The Peterborough Art Society Annual Exhibition is in St John’s from 24th May until 3rd June, and can be visited between 10am and 4pm on Mondays to Saturdays, except on Fridays, when the exhibition will open at noon. You can vote for (or buy!) your favourite work.
“What is the value of The Green Backyard? Art, activism and the environment in Peterborough” is the first of a new season of Tuesdays Till Two “Church of Ideas” lunchtime talks, to be presented at 1pm on 16th February by London-based artist Jessie Brennan, who is an artist in residence with Metal Peterborough at The Green Backyard.
Situated (in a shed-turned-darkroom) at the Green Backyard – Peterborough’s ‘community growing project’ – she is exploring ways in which an art project in collaboration with the grassroots charitable organisation can contribute to debates around regeneration and community land rights.
The Green Backyard’s future at its current site is uncertain: the land was proposed for redevelopment by Peterborough City Council. Jessie’s project attempts to challenge the narrative of the need for redevelopment of the site by offering alternative evidence – in the form of a visual (cyanotypes) and audio (local voices) archive – for the social use and value of the land. In her talk, Jessie will reveal her research to date – and why we all should be activists.
As usual the church café will be open from noon, and will be selling a range of hot drinks, and home made cakes, scones, and other baked goodies with all profits from the café going to The Green Backyard. The talk will begin at 1pm and will be followed by an opportunity for discussion and questions. Admission to the talk is free, but a donation to help cover costs will be appreciated. The suggested donation is £3.
Jessie Brennan is a London-based British artist whose practice explores the representation of places through drawing and dialogue, informed by their changing contexts and a direct engagement with the people who occupy them. She graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2007 and has since exhibited nationally and internationally, including: REGENERATION! HS Projects, London, (solo and publication, 2015); Progress, The Foundling Museum, London (2014); Talents Contemporains, François Schneider Foundation, France (2014); Coup de Ville, WARP, Belgium (2013); Cities & Eyes, Marian Cramer Projects, Netherlands (solo, 2012); and The Cut, Space, London (2011). Jessie is a freelance educator, visiting university lecturer and current Metal Peterborough/GBY residency artist where she is developing her Arts Council England supported project Inside a Green Backyard. She is also a Visiting Research Fellowship at The Bartlett, UCL, (2016). Further details about her work can be found on her website.
Peterborough Art Society’s Annual exhibition is on display in the church from 12th November until the 22nd. The exhibition can be viewed until 4pm Monday to Saturday, from noon on Fridays and 10am other days. The society was founded in 1929, and there are about 100 pictures to see. There’s a free catalogue and a chance to vote for your favourite picture. Most of the pictures are available to buy.
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. http://www.jumblebee.co.uk/st-johns-cic-art-auction