Find Me Keep Me!

Want to decorate your nest with original local art for FREE? Creative Peterborough, with support from the Arts Council and Vivacity, are holding ‘Find Me Keep Me’ on 30th March in and around Cathedral Square.

Come and discover art in a new and extraordinary way. 52 local artists, performers and musicians have collaborated to produce a diverse selection of work that will be hidden around the city centre, for one day only, as gifts to the people of Peterborough. Take the map. follow the trails to find these artistic treasures made by some of the best creative talent in the area.

"Cold fearful drops stand on my trembling flesh."

Small Nose research and development project, funded by Creative Peterborough, into how clowning can be used to bring a fresh perspective.  They are particularly looking at Richard III - which is nicely topical.

This entry is by one of the particpants, Lisa Grant.

"Cold fearful drops stand on my trembling flesh."  Richard. Act V Scene III Bosworth Field

My thoughts exactly as I stood outside the Key on a Sunday morning in the rain hoping the workshop with Small Nose on Richard III wouldn’t be to taxing. 

I met again the happy vagabonds I had encountered at the first workshop and as they warmly welcomed me my fear dissipated. Not least as I saw Kate Hall ready and raring to put us through our paces on the text of the play. I love the way Kate works and the speeches she chose for us to get our heads and mouths around were brilliantly bitter and visceral.

There was one point when she was demonstrating Iambic pentameter  with the phrase “So would you like a lovely cup of tea” and I responded wholeheartedly “Yes” so taken in was I with her authentic delivery. No tea was forthcoming but exercises on the rhythm and pace of the speeches and Rhetoric. Rhetoric? …Yes, Rhetoric.

It is becoming apparent that we are a great mix of Actors, each bringing something different and even on our second meeting, we are connecting with each other marvellously. This is a testament to Jason Web and Mark Curtis of Small Nose who had the sense to invite us all.

Feeling I’ve been stretched both physically (thanks Mark) and mentally and looking forward to the next instalment of this R&D project with John Wright in March.

"So, I am satisfied. Give me a bowl of wine"

Handmade in Peterborough - Master Classes


Handmade in Peterborough have created a set of free masterclasses with the help of Creative Peterborough and if you feel you would like to up your game as an artisan whether visual art or crafting and need that little help then please take a look at our first set of workshops on the link below and book yourself in. 

Handmade in Peterborough website

Artist in Residence - St John’s Church

Could you be the ‘Artist in Residence’ at St John’s Church on behalf of its Development Board CIC?

Based in the heart of Peterborough’s centre with a vast and fantastic history dating back to the Medieval age.

St John’s CIC is looking for a Visual artist to create work based upon its past, present and future. The residency would be voluntary with a bursary for expenses and materials, which is supported by Creative Peterborough and administered through the Development Board. It would be for a year and there is potential to exhibit and showcase your work through The St John’s Development Board CIC. Please see below the submission guidelines:

Please send in a A4 page proposal that answers these questions. 

- What is your previous experience in visual art?

-Detail why you would like to be the Artist in Resident for St John’s?

-What would you hope to achieve as the Artist in Resident?

Please send in upto three examples of your work, we will also accept links to other work too. 

Please send this to: by the 4th of March. 

Keely Mills

Richard gets a Small Nose : Project – Funded by Creative Peterborough


Hello, my name is Jason Webb and I, together with Mark Curtis, set up a theatre company called Small Nose Productions. This blog is to tell you about the start, of what I’m hoping will be an exciting new project for Small Nose; and it’s thanks to the funding that we received from the Creative Peterborough Fund.

First a little bit of background on the company. 

We set up Small Nose in 2010. Mark and I have both worked as professional actors and within that work we have both trained with a gentleman called Philippe Gaulier. He teaches clown which is, in a nutshell, how to have fun, be funny and make interesting theatre. Most recently we have made a show called Aesop’s Fable’s. We performed at the Key Theatre Studio last year and we will be doing it again this year (see the Key Theatre brochure) go and see it, its very, very funny. That’s enough info, I think.

