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A series of workshops led by experts aimed at inspiring creative practice. Previous workshops have included, Zine Making with Lu Williams of GRRRL Zine and Oral History for Creatives.


Upcoming Masterclasses:


Metal Masterclass #9: An introduction to shadow puppetry with Dr Caroline Astell-Burt

Saturday 15th June

10am – 4pm

Metal, Chauffeurs Cottage, 1 St Peters Rd, Peterborough, PE1 1YX

Cost: £20


The workshop

Dr Caroline Astell-Burt will lead you through a group introduction to shadow puppetry.

Highlights will include:

  1. The combining of bodies and puppets, torchlight and cloth to create shadows.
  2. Participants will be introduced to “Burtie’s Method” for making a moving figure for the ohp.
  3. Story-making, with puppets, screens and lights in groups before allowing time to create your own short performances.


About Dr Caroline Astell-Burt

Dr Caroline Astell-Burt is one of the founders of the London School of Puppetry. She has taught and practiced shadow puppetry at professional level for many years. Caroline’s work has included large-scale projects with the Royal Opera House, London Philharmonic, Britten Sinfonia, London Mozart Players, Royal Opera House, BBC, ITV, the Bournemouth Symphony and Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras. She has made small-scale work for BBC and Channel 4.

She developed a reputation as a puppeteer while working as a residential social worker at Barnardo’s. Her interest in special needs work quickly widened as her own performance work developed to include puppetry with music, music theatre, opera and dance.

She has a PhD from Loughborough University based on Japanese Otome Bunraku puppetry and is the author of many articles and the puppetry book ‘I Am The Story’ which is about the art of puppetry in education and therapy


Metal Masterclass #10: Cameraless 16mm filmmaking with Chris Paul Daniels

Saturday 20th July 2019

Times: 10-12:30 (screening at 12.15) or 13:00 – 16:00 (screening at 15:45)

Metal, Chauffeurs Cottage, 1 St Peters Rd, Peterborough, PE1 1YX

Cost: £10

Places are limited please book 

Book: 10am session

Book: 1pm Session 


The workshop: How do you make a film without a camera? In this workshop we will explore the materiality of 16mm film; marking, scratching, drawing and manipulating celluloid in various ways before immediately running the film through a projector and viewing the colourful abstract animation and experimental results at the end of the session. Accessible to all ages.

Run in collaboration with Cine-Sister


About Chris:  Chris Paul Daniels is an Artist and Filmmaker, based in Manchester.

He graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2010 and co-won the Deutsche Bank Award for Art with Maria Anastassiou for Unravel, the longest hand painted film in Britain. This project resulted in one hundred public events across the UK including Tate Britain, BFI Southbank, Turner Contemporary and IKON Gallery and a residency at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

Recent commissions include ‘SAFE’ at HOME in Manchester, ‘A Tigers Skin’ at CFCCA,  ‘One Square Mile’ for Quays Culture and University of Salford Art Collection (with Sam Meech) and ‘Northern Lights’, inspired by the Blackpool Illuminations, was co-commissioned by ICA and The Grundy Art Gallery was nominated for ‘Best British Short’ at London Short Film Festival and continues to play at festivals internationally.

Chris is a Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Filmmaking course at Manchester School of Art at Manchester Metropolitan University.


Metal Masterclass #11: Pop-Up Paper Architecture and alternative printing techniques with Hilary Powell

Saturday 10th August 2019

10am – 4pm

Metal, Chauffeurs Cottage, 1 St Peters Rd, Peterborough, PE1 1YX

Cost: £20

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Artist Hilary Powell will introduce you to the basic structures of pop-up architecture using her own pop-up book ‘Legend: An A-Z of the Lea Valley’ to highlight the possibilities of this core knowledge. This will be followed by an afternoon session exploring alternative printing techniques using photocopies and/or found materials.

Participants are invited to bring along ideas for structures they would like to try out. After constructing a series of foundation shapes to make your own pop up sketchpad you will be able to test out the possibilities of this new structural knowledge on independent projects.

This workshop is ideal for beginners. You do not need to have any prior experience of paper cutting or other moveable book formats.

About Hilary Powell

From film and book production to performance and print Hilary Powell works with overlooked processes, materials, people and places in unexpected ways.

Her recent practice involves collaborative acts of making from a public production line making a pop-up book now collected by V&A, Poetry Library and MoMA to recent experiments with ‘urban alchemy’ putting reclaimed industrial materials to use by reimagining traditional print techniques. From hidden histories to forgotten techniques, the core of her practice is imaginative salvage, placing value on the overlooked and seemingly mundane and highlighting and creating the extraordinary in the everyday.

Hilary Powell has a BfA Fine Art from the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University and an MA Scenography (Central St Martins School of Art and Design) based in The Netherlands (Utrecht Hogeschool voor de kunsten) and Prague (DAMU theatre academy). She has a PhD in Cultural Studies from Goldsmith’s College, University of London and was AHRC Fellow in the Creative and Performing Arts, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL and Leverhulme artist/alchemist in residence with UCL Chemistry. She is now working on a Bank Job and partner in Optimistic Foundation CIC.



Metal Masterclass #12: Contemporary approaches to deception in performance –with Tom Cassani

Saturday 21st September 2019

10am – 4pm

Metal, Chauffeurs Cottage, 1 St Peters Rd, Peterborough, PE1 1YX

Cost: £20

Spaces are limited book your place here. 


Contemporary approaches to deception in performance – a guide to authentic deception and foregrounding its mechanics both in making and presenting performative work

This workshop will not teach you

  • how to perform magic tricks
  • how to be a con artist
  • how to lie perfectly

However, it will teach you aspects of these allied arts that Tom has found can be exciting, useful and thought provoking when making, devising or creating live performance work for other people.

The aim of this workshop is to allow participants to experience deception in different ways, and understand how to deceive in a meaningful and useful way. In participating you will gain an insight and introduction as to how deception can be used to achieve a sense of presence and authenticity when performing.

There will be a series of group and partner exercises in the workshop. We will perform our findings and explore deception collectively. The workshop is for all people interested in working within performance in new ways.


About Tom Cassani

Tom Cassani is a Performance Artist and Liar. Tom’s practice of deception has developed and transformed over the past four years, manifesting itself in both text and action based performance. He is interested in how he can use elements of deception, misdirection and lying in his artistic practice.

Tom explores what happens when this is applied to text and action simultaneously in performance.
Tom has trained in sleight of hand, misdirection and prestidigitation and now use these skills of deceit as an artistic framework to explore truth, honesty, manipulation and fabrication.



Previous Masterclasses:

Metal Masterclass #1: Zine Workshop With Lu Williams of GRRRL Zine 

Metal Masterclass#2: Oral History Practice For Creatives

Metal Masterclass #3: Activist embroidery with Jess De Wahls

Metal Masterclass #4: Digital Storytelling using Twine with One to One Development Trust

Masterclass #5: Writing And Podcasting with Ross Sutherland

Masterclass #6:Contemporary Life Drawing with The New Drawing Club

Masterclass #7: Chemigram & Lumen Printing with Melanie King

Masterclass #8: with writer and performer Hannah Silva 


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