of Christian silver from the Roman Empire.  In the year when the city celebrates Peterborough Cathedral’s 900th anniversary, having this early Christian treasure on display feels especially exciting.

Barnack Burial Assemblage

This example of a ‘beaker burial’ is from the Copper Age and tells us a lot about the cultural traditions of that time. It was likely used to honour the life of someone important – the goods inside include a wrist guard decorated with 18 gold discs – and was donated to the British Museum in 1974. Found only a stone’s throw from Peterborough, this is the first time the objects have been displayed in the area they were found.

The Peterborough Bestiary

This book contains magnificent illustrations of various animals – some real, some mythical – and some descriptions of what they are. One particular highlight is the Bonnacon – a horned, mythical, cow-like beast which escapes from its pursuers through a unique defence mechanism – by firing flaming dung behind it.

A PDF version of the exhibition catalogue is available here: Treasures

 




Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery houses the historical and art collections of the city of Peterborough in the United Kingdom. It is part of the Greater Fens Museum Partnership. Wikipedia









Address: Priestgate, Peterborough PE1 1LF






Phone: 01733 864663

Peterborough’s Treasures of National Significance

The new Treasures exhibition at Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery is a once in a generation event, which champions Peterborough’s More

Congratulations to Julie Errington who picked up the top prize in the PAOS 2018 competition.

Julie, a keen art lover, received £100 worth of PAOS vouchers to spend with the artist(s) of her choice.  The competition was open to all visitors who visited 8 or more venues during PAOS 2018.

Julie said, "I always have my favourite PAOS artists who I enjoy visiting during the Open Studios weekend but the competition encouraged me to visit some different artists this year." Julie decided to spend her prize money with Kay Hall and Diane Richardson.

Jackie Hall, PAOS Chair, said "The competition has been a great success with visitors enjoying the opportunity to see as many artists' work as they can over the Open Studios' weekends.  Visitors come from far and wide to enjoy the wide range of creative medium and talent our members offer.  Congratulations to Julie and I am sure you will enjoy your prize!"

 

 

Julie picks up £100 prize

Congratulations to Julie Errington who picked up the top prize in the PAOS 2018 competition. Julie, a keen art lover, More

Find out more about the genius behind the monumental canvases currently on display in Peterborough Museum & City Gallery, modernist painter Sheila Girling. This illustrated talk by fellow artist and friend Barry Martin, coincides with the current exhibition Anthony Caro & Sheila Girling: A 64 Year Conversation About Art.
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Anthony Caro & Sheila Girling: A 64 Year Conversation About Art

Peterborough Museum and City Gallery present works by internationally renowned sculptor Sir Anthony Caro and modernist painter Sheila Girling. Spanning the duration of his career from the 60's to early 2000's, the exhibition includes Caro's iconic large scale abstract metal works in block colour, smaller table pieces which he began to work on after his larger works and paper sculptures. Exhibited alongside will be paintings and collages by Sheila Girling. Distinguishable by her intense hues in acrylic, her work balances between figuration and abstraction.

Caro and Girling met at the Royal Academy in 1948 when he used her drawing board by mistake. Their arguments about art apparently started at that first encounter and within six months they were married. Girling's use of colour proved to be hugely influential on Caro, who was more interested in form than colour. Perhaps his most well known piece Early One Morning was originally painted green until Girling suggested that he change it to red.

[caption id="attachment_4961" align="alignleft" width="800"] Shelia Girling, The Last Supper, 2004, acrylic and collage on canvas, 195.6 x 323.9cm © Courtesy of Barford Sculptures, Photo: John Riddy[/caption]

Sheila Girling talk: Thursday 7th June 6pm

Find out more about the genius behind the monumental canvases currently on display in Peterborough Museum & City Gallery, modernist More

Vivacity is thrilled to bring back Antony Gormley's Places to Be to Peterborough City Centre, coming in May 2018
To celebrate the launch of Antony Gormley's Places to Be, Vivacity are encouraging the public to #Lookup in Cathedral Square to see the newly re-sited sculpture figures. From 25 to 27 May Vivacity staff and volunteers will be on hand in Cathedral Square to help you take photos and selfies with the work, can you recreate the poses of the three figures? They will also be handing out stickers and activities for young ones.There will be drop in family workshops on the Saturday and Sunday where children can create badges and puppets. For those who want to find out more about Antony Gormley, his previous work and Places to Be, there will be information boards located around the area.



Sir Antony Gormley is an internationally renowned artist and Turner Prize winner who has exhibited throughout the UK and abroad, including: Forte di Belvedere, Florence, The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Hayward Gallery, London, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia and Venice Biennial. However Gormley is possibly most well-known for his permanent public artworks which include Angel of the North, Gateshead, England and Another Place, Crosby Beach, England.

 

Gormley’s sculptures investigate the relationship between the human body and space. Through his placement of sculptures he draws attention to voids that are otherwise overlooked or ignored. The artwork Places to Be comprises of three lead coated life size figures in three different stances. The works, which are due to be installed on the roofs of three buildings surrounding Cathedral Square, will draw attention to Peterborough’s city skyline.

 

Places to Be was acquired by Peterborough Development Corporation in 1984, the care of which was later transferred to Peterborough Sculpture Trust and then Vivacity in 2015. The work was sited at Monkstone House Offices (now Greenwoods Solicitors) and was later moved to Thorpe Meadows in 1988. The figures were vandalised in 2006, and removed in 2007. Vivacity have been working with Anthony Gormley to restore the piece in preparation for it's re-siting.

#Lookup Antony Gormley Places to Be

Vivacity is thrilled to bring back Antony Gormley’s Places to Be to Peterborough City Centre, coming in May 2018 To celebrate the More

John McGowan Printmaker is opening his art studio as part of Northborough Open Gardens

John's studio is located at:
 39 Church Street, Northborough, PE6 9BN
Monday 28th May 2018, 1 - 5 pm
To go around the Northborough Open Gardens it costs £4.00 per Adult, children under 16 free. Brochures are available in advance from Gill 01733 252981 or Clare 01733 253291. You can just turn up on the day at St. Andrew’s Church, Northborough and purchase entry there.
Tea & Cakes in the Church, plant stall, Classic cars, guess the weight of the planter... and John's well organised and inspiring studio, a must see for any serious minded creative maker in the region.
Although John is not open during the PAOS 2018 weekends (end of June beginning of July), you don't have to miss out as you can see his work in two other exhibitions this year:
“Journey’s to Home” at Rugby Art Gallery, 30th June - 1st September
‘From Stripes to Signal Boxes”, Alfred East Gallery, Kettering, 1st - 29th September (one man show)
 

http://www.johnmcgowanprintmaker.co.uk/



A previous exhibition poster advertising McGowan's printwork:

Visit John McGowan’s print studio during the May bank holiday

John McGowan Printmaker is opening his art studio as part of Northborough Open Gardens John’s studio is located at: 39 More

Call for artist installations in Unit 59A, Queensgate Peterborough

Vivacity are looking for artists/designers to put forward proposals to create window installations.


This is an exciting new opportunity for artists to create installations in the window of Unit 59 in Queensgate, the window looks out over Cathedral Square so is a prime position.

[caption id="attachment_4716" align="alignnone" width="533"] Vivacity Unit, Queensgate, Peterborough, while measuring up for the new installation support plinth April 2018[/caption]

The proposal is to have installations that are enclosed behind the glass, a space that no one can enter but everyone can see.

The physical space of approximately 8ft (width) x 8ft (depth) with a clear height of 5ft between the top of the display plinth and a ceiling beam above the window, there is a small amount of additional height forward and behind the ceiling beam to work with too. The space offers artists opportunities un-restricted by creativity and ambition. There will be a small amount of funding offered to each commissioned installation to help with materials and marketing. Each installation will be for a two week period and there will be 6 installations during the year.

To be eligible to apply artists/designers need to live in the Peterborough area. For further info contact Sheena Carman, Arts Programme Manager: sheena.carman@vivacity.org


Castor artist James Tovey has started the installation series as the pilot study and has built a sturdy wooden plinth approximately 8ft x 8ft to Vivacity's requirement to stand the art on. His wooden structures and paintings can be seen through the windows of the Vivacity Unit until 20th May 2018

[caption id="attachment_4714" align="alignleft" width="800"] Installation technician Martin Stalley with James Tovey's 'Mermaid and #Oceanplastic' oil painting on its way to the Vivacity Unit May 2018[/caption]

Vivacity’s Unit Installation series 2018

Call for artist installations in Unit 59A, Queensgate Peterborough Vivacity are looking for artists/designers to put forward proposals to create window More

Dear PAOS Artist 

 1) Reminder: Web workshop to help you get the most out of your page. 

Monday 21st May at 6pm Metal, Chauffer's Cottage, St Peters Road.

With the new GDPR regulations and as a voluntary organisation with limited audit resources PAOS will be moving to a position of providing the webpage and providing you with the knowledge of how to edit your page, display your exhibition information, artists statements and media; how to share to social media and attract a new audience. There will be a chance to pick up more brochures and banners too.

 2) Vivacity has just confirmed PAOS use of the Vivacity Unit for one week:

 Set up Monday 28th MAY take down Monday 4th JUNE. 

Vivacity has confirmed PAOS use the Vivacity Unit in Queensgate for one week 28th May to 4th June including the launch event of the 2nd and 3rd of June 2018. There is a window display area, space and power for demonstrations and hanging space for pictures. We can also put some shelves up for 3D items (and/or source tables and cabinets).