What are you doing with the funding that you received, I hear you shout. We are doing a series of research and development workshops on Richard III, by Mr. W.Shakespeare. This is what happened in: 


Date: 16th December 2012.

Place: Key Theatre Studio.

People: Artists based in Peterborough, or with a connection to Peterborough.

This workshop was lead by John Wright. John set up Trestle Theatre Company and Told By an Idiot. He has written a book called ‘Why is that so funny’  (it’s a great book for anyone who has ever run a performing arts based workshop) and is a very well known director and theatre practitioner. I picked John up from the station and we arrived at the Key to get going for 10am.

We went through a fun warm up. This was not about working up a sweat, but just moving around in a slightly peculiar way. Still we were all doing it and John made sure he pointed out anyone that was too good, and told them not to show off. 

We then did a series of exercises working in groups making stuff up on the spot, but trying to look like we knew what we were doing. See attached photos.

Then it was into pairs where we were given titles of scenes to perform. This time a small audience started to let us know if we were being a bit boring, by slowly raising their hands. This was in preparation to doing the same game in front of an audience. So far everything we had been doing was fun and virtually impossible to do right; and that is the point, trying to learn to enjoy what John and Gaulier call ‘the flop’.

We then made use of the seats in the studio. We called this game ‘finding the best seat’.

Now clearly to someone reading this, that might sound very dull. But as you can see from the photos – it was very funny. If you are asking yourself why, come and see a Small Nose show, and hopefully we might answer that question for you.

Yes you are right; we haven’t mentioned Richard III, Shakespeare or any great intellectual process. We just gathered a group of people who had never worked together and did a lot of laughing.

We have this quote from John’s book on the front page of our web site:

“If the work is playful it becomes pleasurable and when you’re enjoying yourself you get bolder and take risks. Choices proliferate. Problems become more manageable because our perspectives change once the work becomes a pleasure.” – (John Wright: 2010)


Next up Lisa: 10th Feb 2013, WORKSHOP Two.  

Useful links.


Eventbrite booking at

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'Fresh Take at Burghley' Open Call for submissions


In January 2013, Art Pop-Up is accepting email submissions from artists who wish to be participate in the Fresh Take residency programme and exhibition with Burghley House in 2013. This is an open call to contemporary visual artists located in the Greater Peterborough area. More information is at

Key criteria:

  • All submissions must be made via email
  • Deadline: 4pm Thursday January 31st
  • Artists must be over 18 years of age
  • Artists must be located in the Greater Peterborough area
  • Selected artists will receive a contribution of between £400 to £700 towards project materials, the creation and installation of their artwork
  • Artworks must be new, eschewing traditional approaches, and be innovative in medium and concept
  • Not suitable for audio, video or film artworks
  • No submission fee

NIE Internship - Peterborough 2013

Award winning theatre company New International Encounter (NIE) create new, visually driven performances that speak dynamically to an audience using live music, multiple languages, storytelling, physical theatre and a european ensemble. With a number of exciting projects taking place in Peterborough over 2013, we are looking for a motivated individual to help support the NIE team on the delivery of workshops, touring shows and rehearsal residency in the city.

Based in the busy Cambridge office as well as in situ in Peterborough, this internship offers an excellent opportunity for a capable individual to find out more about working in a touring theatre company with the chance to gain hands-on experience in project management, marketing, fundraising and producing. The internship is intended as a six month placement on a full time basis from February - July  2013, but we are also happy to discuss any alternative options working on a part time basis. This is a professional opportunity for someone who would like to develop a career in arts administration. The ideal candidate would be based in or around Peterborough or have a strong connection to the City.

For an application pack or any further information, please contact: Cat Moore T: +44 (01223) 403343 .

Closing date: 11 January 2013, Interviews to be held on Friday 18 January 2013

The internship is offered with expenses covered (based on the Creative Apprenticeship scheme). The position is funded through Arts Council England and Peterborough City Council.

