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Metal presents:

Lucy + Jorge Orta: Food

10 September – 4 December 2016

Tues – Sun, 10am – 5pm

City Gallery and Museum, Priestgate, Peterborough, PE1 1LF


Lucy + Jorge Orta are known internationally for their collaborative practice focusing on social and ecological issues, employing a wide range of mediums to realise long-term projects both in the gallery and the public space. Since 1996 they have been investigating the local and global food chain and the ritual of community dining. 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. Lucy + Jorge Orta: Food draws together archival work from their Food series, alongside new sculpture and drawings inspired by the Peterborough meal. The exhibition touches on themes of consumer food waste, global food distribution, seasonality of food, biodiversity and preservation of plant diversity.

Running alongside the show will be a diverse programme of activities and events ranging from bread making and pickling workshops, artists talks, debates. A monograph Lucy + Jorge Orta: Food in the Public Sphere will be published for the occasion by Black Dog Publishing, bringing together the artists impressive body of work on the subject. For more information and to keep up to date visit or Facebook at Metal Peterborough.

As part for the exhibition we are also looking for people to volunteer as Exhibition Hosts – to find out more please click here or email

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There’s a lot to get involved with:

Over the duration of the exhibition there are talks, workshops, presentations, picnics, theatre performances and film screenings all focusing on food. Here is a flavour of what is coming up. Unless otherwise stated, talks, workshops and events are FREE and need to be booked in advance. Download our engagement programme here.


Talk by Lucy + Jorge Orta

Saturday 10th September, 1 – 3pm

City Gallery

International artists Lucy + Jorge Orta talk about the exhibition and their extraordinary 20 year relationship with Food. Lucy + Jorge Orta’s collaborative practice focuses on social and ecological issues, employing a diversity of media – drawing, sculpture, installation, couture, painting, silkscreen, photography, video, light and performance – to realise major bodies of work. Their art works have been part of major solo exhibitions including Venice Biennale (2005); Natural History Museum, London (2010); Shanghai Biennale (2012); Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2013); Parc de la Villette, Paris (2014); London Museum Ontario (2015) and Emscherkunst Triennial (2016). Book your free place here. 

Ben Rogaly at Future Network

Thursday 6th October, 6.30pm

Chauffeurs Cottage, St Peters Rd PE1

Metal’s quarterly networking event features Ben Rogaly, an oral historian and geographer. Ben’s Peterborough-based collaboration with arts practitioners raises important questions about place, citizenship, work and belonging in the city, especially in the post-EU referendum context. Ben will draw on his earlier Places for All? project (2011-13) to introduce a discussion about his new creative collaboration with food factory, warehouse and distribution workers to be undertaken as a MetalPeterborough Writer-in-Residence. Book your free place here. 


Waste Not, Want Not

Thursday 13th October, 7pm

City Gallery

Dan Woolley, national coordinator of Feedback Global gleaning network, Corin Bell, Director of Manchester Real Junk Food Project and Food Cycle Peterborough tackle access to our most basic and the issue of food waste. What role can you play? In partnership with Peterborough in Transition. Book your free place here. 


Vegetarian Soup for the Soul

Thursday 3rd November, 7pm

City Gallery

Why does food make us feel good? Looking at the many ways food plays such an important part in our quality of life. Philosophy discussion led by Michael Reid of Peterborough Philosophy in the Park. Includes soup and bread. Book your free place here. 

The Economics of Food

Thursday 10th November, 7pm

City Gallery

How economics plays a central role in who eats well and who goes hungry. Philosophy discussion led by John De-Val of Peterborough Philosophy in the Park. Book your free place here.


Food and Farming in light of Brexit

Thursday 17th November, 7pm

City Gallery

There is no doubt that the vote to leave the EU was a historic moment, one that will impact on us all. 5 months on and what more do we know about the repercussions for how land will be managed and used, land ownership, employment and financial sustainability. The changes for the fens, and therefore our communities, could be huge. A panel of professionals and activists present different perspectives to help inform a public discussion about what this means for us. Includes Andrew Burgess, Director of Agriculture, Produce World Ltd. Book your free place here.


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Feel the Knead

Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th September, 10am – 5pm

City Gallery

Lee Clarke, Annie Birchenough and artist Eloise Moody lead free bread making workshops with a twist. With bookable workshops over two days, you can also simply drop in to sample pickles and preserves with the Women’s Institute or make butter with artist Jemima Burrell. You will also be able to share and sample the winning recipes from our recent competition.

Find out more and book yourself on one of the FREE workshops here. 

Get Set Cook’ Food Waste

Saturday 15th October, 1.30 – 4.30pm

City Gallery

The Women’s Institute and Food Cycle chefs partner up with chefs from across Peterborough and West Raven Big Local to present a cooking competition like you’ve never seen – come and see demonstrations on what you can cook with food that might normally go to waste. Book your free place here. 



Film Club Frame present Food Inc (Documentary)

Friday 30th September, 7.30pm

Chauffeurs Cottage, St Peters Rd PE1 1YX

You’ll never look at dinner in the same way again! Robert Kenner’s movie explains how international agribusinesses are trying to monopolize vertically and horizontally (and profit from) food production on a world scale. Health and safety (of the food itself, of the animals produced themselves, of the workers on the assembly lines, and of the consumers actually eating the food) are often overlooked by the companies, and are often overlooked by government in an effort to provide cheap food regardless of these negative consequences. Book your free place here. 

