Thankfully the Peterborough Museum and City Gallery has reopened after the November Lockdown in England. Peterborough is in tier 2 and there is a buzz about Queensgate and the city centre as queues form outside shops, where masked consumers browse for Christmas gifts.
It is a Sunday, the Museum’s automatic door opens, a welcoming attendant gives us directions to the foot pump operated hand sanitizer and thanks us for wearing a mask. The track and trace App is scanned and we make our way to the back of the ground floor and enter the City Gallery for the RESTART exhibition.
Aimed at representing artists from the area who wish to participate and sell examples of the work they produce it is, by nature, a mix of mediums and styles, subjects and sizes. Mostly wall art and jewellery with works in clay from Lindsay Wisniewski and Justin Cap, there are paintings and prints on offer from some longstanding members of Peterborough’s art community as well as some fresh names on the price list.
Flanking the entrance are two beautifully made and framed paper cut compositions, both by Rowena Roberts, and from there there are seascapes and water themes, landscapes and the seasons marked in ‘Summer Adventure’ by Christine Moss and ‘Autumn Debris’ by Josie Kelly; the large Carry Akroyd painting ‘Black Drove and Prime Meridian’ at the far end to pull you forward.
‘The Babes of Wayland Wood, Norfolk’ by Sue Shields is the splash of colour that signals Gallery 2 with Prue Pye’s large oil catching your eye on left as you walk through. It is a lovely arranged show and Gallery 3 does not disappoint either with the unexpected humour of Graham George’s ‘My Dad Prefers Watercolours’, Mefisto Bedre’s ‘Sacred Garden’ or an amazingly layered ‘Vanitas 5’ by Sash revealing a bright and energetic contemporary edge with sure paintwork and facility in production.
A real art show, as ever, is best seen first hand. There were a few other customers in the galleries and we felt we were able to effectively socially distance, enjoy the art and contemplate Christmas purchases without sidestepping nervous fellow shoppers. If you think Peterborough art RESTARTS, you may get the idea it never stopped..
Open now and on throughout December 2020, and into the new year dates to be confirmed.
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