Parade to mark arrival of unique art lending library in Peterborough

The art-lending-library parade
The art-lending-library parade

Be prepared for beautiful noise as artists Zoe Walker and Neil Bromwich parade through the city this Saturday to ceremonially hand over their Art Lending Library into Peterborough’s care.

Led by Peterborough Highland Pipe Band, Zoe and Neil will be joined by volunteer librarians and artists from the library collection as, from 1pm, they parade up Bridge Street and into Cathedral Square.

Zoe and Neil created the Art Lending Library to allow members of the public to loan a piece of art work, free of charge, to enjoy in their home, office or school.

This is their last and only southern stop on their tour. Arts organisation Metal snapped up the opportunity to host the library. There are 50 art works available for loan ranging from photographs, paintings, drawings, sculptures, poems, films and even a performance.

Ten art works have been gifted to the library by artists who live or work in Peterborough.

There are plenty of FREE activities to get involved with too:

On Thursday 10th March at 7pm, Eloise Moody, the artist famous for baking gold and conversation starters into the bread at the Harvest Festival meal will be talking about her practice as a milliner and artist.

On Saturday 12th at 10am, artist Janet Bates will be running a Paper Plumage Family Craft Workshop for ‘twitchers’, makers and nature lovers making British Garden Birds.

Vikki Harold and Rose Croft of Handmade in Peterborough take us into the underworld of crafting on Saturday 19th at 10am. Join these Hades Handmaidens in creating something alternative, inspired by the Art Lending Library. Strictly for those aged 16+

On Friday 18th at 7pm, Film Club ‘Frame’ will be screening award winning film Educating Rita (15).

The library is open Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm with late openings til 7pm on Thursday and Saturdays 10am – 4pm. It will be located at Metal’s base, Chauffeurs Cottage, 1 St Peters Rd (behind the town hall), Peterborough, PE1 1YX.

To find out more, book places on the workshops or talks visit www.artlendinglibrary.org.uk and click on ‘Education’ or call 01733 893 077.