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Future Network is a quarterly, informal evening hosted by Metal for artists, organisations and creative businesses working in all disciplines to come together to discuss ideas, meet others and learn new skills.

The next event is on Thursday 2nd July at 6pm at Chauffeurs Cottage, St Peter’s Road, Peterborough PE1 1YX.

Guest speakers include the commissioned artist for the Peterborough Green Festival, Keely Mills, Tom Fox an Stuart Payn talking about the challenges of working to commission in the public realm; and artist musician and sound artist Matt Lewis talking about his practice and his residency at Metal Peterborough.

If you would like to present one of the 3 Minute Wonder ‘open mic’ slots please email ruth@metalculture.com asap.

Book your free place here 

6PM – Keely Mills, Stuart Payn and Tom Fox – Green Festival commissions

Keely Mills

Keely Mills is a poet, performer, workshop leader and uses her poetry as a form of social activism.

She has recently just written her first show, ‘You Can’t be Surprised by a Selfie’ which was funded by the Arts Council and she will be touring this show in the Autumn. She has collaborated or worked with Robin Grey, Rachel Rose Reid, Ross Sutherland & Trestle arts, She has written to commission for a number of groups and organisations including the Heritage Lottery fund and Fermynwoods Contemporary Arts. workshop leader.

Keely was commissioned by the Green Festival to create a body of work that was interactive, thoughtful and discussed the Festival’s theme of sustainable transport, a number of poems have been produced on the topic of Peterborough’s bus journeys.

Keely became  the unofficial poet in residence for all bus routes in Peterborough.


Tom Fox

Tom is a theatre practitioner and director from Peterborough. His work crosses disciplines such as improvisation, movement and music. He is Artistic Director of Lamphouse Theatre Company, a new vibrant fringe theatre company, and Creative Director and workshop facilitator for UROCK Creative, an arts education organisation.

Detective [Insert Name] was commissioned for the Green Festival 2015. A walking performance around the city centre of Peterborough, and further afield, that put the audience in the centre of the action. As detectives, they needed to work together, solve clues and save the world.


Stuart Payn

Local artist Stuart Payn created a sculpture for display in Cathedral Square for the green Festival. This interactive sculpture was  made from recycled and found wood and brought to focus the phrase “think globally, act locally”. Visitors were able to interact with the piece and discover new ways of understanding their own place and role in environmental awareness and action.


7pm – 7.30pm: 3 Minute Wonders – Up to 10 x 3 minute ‘open mic’ spots for artists/organisations to talk about new ideas, existing projects, opportunities coming up, or calls for support etc.dowsocial.com


7.30pm: Invited guest speaker Matt Lewis will talk about his work with opportunity for Q&A.

Matt Lewis is a musician and sound-artist based in London. Key areas of interest include the politics of sound, Foley, urbanism, notation and alternative methods of media distribution. His work is most often focused on particular physical sites, or around particular social issues, such as regeneration and street vending.

In September 2014 Matt was commissioned by national deafblind charity Sense to develop and lead a project focussing on deafblind experience of the world. As part of this project he has been working with deafblind people from around the UK and specifically from the Eastern region in making recordings, performing music and in other creative sessions.

The project is now in its 2nd phase and in this phase, using material collected in the process described above to compose a generative multichannel audio piece. This process has been taking place at Sense’s largest national centre in Hampton just outside Peterborough. Whist in residence at Metal Peterborough has created an immersive multichannel, haptic audio installation.


Book your free place here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/future-network-tickets-17351183858 


Past Event

Future Network

Thu 2 July 2015


Ends: Thu 2 July

Metal, Chaufferurs Cottage


01733 893 077


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