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!

Current Exhibitions

Graham Crowley
A Love of Many Things

14 Jun - 8 Sep 2019
Art Gallery

"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

The Cold War: 1945 - 1989                

13 Jul – 8 Sep 2019
Temporary Exhibition Gallery

Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, ‘The Cold War’ exhibition explores one of the most important ideological and political conflicts of the 20th Century. From the Korean War to the Space Race, this exhibition tells the story of the tense struggle between communism and democracy and its effect on the world around it. The exhibition covers several viewpoints; including the influences upon popular culture – with examples of pop music and literature.

This touring exhibition was produced by Epping Forest Museum and supported by Arts Council England.

Family Activity: Spy Trail 

You are a spy and you need to solve 6 clues at Peterborough Museum – can you do it?
After completion you can get a stamp for your Children’s University passport. Pick up a trail at reception and go into the exhibition gallery next to the café, where you can hunt for clues. This gallery has an exhibition about the Cold War and celebrates the fall of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago.

Spy Trail's can be purchased from Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery reception for £1

Future Exhibitions

A British Museum and Salisbury Museum Partnership Exhibition
Hoards: a hidden history of ancient Britain

12 Oct – 15 Dec 2019
Art Gallery

Following on from the success of the Hoards display at the British Museum in 2016, this partnership exhibition has visited museums across the UK as part of the British Museum’s National Programmes to display and highlight prehistoric, Roman, early medieval and later hoards. Peterborough is the final venue to showcase this amazing collection of finds, so please take the opportunity to visit whilst they are still available to enjoy!

People have been placing metalwork and valuable objects in the ground and in water since the Bronze Age (c. 2200–800 BC). The exhibition looks at the varied and changing explanations for the burial and non-recovery of hoards. Whether accidentally lost or stolen, discarded as worthless, saved for recycling, hidden for safekeeping, or offered as gifts for the gods, their stories continue to fascinate. It will showcase recent discoveries of hoards reported through the Portable Antiquities Scheme and Treasure Act and brings together objects from the British Museum and Salisbury Museum, including the spectacular Ipswich Iron Age gold torcs and other Bronze Age finds from places such as Must Farm and Ely.

Generously supported by the Dorset Foundation in memory of Harry M Weinrebe

The Westerham hoard, a hoard of gold Iron Age coins found inside a hollow flint in 1927 © The Trustees of the British Museum

© The Dirars

Drawing Time

12 Oct - 8 Dec 2019
Temporary Exhibition Gallery

Drawing Time by #TheDirars is a visual story of one refugee family’s journey from war-torn Darfur in Western Sudan to freedom and resettlement in Hull.

The family relives the journey through artwork and words, drawn and painted onto a reconstructed refugee tent, similar to the tent they inhabited for four years at a refugee camp in Egypt. For single mother Arafa and children Omar, Gaida, Mayas, Ethar, Akram and Waeeil, art occupied the long days, weeks and months “waiting waiting, waiting”. Soon the walls of their tent became a visual gallery of coping with a life in limbo.

Journey’s Drawn: Illustration from the Refugee Crisis

12 Oct - 8 Dec 2019
Temporary Exhibition Gallery

Journey's Drawn: Illustration from the Refugee Crisis is a touring exhibition by House of Illustration which explores ways in which illustration has engaged with the human stories behind the headlines, through reportage illustration, graphic novels and animations. The exhibition will show 40 multi-media works by 12 contemporary artists, two of whom are themselves refugees. The show will document refugee journeys both observed and experienced first-hand over the past three years. Illustrators have the unique opportunity to act as visual journalists, spending extended periods of time in situations where photography is banned or too intrusive.

Iranian artist Majid Adin’s award-winning animation for Elton John’s Rocket Man draws on his own journey to the UK; imprisoned for his political works in Iran, Adin was smuggled to London inside a refrigerator before winning a competition to reimagine the iconic ballad. Palestinian-Syrian Mahmoud Salameh’s bold cartoons – inspired by 17 months in an Australian detention centre – and British Libyan Asia Alfasi’s manga explore issues faced by refugees.

Journey's Drawn will also include war zone reportage by George Butler from Syria, Olivier Kugler’s digital portraits of refugees arriving on the Greek Island of Kos and Kate Evans’ graphic novel that recounts her experience of volunteering in the Calais Jungle.

The 12 illustrators are: Ghaith Abdul-Ahad | Majid Adin | Asia Alfasi | George Butler | Nick Ellwood | Kate Evans | David Foldvari | Karrie Fransman | Olivier Kugler | Toby Morison | Mahmoud Salameh | Gideon Summerfield

© Majid Adin, Stephen McNally, Elton John - Still from Rocket Man

© Nick Sharratt

Nick Sharratt
Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants

Jan - Mar 2020
Art Gallery

Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants is a wonderfully bright and colourful touring exhibition all about Nick Sharratt and his illustrations. There's loads to look at, from drawings he did a boy and student to original picture book artwork. There are sections on how picture books are made, lots of activities to do, including dressing up, creating your own 'Sharracter' and working in his studio.

This interactive exhibition is perfect for families and any Nick Sharratt or Tracey Beaker fans!

Brian Falconbridge

Art Gallery

This compelling retrospective exhibition celebrates 50 years of the creative output of East Anglian sculptor and academic, Professor Brian Falconbridge, charting a personal and professional journey from early student days through a lifetime of making and mentoring. 

Though a sculptor, his inspiration derives from European painting from the 17th to the 20th century via artists such as Velasquez, Zurburan, Schwitters, Morandi, Cotan, de Chirico and Picasso and movements including Dada and Russian Constructivism.  At the same time, the influence of Japanese thought, literature and culture are reflected in his attention to scale and simplicity in his sculpture and in the brushwork in the works on paper. The interest and insight to be gained in this assembled body of work lies in being able to view early student work that includes the transformation of commonplace everyday objects with a nod to the ‘surreal’ and then to be able to follow the imagery through as it takes on a range of influences, until it is ultimately pared down and formalised into both wooden constructions and bronze casts incorporating the theme of ‘still life’. 

Complementing the sculpture is an abundant collection of drawings, both polychrome and black and white, including a major installation comprising 102 works on paper.  Some are small and intricate, some urgent and gestural and others, larger, highly considered and ordered. In drawing together this representative body of 50 years’ work by Brian Falconbridge, HINDSIGHT: 2020 evidences both commitment to the pursuit of creativity through the practice of Fine Art and the continuity and development of his ideas as an artist.

© Brian Falconbridge, Study for Still Life (towards Emmaus), 1983