Fundit! Winner - Alex Airey

So it’s been over a year since everyone voted for my project at Creative Peterborough’s Fund It Event. Since then I have been doing a lot of drawing, and a lot of writing. I have also had the opportunity to have some additional mentor time through one of the RSA’s residencies. It’s taken me a lot longer than I thought it would, but I am finally getting ready to put something into print.

Having laboriously written and drawn the opening sixteen pages of my epic story, some of which I am even still happy with, it was difficult to hear that I had basically wasted my time. When I pitched the project, I had thought that the obvious place to start a story was at the beginning, but apparently that’s not the case! I made the painful decision to start over, and redrafted the entire novel. Although this decision has delayed the process somewhat, the extra time has allowed me to develop as an artist and as a writer, and I think the final product is now much better than it would otherwise have been.

I have also had the chance to do more market and industry research, and have been developing a number of shorter stories in different genres to increase my chances of getting something published in a publication with wider distribution. I have already uploaded some of the results of this work to my facebook page, and had some interest from a publisher.

But as I have yet to actually land that big publishing deal, I’ve been looking into print-on-demand self-publishing services so I can get something into print.

The first part of the novel will be coming in at twenty four pages, and will introduce most of the protagonists of the story. My sixteen page prologue has been cut down to two pages, and I will be putting in a bit of exposition and possibly even a map. This book will be available early next year, and I’m aiming to get the second part out next year as well.

I will also be self-publishing a compilation book to include the first few pages of chapter one alongside some shorter strips from the other titles I’ve been working on. I had hoped it would be finished by Christmas, but I’ve picked up a couple of commissions for paid work over the festive season, so it’s now looking like it might be January before you can actually buy a copy!

That’s all ages away, so I’m going to be uploading the finished pages of all the titles to, probably at the rate of one a week, and I will be uploading the first one on Friday 7th December. You can already find a couple of complete strips there to whet your appetite.

Please let me know what you think, your suggestions and feedback will help me to continue to improve as a writer and artist, and help me decide which titles to develop.

I hope you enjoy my doodles.

Project Snapback is a mixed media and photography exhibition, created by young british-asian people focusing on social isses affecting them. Based in the Gladstone area of Peterborough and working with local professional artists the culminating work will be displayed at Chauffeurs Cottage on the 16th and 17th of November from 11am-4pm.

This project received funding from the Creative Peterborough Fund in May.

Peterborough Zombie Walk

Peterborough Zombie Walk

EID Mela 2012

EID Mela 2012

The Fund - October

Thanks for all the applications for the Creative Peterborough Fund! We have had 9 applications requesting a total of £29,170, with £13,000 available.

The results will be announced early in November.

The Fund

As Creative Peterborough announces our second round of grants up to £4000 for groups and organisations this seems a good time to reflect on what happened in the first round.  I hope this will help those applying to the second round.

There were 12 applications, totalling £36,653, with funding of £13K available.  This told us that there is clearly a demand for funding, and ideas for projects.  And that we didn’t have enough to fund everything.

The Creative Peterborough Committee discussed all the applications and in some cases asked for more information to ensure all could be compared fairly.  Information missing included:

- Breakdowns in the how the money would be spent.  We don’t need itemised billing but asking for a lump sum means we can’t identify what is being spent on artists (which is very important to us), and how much is being spent on getting the art out there (also important.)

- Background information about the group, including track record, connections with the communities they wanted to work with, and how they were going to manage the project.

The applications then went before a panel which included two independent assessors who have experience in funding and arts management.  The applications were discussed in detail and scored on the following criteria (ranked in importance):

  • Is it artist-led? Investment in artists and art-form practice is a major priority.
  • Where is the creativity and innovation? Projects should demonstrate new ways of working, collaboration and / or experimentation.
  • How sustainable is the work? What will its impact be? Projects should be designed to include the potential to continue / have impact beyond the activity funded by the project.  Will the project make a significant difference to the artists themselves, to the wider arts community, or to the standing of the arts in Peterborough?
  • What will be the visibility of this work? Projects should aims for some level of visibility, quality of exposure should be considered as well as quantity.
  • Need? Do the projects address an identifiable need or a gap in provision,  and could not be funded from elsewhere, such as membership fees, sales, statutory or community funding.
  • Credibility? Can the organisation demonstrate realistic budgeting and planning, and the ability to deliver the outline project, by providing a track record proportionate to the funding applied for.

