About Peterborough Presents


Where: Peterborough
With: Vivacity Peterborough Culture and Leisure, Metal, Nene Park Trust, Eastern Angles Theatre Company, Peterborough City Council, NORFOLK AND NORWICH BRIDGE, PCVS, Voluntary Arts England

Peterborough Presents works with communities and artists to create great art across the city. By great, we mean art that is fun, diverse and, most importantly relevant to local residents. Our community-led commissioning model places our audiences at the heart of the decision making process. We focus on areas of the city where arts engagement is particularly low and working with our community panels we commission new work specific to that area. Our approach enables our communities to actively guide the programme whilst providing regular opportunities for artists to create new work in Peterborough.


Josie Stone - Programme Director


Charley Genever - Marketing and Programming Assistant


Katy Hawkins - Community Engagement Officer


Keely Mills - Community Engagement Officer

So far our projects have been unusual, playful and most importantly, fun! Highlights range from underwater music and poetry at the Lido (Wet Sounds), to City Gallery’s first Live Art exhibition (Wash Your Dirty Linen in Public), to a hot tub in a field (Park Tales), to a flash dance performance full of zombies (Diwali vs The Zombie Walk). We believe that it is important to take risks, try new approaches and learn from each project.

Our commissions programme is supported by an ongoing training and development programme; we are investing in community organisations, voluntary groups, individuals and artists; providing them with the skills and confidence to grow the city’s arts offer.

In addition, we are investing in young creatives. Our Emerge programme will enable 16 young producers to build their own funded projects; developing, commissioning and promoting activities for and by their age group. Each trainee will receive a budget for their project, training, and one-to-one mentoring to grow a collective of young creative producers.


We are governed by a consortium of brilliant organisations who work together in supporting and delivering our programme.  We also work with businesses, schools, parish councils, organisations and trusts across the city to develop and support creative projects.


Peterborough Presents is part of the Creative People and Places programme, initiated and funded by Arts Council England. Creative People and Places is about more people taking the lead in choosing, creating and taking part in art experiences in the places where they live. There are 21 independent projects, each located in an area where people have traditionally had fewer opportunities to get involved with the arts.

To find out about other Creative People and Places programmes, head to the national CPP website.