You may, or may not, have noticed The Peterborough Stone; a tiny Neolithic standing stone sitting on the lawn outside the museum.
Artists Arianne Churchman and Chloe Langlois have secured funding from Arts Council England to shift people’s relationship with this small but ancient monument by creating two performative ‘living’ stone circles and a somewhat mind-bending film.
On March 9 they would like you to join them, to hear about the background to their ‘New Henge Heritage’ project, to hear about their research findings into standing stones thus far, and perhaps how you can get involved.
Based in Nottingham, Arianne is no stranger to Peterborough. Back in 2015, she worked with the Green Backyard volunteers, gardeners and allotment holders to re-enact the Harvest Wain procession as part of Metal’s Harvest celebrations. Dressed in outlandish costumes as horses and passengers, the rowdy crew galloped up Bridge Street towards Cathedral Square to kickstart the evening’s entertainment. In her latest residency at Metal, she has teamed up with long-term performance partner Chloe Langlois and is keen to continue exploring Peterborough’s folkloric heritage.
Their performances draw on the quirks of folklore and, whilst honouring the traditions and history, they instil a huge sense of fun.
New Henge Heritage will be no exception.
There will be lots of ways to take part. Arianne and Chloe are inviting you to create art work or help make relics in one of the workshops. Or, perhaps you’ve always dreamed of being a ‘performative human stone’ and would like to take part in the performance at the Green Backyard’s May Day celebrations on Saturday, May 6. Or, maybe you would just like to watch it all from a safe distance. Whichever, if you’re intrigued by the project or just want to hear more about Arianne and Chloe’s work then join them on March 9 (6 - 8pm) at Metal, Chauffeurs Cottage, 1 St Peters Rd, Peterborough, PE1 1YX (behind the Town Hall).
The talk is free, however you will need to book via Eventbrite, call 01733 8793 077 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place.