Peterborough Presents

An exciting arts project in a fast-growing city
Wet Sounds at Peterborough Lido
Wet Sounds at Peterborough Lido
Photo: Leah Barfield
Wet Sounds at Peterborough Lido
Wet Sounds at Peterborough Lido
Photo: Leah Barfield
Wash Your Dirty Linen in Public live art exhibition
Wash Your Dirty Linen in Public live art exhibition
Photo: Rosie Cooper
Diwali vs The Zombie Walk - commissioned by Peterborough Presents
Diwali vs The Zombie Walk - commissioned by Peterborough Presents
Photo:
Bretton Festival
Bretton Festival
Photo: Luke Payn

Where: Peterborough 
With: Vivacity Peterborough Culture and Leisure, Metal, Nene Park Trust, Eastern Angles Theatre Company, Peterborough City Council, Voluntary Arts England

‘Great art on your doorstep’

Peterborough Presents works with communities and artists to create great art across the city. By great, we mean art that is fun, diverse and, most importantly relevant to local residents.

Our community-led commissioning model places our audiences at the heart of the decision making process. We focus on areas of the city where arts engagement is particularly low and working with our community panels we commission new work specific to that area. Our approach enables our communities to actively guide the programme whilst providing regular opportunities for artists to create new work in Peterborough.

So far our projects have been unusual, playful and most importantly, fun! Highlights range from underwater music and poetry at the Lido (Wet Sounds), to City Gallery’s first Live Art exhibition (Wash Your Dirty Linen in Public), to a hot tub in a field (Park Tales), to a flash dance performance full of zombies (Diwali vs The Zombie Walk). We believe that it is important to take risks, try new approaches and learn from each project.

Our commissions programme is supported by an ongoing training and development programme that strengthens the sustainability of our work; we are investing in community organisations, voluntary groups, individuals and artists; providing them with the skills and confidence to grow the city’s arts offer.

In addition, we are investing in young creatives. Our Emerge programme will enable 16 young producers to build their own funded projects; developing, commissioning and promoting activities for and by their age group. Each trainee will receive a budget for their project, training, and one-to-one mentoring to grow a collective of young creative producers.