You may need to make a small financial contribution so the shop can be put back to how it was given to PAOS . You will be expected to help fill and paint and help set up etc. You will also have to help man the shop during the week and Launch Event weekend but a rota will be drawn up so its not a full time job for a small few. The shop can be left locked with just the window display in view at times when it cannot be invigilated.

We are gathering a list of people interested in this as some artists have already expressed an interest in the Unit for the Launch Event so please get in contact if you would like to get your art seen there.

Please reply to info@paos.org.uk to confirm interest.
 
Look forward to hearing from you,

PAOS Committee

Vivacity Unit 28th May – 4th June 2018

Dear PAOS Artist   1) Reminder: Web workshop to help you get the most out of your page.  Monday 21st May More

Anthony Caro & Sheila Girling: A 64 Year Conversation About Art
 

City Gallery, Peterborough Museum, 27 April - 21 July 2018

Peterborough Museum and City Gallery present works by internationally renowned sculptor Sir Anthony Caro and modernist painter Sheila Girling. Spanning the duration of his career from the 60's to early 2000's, the exhibition includes Caro's iconic large scale abstract metal works in block colour, smaller table pieces which he began to work on after his larger works and paper sculptures. Exhibited alongside will be paintings by Sheila Girling. Distinguishable by her intense hues in acrylic, her work balances between figuration and abstraction.

[caption id="attachment_4636" align="alignleft" width="800"] Anthony Caro and Sheila Girling exhibiting together in Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery 2018. Photography by Tony Nero[/caption]

Caro and Girling met at the Royal Academy in 1948 when he used her drawing board by mistake. Their arguments about art apparently started at that first encounter and within six months they were married. Girling's use of colour proved to be hugely influential on Caro, who was more interested in form than colour. Perhaps his most well known piece Early One Morning was originally painted green until Girling suggested that he change it to red.

Viviacity says: 'We are very proud of our new exhibition Anthony Caro & Sheila Girling: A 64 Year Conversation About Art which has just opened at Peterborough Museum & City Gallery. For the first time ever the work of the late Anthony Caro and his wife, modernist painter Sheila Girling are displayed in the same gallery space. The artists work have been shown all over the world, are part of major art collections and both individuals are internationally renowned in their own right.'

Don't miss out on this extraordinary show, which continues until 21 July.





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[caption id="attachment_4637" align="aligncenter" width="1368"] Anthony Caro and Sheila Girling exhibiting together in Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery 2018. Photography by Tony Nero[/caption]

Caro & Girling at Peterborough City Gallery 2018

Anthony Caro & Sheila Girling: A 64 Year Conversation About Art   City Gallery, Peterborough Museum, 27 April – 21 July 2018 More

EVENT OVERVIEW
The city’s annual Green Festival – one of the longest running and biggest environmental events in the whole of the UK – is set to move to a new venue for 2018!

The charity PECT, who organises the event, is delighted to announce that this year the event will be held at the popular family-friendly location of Ferry Meadows, in Nene Park.

 

In addition, this year the event will take place over a two-day period: Saturday 11th and Sunday 12thAugust, from 10am-4pm. Plus fringe events with partners will run until 19th August, meaning there’s plenty of opportunities for everyone to get involved.

“2018 marks the 25th year of PECT’s work as an environmental charity,” explains PECT’s Stuart Dawks. “We decided that this was the perfect opportunity to team up with Nene Park, which is celebrating its 40thbirthday in the same year, because we know this fantastic green location means so much to local residents.”

PECT was launched as ‘Peterborough Environment City Trust’ in 1993, after Peterborough’s designation in 1992 as one of four UK environment cities after a nationwide competition. Nene Park Trust became a charity in 1988 when the Peterborough Development Corporation wound down and the importance of protecting Nene Park was recognised.

 



 

Matthew Bradbury, Chief Executive at Nene Park Trust, said: “We are delighted to host this year’s Green Festival and to be working even more closely with our friends at PECT. Nene Park is the ideal location for the festival and we hope that you will all come and enjoy the activities and, of course, the Park.”

Bringing together attractions, community groups, charities and businesses, the Green Festival offers plenty of fun for the whole family. The event encourages visitors to discover how to live more sustainably and to develop long-term behaviour change. Areas of focus include everything from sustainable transport, recycling, locally and sustainably produced food, and nature and biodiversity.

There are lots of opportunities for audience participation, and the Festival also includes exciting environmental-themed art works by local artists who are specially commissioned to highlight sustainability issues in innovative and engaging ways. PECT is delighted to have been awarded Arts Council England funding for this.

To keep up to date on what PECT is up to, visit www.pect.org.uk or see Twitter and Facebook @SustainablePECT, and Instagram @sustainable_pect. If you’d like to get involved with organising an activity as part of this year’s festival, please email info@pect.org.uk. For further details about Nene Park visit www.neneparktrust.org.uk.

PECT Green Festival 2018

EVENT OVERVIEW The city’s annual Green Festival – one of the longest running and biggest environmental events in the whole More

Jean Edwards, water colour artist and Paul Saunders, photographer, are exhibiting their work at the newly fitted out Vivacity space in Queensgate Shopping Centre, Peterborough.
Jean makes wonderfully detailed and saturated watercolour paintings making use of wet on wet and fine drawing techniques to rich effect. This exhibition she concentrates on trees and landscapes, with some still lives.

Jean's painting compliments the carefully thought out compositions of Pauls photography. His attention to detail and planning is evident in the compositions, as is the control of exposure settings and post processing.

The work is nicely framed. Cards and small items are available to purchase as are larger items of wall art.

Open 10am to 3pm, every day until 10th March

The Vivacity space is located just inside the entrance to Queensgate by the Old Guildhall, an historic building on stilts in Cathedral Square built inthe 17th century that was later used as the old town hall for Peterborough.

Jean Edwards and Paul Saunders March 2018

Jean Edwards, water colour artist and Paul Saunders, photographer, are exhibiting their work at the newly fitted out Vivacity space More

Application form for Open Studios 2018 is now live on the website. Closing date 16th Feb 2018. Follow the link http://paos.org.uk/join/

We are working to keep the website upto date. Please complete the full member joining form and the payment form found together via the link on the Join Us page. Be sure to submit both forms using the red buttons and then make payment by your choice of the options available - as listed on the Join Us page.

Looking forward to an exciting 2018 schedule!

 

Closing Date for PAOS 2018 is 16th Feb

Application form for Open Studios 2018 is now live on the website. Closing date 16th Feb 2018. Follow the link http://paos.org.uk/join/ More

Artist Jeni Cairns is currently working on a new art installation for the Nene Park funded by WREN. Her stunning attention to detail captures different elements of Ferry Meadows perfectly on steel panels. Nene Park are hoping that the installation will be in place by the end of the month. For more information about the project, please see the latest copy of Parklife magazine.

[caption id="attachment_3535" align="alignleft" width="400"] Metalwork Artist Jeni Cairns works on new panels to be installed at Nene Park 2017[/caption]

New Sculpture in Nene Park by Jeni Cairns

Artist Jeni Cairns is currently working on a new art installation for the Nene Park funded by WREN. Her stunning More

Please join us at the AGM at 7.30pm  Thursday 16 November 2017 at the Millennium Centre, Dickens Street, Peterborough.

We have an exciting agenda scheduled with talks that could help PAOS artists grow their publicity and engagement activities.

Everyone is welcome.

Find out more about all the exciting activities that have taken place over the past 12 months and what is planned for 2017.

You will have a chance to meet members of thePAOS committee and fellow artists to share good ideas and tips on how to make your Open Studios' 2017 even better than before.  You may also be looking for a shared venue with a fellow artist.

The  formal agenda is as follows:

 	Welcome
 	Chair’s Report
 	Financial Summary & Treasurer's Report
 	Membership Fees 2017
 	Open Studios’ Dates 2018
 	Nominations/vote for new Committee Members
 	Volunteers for future events
 	Guest speaker: Mark Richards: The New Mill, Fletton Keys
 	AOB

The 2017 Financial accounts can be accessed soon last years accounts are here via this link treasurers-report-agm-nov-17th-2016

Members and non-members are welcome to join us at the meeting.

 

 

 

 

PAOS AGM 2017- THURSDAY 16 NOVEMBER

Please join us at the AGM at 7.30pm  Thursday 16 November 2017 at the Millennium Centre, Dickens Street, Peterborough. We have More

[caption id="attachment_3512" align="alignnone" width="587"] PAOS 2017 visitor, Chloe Walker-Harrison, picks up £100 prize[/caption]

Local art-lover, Chloe Walker-Harrison, was rewarded with a £100 prize for supporting local artists during Peterborough Artists' Open Studios (PAOS) 2017.

Chloe a keen supporter of Open Studios for a number of years, took the opportunity to introduce her young baby daughter to local artisans during her visits this year.  Peterborough Artists' Open Studios celebrated its 17th year during which local artisans open their homes, studios and garden sheds for people to enjoy an exhibition of their work and watch them practice their skills.

2017 has been a very successful year for PAOS, with over 90 local artisans showcasing their work across 41 different locations across the PE postcode area. Anyone who visited 8 or more locations had the opportunity to enter a draw and win £100 worth of vouchers to spend with a PAOS member of their choice.

Jackie Hall, chair of PAOS, said "Hundreds of people from across the city and beyond took the opportunity to visit local artists and members felt this was one of the most successful years to date.  We had over 20 new members together with may members who have exhibited for a number of years.  Visitor numbers were up and lots of people took the opportunity to buy unique pieces of work to support local artists. "

PAOS 2018 dates have already been set for members of the public to put in their diaries.  23, 24, 3o June and 1, 7 and  8 July.

