We are fortunate to have creative people in Peterborough who have ideas. The idea is the starting point, and then it takes people with a variety of skills and dedication to have the faith and courage to carry out these ideas.
The Peterborough Art Prize was an idea conceived by Willem and Judith Kempen. With support from volunteers, this 10-day exhibition has grown into one of SA's best Art Prize events.
Local ladies Mary Martin, Judy Evans and Valda Graefe then had an idea "Why don't we build a whole festival around the Art Prize?" The idea gained support and the Peterborough Art & Cultural Festival came into being.
The aims of the Art & Cultural Festival are:
To help residents of Peterborough recognise and acknowledge the local talent that exists in our community (in all its forms).
To encourage the community to think positive and participate in new activities.
To take pride in our abilities and achievements.
To promote Peterborough, as we have a lot to offer both residents and visitors alike.
The Festival is held around Easter annually and is supported by the District Council of Peterborough & local sponsors (businesses and individuals).
Peterborough Art & Cultural Festival Dates
2014 12th April - 21st April
2015 27th March - 6th April
2016 19th March - 28th March
2017 8th April - 17th April
2018 23rd March - 2nd April
2019 13th April - 22nd April
2020 4th April - 13th April
2021 26th March - 5th April
Peterborough Art & Cultural Festival - Papier Mache
The Peterborough Papier Mache, Goods Shed Exhibition 2011 "Reflections" was created by Festival Committee members, and people from Peterborough and the surrounding communities.
The 2011 Goods Shed Papier Mache Exhibition was a finalist in the Advantage SA Regional Awards - Sony Centre Arts Award.
Extracts from the visitors book; "Awesome! Fabulously presented."
"At my age I'm no longer easily impressed - but I was"
"Brilliant - recycling and creativity combined - wonderful"
"Fantastic, Wow, Excellent"
"Great creativity and much fun!"
"Wonderful! Now I know where my wife has been!"
* See our ABC Open Whadyknow video on the 2011 exhibition. *
Peterborough Art & Cultural Festival 2012
Hospital Auxiliary Garden Party - "High Tea with Mrs. Bucket" - held at award-winning Dragons Rest Habitat Garden, was an outstanding success, exceeding all expectations
Papier Mache/Wireworks - this exhibition of unique, lifesize sculptures has intrigued and amazed visitors
Sing Australia Choir Variety Concert - was a lovely evening of music and fun, starring 'The Sweekers' and other guests
100 Years of Peterborough Weddings - Peterborough History Group - a fascinating display of photos & memorabilia
Quilts and Crafts - superb needlework, stunning colours