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MILLFIELD

Working with Millfield communities...

Millfield is home to a diverse community in which over 120 languages are spoken.  Our Millfield programme will focus on PEOPLE and STORIES, in finding creative ways to draw out and share the experiences of people who have lived, and continue to live in the area. You can read more about our artistic ambition for Millfield here.

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In 2017 residents we spoke with wanted to celebrate the diversity of the area; to draw out the stories, histories and experiences of local people and share them with a wider audience. They focussed on discussing the Lincoln Road, a shopping hub populated mainly with independent shops and restaurants. Local business owners expressed aspirations for Lincoln Road to be the city’s Brick Lane. In response to this learning our first commission for Millfield asked for projects that would:

  • Share/celebrate the stories and experiences of local residents
  • Involve the businesses along the Lincoln Road
  • Bring colour to the area
  • Appeal to different age groups

The panel were given a selection of proposals from artists and arts groups and they chose to work with Paper Rhino on a project titled 'Our Lincoln Road'. During this time we also worked with Millfield panel members and community leaders to create the first Millfield Arts Festival. This led to the commissioning of Paper Rhino to create a unique piece of street art for the area. The project became with a series of creative consultations in which local residents were invited to share their stories of the area. Paper Rhino were particularly interested in stories of notable local residents, of words and phrases that resonated with the community. These sessions informed the design of the final piece which was installed on the wall of a greengrocers. The greengrocers is opposite a chair café which has a cityscape painted on to the wall; together these two pieces of work create a gateway to the heart of Lincoln Road.

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our lincoln road

Our Lincoln Road was our first project in Millfield, delivered by Paper Rhino. They wanted to create a unique piece of street art for the area. The project began with a series of creative consultations in which local residents were invited to share their stories of the area. Paper Rhino were particularly interested in stories of notable local residents, of words and phrases that resonated with the community. These sessions informed the design of the final piece which was installed on the wall of a greengrocers, Ghousia Foods. The greengrocers is opposite a chai café which has a cityscape painted on to the wall; together these two pieces of work create a gateway to the heart of Lincoln Road.

Read more about Our Lincoln Road and working with Paper Rhino over on our blog.

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MILLFIELD ARTS FESTIVAL

Our first Millfield Arts Festival in 2017 was designed to bring together the whole community. We tried to work with as many community organisations in the area as possible, and spoke with the Community Connectors, PARCA, Gladstone Connect, All Saints Church, and Peterborough City Councillors for Park Ward.

The programme catered for a wide range of people, with Peterborough Dhol Group and a Qawwali band performing alongside local musicians, plus interactive arts and craft stalls. Celebrity chef Damian Wawrzyniak was on site serving Grochowka, a Polish Navy Soup. The festival finale, a fiery spectacle produced by External Combustion, brought the wow factor with a pyrotechnic performance unlike anything seen in that area before.