The City Gallery hosts an exciting programme of changing temporary exhibitions from local to internationally renowned artists.
Once Upon a Time by Art Pop-Up
17th March – 21st May 2017
An enchanted woodland arose from the discarded waste of a thousand bottles. Shrouded in that wood were fairy tales of our childhoods. Tales of morality, tales of mystery, tales of good and evil. Follow the map and perhaps you will discover where the fairy folk and mythical figures abide in a Babylonian tower, where story walls unfold and deforested dryads meet their fate: we are confronted with the consequences of our modern consumerism, ethics and environmental concerns.
Following a 12 day visual arts residency at Stamford Arts Centre Gallery, Art Pop-Up present Once Upon a Time, a collaborative exhibition at the City Gallery including work by artists Sue Shields, Sheelah Mahalath Bewley, Sam Roddan, Anu-Laura Tuttelberg and Laura Barnard. Exploring themes of fairy tales and folklore the work delves into narratives and symbolism, touching upon stories by the Grimms’ and ancient mythologies. Twisting the conventions of renowned fables, the artists address contemporary issues of environmental damage, shifting perceptions of good and evil and revising views on consumption and mass production. As with every tale there is a moral to the story and truth beyond the surface. How do your actions affect the world around you?
The project is supported by Vivacity, The Woodland Trust, Natural England, Peterborough Environmental Trust, the Kiwanis, The Ernest Cook Trust and Mid UK. The education programme is led by Paper Rhino with Mark Grist and Laura Barnard and supported by Peterborough Presents.