PAOS 2017 Visitor wins £100 prize

Local art-lover, Chloe Walker-Harrison, was rewarded with a £100 prize for supporting local artists during Peterborough Artists’ Open Studios (PAOS) More

[caption id="attachment_3447" align="aligncenter" width="597"] Kathryn Parsons: Lands End[/caption]

When:

31st June - 6th August 2017

10 am - 4 pm daily

Where:

The Yarrow Gallery

Glapthorn Road, Oundle, PE8 4PS

FREE ENTRY

ARTWORKS - ARTISAN CRAFTWORKS 

Exhibition curated by Caroline Hawkins & Caroline Kisby

[caption id="attachment_1902" align="alignright" width="201"] Caroline Hawkins, Silver jewelry[/caption]

 

 	Muni Arsalani
 	Deirdre Blackburn
 	Hannah Clayton
 	Stacey-Ann Cole
 	Adrian Duffin
 	Caroline Hawkins
 	Josie Kelly
 	Caroline Kisby
 	Tony Nero
 	Kathryn Parsons
 	Pru Pye
 	Jane Sanders
 	James Tovey
 	David Williams

[caption id="attachment_2586" align="alignleft" width="277"] Caroline Kisby: Artisan Felting[/caption]

The Shadows and Reflections Collective returns to the Yarrow Gallery this Summer with a new exhibition of artworks and artisan crafts. This favourite on the Oundle summer exhibition lists offers visitors workshops, demonstrations and hands on sessions to try out. See Caroline Hawkins' intricate silver jewellery alongside Stacey-Ann Cole's engaging drawings and paintings.

The Yarrow Gallery is one of the regions most interesting exhibition venues. Set in the grounds of Oundle School, the purpose built space with a 1st floor balcony and plenty of oak, is a fantastic backdrop to the artwork and is one of the genuine pleasures to visit in the region.

[caption id="attachment_3463" align="aligncenter" width="750"] Stacey-Ann Cole: InktoberDay12[/caption]

Shadows and Reflections Collective 2017

When: 31st June – 6th August 2017 10 am – 4 pm daily Where: The Yarrow Gallery Glapthorn Road, Oundle, More

PAOS FREE PRIZE DRAW

Your Chance to win £100

 

To celebrate our 17th year of Open Studios this year, we’re offering you the chance to win £100 to spend with the PAOS artist(s) of your choice.

For a chance to win, collect 8 stickers from 8 different venues (each venue has a corresponding number on the grid in your brochure) An artist at the venues you visit will add a venue sticker to the grid in your brochure. Once you have 8 stickers, please fill in your details, cut out the page and hand it to an artist at one of the venues.

You can enter more than once if you’re really crazy for local art and have visited many more venues.
 But remember all entries
 must be in multiples of 8.

Entry closes at the end of events on 9th July. The winner will be notified by the end of July

Terms and Conditions

1.  Entrants must be 18 years of age or over and UK residents.

2. No purchase is necessary and no maximum number of completed entries.

3. The free prize draw closes at 12 midnight Sunday 9th July 2015.

4. PAOS 2017 members exhibiting aren’t eligible to enter the prize draw.

5.  The winner will receive £100 in vouchers to spend with the PAOS 2017 artist(s) of their choice before 31 December 2017. No cash alternative will be offered in lieu.

6.  The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

7. The winner will be contacted by Monday 31st July 2017.  The winner will be expected to take part in publicity regarding the prize draw.

8.  By taking part in PAOS 2017 Prize Draw you are agreeing for your name and photo to be used on the www.paos.org.uk website and other social media.

Visit the studios, enter the prizedraw

PAOS FREE PRIZE DRAW Your Chance to win £100   To celebrate our 17th year of Open Studios this year, More

PAOS 17 Interview 4  - Mary Green by Jacki Cairns

 

 

I first met Mary way back in 2004 when I was a stressed out art teacher and she was working as a therapist.   My hazy memory recalls the amazing Indian head massages she used to do, lots of reflexology and the one off hypnotherapy session she did for me in preparation for an operation as my anxiety was hitting the roof.  For my own selfish reasons I was a little disappointed to find out Mary no longer works in any of these areas as all her treatments were exceptional.  Nevertheless, now I have seen her mosaic pieces,  I see she had very good reason to take a new path and it is great to see another fantastic new artist on the block.

 

The answers to  my questions will give an insight as to how Mary’s change in direction has come about.   Having had a tour around Mary’s studio, I can see she already has a plethora of work to display, not only her mosaics but her bags that she makes from vintage scarves. Her exhibition will be full of colour, quirkiness and interesting things to see. It will be well worth a visit to Orton Waterville. Hopefully, this will whet your appetite and encourage you to add Mary’s address to your list of studios to visit.  Please refer to the PAOS website/brochure for details.

 

 

 

JC:  Why have you decided to join PAOS?

 

MG:  Well, that’s quite a long story.  I did a one day Mosaic course at the Green Back Yard last year and I enjoyed it immensely, it was almost as if a switch had been flipped in my head and there was no turning back.  I came home and starting creating bigger pieces and I haven’t stopped  since.   It was the same week as I had been given a cancer diagnosis, so it was a very poignant time for me.

 

The lady who ran the course, Muni, who is a truly inspirational mosaic artist herself suggested that I join PAOS.   I have visited open studios in the past so I know what it’s all about; it’s almost unbelievable to think that I am going to be part of it this year.

 

 

JC: Why were you drawn to creating Mosaics in the first place?

 

MG: I had an email informing me of the mosaic workshop and I thought straight away that it was something I wanted to try and something I could do. It was the same week I got my diagnosis and wasn’t sure if I wanted to go but the other option was to stay at home feeling sorry to myself, and I wasn’t going to do that, so that was that.   Thankfully, I went, and met Muni and she introduced me to mosaics. Creating  mosaics has been my mindfulness, my meditation and my default setting through treatment and everything.    The first mosaic I did was of a lion which was very tight and detailed.  Since then I have loosened up and am having lots of fun experimenting with various ideas, techniques and materials.

 

 

JC: You are obviously very artistic; did you go to art school?

 

I did a three year exhibition and point of sale design course at a college in Hertfordshire.  My first job was as a design assistant to the guy who did all the interiors for Steiner hair salons.  It wasn’t for me, so I went into graphics in advertising agencies but felt a bit like a fish out of water.  Eventually, I got into designing bridal headwear and found my niche.   I created some really outrageous things; put them in a suitcase and one day traipsed off the Harrods’ bridal department to show them my designs.  I was quite a cocky little thing in those days and somehow had the nerve to do it.   Luckily enough the bridal buyer was in that day and was happy to have a look and she liked what she saw.   She bought a range and that was my entry into the bridal wear business.

 

I went on to sell at Liberty, Pronuptia and  Berkertex, and retail outlets all over the world.  I also won Conde Nast ‘Bridal Accessory Designer of the Year’ award.  The fashion/bridal industry is tough and I had done enough so I decided to change my life and change career.  I decided to train to be a therapist culminating in becoming a Clinical Hynotherapist which I did for some 25 years.

 

 

 

 

JC:  Will you be doing any demonstrations during the exhibition weekends?

 

MG:  Yes, I shall be sat here in my studio snipping.  I won’t be doing actual demonstrations as such but I will be working.  My daughter and husband are going to help me, so she can show people around if I am busy working my husband can make the tea.   Hopefully the weather will be nice and we will have work out on display in the garden as well as indoors.



 

 

JC:  Where do you get your inspiration?

 

MG:  Just ‘life’ really, anything and everything that takes my fancy.   My garden is a huge source of inspiration and as I work I am looking out onto it and can hear the birds singing.   My wisteria plant has just recently bloomed and that is my current muse.

 

I was asked to do a commission of a horse recently and was busy researching images of breeds of horse but wasn’t really feeling inspired.    Eventually I decided to let rip and went for a multi-coloured mane inspired simply by looking outside at all the colours.    It was very well received by my client and she, very kindly, is going to allow me to exhibit it during open studios.

 

JC:  Do you get to go to many exhibitions yourself?

 

MG: No not recently to be honest.  I am not a fan of London as I don’t like crowds but  I did go to the Yarrow Gallery in Oundle where a lot of PAOS artists were exhibiting last year.  It was interesting to see what everyone is up to.  Some you like, some you don’t but that’s art isn’t it.

 

JC: What if anything would you like to improve about your work?

 

MG:  Well, I think I am improving all the time.  The way I see it, the more I do it the better it gets.  Everything I do is an experiment really, so if it works I am moving forward.

 

JC: What do you like most about your work?

 

MG: I like the fact they are tactile, colourful, quirky and full of passion.  People have said they see something different each time they return to them which is a quality I am very happy with.

 

 

 

JC:  Do you have a dream project?

 

MG: Yes I am about the start it.   I want to make a big round mirror and the theme is going to be ‘under the sea’.  I have been collecting ‘treasure’ to put around it and can’t wait to get started on it.   I am hoping to have it finished in time for the open studios.    This is something I’ve been wanting to do for quite some time now.

 

JC: Professionally what’s your goal?

