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From The Bricks Up

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The brick industry has played a major role in Peterborough’s development. Its substantial clay deposits led to the city becoming an industrial centre for the East of England and the UK’s leading producer of bricks for much of the twentieth century.

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Lucy + Jorge Orta: Food

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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.

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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.

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Nene Park Artist Commissions


Vivacity Culture and Leisure Trust, ‘Peterborough Presents’ (the Creative People and Places programme for the city) and Nene Park Trust are seeking to reinvigorate their substantial public sculpture collection at Thorpe Meadows by commissioning five artists to create new temporary art works and interventions.

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Art Lending Library


The Art Lending Library is an evolving social sculpture housing a diverse collection of artworks that can be enjoyed in your own home.

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Future Network


We run regular networking and information sharing evenings for practicing artists in all our locations. Artists, working in all disciplines who think they may benefit from engaging with a dynamic, ambitious, artist-led environment are welcome to drop by. Just ask if there’s a particular topic you’d like us to cover or an inspiring speaker you’d […]

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Peterborough Presents… Training

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The Chamber of Culture, hosted and managed by Metal, offers training and professional development opportunities for artists, organisations and creative communities living or working in Peterborough.

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Harvest Festival

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Metal planned a large scale, weekend-long Harvest Festival in Peterborough’s historic Cathedral Square. The 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.

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PLAY PETERBOROUGH NOW OR NEVER! is a playful App for mobile devices that takes people in Peterborough on an interactive ‘live art’ journey around their city.

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– An exhibition about public and private thought.

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A Space To Connect And Grow


RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show has announced their list of show gardens for 2014 and this year it will feature our very own artist Jeni Cairns of Whittlesey.

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Metal Billboard


The project ‘Indie-Vision’ will commission 10x 48-sheet billboard posters to be sited in the centre of Peterborough and on main arterial routes, in the month of September 2014.

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