Visit artist's studios and venues in Peterborough and the surrounding areas

James Tovey

This year for PAOS, I’m running a large format charcoal drawing workshop, come along there will be the opportunity for people to have a go working from a model.

When:   29th June 2024, 10am – 4pm

Where:   Howe Room, Peterborough Museum.

Images on the website are the copyright property of the artists or groups named. Please contact the artists using the details they have listed here for more information or to obtain permissions for use.

Contact name
James Tovey

Exhibition address
Howe Room, Peterborough Museum & City Gallery, 51 Priestgate, Peterborough PE1 1LF

Artist address
7 Moreley's Lane, Corby Glen, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG33 4NL

Mobile 07908794691

Open days

Website Shop View map Email

Open other times by appointment

Demonstrations available

Tuition offered

Garden open for visitors

Refreshments served

Commissions accepted

Published artwork, related exhibitions and events:


Feb 2024 onwards, Life and Observational Drawing classes at Peterborough Museum (Thursdays, term time 6-8pm – book through Museum website)

Jan 2024 onwards, Creative art and wood workshops at the Learning Tree Kindergarten, Thorpe Road, Peterborough

Dec 2023 – January 2024 wooden illustrations and street Christmas decorations, Castor and Ailsworth.

Nov 2023 Whilloughy Open Exhibition, Corby Glen.

29th Sept 2023. BattleLines contestant along with Carol Clark another PAOS artist, each making a drawing 4ftx3ft  in posca pens on painted board in the course of 90mins, the art battle was part of Growing Together events curated by Lauren Kendrick of Flourish Peterborough . Battlelines is organised by artist Cur_5 more details can be found on and

Artwork poster ‘One Summers Day’ exhibited in Squires Coffee Shop Peterborough Museum as part of Growing Together events curated by Lauren Kendrick of Flourish Peterborough. 10th August – 30th September 2023.

Photo-synthesize – workshop day at Peterborough Museum helping children colour mix and paint three canvases from direct observation about pre and probiotic foods supplied by , 12th August 2023. The paintings subsequently included in the Growing Together exhibition till 30th September 2023.

Window artwork for Flourish Peterborough’s Growing Together art, food, workshops and events 2023, sponsored by Arts Council England, 10th August to 30th September 2023, at the Food Hall, Bridge street, Peterborough

The Flea Cycle (or The Earth’s Dilemma)! Book Launch PAOS ,Weekend 1 June 2023, Ailsworth.

Made in 2022, Peterborough Cathedral, 8th Feb – 2nd March 2023

Willoughby Gallery Open, Corby Glen, Nov 2022

Starflower II Observatory & window designs behind the scenes,  PAOS, Ailsworth, Peterborough 25, 26 June, 2, 3 July 2022

Oak Trunks, Temple Wood, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Piccadilly, London, 21st June – 21st August 2022

Cats Eye Nebula workshop and build, Westraven Community Garden, April 2022

Peaceflower workshop and build, Olivebranch Community Garden, Peterborough, April 2022

I Saw Three Ships – constructions set up in Main Street, Ailsworth,  5th December 2021 to 6th January 2022

Willoughby Gallery Open, Oct – Nov 2021

Angel Musicians Installation Christmas 2020, Main Street, Ailsworth.

Art Restart at Peterborough Museum and City Gallery Dec 2020

Solarpunk Drawings of Peterborough, Vivacity Unit, Queensgate 1st – 9th Feb 2020.

‘Mermaid with her Mahi-mahi’, Oil on Linen 72 x 76 inch in a red oak frame.   Exhibited in the Peterborough Cathedral, August to October 2019 to coincide with Luke Jerram’s Gaia installation.

‘Drift’, The Peterborough Open: 29th March 2019 – 26th May, Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery #peterboroughmuseum

Fifth Musician of the Plastocalypse, Peterborough Makefest, Peterborough Museum and City Gallery, December 2018.