 

MG: That’s a question I haven’t thought about.  I don’t like to set three year or five year goals anymore.  I think you can miss opportunities if you don’t live in the moment, something I definitely do now. My goal is to continue what I’m doing  and I will be really happy doing it.  I am very passionate about my work and I would like to think that comes through.  I would like to have an exhibition but we will see how it goes…

Jacki Cairns Interview 4 – Mary Green

PAOS 17 Interview 4  – Mary Green by Jacki Cairns     I first met Mary way back in 2004 More

 



This, my third interview, is the first one I have conducted with someone I have never met before.  Saying that, once I had had a look at Ali’s work on the PAOS website I immediately felt a connection, as her work is clearly from the heart and not the head.  Although our outcomes are quite different, the way we approach our practice is very similar.

 

Anyone who chooses to visit Ali’s home during the open studios is in for a visual treat. Even without the artwork, her home and its picturesque setting over-looking the River Welland (in Deeping St. James) is a sight to behold.  The paintings, which will be dotted around, provide splashes of colour, literally, in a multitude of colour combinations and styles.

 

Ali’s warmth and enthusiasm for what she does is refreshing and I am confident that she will do very well indeed.   I feel very blessed to have met Ali so early on in her artistic journey and am looking forward to watching her continue to flourish.  Since recording the interview, I am very pleased to announce that Ali has been added to the list of artists who are allowed to sell their art via the Art in the Heart Marketplace website.

 

 

 

JC: Why have you decided to join PAOS this year?

 

AHS: I wanted to gain exposure and reach a new audience.   I’ve only been painting for two years and my friends, family and work colleagues are the only ones who see my work.   Of course all my friends and family are very complimentary about what I do, but when it’s early on and you are emerging, you do lack a lot of self belief.  One friend in particular has said I need to get my work out there and it is starting to happen.

 

I only created a website in the last couple of months and I am ambushing Instagram at the moment with my art.   I just went to see a show at Black Cab Framing, at Deeping St. James and with a view to possibly exhibit there.   The lady there said, “Yes, possibly but not until after open studios, are you doing them?” …and that was the first time I had ever heard about it.  This was about two weeks before the PAOS sign up deadline, so I went ahead and applied.  Since then I have really got excited about it.

 

JC: Is it just painting you specialise in, or do you work with other materials?

 

AHS: At the moment it’s just painting, but I have worked with beads, mosaics and textiles in the past.   My focus now, is absolutely solely on painting which I just love.



 

JC: What drew you to painting?

 

AHS:  I have a history of depression, I was diagnosed two and half years ago with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome because they couldn’t find another label for my symptoms.  I also have an under active thyroid.  All these conditions have left me feeling depleted and I have turned to painting as a kind of therapy.

 

My creativity had been supressed and I was wanting to do something, but I couldn’t work out what.  So, one day I just started painting on pebbles and that’s really where it started.  Then I painted mandalas, and started putting them onto canvas.  It went from very tight work, drawing detailed mandalas to then this free abstract.  I think that is a reflection of me, and how I am growing and how I am being more accepting of myself.  The freedom abstract has given me, I think is me becoming who I am supposed to be.  I think that is where I am staying, but never say never.

 

JC: Did you go to art school?

 

AHS: No, I was always good at art at school but never went on to pursue it, until now.  I have always been creative in a making sense.

 

JC:  Have you had any memorable responses to your work?

 

AHS:  I have had a lot of gasps and  ‘wows’ and  two people who I don’t know have approached me about doing commissions for them.  They have come with a colour scheme and a vague idea and have given me the creative freedom to do it my way.  Their responses were, “You absolutely did what I asked, and beyond.”



 

JC:  Will you be doing demonstrations during the PAOS weekend?

 

AHS:   At the moment, I think I will just let people come in and look at my work.  I’d love to be demonstrating, but the way I work is so messy I don’t think it would work to be honest.   I would be covered in paint and in the zone and I can’t see how I could juggle that with meeting and greeting people.  Maybe one day I will find a way around that.

 

JC: Where do you get your inspiration from?

 

AHS:   Lots of places, I am quite spiritual.  I love the east, I love Asia and North Africa.  I love the colours and the warmth of the people.  When I went to Egypt I was very drawn to their warmth; when I went to Morocco I was very drawn to the colours.  Meditation and music also brings out a lot for me.   What I am listening to is usually reflected in my work.   I am very spiritual, so that comes out in my work along with my love of all things ethnic.

 

JC:  What was the last exhibition you went to?

 

AHS:  I went to see Tony Nero’s exhibition at the Stamford Arts Centre.   He has got such a vast range of work, it is amazing.   Some artists, you just know what they do because they have stuck to a certain style,  but his work was so vast it was incredible and surprising.

 

JC:  What if anything would you like to improve with your work?

 

AHS:  I think I just want to continue to grow and evolve with my work.   I don’t think I am where I am meant to be, I want to keep experimenting.   I like what I am doing, but I don’t feel that this is it.  I  think everybody can always improve, I am quite critical of myself and a perfectionist but incidentally with my art, I am not  such a perfectionist because it is now so abstract.   Maybe it’s a reflection of myself, an acceptance of what is laid out in front of you.



 

JC: What do you think is the best thing about your work?

 

AHS:  With my latest work I would say the vibrancy, colour, fluidity and it’s all very free and open.  I don’t set out to have a final piece, and I love the fact viewers can look at my paintings and see all sorts of things going on; figures dancing, Arabic handwriting,  flowers, for example.  One of the best bits for me is just seeing how people respond to the work and hearing what they see in front of them.

 

 

JC: Do you do research before you start a series of work?

 

AHS:  I have a lot of people I admire, and I am always looking at other artists’ work.  I love Emma Lindstrom, a Swedish abstract artist.   I also love Salvador Dali and Jackson Pollock.   I like the story behind Dali and Pollock, as they both came from a supressed, depressed place.

 

JC:  What would your dream project be?

 

AHS: Sounds corny I know, but I seriously would love to work with street kids in India running creative workshops.   In the past when I was working with beads and jewellery I did a couple of therapeutic workshops at a school working with special needs children.  I loved watching how the children reacted differently to the materials and how by simply playing with beads they opened up.   It was incredible to see how different conditions played out.  The children were so engulfed in all the colour,   it wasn’t so much about making anything, it was more about just this visual excitement and allowing the children to explore the materials.  I have wanted to live in India for a long time, so it would be great to tie all this together.



 

JC: Professionally what is your goal long term?

 

AHS:  In my ‘real life’ I am a personal assistant to a managing director.  I am very organised and very structured but I am not given the opportunity to be very creative that often.  I really would like to be an artist full time, I would love my passion to be my income and all encompassing.

Jacki Cairns Interview 3 – Ali Hawley-Smith

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RA Schools Show 2017
22 June — 2 June
Beneath the Royal Academy, London's galleries, 17 artists transform their studio space to present new work as they complete three years of postgraduate study at the Royal Academy Schools.


The RA Schools Show presents work developed over three intense years of dialogue and exploration. You can expect to see works spanning a broad range of media and representing the diverse perspective of graduating artists.The Royal Academy Schools offers the only free three year postgraduate contemporary art programme in Britain. Graduates of the RA Schools include Turner Prize nominee Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Catherine Story and Eddie Peake.

 
Summer Exhibition 2017
13 June — 20 August 2017




The Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2017 will be coordinated by the Keeper of the RA Schools, Eileen Cooper RA. The hanging committee for the Summer Exhibition includes Royal Academicians Ann Christopher, Gus Cummins, Bill Jacklin, Farshid Moussavi, Fiona Rae, Rebecca Salter and Yinka Shonibare

The first female Keeper of the RA Schools, Eileen Cooper is a painter and printmaker known for her instantly recognisable style, sometimes described as “magical realism”. Her remarkable body of work explores such subjects as sexuality, birth, family, fecundity and creativity. In 2016, she was made an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) for services to arts and art education and was invited to the Women of the Year annual lunch.

The Architecture Gallery will be curated by Farshid Moussavi RA.


Everything you’ll see at the Summer Exhibition represents what is happening in the art world right now. New and recent art created by everyone from emerging artists to the biggest names in contemporary art and architecture.

The Royal Academy’s annual Summer Exhibition is the world’s largest open-submission contemporary art show. Now in its 249th year, the Summer Exhibition provides a unique platform for emerging and established artists to showcase works across painting and printmaking, photography, sculpture, architecture and film.The Summer Exhibition attracts a high volume of entrants annually, with 12,000 entries received in the 2016 show.

 
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RA Schools Opens Studios & Summer Exhibition

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JC: My second interview is with Eve Marshall, a full time artisan felter and teacher, who has become very prolific in this corner of the world over the last few years.  I first came across Eve’s work at Art in the Heart when it was still at the Bridge Street address.     Her quirky pieces have proved popular and are very in keeping with the shop’s exclusive appeal.   Quite frankly, I don’t know how she finds the time, but Eve can still be found helping out at Art in the Heart every Friday.

 

The PAOS committee are very excited to have Eve on board this year for the first time.  If you have not previously come across Eve’s work before, there is a choice of two venues to visit and peruse her work; Ferry Meadows Discovery Den and Charron Pugsley-Hill’s studio in Longthorpe.  Details are all on the PAOS website.  This interview will give you a flavour as to what is to come…

 

JC: Why have you decided to join PAOS this year?

 

EM: A lot of my work has been involving Peterborough this year.  So, the Poppy Project I did with Charron (Pugsley-Hill) meant people started recognising me as a Peterborough Artist.  However, I don’t actually live in Peterborough, so haven’t actually thought about doing it before.  I had a chat with Tony Nero (PAOS committee member) who said I could combine with someone else to take part.  Mainly because a lot of my artwork is sold here and I do a lot of workshops here, I thought it would be a good time to show off other bits that I do.  I learned from Tony that you can exhibit as part of PAOS as long as you work or live in Peterborough.

