Thursday 17th December, 7 – 8pm
Online: Zoom – once booked a zoom link will be sent to you.
Join Metal and artist Aïcha El Beloui for a special online opening of Weavers. Weavers is a brand new art work for Peterborough, a magnificent alternative map created by artist Aïcha El Beloui. The opening will be held over zoom on Thursday 17th December, where Aïcha will talk about her process for creating this and maps of other international cities. To book your place click here.
In 2019 Metal invited Moroccan artist Aïcha El Beloui to visit Peterborough and spend time meeting local residents and exploring the city. As an artist and illustrator, Aïcha is particularly interested in architecture and maps from the viewpoint of those who actually live, work and play in the place. Everyone’s knowledge and visual map of Peterborough is different. It is based on where you live, how you travel (walk, bike, car, train), who you meet, what you do, your daily journey to school, to work, to the shops, to the gym. Over several visits in 2019, Aïcha visited secondary schools, and worked with youth groups, gardeners, artists and activists from across Peterborough. She talked to them about ‘their’ city. She asked them to draw their mental maps of the city and she drew hers. She walked for hours and toured by car – which is when she discovered Peterborough’s tangle of park ways! The result is ‘Weavers’ a brand new art work for the city, and an alternative map.
The finished artwork can be seen in Queensgate Shopping Centre, near the Westgate entrance and in the Waiting Room on Platform 1 at Peterborough Train Station from December onwards.
More information about Weavers here
Supported by Queensgate Shopping Centre, LNER and Peterborough Train Station