Along the Outskirts is a project by artist Marc Atkinson to reflect on the landscape along the peripheries of the City of Peterborough. The project will include the development of a new website with articles reflecting on the edge land areas of the city and an accompanying publication.
The project will culminate in an exhibition of new photography and video work at City Gallery in Summer 2016. Outcomes will be developed through a series of documented walks along the outskirts, creative workshops and a call for contributors.
Most cities share a complex and evolving dialectic between the rural and the urban. Through the project, the project will explore this dialectic and suggest the alternative notions and experiences of our cities, whose identities are usually formed from fixed centre based perspectives.
The project aims to highlight the complexity and evolution of our modern landscape by documenting and tracing the outskirts and edges of the city of Peterborough. It can be argued that there is an increased urgency in the current climate, to explore, document and highlight these ‘uncharted’ areas as they are continually re-constructed through the effects of urban sprawl, environmental change, government policies and increased geographic mobility.
These notes were prepared for a photo walk in Hampton, Peterborough 18th August 2018 ‘As long as nature is seen as something outside ourselves, frontiered and foreign, separate, it is lost both to us and in us.’ John Fowles, The Tree What is our new place in Society?...read more
This guest post comes from writer and photographer Al Kitching. You can read more of his work at This Grey Spirit. This article focus on an area on the outer edge of Peterborough called Holme Fen. (If you are interested in writing about an area around Peterborough for...read more
Cities often develop in areas distant from their current centres. Original settlement locations were mainly chosen for their access to resources and their distance from other settlements. Through much of its early history, the land in and around present day...read more
Photo Walks - As part of the exhibition Along the Outskirts Supported by Peterborough Presents Artist Marc Atkinson will lead Photo Walks around the city. By slowing down and veering off the beaten track you will be led on a meander across the city covering one or two...read more
New Frontiers: Edgeland aesthetics and the origins and revival of the New Town Ken Worpole & Marc Atkinson 1:30-4:00pm Sat 23rd July Booking essential as spaces limited please book here Celebrated Writer and historian Ken Worpole (New Jerusalem:The Good City and...read more