 

JC: Why were you drawn to feltmaking initially?

 

EM: I bought myself a kit about 12 years ago when I was a primary school teacher in America.  My medium then was watercolour and I was doing a lot of painting and sewing and things like that.  I wanted to incorporate some extra bits in with my sewing and I started needle felting squids and jellyfish.  Then I moved here and started teaching all sorts of crafting classes.  I was able to get the wool and the felting materials quite easily and started teaching felting too.  I found it a very versatile medium to work with and I got to use all my skills as an artist too.



 

JC: What did you specialise in before you became a primary school teacher?

 

EM: My degree is in Fine Art and Early Childhood Education.  I did early years primary school in America and painting as a hobby.

 

JC: What memorable responses have you had to your work?

 

EM: A lot of people have come to exhibitions that I have done and said that the pieces are lovely and whimsical, and things like that.  They can’t necessarily afford them but they still enjoy looking at them.  Some people come and want me to teach them after having seen them, which is always nice.

 

JC: Will you be doing any demonstrations during the PAOS weekend?

 

EM: Yes, Charron and I have a couple of different things planned.  We have been doing lots of free workshops at Ferry Meadows for the last couple of months for her residency and we will be doing some demonstrating of making felt flowers and things like that.



 

JC: Where do you get your inspiration?

 

EM: I live in the countryside, in a tiny village in South Lincolnshire.  A lot of it comes from my surroundings, as I am driving around, mentally taking in the scenery.   I have had a series of mice in the last year and a half because my Mom has cats that eat mice.   About three times a day we had all these dead mice to deal with and I started really studying them and decided to make some out of felt.  So inspiration comes from what’s around me, colours and textures and seeing what I can stick into my felt pieces.

 

JC: You lived in America; I am intrigued to find out why you are now living in Lincolnshire?

 

EM: I moved to America when I was six with my family.  I was born here,  but we moved  because of my Dad’s job.  My Mom moved back 15 years ago, I have been back for seven years now.  I am a British citizen with a ‘weird’ accent.

 

JC: What was the last exhibition you went to and what did you think of it?

 

EM: I went to a group exhibition in Stamford, which was all to do with ‘abstract’.  I had a really nice time and it was very well curated.  I believe it was the students who do the abstract classes at the Arts Centre and they were showing off what they had done.



JC: What if anything, would you like to improve on in your work?

 

EM: I am trying to work on accessibility of pieces. Right now, I am trying to work on pieces that don’t take me so long.  Some of my pictures take me a very long time to do and selling them is hard because of this.    I am trying to do sketches in felt now, something I can make, which I enjoy, which are very similar to a pen and ink sketch using felt. I want to have all shapes and sizes available for the Open Studios instead of lots of big pieces with minute details, which I love to do but aren’t always that accessible.

 

JC: What do you like about your work?

 

EM: For me, a lot of feltmakers create very similar work with landscapes and textures and things like that.  I try and get the landscapes but also include an animal with lots of details, which I think makes my work stand out from other felt makers.  I guess it’s my attention to detail and the wacky and weird too.



JC: What research do you do?

 

EM: Usually I have a lot of books on animals and nature around.  I am always looking at books to make sure everything looks the way it’s supposed to.   I’m not one of those artists who looks at other people’s art that much.  Mainly it’s from surroundings, taking photographs and thinking, ‘how can I make that out of felt?’

 

JC: What would be your dream project?

 

EM: I would really like to do a tea set.   It’s just wondering what to do with it when it’s created.  It would need to be part of some grand project.

 

JC: Do you have a favourite place that inspires you the most?

 

EM: Usually just sitting in my conservatory is one of my most inspirational places.  I can see and hear birds and completely relax there.  Just walking around my village actually, there is so much wildlife and lovely bits to enjoy.

 

JC: Professionally what’s your goal with regard to your artwork?

 

EM: I would like to do some more exhibitions and try and stay local.  I have worked nationally but found  the travelling too much.  Work, life balance is the big thing at the moment.

 

 

Jacki Cairns Interview 2 – Eve Marshall

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A diverse exhibition of paintings and drawings by Tony Nero. On Friday 14th - 28th April 2017

Stamford Arts Centre, 27 St Mary’s Street, Stamford PE9 2DL

Tony's work is so diverse in subject matter and style that he does not define himself as a particular type of artist, portrait, wildlife, landscape etc. He says 'I’m an artist, creating work, using a variety of different materials and full of passion for art'. Pieces of a Dream 2, is his second solo exhibition at the Art Centre.

Pieces Of A Dream 2

A diverse exhibition of paintings and drawings by Tony Nero. On Friday 14th – 28th April 2017 Stamford Arts Centre, 27 More

About the exhibition Stomping Grounds



We all have our favourite stomping grounds in the city, places where we like to visit regularly or hang out. From cinemas to city centres, parks to townships. What makes these stomping grounds memorable though and encourage us to return? Is it the people, the buildings or the activities we take part in there? Are they recognised public spaces or places we make our own – with or without authorisation? These are all questions that feature as part of Stomping Grounds, a new pop-up exhibition by artist and illustrator Matt Booker which opens on Monday 3rd April in the old Tie-Rack shop in Queensgate. The exhibition runs until Saturday 8th April and investigates contrasting public spaces in Peterborough, focusing on Queensgate shopping centre and a community run garden, The Green Backyard, on Oundle Road.

Over the last 9 months, artist Matt Booker has been in residence at arts organisation Metal, using his time to interview the users of each space, looking at their functions, the atmospheres they create and how people respond to them. He has been investigating how spending time in these places affects us and affects the city as a whole. This has provided the inspiration for a series of new drawings, prints, a film and a publication which are brought together in this pop-up exhibition in Queensgate.

Matt Booker is a visual artist specialising in printmaking. Originally from Peterborough he recently finished 12 months postgraduate place at the Royal Drawing School before which he was at Kingston University studying illustration and animation. He is interested in observing ‘real’ places and how people use them, whether these are urban, rural or the spaces in between.



 

His latest exhibition ‘Stomping Grounds’ has been open Monday 3rd to Saturday 8th April, 12 – 4pm each day, was free and open to all ages. A series of drop-in workshops was programmed in the exhibition space which allowed visitors to try out different arts techniques and chat more about what, in their eyes, makes a ‘public’ space
To find out more about Booker's work please view his website:
http://www.mattbooker.co.uk/
[caption id="attachment_3169" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Matt Booker Screen Print Artist 2017. photo Tony Nero[/caption]

 

 

 

STOMPING GROUNDS, Matt Booker’s screen prints

About the exhibition Stomping Grounds We all have our favourite stomping grounds in the city, places where we like to More

Large scale paintings, films and sculptures by British artist Jessica Warboys fill the ocean facing galleries this summer.


The coast and landscape are a source of inspiration and influence for Warboys, who makes use of the sea in the making of her large scale paintings and draws upon pagan history and folklore in her films and performances.

For her first solo show in a UK national gallery, Warboys showcases two specially commissioned works which highlight her interest in personal and collective memories related to mythology and landscape.

[caption id="attachment_3112" align="alignright" width="600"] Jessica Warboys at the Tate St Ives[/caption]

Sea Painting, Zennor 2015, was made on the Zennor coast near St Ives. To create the painting she worked on the beach, casting mineral pigments directly onto a damp, folded canvas, which was then submerged under the sea before being pulled ashore. The process allows the waves, wind and sand to shift and scatter the pigment, in essence ‘painting’ the canvas.

Hill of Dreams 2016, is a new film that draws from Welsh fantasy writer Arthur Machen’s book of the same name that relives his memories of rural Gwent, where Warboys was born a century later.


31 MARCH – 3 SEPTEMBER 2017
http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-st-ives/exhibition/jessica-warboys

Tate St Ives – Jessica Warboys

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An Interview with Artist Tony Lovell by Jacki Cairns
[caption id="attachment_3049" align="alignnone" width="351"] Photography Artist Tony Lovell 2017[/caption]

JC:  When I joined the PAOS committee I wanted to be useful in some way but I did warn  the committee that admin was certainly not my strong point.  It was brought up at the first meeting that they needed a member to interview a random selection of new PAOS members and I was first to put my hand up.

I am very inquisitive (some would say, just nosey) and always find the narrative that runs behind an artwork makes my viewing experience richer and more enjoyable.   Thankfully, my mother’s obsession with me learning how to touch type has come in handy, yet again.

As the weather is finally starting to gear up for summer and leads us into the build up to the 2017 PAOS season, now seems a fitting time to start interviewing new members.  If you are a new member yourself, and would like to be featured on this website please contact me at jackicairns@heartwork.co.uk and I will endeavour to interview as many people as I can during the next few months.  An Instagram page will also be introduced shortly to coincide with these interviews to offer a sneak peak into what the open studios will have to offer this year.

This, my first interview,  with new member Tony Lovell, was quite a nice way to start for me, as Tony is my partner’s elder brother a.k.a ‘the sensible one’.    Tony and I both share an obsession in Photography and often jeopardise the conversation at the dinner table talking about the subject and all its permutations.  We come to the subject from very different angles, as I  use my lack of technical expertise as a conceptual devise, always questioning our perceived need for ‘perfection’ and have seemingly made a career out  of turning my mistakes into ‘happy accidents’.   Tony, conversely, is extremely meticulous when it comes to technical accuracy and his work plays testament to this.   Thankfully we both have a mutual respect for each others work and our often differing views on the subject.   I thought I knew Tony’s work pretty well, but actually interviewing him in his studio, surrounded by examples of his work, I feel I have a new fresh perspective on what he is doing.

