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Metal’s Peterborough home is Chauffeurs Cottage, the original gatehouse property at the entrance to the impressive Peterborough Cathedral and what were, once, it’s grounds.  The ancient wall and castle-like gateway remain, forming a sizeable courtyard space outside our building for outdoor music and art events.

The house, which until 2011 had been largely unused, has been renovated by Metal in partnership with Peterborough City Council and now provides a welcoming, stimulating, and comfortable space for artists to create, show and make work in partnership with the wider communities of Peterborough.

We curate an exciting programme of international and UK artists in residence, host week-long, residential talent development LABs for artists from mixed disciplines and run a wide range of events, exhibitions and participatory projects that connect artists to audiences and audiences to artists.

Our annual / regular programme includes: Future Network our quarterly pub style ‘art quiz’ and networking event, Masterclasses lead by a range of artists from different disciplines, National and international residencies and our Time And Space Residencies.

To see what Masterclasses and events we’ve got coming up in 2020, click here.

Previous projects have included: Planet B, a Green Festival initiative organised in partnership with The Green Backyard and PECT. Lucy + Jorge Orta Exhibition, an exhibition following the 2015 Harvest Festival where as part of the festival they created an outdoor dinner for 500 people in Cathedral Square. The Art Lending Library,  a project by Market Gallery and Walker and Bromwich, The Art Lending Library is an evolving social sculpture sculpture housing a diverse collection of artworks that could be enjoyed in your own home.

Metal Peterborough has also led a range of participatory projects including: Harvest Festival, a cultural celebration of the land, this weekend long 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. At the heart of the festival was an outdoor meal for 500 people created by international artists Studio Orta. 100 Journals 100 people from across the city were challenged with keeping a journal over a period of 4 months around the themes of creativity, exploration and reflection. Hampton Court Flower Show local artist Jeni Cairns created a garden for Chauffeurs Cottage which won gold and best in category at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show.

Following on from the success for our arts funded Change Makers Programme, we’re developing our relationship with associate producer Kate Marsh with a collaborative exploration of otherness within interdisciplinary arts practice. Kate Marsh is working with Metal as an ‘agent for change’ and future leader, leading a programme that explores new approaches to talent development, leadership and collaboration for disabled dance artists via a series of LABs, residencies, and up to 12 new commissions. To see the full list of projects please click here.

Metal also house a number of artist’s studio’s and incubation space for other creative businesses. Currently Eastern Angles Theatre Company, Red 7 Productions and Cine-Sister.

Tel: 01733 893 077


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Metal at Chauffeur's Cottage
St Peter's Road
Peterborough. PE1 1YX


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