Silent Online Art Auction

After sadly cancelling our auction event, we have made the artwork available for you to bid online. The Portraits will be given to respective sitters and the rest of the work is available for you to bid on. The auction ends at midday on the 13 September and the works will be available to collect after the service on the 14 September.

Captured during the recital

Captured during the recital

Lunchtime Lectures return on the 25th of February.

Welcome to Peterborough Parish Church Tuesday Till Two

A series of lunchtime lectures in conjunction with St Johns Development Board CIC 25th February–1st April 1.00pm–1.45pm
Admission £3

Tuesday 25th February-June & Vernon Bull ‘Peterborough Parish Church–built 1402 to1407-entirely by public subscription’ June and Vernon Bull have lived in Peterborough for over 45 years. They are local historians and authors who have a real passion for St John’s and for Peterborough. They will be giving an illustrated talk on the history of Peterborough Parish Church from when the original St John’s church (built c1078) was sited to the east of the Abbey Church (Cathedral) to its location today in the heart of the city centre–where it stands as an imposing early 15th century jewel inthe crown of the city’s heritage. The new site must have made an attractive prospect to many parishioners seeking a more accessible and better built church. The old St John’s church, east of the town by the side of the Nene, at the point where dry land submitted to the marshy Fens, was a fertile place blessed with natural abundant food and building resources but the waters started to encroach on the ploughlands and woodlands with rich fertile meads and pastures becoming waterlogged. The rebuilding and relocation of the existing Parish Church and its rich architecture and fabric, along with prominent Peterborough people associated with it, make for a mesmerising tale.’
Tuesday 4th March-Brendon Fox
‘Peterborough’s Trams–a Social History’
At the turnof the twentieth century, Peterborough was transformed by the latest in transportation technology–the electric tram. Linking the centre with Walton, Dogsthorpe and Newark, it not only changed the landscape of the city, but the lives of those who worked and travelled on this wonder of the modern age. Using postcards and other documents we will attempt to gain insights into life with the trams during this 30 year period of the city’s history.
Tuesday 11th March-Sophie Antonelli
‘The Green Backyard’
Tuesday 18th March–Alun Williams
‘Fractals and the Natural world’
The first fractals were mathematical monstrosities, conceived by 19th century mathematicians as “pathological” examples. But in the last fifty years or so scientists have come to realise that far from being pathological monsters, fractals are all around us-in clouds, trees, and inside our own bodies. The talk will also take a look at the question “How long is the coastline of Britain?” to help us understand what a fractal actually is.
Alun Williams began work as a software designer in 1984 after reading mathematics at university. Around 1999 his interest in mathematics was rekindled when he became interested in the artistic possibilities of using mathematics and computers to create music and images, and in theyears since, his software has been cited in mathematical papers, and his artwork exhibited at Warwick university at an international mathematical conference.
Tuesday 25th March–Ben Middleton
‘Land rights in England, why it should be discussed and how it affects us here in Peterborough’
Tuesday 1st April–Michael Reid ‘The noblehistory of the philosophic fool’ Have you ever met someone and after not been sure whether they were the biggest fool you ever met or the wisest person you ever met? This is a noble tradition reaching back at least as far as Socrates. What can we learn from these great people? Mightthey hold the key to a better way to view the world and a nicer way to work with people? Join in the exploration. No knowledge of philosophy required, just an enquiring mind.


2014 Lent talks at St John’s After the success of last year we have organiseda series of Lent Talks for Thursdays during Lent. Each evening will begin with a said Eucharist at 7.30pm. After tea/coffee the talk will follow at 8.15pm. The evening will end at 9.30pm. This year’s theme will beArt and God. Thursday 13 March–Lent Talk 1: Andrew Reid, Director of Royal School of Church Music, God and Music Thursday 20 March–Lent Talk 2: Stuart Pedley, Poet, God and Poetry Thursday 27 March–Lent Talk 3: Garth Bayley, Artist in Residence, God and Art–a chance to talk to Garth about his year at St John’s Thursday 3 April–Lent Talk 4: Margaret Hunt, Editor Religious Drama Society Magazine, God and Drama Thursday 10 April–Lent Talk 5: Jonathan Baker, Canon Missioner at the Cathedral, God and Film Everyone is welcome to any of these talks. Each evening is ‘stand alone’ so if you have to miss one it will not affect the subsequent

Merry Christmas from Art @ Advent

So Merry Christmas one and all!

We hope you are having a wonderful day and we wish you an even better New Year!


To top off the Art @ Advent project, we have our very own Artist in Resident Garth Bayley, its a traditional scene with a difference. This is what Garth had to say about it:

My gouaches are very traditional description of the subject as I always thought about it. The first Christmas journey to Bethlehem, Mary and Joseph on their way, travelling around various places. The figures are absolutely lonely but there is a great hope reflected in the colour which shows promise… there is always promise and great potential in the human journey…

We just wanted to say thank you to every person who took an interest in the work and also to the amazing artists who gave us some thought provoking and exceptional pieces of art to brighten each day of this advent in 2013. Lets see what 2014 now has in store for us.

To find out more about Garth Bayley, please go to:

Day 24 of Art @ Advent- Christmas Eve

Day 24 of Art @ Advent- Christmas Eve


This striking work is by Kaine Kulczak aka Korp who is an urban artist from Peterborough, Korp has painted this directly onto an old pallet, so this piece is already unusual in its use of materials and Korp is also happy for this to go to a good home afterwards, so if you would like to have this in your home, then please email Keely at

The purpose of the work is to remind us all, that for some other people in the world both near and far, on this particular day of the year. The only wish on their Christmas list is to be healthy and to be with family.  So in the frenetic craziness of last minute shopping and preparations, take a moment to reflect on this picture of a Romanian orphan, drawing your attention to those whose only hope is love and health.  This work also draws parallels with the baby Jesus  and if he was born into poverty now what would that look like?

In the stillness of this work, take the chance for a quiet piece of time to send love to those who will find it hard to get through the next 24 hours and to say thanks for those things which make you grateful, loved or at peace.

To find out more about Korp, then please got to: