Consequences – A celebration of drawing and talking with residents of Peterborough and beyond
Over 5 months, including lockdown, hundreds of women from across Peterborough and beyond have been meeting up to get to know each other whilst drawing. We went beyond the usual chit chat and explored personal, political and universal issues. It’s been about lockdown, BLM, the origins of our names, whether we make our own luck, iron our hair and if we prefer dogs to cats and more
The aim of Consequences was to bring women together from across age, religion, background and culture allowing us to connect, learn and see more of each other. The work started out with women from across the city but is open to all.
This exhibition was between 15th August to 15th September 2020 and showcased all of the drawings, words and conversations in one place. It also inviting people to join in
Consequences was developed by artist Kate Genever and Metal. It has been funded through the Integrated Communities Fund managed by Peterborough City Council and Youth Inspired with the support of Arts Council England.
How to get involved:
Take a look around this website to see how you could have got involved. Consequences activities allowed you to express feelings about different topics, either alone or with another person accompanied by doodling. There are activities for taking part on your own, with friends / family and ones for groups. Check out the Get Involved page for downloads or to see examples of the postal packs.
I was so glad to take part in the Consequences workshop. It was interesting to hear different women experiences and their different viewpoints on things been discussed. It’s great when women can share to each other their life discoveries and reflections based on their own life experiences. How powerful women are with their wisdom
Talking and drawing what’s not to like? You don’t have to be good at drawing, there’s no one judging, we just talk about a load of interesting stuff and have a laugh.
Sometimes it was light, sometimes dark but always thought provoking and often bloody hilarious.
Re enforced the opinion that although it’s difficult to make time to talk – it feels really worthwhile and I feel like I’ve seen some more levels to people.
With thanks to –
All the individuals who took part in our community workshops and zoom workshops. Thanks to all the groups who have been involved, Women’s Aid, Women’s Institute, Soroptimists International, Hereward Netball Team, 62 Gladstone Street, Bretton Youth Group, Gladstone Primary School, West Town Primary School, Syntax Poetry Festival, organisers of Peterborough international Women’s Day celebrations and PARCA.
These are all amazingly friendly and welcoming groups. If you feel inspired and / or want to join a group to meet more people then we have included all of their details on the downloads below.
Download: Groups in Peterborough
About Kate Genever:
Drawing from, with and together is at the core of & catalyst for Kate’s practice.
Over extended periods Kate works alongside communities to consider how our “imaginations demonstrate a freedom over the determinations of nature and society.” This sees her revealing and supporting unique, locally relevant, practical and radical improvised solutions as people acclimatise in times of stress. She has worked with communities across UK and Europe in parks, coastal villages, farms, housing assocs, asylum seeker centres, prisons, museums and cities like Hull and Venice. She works in a way where distinct outcomes and solutions are decided through the process of working and these have included drawings, prints, curated exhibitions, participatory programmes, websites, activity packs, flags, strategic organisational and community development. Much work is co-produced and builds on 25 years of working to explore how meaningful opportunities to get involved with great art and culture can meet people halfway.
Metal’s ambition is to transform the potential of people and places through great art and inspiring ideas.
Metal was founded in 2002 by Jude Kelly CBE, working with current Artistic Director and CEO, Colette Bailey since its inception. It has been active in Liverpool since 2004, in Southend-on-Sea since 2007 and in Peterborough since 2012. From these bases, Metal work with artists and local agencies to provide the catalyst that is helping to transform the potential for thriving creative and cultural industries in these three places. We provide networking, training, residency space for artists of all artistic disciplines and develop projects that connect artists and communities.
For more details about Metal, visit metalculture.com
Metal, Chauffeurs Cottage, St Peters Rd, Peterborough, PE1 1YX