Gallery Events & Talks

Gallery Events & Talks

To coincide with our exhibitions on display in the City Gallery, we have various exciting events and talks at Peterborough Museum. Join us to hear inspiring speakers with years of experience working as artists or with artists in creative industries, and get involved in our gallery events which have been specially selected in response to our stunning contemporary exhibitions.

What Next? Meeting

17 April 2018, 6pm

What Next? is a national movement bringing together arts and cultural organisations from across the UK to articulate and strengthen the role of culture in our society, through informed conversations with each other, audiences, policy makers, community leaders, politicians, funders, academics, business people and the public.​It is an organically growing network, not ‘owned’ by anyone.

About the Chapter

This is a new chapter set up to provide a great opportunity for the arts and cultural sector in the city to come together, make connections, discuss issues and look at ways we can work together.

Everyone is welcome, whether from an organisation or individuals and from all art forms.

Meetings

The first meeting will be on 17th April at 6pm in Peterborough Museum and City Gallery and will be hosted by Vivacity and Jumped Up Theatre

We hope to hold future meetings monthly, they will last approximately an hour and will be member-led, and any member is welcome to host meetings.

Venue: Peterborough Museum, Priestgate, PE1 1LF

Driving Innovation Through Art: The Folkestone Model

3rd May 2018, 6pm

Talk with Professor Lewis Biggs

Professor Lewis Biggs has been responsible for the last two editions of Folkestone Triennial, which has become a celebrated example of how even a small town can achieve impact in the international art world through an ambitious exhibition. This talk focuses on the research and process involved in realising selected artworks in Folkestone in the last four years, and how the Triennial contributes to the life of the town.

Lewis founded and developed Liverpool Biennial between 1998 and 2010, during which time Liverpool was European Capital of Culture 2008. Since becoming an independent curator Lewis has specialised in commissioning art outdoors in Japan, China, Lithuania and Mongolia as well as Folkestone.

Duration: 1 hour

Venue: Howe Room, Peterborough Museum, Priestgate, PE1 1LF

Tickets are £6 and are available to book by calling Peterborough Museum on 01733 864663, through visiting reception in person or through our online booking system. Tickets are limited so please book in advance.

Sheila Girling: In Pursuit of Dynamic Identity

7th June, 6pm

Talk with Barry Martin

Sheila Girling is a respected artist in her own right, and despite motherhood, marriage and a life long working relationship contributing in a good part to her husband’s modus operandi, she succeeded in later years in finding her own freedom and individual direction that was truly her style and identity. This talk will track her developments from Girling the water colour landscape painter, and her early student days at the Royal Academy of Arts Schools, London. It was there that she met her husband to be, Anthony Caro, (later Sir Anthony Caro), when he took, misguidedly, her drawing board and then made outrageous remarks to her about art.

Their eventual move to Frognal, Hampstead, via Much Hadham and Henry Moore’s studio elicited many friends in the Hampstead hinterlands, including Eduardo Paolozzi and Dorothy Morland, amongst the many. And whilst this remained their home for the rest of their lives, and Tony’s studio for the early part, many American artists such as Ken Noland, Helen Frankenthaler, Jules Olitski, and the American critic, Clement Greenberg for example, remained close friends for much of their lives. This followed Tony’s conversion, at the end of the 1950’s on seeing David Smith’s sculptures in the USA. This talk will look at Sheila’s transformative journey in the search and analysis she diligently undertook towards a definitive self-style and statement. This can be seen expounded in paintings such as, The Maharajahs, 1993, where her use of collage and acrylic onto canvas has a masterful sweep of large sized rhythms. These arc-like, flow across the full horizontal field, giving a triumphant sense of grandeur, space refound, and freedom of spirit. A truly uplifting experience! Or, her last suite of smaller sized collaged and constructed abstractions using hand made paper with acrylic, such as ‘Measure of the Day’, 2015, 76 x 52cm, where the use of space, colour, focus and composition are a sheer joy.
C. Barry Martin 2018

Barry Martin is a practising artist and a lecturer with work in many public and private collections including: The Tate Gallery; The Victoria and Albert Museum; The Government Art Collection; The British Council; Heritage England; The Henry Moore Institute; The Museum of Modern Art, Paris; University of London Goldsmiths’ College; National Trust; and more.

Duration: 1 hour

Venue: Howe Room, Peterborough Museum, Priestgate, PE1 1LF

To book tickets, please contact Peterborough Museum by calling 01733 864663 or visiting reception in person or through our online booking system. Tickets are limited so please book in advance.

Shelia Girling, The Last Supper, 2004, acrylic and collage on canvas, 195.6 x 323.9cm © Courtesy of Barford Sculptures, Photo: John Riddy

Table Piece CIX, Steel, painted slate grey, 48.3 x 106.7 x 61cm Photo: Mike Bruce Courtesy of Barford Sculptures and Gagosian Gallery

Anthony Caro: A Life in Sculpture

5th July 2018, 6pm

Talk with Julius Bryant 

Anthony Caro (1924-2013) achieved international renown as Britain’s leading sculptor of the generation after Henry Moore. Caro first shocked the art world in the 1960s with brightly-painted abstract steel sculptures that he made after visiting the U.S.A. and studying the work of David Smith and of the Colour Field Painters. This richly-illustrated and entertaining lecture will set this important exhibition in the context of both Caro’s career and of his long and happy marriage to the painter Sheila Girling. The speaker is Britain’s foremost scholar on Caro, having collaborated with him in curating four international exhibitions of his work. Julius Bryant also wrote five books on his friend and neighbour and continues to contribute to exhibition catalogues. He works at the Victoria and Albert Museum as Keeper of Word and Image.

Duration: 1 hour

Venue: Howe Room, Peterborough Museum, Priestgate, PE1 1LF


To book tickets, please contact Peterborough Museum by calling 01733 864663 or visiting reception in person or through our online booking system. Tickets are limited so please book in advance.