Although not expected to meet all, these criteria were used to rank the applications and the panel then awarded funds to four projects that provided the strongest evidence of:

  • Innovation in art form and practice.
  • Sustainable project models for local professional artists to develop regional and national profiles.
  • The potential to have an impact on “difficult-to-reach” audiences.
  • Being artist / arts–led (rather than social or education) projects that are unlikely to receive funding from elsewhere.

These were:

Snap-Back - A project with young people led by community organisation Step-Up, which used the development of skills in photography to explore issues of image, self-esteem and identity.

St John’s Church – Funding the activities around two artists’ residencies, a poet and a visual artist, over the next two years

Blok Collective – Development funds to move the organisation into a more sustainable business model, paying for fundamental support such as office infrastructure, mentoring, improved online presence and partnership funding for a programme of projects.

View5 – Funding to research and develop their residency with a local countryside trust and exhibition of work to engage communities with the rural landscape, and to use this work to build new relationships across the region.

These projects will be reported on in the blog as they are completed.

As an artist-led group it’s been an interesting, and challenging, process for us to go through the business of soliciting, appraising and variously rejecting and supporting funding applications.  We hope we have done it with the courtesy and within a timescale that is acceptable – and that by writing this overview it will encourage new groups to successfully apply.

The deadline for submission for the second round of The Fund awards is 21st October, and more information is available here.  We are happy to discuss ideas for projects and support the development of applications – just get in touch via

We look forward to hearing from you.

The Creative Peterborough Fund for October

Aims and Objectives of Creative Peterborough

Creative Peterborough is a network of artists across all creative disciplines, working together to promote cultural activity and practice in the city, by

  • Raising awareness of all the arts and increasing their visibility
  • Encouraging dialogue and collaboration
  • Representation of all the arts to public and private bodies
  • Giving artists of all disciplines in Peterborough a voice  


  • Art Projects in the widest sense
  • Peterborough Artists, Projects or Community Organisations
  • Groups/Organisations rather than individuals (see Fundit for solo projects)
  • Funding of £750-£4000 (see Fundit for smaller projects)
  • Evidence of seeking match funding/self sufficiency
  • We may offer less than the funding you request
  • No expectations of regular funding
  • All publicity must be badged Creative Peterborough and we should be identified in any documentation, including press releases


Please provide a brief outline of your project or organisation. An A4 sheet is sufficient, but you may provide a maximum of 3xA4 sheets. Visuals can be provided if they clarify the proposal. We suggest you answer the following: -

  • Describe your Project
  • Amount required. Please provide a breakdown of costs and a timetable.
  • What do you need the funding for?
  • Have you sought/received other sources of funding? Please detail
  • Who or what benefits from your work?
  • How does it meet the aims of Creative Peterborough?
  • What local resources (eg. Local talent and services) will your project use?


A panel consisting of at least 3 Creative Peterborough committee members and 2 independent members will allocate funding. We will aim to get high profile members of the community to sit on the panel for a period of one year. Grants will be allocated at the end of April and October. An initial review will be carried out by Creative Peterborough and may request further information before your proposal goes before the panel.

We are anticipating receiving more applications than the funding available, but the decision of the panel will be final; there will be no appeals process.

Please email to register an interest or request further information. Deadline for application is 21st October, results will be notified during the first week in November.

The panel for the April Creative Peterborough Fund chose to award funds to four projects that provided particularly strong evidence of:

  • Innovation in art form and practice.
  • Sustainable project models for local professional artists to develop regional and national profiles.
  • The potential to have an impact on “difficult-to-reach” audiences.
  • Being artist / arts-led (rather than social or education) projects that are unlikely to receive funding from elsewhere