Our new Artist in Residence is announced!

St John’s the Baptist with help from The St John’s Development Board CIC and Creative Peterborough are entering into a new creative residency with visual artist Garth Bayley. The residency will last a year from July 2013-July 2014 and will be a programme full of exciting events and interesting creative responses to one of the city centre’s most important spiritual and cultural buildings and communities. The exact programme is yet to be released and will be a mixture of both public and private engagements that could culminate in exhibitions, installations and even dinners!

St John’s present Canon, Ian Black said “I am delighted that we have appointed Garth as our artist in residence. This is the first time we have done this and we are looking forward to him working with us over the coming year. Artists have a way of looking at the familiar and helping us see what we haven’t yet seen and also of bringing a new perspective on life which can stimulate and challenge. This is going to be an exciting and enlivening partnership.”

The need for an Artist in Residence has culminated from the artistic and cultural policy that the Church and its Development board have been producing in the last two years, with successful lectures, musical recitals and indeed the wordy equivalent in its Poet in Residence. The artist will be responding to the Church’s cultural events, its standing both spiritually and historically, they will also be working with the wider community that interact with the Church on a daily basis.

Garth Bayley who is taking on the role this year has a great and varied experience in visual art, that includes being co-curator and co-organiser of the Still Working Gallery (roving gallery), selling his work both nationally and internationally and he is on the committee for The Peterborough Open Art Studios.

Garth said…. “I am really excited to be chosen as the Artist in Residence and I am thrilled to be able to document the life of the church through its people and history. I can’t wait to be part of the family and producing a body of work through interaction”

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