We are excited to announce our new 42WORDS project, supported using public funding from the Art Council’s Emergency Fund, which is supporting local creatives during the Covid-19 crisis and helping to maintain our Art in the Park Programme.
The Park has been providing a space for wellbeing, reflection, leisure and culture for the residents of Peterborough for 42 years this year, and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is a significant moment in the Park’s existence, particularly when Parks and greenspaces have supported our health and wellbeing and the pandemic will have a lasting impact on the Park and the wider community.
42WORDS will see local artists, including, poets, visual artists, illustrators and digital artists, create 42 artworks in a variety of artforms. The artists are responding to ideas of wellbeing, nature, overcoming isolation, grief, remembrance and re-building community, via a series of words nominated by staff, volunteers, local community groups, schools and the public.
The artworks will be installed in the Park as banners and posters, published online and on social media and displayed on community boards around the city.
Keep an eye out for the artworks which will begin appearing in the Park in July. We would love to hear what you think and see any photographs you share!
Mark Grist - Artist & Project Compere
Mark Grist is an award-winning poet, teacher and battle-rapper based in Peterborough. He's clocked up millions of views for both his poetry and rap battles online and has been on several live tours of the UK and overseas. Mark recently starred in Red Bull's documentary 'Mark Grist Battles the World’ and is currently working on a second season of his podcast serial 'Mark Can't Rap' (which explores the culture and craft behind rap lyrics).
During the lockdown Mark has been running a free weekly online writing club for adults called 'Write Club' and offering free live-streamed creative writing sessions for Primary and secondary students.
‘Epic’ (Ice Cube)
‘Absolute dynamite’ (Stephen Merchant)
‘A Man Precision built to reach out to a live audience’ (The Guardian)
Charley Genever - Artist
Charley Genever is a poet, writer, and creative producer. Living and working from Peterborough, she is a former Peterborough Poet Laureate, vice chair of the Syntax Poetry Festival committee, manager of the Peterborough Poet Laureate and Young Poet Laureate programmes, and produces her own quarterly spoken word night ‘Freak Speak’. She has worked with a variety of arts organisations across the country, including Tate Britain, The Poetry Society, Apples and Snakes, and The Mighty Creatives. She is a Metal resident artist, and has received multiple Project Grants from Arts Council England.
Paper Rhino is creative co-op specialising in illustration, art, typography, animation and design. We are passionate about our disciplines and equally as passionate about working in a socially responsible way.
Dominic Le-Hair - Artist
Dominic Le-Hair is a member of Paper Rhino, a creative co-op specialising in illustration, art, typography, animation and design. Dominic loves experimenting with type, combining hands-on media with digital techniques.
Amanda Rigby is a member of Paper Rhino, an artist and highly skilled creative illustrator. Her years as a magazine Art Editor have also made her a swift, meticulous and much sought-after designer.
Clare Currie - Artist
Peterborough Poet Laureate Nov 2017-19
Associate Artist - Jumped Up Theatre
Secretary - Syntax Poetry Festival
Clare is available for workshops and commissions
Prin Marshall - Artist
Prin Marshall is an illustrator and street artist who specialises in paste-up's and sticker art.
She predominantly works freehand in monochrome, using ink and pen to create distinctive line work. Her illustrations explore streams of the haunting consciousness; her female figures are in static moments of time exploring a macabre narrative that challenges female oppression and embraces empowerment.
Prin's work includes live art at Tamworth New Urban Era and Bring The Paint (Leicester) Graffiti and Art Festivals, Cheltenham Paint Festival, KorpFest Live Paint Jam (Peterbrorough) and Pop-Up Lab: Visual Storytelling project. She has been featured in Peterborough Presents: 1000 Moments, Nene Living, Gaze: Peterborough's Feminist Art Zine, the Brooklyn Sketchbook Project Library amongst other commissioned work and the street being her canvas and urban gallery.
She is the founder and curator of Battle Lines; a timed live art battle event which has attracted local, national and international artists from a range of creative disciplines including, Graffiti, Street Artists,Tattooists, Illustrators and Fine Artists.
Charron Pugsley-Hill - Artist
Charron Pugsley-Hill was Artist in Residence in the Ferry Meadows a few years ago. Her colourful paintings, felted pieces and installations are inspired by her lifelong love of nature and flowers. Charron is known also for her work on WWI commemorations here and abroad including her community installation THE SKY OF POPPIES in Queensgate in 2016.
Her work is created intuitively trusting that the energy and the emotions of each subject or place will appear in her art in her distinctive style. She loves to connect people to the natural world and to each other through her art and she loves making a difference to people and to the natural world, both of which are precious to her.
Faith Falayi -Artist
Faith Falayi is Peterborough’s first Young Poet Laureate, aiming to share her passion for poetry and inspire a new generation of young poets. Through the power of words and imagination, she uses her work to promote self-expression, bridge divides and bring communities together.
Malika Speaks - Artist
Malika is a Spoken Word artist who was crowned Peterborough’s Poet Laureate 2019-2021. She is driven by purpose and justice. Writing poetry from a very young age she found a love for spoken word which she uses to inspire and deliver messages around morality, reflectivity, self-empowerment and mental health. Malika is active in many projects around community cohesion, and inspiring and empowering people to be confident in who they are and their value in society. She has performed and appeared on TV, radio shows and at events in London, Luton and Peterborough, including: BBC Look East, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, inspire FM, and Salaam Radio!
Jason Duckmanton - Artist
Jason Duckmanton is a conceptual artist based in Peterborough. He creates digital and traditional paintings that explore macabre themes mixed with melancholic, surrealist imagery. He is also a director of the design Co-operative Paper Rhino where he works as an illustrator and designer.