Tony’s exhibition will, I assume, be very popular with Photography enthusiasts, however the way he works has a very painterly quality in terms of composition and fluidity.   Had I not done the interview, I may not have discovered the photographer ‘Alex Timmermans’ who I have since researched.   As Tony’s main source of inspiration I can see a direct correlation between their imagery.   They both share the same perfectionist streak using a very stubborn and demanding wet plate technique.    I don’t mean to gush, but the results are sublime.

When the PAOS exhibitions are in full swing, I would whole-heartedly recommend a detour up the Lincoln Road to see Tony’s recently renovated purpose built studio.   It feels like walking into a Tardis and landing yourself in a Victorian portrait studio. Tony’s answers to my questions will give you a flavour as to why….

 

JC: Why have you decided to join PAOS this year?

 

TL: I’ve always taken photographs, but not necessarily exhibited them to the wider public and I thought it would a good way of showing people what I am doing.  My work is quite unusual from a photographic point of view and I believe that other people may find it interesting.   As far as I am aware, I am the only person in Peterborough working with Victorian cameras and using older processes.  Locally, I am certainly the only person doing wet plate photography at the moment.

 

JC: Why were you drawn to Photography in the first instance?

 

TL: I was introduced to it when I used to go fishing, and bought a camera to record what I was catching.  I pretty soon became more and more involved in and more interested in the photography than just the fishing.  Then I joined the local camera club, Peterborough Photographic Society, and it spiralled from there.



 

JC: What memorable responses have you had to your work?

 

TL: I have a lot of really positive responses to my wet plate portraits.   They really do not look like a photograph,  people are usually very surprised how they come out.  It certainly brings out the character in people and it is not like a straight picture in a way because the process uses visible as well as ultra violet light.  Generally images have a three dimensional quality.

 

JC: Are you going to show some of your older work as well as your more recent wet plate photography this year?

 

TL: Yes, I was going to show a wide variety of dark room prints, which are all monochrome.   My wildlife prints that have been created using a full frame Nikon digital camera with usually a long lens.

 

JC: Will you be doing any demonstrations during the PAOS weekend?

 

TL: Yes, I thought I would.  I am a bit limited as to what I can do, but I have got in mind at least setting up a still life so I can be doing the process, rather than just showing the pictures.

 

JC: Where do you get your inspiration?

 

TL: I went on a ‘Wet Plate Weekend’ in the Netherlands organised by a photographer called Alex Timmermans whose work is particularly inspiring.  He tries to tell a story with each picture and puts a lot of preparation into it.  I guess, with the work I am doing, he is the man I look up to at the moment and who I aspire to.   He has just published a book, called ‘Story Telling’.

 

JC: What was the last exhibition you went to and what did you make of it?

 

TL: I went to Elton John’s exhibition at the Tate Modern.  Elton John collects old photographs, mostly black and white.  It was a mind-blowing exhibition to see original work from so many famous photographers; Herb Ritts,  Ansel Adams and Man Ray, to name but a few.  He collected the best of the best, and paid a fortune for them.  As you would expect from Elton John,  the frames were really over the top, very flamboyant and ornate.

[caption id="attachment_2805" align="alignleft" width="446"] 8 x 11 Clear glass Ambrotype[/caption]

JC: What if anything would you like to improve on with regard to your work? 

 

TL: A general improvement in what I am doing, but I think that just comes with time and practice.  I started off doing quite small plates because it’s a very tactile hands on process but have progressed to bigger plates and eventually would like to be able to produce one off life size plates.  It is a slow process and will take me a few years to achieve my ultimate goal.

 

The technique is renowned for not being an easy process to master.  I had two friends come over the other week, to have their portraits taken and everything went wrong on the day and they went home with nothing.   It’s a sobering realisation that achieving a successful finished piece is so difficult, but when you do get it right it makes it that much more rewarding.  As time goes by I am learning more and more about how to correct issues when things go wrong, all trial and error.

 

JC: Is it important that you print everything yourself?

 

TL: Yes definitely, that to me is the most important part of the process.   I like to do everything myself i.e. mix my own chemicals, process my own negatives and then print from my own negatives.   Whether it be wet plate or darkroom photography the process of making the print is 50%  of the work .  It is not just a record, it’s making an image, but burning, dodging,  to achieve the finished result.

 

 

JC: What do you like about your own work?

 

TL: I like the fact they are one off images, it’s very difficult to get two identical images.  So they are always a bit different, it varies from day to day.

 

 

JC: What sort of research do you do?

 

TL: I collect Victorian portrait photography this allows me to study how they were posed, how they sat and how the studios were set up.   More than just the technical side, I am interested in the history of it, in the cameras and the lenses, so I do have a number of older cameras and lenses.

 

JC: What would be your dream project?

 

TL: I would like to photograph Rannulph Fiennes, the explorer.  I’ve met him on a couple of occasions and he’s a real character.  I do know someone who knows him, so there is a small possibility it could become a reality.  We will wait and see.

 

JC: Name 3 artists/photographers who you would like to be compared to?

 

TL: I have already mentioned Alex Timmerman; he is a huge inspiration presently.    Ansel Adams, landscape photographer who doesn’t really relate to my current work, but my landscapes in the past were definitely heavily inspired by him.  The third one would have to be Bob Carlos Clarke, he was a fashion photographer and a darkroom expert.  I went to his studio and his darkroom about 15 years ago and I learned more in a weekend then I literally did in the previous 5 or 10 years.  He was just a genius in printing.

[caption id="attachment_2807" align="aligncenter" width="557"] Re-enactment Holland 2016 7x5 inch clear glass Ambrotype[/caption]

JC: You are obviously very well travelled, have you got a favourite place that inspires you the most?

 

TL: In the past I would have said New York, but I was very inspired by Havana, Cuba when I went last Christmas, probably one of the most interesting places I have visited and photographed, I particularly liked the old buildings.

 

TL: I enjoy photographing abandoned houses, cars, and neglected things generally of which there was a lot of in Cuba.  I love the way the buildings, although amazing in architectural terms, have had no money spent on them so there are historic buildings with peeling paint and plaster on the walls.  I had seen a lot of pictures of people and cars in Havana, but I really went to photograph the buildings and I spent two weeks doing so.

 

JC: Have you done many commissions in the past and are you open to doing them in the future?

 

TL: Yes I have done some, an example is a local Graphic Design company asked me to do wet plate portraits of each of their staff members.  We did a series of portraits, one a week for an evening which was a two or three hour session with each person.  The only reshoot we needed was with just one staff member.

 

I would be interested in taking on commissions as long as they were in this traditional wet plate portraiture style I am currently working on.  Producing digital photography really does not interest me at the moment.

 

JC: Commerciality and creativity, how do you juggle the two or do you bother?

 

TL: I don’t consider the commercial side at all, I just try and do what interests me, the commercial side is very much secondary.

 

JC: Professionally what is your goal with regard to your Photography?

 

TL: I would like to spend more time printing in the darkroom.  I do tend to take a lot of photographs and not print them as I should do, so I am now trying to make a concerted effort not to just take pictures but show them as well.… One of the main reasons I have joined PAOS.

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In seperate exhibitions, art from two of the 20th Cenuary's great superpowers are explored at the Royal Academy during 2017
Revolution: Russian Art 1917–1932
 11 February — 17 April 2017

One hundred years on from the Russian Revolution, this powerful exhibition explores one of the most momentous periods in modern world history through the lens of its groundbreaking art.

Renowned artists including Kandinsky, Malevich, Chagall and Rodchenko were among those to live through the fateful events of 1917, which ended centuries of Tsarist rule and shook Russian society to its foundations.Amidst the tumult, the arts initially thrived as debates swirled over what form a new “people’s” art should take. But the optimism was not to last: by the end of 1932, Stalin’s brutal suppression had drawn the curtain down on creative freedom.Taking inspiration from a remarkable exhibition shown in Russia just before Stalin’s clampdown, we will mark the historic centenary by focusing on the 15-year period between 1917 and 1932 when possibilities seemed limitless and Russian art flourished across every medium.This far-ranging exhibition will – for the first time – survey the entire artistic landscape of post-Revolutionary Russia, encompassing Kandinsky’s boldly innovative compositions, the dynamic abstractions of Malevich and the Suprematists, and the emergence of Socialist Realism, which would come to define Communist art as the only style accepted by the regime. 

 
America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930s
 25 February — 4 June 2017


The art of 1930s America tells the story of a nation in flux. Artists responded to rapid social change and economic anxiety with some of the 20th century’s most powerful art - brought together now in this once-in-a-generation show.

