This project, supported with funding from Arts Council England, invites communities to explore, engage with and re-imagine the Peterborough Sculpture Collection.

We have been running a programme of facilitated conversations and activities throughout 2022 to explore the stories, artists, contemporary relevance and care of the Sculpture Collection from diverse perspectives via community, disability and faith groups, young people, residents, businesses, creatives & art conservators. The conversations will inform new physical and digital tools, events and maintenance, increasing community engagement and ownership all helping to ensure the sculpture collection's long-term sustainability.

Nene Park Trust took over stewardship of the The Peterborough Sculpture Collection in 2020. The collection consists of 27 sculptures, including many nationally important pieces, many of which are in need of urgent repair. Through Collection Conversations with artists, conservators & curators, we will understand the existing collection, its context and the short- & long-term conservation requirements, carrying out urgent repair and maintenance. This project will also develop a refreshed vision for the collection's future.

Through Collection Conversations we have hosted a series of artist-led discussions and creative workshops with residents, young people, community & disability groups, businesses, councillors, and creatives to explore the collection and the stories it could tell to develop a collective strategic vision. We will develop a digital on-line visual conversation by documenting the Collection and creating
online activities.

During the schools holidays at Easter 2022 families took part in our Talking Sculptures workshops, learning about the Peterborough Arch by Lee Grandjean and Cormorant by Elizabeth Cooke sculptures, and creating our own imaginative sculptures.  In May, local Artist Tony Nero led a Walk & Draw workshop at Thorpe Meadows where we explored the sculpture trail and tried out different drawing techniques - with some great results.

Over the next few months, artists Madiha Ashiq, Tom Fox and Becky Owen Fisher, Mark Grist and Madhu Manipatruni will be leading creative workshops for local community groups to get creative, explore and learn more about the sculptures. Local designers Paper Rhino will be designing a new trail map.