Film Club Frame present The Slow Food Story (Documentary)

Friday 21 October, 7.30pm

Chauffeurs Cottage, St Peters Rd PE1 1YX

From the tiny town of Bra, home to some 27,000 inhabitants the anti-fast-food slow food movement has grown to become a revolution, that now has roots in more than 150 countries. Cheese-makers, vintners, and artisanal food folk, toast Slow Food for bringing about a change in consciousness that shook the very foundation of gastronomy. Book your free place here. 

Film Club Frame present The Hundred Foot Journey (cert PG)

Friday 25 November, 7.30pm

Chauffeurs Cottage, St Peters Rd PE1

The Kadam family leaves India for France where they open a restaurant directly across the road from Madame Mallory’s Michelin-starred eatery. Unfortunately, this puts the Kadams in direct competition with the snobbish Madame Mallory’s acclaimed haute cuisine establishment. The resulting rivalry eventually escalates in personal intensity until it goes too far. Comedy, drama with Helen Mirren. Book your free place here. 

Family Film Club presents Ratatouille (cert U)

Thursday 27th October, 3pm

Chauffeurs Cottage, St Peters Rd PE1

A rat named Remy dreams of becoming a great French chef despite his family’s wishes and the obvious problem of being a rat in a decidedly rodent-phobic profession. When fate places Remy in the sewers of Paris, he finds himself ideally situated beneath a restaurant made famous by his culinary hero, Auguste Gusteau. Despite the apparent dangers of being an unlikely – and certainly unwanted – visitor in the kitchen of a fine French restaurant, Remy’s passion for cooking soon sets into motion a hilarious and exciting rat race that turns the culinary world of Paris upside down. Book your free place here. 



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Museum Garden – open day: 10 September, 11am – 3pm (drop-in), Peterborough Museum

The garden tells the story of Medicine through Time, from Tudor times up to the early 20th Century. There is also a 1940s ‘Dig for Victory’ vegetable patch and a wildlife area. Meet some of the dedicated team of volunteers who look after the garden. No need to book for this – just drop in. For further information call the museum on 01733 864 663.


International Picnic

Saturday 24th September, 12 – 4pm

Green Backyard, Oundle Rd, PE2 8AT

Celebrate the cultural diversity of Peterborough with our international bring and share picnic. Live music and entertainment. Bring some food to share. Free – just turn up


5th-8th October 2.30pm and 7pm: ‘GROUND’

Ground’ is a call to arms, dealing with crisis, the dismantling of the welfare system and our personal struggles within the system. This R&D presentation from Common Wealth and Eastern Angles will be a rich multi-disciplinary experience, part gig, part art installation a wholly theatrical and immersive event. Venue: The Undercroft, Serpentine Green, PE7 8BD. To find out more and book tickets go to

British Food Fortnight at Prevost

17th September – 2nd October

Prévost, 20 Priestgate, PE1 1JA

Enjoy a new menu at Prevost with all produce coming from within the PE postcode especially for British Food Fortnight. Check out their website for bookings and costs:

‘There’s Something in the Water’

Thursday 1st December

6.30 – 9pm

Peterborough City Gallery and Museum

Come and join the jury in this mock-court room which explores the potential impact of drought or flood on the city and the fens. During the evening you will get to listen to local stories about water, and water management in the Fens, as well as share in a communal meal.  This is an event designed for the whole family with music, poetry, storytelling, food and drink. 

Run in conjunction with Loughborough University


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Lucy + Jorge Orta – Harvest in your own home

Why not host your own 70 x 7 The Meal? During the exhibition you can borrow a Lucy + Jorge Orta dinner set for 6 people, host a meal with friends and family and join in the conversation around food, food waste and food consumption. The box includes limited edition Harvest plates, napkins, table runner and conversation starters around food.

We would love to see your meal and hear the conversations you had, contribute by writing the answers on the conversation starter cards or by tagging us in a picture of your gathering on social media using the hashtag #MetalOrtaFood.

The Harvest Dinner set box serves six, more than one box can be loaned out at one time and need to be collected and returned from Chauffeurs Cottage. Fancy hosting your own Harvest meal then email to reserve your set.

Download the loan form for more information below..

Loan Form

Information sheet

Guided tours: Metal will be able to offer groups a free 30-minute guided tour of the exhibition if booked in advance.



A schools pack providing links to the curriculum at Key Stage 1 – 5 plus links to Arts Award are both available.

There are also a series of worksheets for people to complete in the gallery which introduce you to Lucy + Jorge’s work.


EDUCATION – Lucy + Jorge Orta Exhibition Curriculum Packs
Metal have just released two new curriculum packs in support of their Autumn exhibition called ‘Food’ by international artists Lucy + Jorge Orta. There is a pack for Primary and a pack for Secondary. The exhibition is a great opportunity to explore

· Contemporary artists, observational drawing, sculpture and assemblage
· Sustainability
· Impact of food waste
· Plants
· Design and Technologies
· Cooking and nutrition
· Community and cultures

The exhibition is the result of an 18-month relationship between the international artists and Peterborough which was initiated by their Harvest meal for 500 people in Cathedral Square last September. The exhibition will feature new work inspired by the Peterborough meal along with other work from their 20 year exploration of Food, food sustainability and food waste. It is an amazing exhibition coming to the city and in order to help teachers make the best use of it, Metal has created curriculum packs that offer information about the work, ideas for activities, curriculum links, details about the artists and details of other resources available. Metal will be happy to offer free guided tours of the exhibition and Vivacity are programming related workshops. A schools pack providing links to the curriculum at Key Stage 1 – 5 plus links to Arts Award are both available to download below. There are also a series of worksheets for people to complete in the gallery which introduce you to Lucy + Jorge’s work.





The Economics of Food, 10th November download the transcript from the talk here the-economics-of-food.

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