These 45 truly iconic works paint an electrifying portrait of this transformative period. These are works which have rarely been seen together, by artists ranging from Jackson Pollock, Georgia O’Keeffe and Edward Hopper to Thomas Hart Benton, Philip Guston and more. Perhaps the most celebrated work of them all, Grant Wood’s iconic American Gothic (1930), has never left North American shores before.In the devastating wake of the Wall Street Crash, artists sought to capture the changes in urbanisation, industrialisation and immigration that pulsed across the country, resulting in one of the most vital periods for American artists in the 20th century. This was a decade like no other that saw them search for an elusive ‘Americanness’ through realism, populism and abstraction, rural and urban themes, the farm, the new, the traditional.As Franklin D. Roosevelt said: “Art is not a treasure in the past or an importation from another land, but part of the present life of all living and creating peoples.” So experience the life of 1930s America through the many masterpieces in this landmark show.Exhibition organised by the Art Institute of Chicago in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Arts, London, and Établissement public du musée d‘Orsay et du musée de l‘Orangerie, Paris



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Russians and Americans at the RA

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Lord Fitzwilliam's Print Collection
The Museum’s founder, Lord Fitzwilliam, was an enthusiastic collector of prints. In his lifetime he amassed around 40,000 loose impressions and devoted significant time and energy arranging them into albums of varying sizes to keep on the shelves of his library. His collection reflects his broad taste, ranging from etchings by Rembrandt to works by other highly skilled but less fashionable printmakers. This exhibition looks at what interested Fitzwilliam most in acquiring and ordering his print collection and will feature examples of his albums, rarely seen in public but offering a fascinating insight into the mind of a late 18th century collector.

Until 29th January 2017.
The Frua-Valsecchi Collection
Over the past fifty years, Francesca and Massimo Valsecchi have built up a remarkable collection of paintings, furniture, sculpture, glass and ceramics. This includes the renowned nude portrait of Patricia Preece by Stanley Spencer, William Burges’s painted ‘Flax and Wool’ cabinet, a Spanish 17th century polychrome wood sculpture of the Christ Child, Art Nouveau Tiffany glass, metalwork and ceramics designed by Christopher Dresser and an extremely rare Meissen porcelain vulture.

These artworks have generously been offered to the Fitzwilliam Museum on long-term loan and the next few months will see over 130 pieces gradually being introduced throughout the galleries. The objects will be displayed throughout the Museum to create intriguing and witty juxtapositions and ‘conversations’, as the works were seen in the Valsecchi’s private home. They can be identified in the galleries by their specially designed labels

[caption id="attachment_2382" align="alignleft" width="300"] Small vase with heart-shaped leaves. Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, 1848-1933). Glass.[/caption]
Image: Favrile glass vase, c.1900, designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) for Tiffany Glass & Decorating Co. Made by Stourbridge Glass Co., Corona Glassworks, Long Island, New York. Lent by the Frua-Valsecchi Collection, LL.115-2016

New at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Lord Fitzwilliam’s Print Collection The Museum’s founder, Lord Fitzwilliam, was an enthusiastic collector of prints. In his lifetime he amassed More

Art in the Heart is open Sundays for the Christmas period. The Gallery-shop offers one off gifts not found anywhere else on the high street at great prices. You can also find decorations and cards created by artists and makers in and around Peterborough including many from PAOS. Featured here (left) is Ann Bellamy's alternative Merry Christmas.

Art in the Heart recently moved from Bridge Street to: 13 Westgate Arcade, Peterborough PE1 1PY
Also check out the online shop: www.artintheheart.co.uk/marketplace

Opening times:
Monday-Friday 10am-6pm (7pm if staff available)
Saturday 10am-5.30pm (7pm if staff available)
Sunday 11am-4pm

[caption id="attachment_2301" align="alignleft" width="936"] Kay Clark at Art in the Heart, December 2016[/caption]

Buy arts and crafts with the lowest road miles from practitioners that couldn’t be closer

Art in the Heart is open Sundays for the Christmas period. The Gallery-shop offers one off gifts not found anywhere else More

New website for print maker
PAOS member Mark Lonnie has launched a new website to showcase his work online and with it announces his forthcoming solo exhibition in Northampton during 2018.

[caption id="attachment_2277" align="alignright" width="1920"] Mark Lonnie Linocuts 2016[/caption]

Mark studied at the University of Dundee, gaining a BA in Printed Textile, with further study at Nottingham Trent University giving Mark a Post-Graduate Diploma, he taught Art for many years. Recently he has returned printmaking, and is currently focusing on the medium of linocut, many inspired by Scottish themes and 'Sailor Jerry ' tattoos.

http://www.marklonnieprintmaker.com/

Mark Lonnie

New website for print maker PAOS member Mark Lonnie has launched a new website to showcase his work online and More

[caption id="attachment_2268" align="alignleft" width="533"] make your own origami stars![/caption]
Make Stars at a craft Christmas fair
12 - 4 pm
The Green Backyard,
Oundle Road, Peterborough, PE2 8AT
Come along to see lots of craft and art stalls, learn a new skill and take part in the family friendly activities. You can make some decorations for your home or buy a gift for your stocking fillers!
http://www.thegreenbackyard.com/

Green Backyard Christmas Fair 2016

Make Stars at a craft Christmas fair 12 – 4 pm The Green Backyard, Oundle Road, Peterborough, PE2 8AT Come along More

Metal Peterborough are currently hosting dancer-in-residence Dinis Machado.

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BARCO Dance Collection, a project curated and performed by Dinis, is a collection of dances developed by invited choreographers. Dinis’ brief for the choreographers was to consider that the space where the dances happen is not the room performed in but the space of the body itself. Over the duration of his residency at Metal Dinis has invited 3 choreographers, including Rebecka Stillman and Vicky Malin, to work with him to add to the collection of ten dances.

 

To coincide with his residency Metal are offering three exciting opportunities at Chauffeurs Cottage:

 

BARCO Workshop: Rebecka Stillman

Friday 14th October 6.00pm – 7.00pm

 

BARCO Workshop: Vicky Malin

Thursday 20th October 4.00pm – 5.00pm

 

BARCO Dance Sharing and Discussion

Thursday 20th October 5.30pm – 8pm

 

For more information on these sessions please find attached a flier about Dinis’ residency. If you would like to attend any of the sessions please contact Ruth via: ruth@metalculture.com

Dancer-in-residence Dinis Machado

Metal Peterborough are currently hosting dancer-in-residence Dinis Machado. BARCO Dance Collection, a project curated and performed by Dinis, is a More

Formal Announcement:

 

Peterborough Artists Open Studio annual AGM is being held at the Millenium Centre, Dickens St, Peterborough PE1 5GD on Thursday the 17th November at 7.30pm

Any requests for formal changes to the PAOS constitution should be submitted to a member of the committee no later than 14 days before the AGM.

The AGM is a public meeting and as such is open to all members of PAOS and the general public to attend. Only full PAOS 2016 members have voting rights.

This is your chance to help shape PAOS 2017, so all members are encouraged to attend and get involved.

PAOS AGM 2016

Formal Announcement:   Peterborough Artists Open Studio annual AGM is being held at the Millenium Centre, Dickens St, Peterborough PE1 5GD More

Lucy + Jorge Orta: Food
10 September – 4 December 2016

Tues – Sun, 10am – 5pm

City Gallery and Museum, Priestgate, Peterborough, PE1 1LF

www.metalculture.com

Lucy + Jorge Orta are known internationally for their collaborative practice focusing on social and ecological issues, employing a wide range of mediums to realise long-term projects both in the gallery and the public space. Since 1996 they have been investigating the local and global food chain and the ritual of community dining. This exhibition is the culmination of an 18-month residency the artists have had with the city of Peterborough. In 2015, Lucy + Jorge created 70 x 7 The Meal Act XXXIX in the city, their first major UK meal in this ongoing series, seating 500 local residents for a spectacular lunch of locally sourced produce. Lucy + Jorge Orta: Food draws together archival work from their Food series, alongside new sculpture and drawings inspired by the Peterborough meal. The exhibition touches on themes of consumer food waste, global food distribution, seasonality of food, biodiversity and preservation of plant diversity.

Running alongside the show will be a diverse programme of activities and events ranging from bread making and pickling workshops, artists talks, debates. A monograph Lucy + Jorge Orta: Food in the Public Sphere will be published for the occasion by Black Dog Publishing, bringing together the artists impressive body of work on the subject.

For more information on this and other events in Peterborough see:

http://www.idea1.org.uk/

[caption id="attachment_2210" align="alignleft" width="300"] Orta Food, City Gallery Peterborough, Photo: Tony Nero[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2211" align="alignleft" width="300"] Orta Food, City Gallery Peterborough, Photo: Tony Nero[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2212" align="alignleft" width="300"] Orta Food, City Gallery Peterborough, Photo: Tony Nero[/caption]

Food at the City Gallery Peterborough

Lucy + Jorge Orta: Food 10 September – 4 December 2016 Tues – Sun, 10am – 5pm City Gallery and More

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Peterborough's Sports, Arts, Culture, Theatre, Leisure and Museum's organisation Vivacity has just updated and launched their new look website. a cleaner and more mobile friendly version of their web portal now offers easier navigation and clearer content. You can also get your Vivacity card from the homepage:
https://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/
The Vivacity card gives you discounts off the Lido, Flag Fen and Long Thorpe Tower as well as out of hours access to the library; and is free!



Some information has been added to the Arts and Heritage pages and we are looking forward to a more comprehensive update of whats on at the City Gallery.

 

Vivacity: New Website Launch

– Peterborough’s Sports, Arts, Culture, Theatre, Leisure and Museum’s organisation Vivacity has just updated and launched their new look website. More

[caption id="attachment_2028" align="alignleft" width="472"] Woodcraft skills at the PECT Green Festival 2016[/caption]

The independent charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) is delighted to announce that its annual Green Festival is back – bigger and better than ever before! This year the event is heating up, moving to a new summertime date of Saturday 13th August, with fringe events running through to 21st August.

In addition to this, the charity is thrilled to announce that the festival has been awarded Arts Council England funding for a three-year period, bringing a fantastic £73,500 funding into the city.

