Once upon a time…
There was a township called Bretton, which resided in a city called Peterborough. This kingdom was fairly new, having only being developed in the 1970’s. It was designed to be a green space, for families, with a pram bay in each house, and with spaces to shop and pubs to go to.
Then in 2017 after nearly 40 years of being, Bretton met Peterborough Presents, an arts organisation who wanted to bring creativity and art to people’s doorsteps. They could only do this properly if they worked directly with the people that lived in Bretton. So, they did. Together they brought some magic to the area. There were special moments that celebrated how green Bretton is. There were sensory and photography walks and film clubs. There were magical treats where elders danced at afternoon cabarets called Posh Club. There were outdoor performances at festivals with fairies and cricketers.
In the following film, participants talk about their experiences of Bretton Royalty. It also gives a general feeling of the whole project.
Thanks to the Bretton Artists
Ellie Sandall is our illustrator and 2D artist
My name is Ellie Sandall and I’m an author and illustrator of picture books. I studied graphic design at university in Bath before going on to specialise in children’s book illustration at Cambridge School of Art. Since graduating in 2007, I have created eight picture books, working largely in watercolour, collage and pastel. My books mainly feature animals- my latest book, Balancing Bernie, will be published in November and features lots and lots of dogs! Alongside my writing and illustrating I teach art classes through my company, Art Stars- we offer after school art classes, holiday workshops and Arts Award courses for 4-16 year olds from our studio in Deeping St. James. We teach a range of specialisms including drawing, painting, sculpture, textiles, collage and printmaking, which is really enjoyable!
Janet Bates is our visual and 3D artist
A PASSION for natural history and a preoccupation with museums and their collections influence much of what I do. Dioramas, once popular in museums to provide a context to specimens, feature prominently in my work, providing miniature worlds in which both the simplicity and the complexity of the natural environment are explored.
My initial ideas are often developed through my love of walking in the countryside, whether that’s in the wide, open expanse of the Cambridgeshire landscape or along the wild Hebridean coastline.
Whilst drawing and printmaking are central to my work, I use a variety of techniques and materials to create my finished pieces, fusing Fine Art with the decorativeness of craft.
Sandy Wardrop is our Poet
I’m a writer and poet from Peterborough, where I’ve been, poet in residence at Hampton’s Plaice chip shop, Good Shout poetry slam champion and runner up for Peterborough Poet Laureate (Nov 2019). I most enjoy making experimental poems and one of these, ‘It’s Safe Here‘ (a poem set inside a maze with multiple endings) went viral in 2019, gaining 16,000+ shares across the UK, USA, Australia and the Philippines.
Lamphouse Theatre Company are our amazing performance wizards.
Lamphouse is a theatre company based in Peterborough. We make shows that are full of music and comedy. We love telling epic stories in unusual and interesting places. For Bretton Royalty we’re going to create mini performances about the nominees. We might make a 5 minute show to celebrate a person and their amazing achievements during the last year, or maybe we’ll create a mini 5 film telling the story of someone’s life using lots of comedy and songs.
Well if you found that fascinating come check out what else we've done!
December 11, 2022
Wrap up warm and join us for a community dog walk/meet up at Westwood green space outside High Lees. See the doggie superstars of the Westwoof artwork display. Free treats for all who come!
Check out all the local Peterborough events in December. Here is a list of local, accessible events taking place on/near International Day of People with Disabilities on Sat 3rd December.
Dec 3, 2022
A free, inclusive storytelling group workshop to “build our stories”. Chat, play games, move about the space, and have loads of fun!