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Metal’s Peterborough home is Chauffeurs Cottage, the original gatehouse property at the entrance to the impressive Peterborough Cathedral and what were, once, it’s grounds.  The ancient wall and castle-like gateway remain, forming a sizeable courtyard space outside our building for outdoor music and art events.

The house, which until 2011 had been largely unused, has been renovated by Metal in partnership with Peterborough City Council and now provides a welcoming, stimulating, and comfortable space for artists to create, show and make work in partnership with the wider communities of Peterborough.

We curate an exciting programme of international and UK artists in residence, host week-long, residential talent development LABs for artists from mixed disciplines and run a wide range of events, exhibitions and participatory projects that connect artists to audiences and audiences to artists.

Our annual / regular programme includes: Future Network our quarterly artists professional development network, artist talks and Peterborough Presents… Training programme, offering training and professional development opportunities for artists, organisations and creative communities living or working in Peterborough. Metal also runs a website for Peterborough,, an online resource for artists, creative individuals and audiences to access a wide range of arts information about the city.

Projects for 2017 include: Planet B, a Green Festival initiative organised in partnership with The Green Backyard and PECT. An action packed programme of events, performances, film screenings workshops, artist’s commissions, conference and debates all focused around sustainability. Change Makers -Disabled dance artist Kate Marsh will work with Metal as an ‘agent for change’ and future leader, leading a programme that explores new approaches to talent development, leadership and collaboration for disabled dance artists via a series of LABs, residencies, and up to 12 new commissions. To see the full list of projects please click here.

Projects for 2016 include: Lucy + Jorge Orta Exhibition, an exhibition following the 2015 Harvest Festival where as part of the festival they created an outdoor dinner for 500 people in Cathedral Square. Resident – an exhibition including three of Metal artists in residence, Jessie Brennan, Matt Lewis and Marc Atkinson. The Art Lending Library,  a project by Market Gallery and Walker and Bromwich, The Art Lending Library is an evolving social sculpture sculpture housing a diverse collection of artworks that could be enjoyed in your own home.

Participatory projects for 2015 included: Harvest Festival, a cultural celebration of the land, this weekend long Festival celebrated the relationship between the city and its rural countryside, connecting people to the land and its associated Harvest rituals, whilst promoting local food and its suppliers. At the heart of the festival was an outdoor meal for 500 people created by international artists Studio Orta.

Participatory projects in 2014 included: 100 Journals 100 people from across the city were challenged with keeping a journal over a period of 4 months around the themes of creativity, exploration and reflection. Hampton Court Flower Show local artist Jeni Cairns created a garden for Chauffeurs Cottage which won gold and best in category at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show, Indie Vision, a take over of billboards across Peterborough creating city wide debates over the month of September and Cafe Valise, programmed activities as part of Peterborough Arts Festival.

Metal also house a number of artist’s studio’s and incubation space for other creative businesses.  Currently Eastern Angles Theatre Company, and PHACE .


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Metal at Chauffeur's Cottage
St Peter's Road
Peterborough. PE1 1YX


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