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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 #16: Body Politics into Protest Art

Saturday 15th February 2020

10:30am – 4pm

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

Cost: £5 (ticket income will be donated to Peterborough Pride and Extinction Rebellion Peterborough) 

Limited Availability. Book your place here.

The workshop: This workshop is for all artists and individuals interested in Protest, Activism and Transforming Society.

This could be those linked to Peterborough Pride, Extinction Rebellion, other campaigns or individuals interested in creating a better and fairer world for us all.

“Art enables us to play with the world as if this was an unlimited playground, it give us the option to play with the rules, to change them, to modify them and imagine solutions which our perception of reality/normality could sometimes limit. Art needs to use all its elements to strike the attention of our society towards a possible better future.” (Bodypolitic)

Workshop leaders Miles Glyn and Paul Nelson will take you on a design, repurposing and remodelling workshop – using block printing, sewing and other techniques to create clothing that turns us all into Rebellious Political Bodies.


About Miles Glyn and Paul Nelson
Miles and Paul are part of the XR Art Design Group, working on the design of XR campaigns. Miles created the initial XR Arts Factory as a hub that focuses on hand-making banners, flags and assets for XR actions.

This collaborative arts practice evolved from the #BODYPOLITIC project with Clare Farrell, and later other members of the XR Art Group.
All these practices are “Do-It-Together”. Ideas are bashed around by a group of friends where creative and practical solutions are found, then objects made by volunteers in a fun, regenerative, creative, learning and skill-sharing atmosphere. We create a space for political, emotional and spiritual discussion and expression, resulting in the beginnings of a process of turning the human body into a place of protest, transformation and creation – rather than a commodified space for the glorification of consumer brands.

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Metal Masterclass #17: How To Make Short Films For Use On Social Media – With Cine-Sister and Red 7

Saturday 28th March 2020

Times: 10:00-16:00

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

Cost: £20

Places are limited, book yours now.


The workshop: A day long masterclass with filmmakers Jay Gearing (Red 7) and Emily Steele (Cine-Sister). This workshop is for artists, poets and musicians who wish to make short films as part of their work or those who are interested in making short films to promote events. In a very practical, hands-on workshop, Jay and Emily will share tips and techniques for making short 3-minute films using mobile phones or cameras that can be shared on social media and the web. They will show you examples of quick and easy ways of editing (rather than teaching you how to use editing packages), interview techniques, capturing decent audio, using extra footage and music to enhance your production.

You will need to have your own mobile phone (please bring your charger and any necessary headphone adapters) – or camera if you have one – with sufficient memory to enable filming.


About Red 7:

Red 7 is a film production company specialising in documentary and music videos. They firmly believe that film is an art form with the power to affect change. They craft every piece of film with this ethos in mind. Led by Jay Gearing, they work as closely as possible with clients to develop films that are truly intimate representations of projects and / or stories. By being meticulous, thorough and using a highly personal approach, they are able to authentically capture any vision whilst creatively bringing out the extraordinary in each assignment.

About Cine-Sister:

Born and raised in Peterborough, Emily Steele is a freelance filmmaker, film programmer and workshop leader. She is the founder and director of Cine-Sister which showcases and promotes films with female identifying filmmakers. She is also the festival director of the Gateway Film Festival. She has an MA in Film Programming and Curating from Birkbeck College, University of London and a BA in Filmmaking from Manchester School of Art
Red 7 and Cine-sister are both tenants at Metal’s base, Chauffeurs Cottage.

The workshop is run as a partnership between Metal and Peterborough Presents. Book your place here


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 

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

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

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

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

Metal Masterclass #13: Creating Stage Presence for 13-18 year olds

Metal Masterclass #14: Split Britches Performance Lab with Lois Weaver and Peggy Shaw

Metal Masterclass #15 (morning): Introduction To Writing For The Stage, TV, Radio with Vickie Donoghue 

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