Four Musicians of the Plastocalypse, Peterborough Heritage Festival, June 2018

Contemporary Peterborough Artists July – September 2018 Peterborough City Museum and Art Gallery

‘Plastic, Native Temple’, Vivacity Unit Queensgate Peterborough 7th-20th May 2018, mermaid painting from installation exhibited Peterborough Heritage festival 2018 and published in Peterborough Telegraph May 2019

‘After the Fall’, ink drawings on paper and acrylic paintings on canvas, 29th & 30th December 2017 Castor Village Hall, Peterborough, UK

The Debris Navigator and other OutsideART: WestRaven Community Garden, August 2017

Yarrow Gallery, Oundle 31st July – 6th August 2017

Artist Day Nene Park July 2017

PAOS 2017 (June 2017)

‘Star Flower’ at the Peterborough Heritage Festival June 2017

Sun Henge at the Green Backyard Peterborough 2016-2017

Peterborough Green Festival 2016 #pectgreenfest

Peterborough Heritage Feastival 2016 2nd/3rd July 2016

PAOS City Gallery Exhibition 2016 24th June – 6th July 2016

Peterborough Open 2016 Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery 18th March – 15th June 2016

Undercroft Theatre Serpentine Green, Hampton, Peterborough 11th to 21st Nov 2015

Peterborough Arts Festival 4th – 6th September 2015 Torii 1 series which also featured a sculpture from the Plastic Ocean Column series

Peterborough Heritage Festival 19th-21st June 2015 Mountain 2008 series and Future floodplain Xoanon

Design concept drawing for a new stone sculpture of St Kyneburgha 2013, sculpture made by Mark Sharpin, master stonemason. Installed above priests door 2015, outside south side of St Kyneburgha’s, Castor. Project commissioned by St Kyneburgha Trust. Design based on a statue of St Kyneburgha on the west front of Peterborough Cathedral. Trust specified that the new statue be holding the possible shape of the Saxon Church as discussed in five parishes books.

Eco fishing boat design prizewinners – joint 3rd place 2010 published in Classic Boat Magazine, Martin Hill and James Tovey designed a concept boat for a small sail powered fishing vessel to comply with EU regulations for sustainable fisheries. Drawings by James Tovey.

2008 ‘Mountain’ paintings – web exhibition (new websites were bigger deal in 2008 than 2019) Series of 12 oil paintings from digital sketches, exploring air pollution, apocalyptic climate change and alternate reality in combination with written poetry.

Hardraw force series exhibited Castor 2004, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition entries 2 paintings 2005

Kilnsea series, exhibited, Bourne, Lincolnshire 2003 and RWA Open 2004

Sketchbook drawings 2003 – prints taken from sketchbooks 1996-2000 exhibited Peterborough and Bourne

Watching post project 2003 – concept installation and paintings exhibited Peterborough

East Hill 2002 – large narrative series of oils on board exploring the psycological implications and environmental problems of the coming war in Iraq. Exhibited Peterborough.

Requiem 2001 Oil painting series on canvas exhibited Castor 2001 and Peterborough 2002, one panel from the 30 ft panorama can still be seen above the door in St Kyneburgha’s Lady Chapel.

1998-2000 Ink and digital graphic illustrations for the publications and archives of the English Heritage Humber Wetlands Project. Iron Age Fort reconstruction

Ken at the Byam Shaw 1995, oil painting bought by Ken!  and charcoal drawings.

Artwork associated with participation on the Mount Kenya 1990, high altitude alpine zone conservation expedition.






PAINtings, Paul Kneen

13 Apr 2024 – 15 Jun 2024 Peterborough Museum & Art Gallery PAINtings, revolving around the theme of portraiture, adeptly More

Lisa Helin’s Beautiful Butterflies at Peterborough Museum

This spring Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery will be exhibiting the beautiful artwork from Lisa Helin in their Squires Coffee More

Reunions – Chris Porsz Photographic Exhibition

Legendary Peterborough photographer, Chris Porsz, showcases his recreated candid photographs snapped on the local streets of the city spanning over More

Re-Imagine the Future at Metal 19th March 2024

Join members of Babeworld for a workshop exploring fan fiction* as an empowering tool for transformation and re-imagining futures. More

Privacy | Website by Red Tomato and NGI