This funding will be used to commission artists to create innovative artworks for the Festival – whether its street theatre, visual art or spoken word – to promote sustainable living and encourage people to take positive actions for their local and global environment.

The 2016 festival has been sponsored by Travelchoice, which will also allow sustainable transport to be highlighted in exciting and thought-provoking ways.

Bringing together attractions, community groups, charities and businesses, the event celebrates everything ‘green’ in Peterborough with a wide variety of events and activities running, offering plenty of free fun for the whole family.

Join in the conversation online @SustainableCity with #PECTGreenFest.

Green Festival Fringe Events (13th - 21st August 2016)

PECT Green Festival 2016

The independent charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) is delighted to announce that its annual Green Festival is back – More

Resident
Opening Times: 22nd July – 28th August 2016, 10am – 5pm (Tues to Sun, Mon during school holidays & bank holidays)
Most cities share a complex and evolving dialogue between the rural and urban, the industrial and agricultural, the built environment and green spaces. This is particularly true of Peterborough now, with its rapid expansion of housing, population and economic growth alongside its environmental aspirations.
Land and the environment more generally, is becoming a contested space with its uses debated and strategized over.

Artists Jessie Brennan, Marc Atkinson and Matt Lewis have all spent the last year ‘in residence’ in the city, hosted by arts organisation Metal, exploring these tensions and working directly with local residents to capture the changes, and their views and concerns through sound recordings, video, and photography.

Resident. An exhibition at the City Gallery

Resident Opening Times: 22nd July – 28th August 2016, 10am – 5pm (Tues to Sun, Mon during school holidays & More

[caption id="attachment_1763" align="alignleft" width="450"] Vanessa Glockling with The Baron[/caption]

On Monday 25th April 2016, Vanessa Glockling passed away after a period of illness. Our PAOS community has lost a dear friend and highly valued member.

As many will know, Vanessa was a long running committee member and handled the Membership for our group as well as being Treasurer from 2014. She remained at the heart of the organisation until very recently and was involved in many aspects of the building of our new website. She was instrumental in liaising with Sally at Redtomato web design and oversaw the general look and style-sheet, including writing much of the new content. This is just one of her legacies that will live on for the PAOS group.

Vanessa was a talented mosaic artist and for those of us fortunate to have known and worked with her, we will remember her dedication, kindness, generosity, thoughtful ability and friendship.

She will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with husband Nick and her family. Her funeral was held in Yorkshire.

Vanessa Glockling

On Monday 25th April 2016, Vanessa Glockling passed away after a period of illness. Our PAOS community has lost a More

[caption id="attachment_1721" align="alignleft" width="400"] Jousting at the Peterborough Heritage Festival 2015[/caption]
Peterborough Heritage Festival: The Norsemen are coming...
Battle cries, shields crash, weapons are broken when the Peterborough Heritage Festival brings History to the city centre this July 2016.
The popular event sees some of the British Isles finest costumes and weaponary worn by reconstructionists. Hear music sung and try games played by your ancestors. There are also many stalls to buy items and textiles, you may even be able to pick yourself up a handy bow and arrow or a leather belt. Don't miss the spectacular finale parade on the Sunday afternoon. The line up for this years main attractions has been announced and the build up and expectation has begun...
Peterborough Heritage Festival 2016
The Battle Commences…
Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 July 2016
http://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/festivals/pboroheritagefest2016/

Vikings Invading

Peterborough Heritage Festival: The Norsemen are coming… Battle cries, shields crash, weapons are broken when the Peterborough Heritage Festival brings More

Pick up your pencils and charcoal and get involved in our Exploring Mark Making workshop on Sunday 8th May, 10am - 3.30pm at City Gallery, Peterborough Museum.

Learn more about the principles of drawing. Develop your drawing skills, style and approach. Explore tone, line, texture, colour and composition. These explorative and experimental workshops give participants the opportunity to investigate and push the boundaries of standard drawing practice, broadening the notion of drawing and the drawing experience. With particular focus on mark making and line, these workshops are relaxed with a supportive atmosphere, suitable for all levels including beginners.


Tickets are £25 each and are limited to 12
Age guide: 16+

Materials will be provided.

To book tickets call: 01733 864663 or book in person at the Peterborough Museum reception desk

[caption id="attachment_1717" align="alignleft" width="960"] Drawing workshop Peterborough Museum[/caption]

Develop Your Drawing

Pick up your pencils and charcoal and get involved in our Exploring Mark Making workshop on Sunday 8th May, 10am More

Art in the Heart has launched its new website.

Embodying the love we have for our UK artists and makers and their narratives and the desire to acquire them. Art in the Heart is synonymous with quality, originality, one off hand crafted work, ethical and creative lifestyles, strong artist and maker narrative.

We want to promote great contemporary art through our ‘Featured Artists’ link. We want to tell you about our Community, our city centre gallery and unique gift shop with its exhibitions, diverse styles from its 85 quality artists and makers, its great products, services, workshops, demonstrations and work experience programmes. Our Online Marketplace will be up and running by the summer 2016. Any UK artist or maker who is serious about selling will be able to apply. If art work, products, inspired gifts are deemed as great for Art in the Heart and what our discerning customers would appreciate and desire then they will be available online for purchase. Terms for selling will be great value and customers will be able to purchase effortlessly. For the moment browse our new website.

[caption id="attachment_1413" align="alignleft" width="300"] Art in the Heart gallery and shop, Bridge Street, Peterborough has a great new website[/caption]

http://www.artintheheart.co.uk/

Art in the Heart’s new website.

Art in the Heart has launched its new website. Embodying the love we have for our UK artists and makers More

Just one day until the Chris Drury Talk at City Gallery, Peterborough Museum! (Monday 25 April, 6.30pm)
Gain a unique insight into the inner workings of successful and internationally renowned land artist Chris Drury. Best known for his ephemeral site specific sculptures made with materials sympathetic to the environment; 'Wandering' will address Chris' lifelong relationship with nature, his exploration of microcosm and macrocosm and the contradicting themes of inside and outside within his work.
Chris' work has taken his across seven continents and after his talk in Peterborough he will be flying off to Perth, Austrailia to complete a huge commission piece titled 'The Wandering' .
Tickets are £6 each and available to book online here: http://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/…/chris-drury-wandering or by calling the Box Office on: 01733 207239

Chris Drury: Wanderings

Just one day until the Chris Drury Talk at City Gallery, Peterborough Museum! (Monday 25 April, 6.30pm) Gain a unique insight More

Archaeologists digging at a site at Whittelsey, Cambridgeshire have uncovered some of the most remarkable wooden artefacts found in recent years. One of the oldest near complete Bronze Age wheels has been found near to the remains of a horse on a site likened to a Bronze Age Pompeii, BBC journalists report.

These are not the first finds from this site, a dagger and later some pottery found in the mid 20th century were first indications of what lay beneath the surface. Amongst the recent finds was a small wooden box that had tumbled into the river and been preserved in the waterlogged silt, as well as pottery, a bronze sword, fish or eel traps. Even preserved animal tracks have been uncovered at Flag Fen.  The dig at Must Farm continues...

Read more here about the archaeologists great work.

 

Bronze Age Wheel found near Flag Fen, Peterborough

Archaeologists digging at a site at Whittelsey, Cambridgeshire have uncovered some of the most remarkable wooden artefacts found in recent More

very simple - upload a picture of you or some art at one of our Open Studio events with #winpaos2016 to any social media including Facebook and Twitter and you'll be entered in to our prize draw to win £100 worth of vouchers to spend with PAOS artist(s) of your choice. Competition closes midnight 10th July 2016.

Photo shows 2015 prize winner Sue Hawkins being presented with her £100 Art vouchers by Cllr Graham Casey and PAOS Chair Hilary Dunne at Chauffeurs Cottage, Metal Peterborough. Sue decided to spend her winnings on a painting from Charron Pugsley-Hill and a from mosaic Kay Hall.

 

Competition to win £100 in vouchers to spend with PAOS artists of your choice

very simple – upload a picture of you or some art at one of our Open Studio events with #winpaos2016 More

Are you or anybody you know a keen artist or craftsperson who'd love to have a go at exhibiting your / their  work? There's no test, anybody can apply and there's a wide variety of artistic disciplines and we're a really friendly bunch.

Visit the artists in their studios during 2016, keep an eye open for any events posted on here, Facebook or Twitter that you might be able to take part in. Some exhibitions and events are advertised here for members and non menbers alike.

Although entry to the printed brochure listings is now closed for 2016,  you can still become a full member of Peterborough Artist Open Studios and be added to the website, mailing list and Open Studio 2016 event. Be sure to go to the Join Us section and apply, The Artist Member deadline for the printed brochure entries is usualy mid February with membership running 1st March to end of February the following year.

No refunds can be offered after 1st March each year to ensure print costs are covered.

The printed brochure and postcards year on year still provide the best form of information and advertising for visitors to the open studios and it is planned to continue with this system and the February deadline for the forseeable future.

Check back regularly to make sure you dont miss the deadline to get your entry in the brochure. There is advertising space in the brochure if you want to purchase extra publicity, raise your profile or have a special event to promote around or connected to the PAOS weekends and organisation, contact: advertising@paos.org.uk

[caption id="attachment_618" align="alignright" width="336"] Tony Nero promoting the new PAOS cards with work by Josie Kelly, December 2015.[/caption]

Share your art postcards

Are you or anybody you know a keen artist or craftsperson who’d love to have a go at exhibiting your More

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