Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery hosts an exciting programme of changing temporary exhibitions from local to internationally renowned artists. Have a look below at our upcoming exhibitions!

Fabric of Society

15 Nov 2018 - 3 Feb 2019

The Fabric of Society exhibition has brought together a group of 20 women from different communities across Peterborough in regular textile sessions at Peterborough Museum since August 2018. There they have shared their traditional textiles and techniques, as well as their histories and importance. It has been an enlightening exploration of immigration and integration in our community.

Nationalities represented in the project include Lithuania, Portugal, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, England and Angola. The group also took the time to eat together during their meet-ups, with each member bringing traditional foods from their communities.

As the exhibition continues the display will build and change and the gallery will act as a work space. Members of the public will be invited to take part in sewing sessions with the group. 

The exhibition is open Tue - Sun, 10am - 5pm

Ann Bellamy
Just Be Normal.  Memoirs of a Dissenting Child

17 Jan - 3 Mar 2019

Have you ever wondered what creates an artist? Ann Bellamy invites you into her formative childhood.  A world full of spinster aunts, best clothes, coaltar soap and the acute human observations for which she is increasingly well known. With reference to her sister’s diaries, family artefacts and her memories, we learn that Ann was a highly visual child whose individual choices often set her apart from her more conventional peers.  Just Be Normal will strike a chord with many of us who as children imagined the ordinary into the extraordinary and secretly harboured the delights of a mysterious world full of beauty, ridiculousness and pathos.  If ever there was a testament to a child’s artistic potential then ‘Just Be Normal’ is it. The dissenting child is a brave child, an inspired child and, in this instance, a child who had no choice but to become an artist full of humanity, empathy and a wicked sense of humour.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Open Exhibition 2019

29 Mar - 26 May 2019

The Open Exhibition is an open to all visual art competition. It offers artists the opportunity to exhibit as part of a professionally curated and public-facing show, taking place over all three gallery spaces of Vivacity’s Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery. We 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 UK.

Entry forms are now available. Entry forms AND payment should be submitted by the entry deadline on the 22 February 2019. Entries are accepted in the form of painting, drawing, photography, prints, sculpture and applied arts. Installation and performance art will be considered, but will depend on available gallery space. Each artist can submit a maximum of 3 works. Find out more HERE

After School Club

13 - 27 Apr 2019

Vivacity Pop Up Shop, Queensgate

Metal is working in partnership with Vivacity to bring a special exhibition of work by Peterborough’s extraordinary art teachers. Teachers of Peterborough dedicate an enormous amount of time to inspiring our future generation. This exhibition is an opportunity for them to focus on, and show off, their own talents. The exhibition will run for 2 weeks in the Vivacity pop-up shop in Queensgate, which overlooks Cathedral Sq, coinciding with Peterborough Museum & Art Gallery’s Open Exhibition 2019.

Graham Crowley
A Love of Many Things

14 Jun - 8 Sept 2019

"Fifty years ago I went to art school where I learnt to embrace uncertainty. I was introduced to a world of creative possibilities of which art was just a part and I learnt that almost anything or any pursuit had the potential, by virtue of intention and application, to be art. This was the late 1960s when the consensus was that ‘painting was dead’ and it seemed only right that this sentiment should be checked. Conceptual art challenged painters to think differently about painting – and that meant me."

"I subsequently absorbed this understanding into my painting which is why my paintings have been referred to as post-conceptual. It has permitted me to not only paint, draw and make prints but to write, publish, make murals, build motorcycles, illustrate books and design stamps – with the same intention – to beguile. What distinguished art for my generation was its potential to influence the way we would think and behave – to alter consciousness."

Graham Crowley, 2018

Graham Crowley, Blue Drift 4 - oil on canvas - 2015 - 92 x 122cm