Workshops are organised by Peterborough Festival Inc.Where: Railway Goods Shed, Main Street, Peterborough(Opposite Railway Hotel and 229 on Main Cafe)When:Normal opening times are Sunday and Monday weekly, 11am – 5pm from Sept./October to Mid- March During hot summer weather, opening times may vary i.e. open earlier, close midday.Cost: (for one day or duration of workshops)$20 per Adult (16 yrs. and over)$10 per Junior (5-15 yrs) *$50 per Family (husband and wife/partner & children under 16)plus materials used -chicken wire is available for purchase in the shed or BYO*Juniors must be supervised at all times by an adult, who is not required to pay the workshop fee unless making a project for themselves.What you will need to bring:Lunch/drinks. (There are cafes/takeaways in Peterborough) Printed pictures of your subject from different angles plus measurements. Small containers (e.g. icecream containers, small box) to hold bits of wire and/or paper. Chair.Tools: safety glasses (essential),small nose pliers, aviation snips (wire cutters), gloves (ansell lightweight garden gloves are good), tape measure.(During hot weather, a hand towel which can be wet with water gives some relief from the heat. Small battery fans are helpful. There is no air conditioning or electricity in the shed).Important - It is advisable to have a Tetanus shot when working with wire, especially rusty wire.You will certainly pierce your skin at some stage.For more info please phone:Barbara 08 86512812, lunchtime/evenings, mobile: 0487 164 256 Download a Workshops Information Sheet (PDF)
In 2007, under the guidance of Mary Martin and a small committee, Peterborough hosted the first Peterborough Art & Cultural Festival to compliment the very successful Peterborough Art Prize. It was the perfect opportunity for community groups to showcase their talents with beautiful quilts, History displays, music, markets and open gardens. Since then, some events have changed, but the Festival has grown. A popular addition has been the Papier Mache/Wireworks Exhibition. It all started when a theme was needed for the 2011 Festival. Committee member Margaret Ball suggested papier mache figures. Everyone looked quizzical, with thoughts of balloons and pigs. “No, no” Margaret said. “I mean lifesize things, I’ve seen them in Burnie, Tasmania”. Margaret had seen the remarkable work of Ruth Rees and Pam Thorne. The idea was accepted and Ruth and Pam were contacted. Thanks to a grant from Country Arts SA and local sponsorship, Ruth and Pam came to Peterborough and spent several days teaching a keen group of people the basics of ‘lifesize’ papier mache figure-making. We were hooked!The initial workshop was held in Frank and Margaret Hardbottles’ shed, where we hung our wire forms from the rafters. Margaret made 100 litres of flour and water paste which was consumed by our wire and paper figures.A new venue was needed to finish these works and to create new ones.The District Council of Peterborough gave us permission to use the old Railway Goods Shed, which had been abandoned for years. Armed with brooms, shovels and wheelbarrows, the Festival committee cleaned up years of thick dust in the smaller section of the old shed.New workshops started in Feb 2011 and more creations emerged. A passionate group of people ranging in age from 11 to 76 years created a variety of figures including humans, animals and figures of fantasy.We liked the old Goods Shed so much, we decided to hold an exhibition there as part of the Peterborough Art & Cultural Festival. Pam and Ruth suggested we paint all the figures white to give the exhibition uniformity. The dim natural light in the shed added to the atmosphere, giving the white figures an unearthly glow. Pam Thorne came back to Peterborough to open the exhibition and was thrilled with our work. We believe this was the first exhibition of life-size Papier Mache figures in mainland Australia. We like to think of Peterborough as ’The home of Papier Mache in South Australia.’Peterborough Festival Inc. is the organising body for the Peterborough Art & Cultural Festival and the Papier Mache/Wireworks group. Our permanent display showcases a range of papier mache figures and includes the Goods Shed Gallery – photos of all the figures made since those first workshops. We have extended our skills to include ‘Wireworks’, which has also become very popular. Thanks to support from the District Council of Peterborough, the former Peterborough Tourism Inc., Festival committee members and other community members, the Goods Shed now has a new floor, new skylights, new trestles and dramatic black walls which show off the white figures beautifully.To raise funds we photograph the figures and sell the photos during the Art & Cultural Festival exhibitions. A group member also makes a figure to raffle each year. One of the best things about working with a group is the way we share our creative ideas, working out how to do things as the need arises.Workshops are held in the Goods Shed on Sunday and Monday each week from September/October to March. Come and see our next exhibition and more at the Peterborough Art & Cultural Festival27th March - 6th April 2015You’ll be amazed and delighted!