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By tov617, Jul 10 2016 11:01AM

June 2016 saw a collision of events with the Peterborough Artists Open Studio 2016 starting, the Castor and Ailsworth Garden Safari weekend, followed by the Peterborough Heritage Festival 2016 and Castor Ales Bar outside the front of the Peterborough Cathedral. Jonathan and Jackie Cook, opened their garden for the garden safari and kindly hosted the sculptures which took the pressure off making my creative spaces safe for visitors to look round.

This also gave the project a chance to assess the logistcal implications of moving the large pieces around and calculate manpower and time needed for the PECT Green Festival 2016. The central piece for the PAOS weekend was to be a Torii Henge, laid out by Astronomy consultants Chris Pounsett and Duncan Vessey of Castor Ales, Ben Pounsett helped with the build and sourcing wood. This trial was worthwhile in proving that the Torii Henge is a feasible addition to the Floodlands stage set up, provided some modifications are made to speed the build and make the structure less reliant on the top ring for support.

Works included during the Peterborough Artist Open Studio Week 1 were:

Future Floodplain Xoanon

The Flood Monster

Plastic Electro Ocean Column


Torii Door

Torii Henge.

By tov617, May 14 2016 09:22AM

We are pleased to be able to announce the six commissions for the Future Floodlands Stage at the PECT Green Festival 2016.

The writers are:

William Alderson

Clare Currie

Elaine Ewart

Olivia Jones

Hilary Spiers

Vikki Touzel

Thank you to everyone who sent in work it was a tough call in selecting only six.

By tov617, Apr 3 2016 10:07AM

The charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT), in association with Eastern Angles Theatre Company, is commissioning six writers to create short pieces for performance at the Green Festival 2016. There will be a launch event at the Green Festival on Saturday 13th August in Cathedral Square, with the main performances on the evening of Saturday 20th August at the Green Backyard.

The Future Floodlands stage is at once a collaborative group project as a vehicle for poetry performances, plays and story telling as well as environmentally focused art installation. Concept and stage set created by James Tovey, with lights and projections by Luke Payn and featuring the cartoon design skills of John Elson. Read James’ inspiration here:


Future Floodlands: exploring our relationship with a climate shift and a flooded future

Floods have shaped human history, particularly in the Fens and low lying Levels of the United Kingdom, featuring in many legends, myths and religious texts. Human communities have used changes in water boundaries and heights purposely to aid agriculture, trade and communication.

But recent years have brought us broadcasts and reports of watery destruction both nationally and internationally. We are already seeing the fallout on resources, refugees, the natural environment and our health. With predicted rising temperatures and sea levels these flooded scenes are set to become increasingly common.

Our future landscape may be deeply altered and challenging but it may not be environmentally unfriendly. We may find ourselves venturing back to the floodlands, seeking a new life in the communities that travel by boat over the submerged townships, roads and fields on tracts of water connecting island communities. What would it be like?


• We are looking for performance pieces; this can be in the medium of poetry, prose or script. The piece may involve movement or other theatrical techniques but it must be clear what and why these are used

• The aim is to evoke an emotional response from the audience, encouraging them to consider and engage with a realistic potential environmental change and our place within it

• The piece will be approximately 10 to 15 minutes long

• The piece must be performed by a maximum of 2 performers

• Any effects must be created by the performer

• There will be workshops and one-on-one meetings to support the development process with Keely Mills (poet) and Poppy Rowley (theatre director)

• The pieces will be rehearsed at the end of July/beginning of August with Eastern Angles director Poppy Rowley

• Actors will perform the pieces, or there is the option to perform your own piece


• A fee of £150

• Support from Eastern Angles Theatre co, PECT & The Green Backyard

• Your work will be performed as part of The Green Festival

• Working with professional actors and theatre directors


We require one A4 page example of your previous work and one A4 page of your proposed idea. To ensure anonymous judging please do not include your name on either A4 page.

This can be written in prose, bullet points, images, inspiration, etc. whatever format you feel best summarises your idea. Feel free to go further afield than the above inspiration as long as it links to the theme of Future Floodlands which are above.

(NB: sending less than an A4 page for either will not be penalised.

We would prefer this format for applications:

In your email please use for SUBJECT: Future Floodlands, Application for Commission

Please include the following information in the body of the email


Preferred method of contact:

Title of attached example work (A4 page):

Title of attached proposed idea (A4 page):

Please specify whether you would like to perform your piece (NB, if you end up writing a two-hander you could perform one part):

YES I would like to perform my piece

NO I would like someone else to perform my piece

DON’T KNOW YET I would like to decide nearer the time

Please email your application to Poppy Rowley at: [email protected]

by 12pm on the 29th April 2016

Commissions will be awarded on 9th May 2016

By tov617, Mar 12 2016 10:13PM

The bienniel Peterborough Open exhibition begins on the 18th March 2016 at the Peterborough city Museum and Art gallery with the exhibition running to the 15th June 2016, taking place in the three rooms of the Peterborough's City Gallery.

As with the RA summer exhibition the Peterborough Open is a judged show with the final numbers whittled down from a large number of sumbissions. The judges look to create a dynamic show that serves as a platform in recognising and promoting, showcasing and rewarding the best selection of visual art from across the region.

Many of the works will be for sale and with a new submission process for the artists it looks to help put visual art back at the heart of the city's cultural calendar.

By tov617, Dec 13 2015 07:15PM

An oil painting made from an analogue photo-montague taken before the days of panorama settings on your camera or iphone. The photos were from earlier viisits to Spurn Point, with the painting being made during 2003 and first exhibited in 2004.

A new theory suggested by Dr. John Pethick of Hull University could indicate that Victorian constructions slowed the pace of the erosion and redisposition of the sands and deposits, now making up the spit enough to leave the causeway and sand bar out to Spurn Point more exposed than would of been the case originally.

Current management polices mean the Victorian structures will not be replaced and the natural speed of movement of the spit westwards will resume at 2m per year. While those structures are now being undermined and can be seen collapsing onto the beach before being washed over and claimed by the sea.


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