Stomping Grounds

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We all have our favourite stomping grounds in the city, places where we like to visit regularly or hang out. From cinemas to city centres, parks to townships. What makes these stomping grounds memorable though and encourage us to return? Is it the people, the buildings or the activities we take part in there? Are they recognised public spaces or places we make our own – with or without authorisation? These are all questions that feature as part of Stomping Grounds, a new pop-up exhibition by artist and illustrator Matt Booker which opens on Monday 3rd April in the old Tie-Rack shop in Queensgate. The exhibition runs until Saturday 8th April and investigates contrasting public spaces in Peterborough, focusing on Queensgate shopping centre and a community run garden, The Green Backyard, on Oundle Road.


Over the last 9 months, artist Matt Booker has been in residence at arts organisation Metal, using his time to interview the users of each space, looking at their functions, the atmospheres they create and how people respond to them. He has been investigating how spending time in these places affects us and affects the city as a whole. This has provided the inspiration for a series of new drawings, prints, a film and a publication which are brought together in this pop-up exhibition in Queensgate.


Matt Booker is a visual artist specialising in printmaking. Originally from Peterborough he recently finished 12 months postgraduate place at the Royal Drawing School before which he was at Kingston University studying illustration and animation. He is interested in observing ‘real’ places and how people use them, whether these are urban, rural or the spaces in between.


His latest exhibition ‘Stomping Grounds’ is open Monday 3rd to Saturday 8th April, 12 – 4pm each day, is free and open to all ages. A series of drop-in workshops has been programmed in the exhibition space which allow visitors to try out different arts techniques and chat more about what, in their eyes, makes a ‘public’ space.


Drop-in workshops include:

Tuesday 4th April, 12-3pm, Pottery with Clark Watling

Wednesday 5th April, 12 – 3pm, Willow Weaving with Rennie Antonelli

Thursday 6th April, 12 – 3pm, Model making from nature with Kathryn Parsons

Friday 7th April, 12 – 3pm, Mosaic Making with Mahemuda Arsalani

Saturday 8th April, 12 – 3pm, screen printing from natural forms with Matt Booker

All workshops are drop-in. There is no need to book but numbers will be limited due to the space available. Young people under 16 must be accompanied by a guardian at all times.

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The exhibition has been supported by arts organisation Metal, Vivacity who currently occupies the old Tie Rack store and is funded by Arts Council England.


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