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Peter Walker - working on the Erasmus Darwin Statue

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The 12.12.12. will see the formal unveiling of the statue of Erasmus Darwin. The statue has been in development for many years and has been sculpted and cast in 2012. This is a first glimpse of the statue in the studio with the artist working on it. It stands over 7ft and has been cast in bronze for permanent location in Beacon Park Lichfield.

The Formation of Poetry / Model

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“The Formation of Poetry” by Peter Walker arbs arbsa, was the first new public artwork in Lichfield, Staffordshire for over 50 years. It was commissioned as a celebration of the life and work of Samuel Johnson, and pays reference to the longevity and value of his work as both lexicographer and poet, and how the influence of that work has fed into the the forming of language thereafter. The sculpture was unveiled to celebrate Johnson’s Tercentenary.

A limited world wide edition of 12 copies of the ¼ scale model are now available.
These highly collectable – are individually fabricated bronze sculptures produced on on brass base. Each sculpture is individually edition marked(base dimensions vary however the longest dimension is approx 36cm. These are initially only available from the artists studio, prior to exhibition).

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The Cathedral In Lights - First Picture

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The first picture of Saturday 30th October's 'Cathedral in Lights' Project on Lichfield Cathedral. The event by externalGalleries (Sound Artist David Harper, New Media Artist Andy McKeown and Arist Peter Walker) saw the stunning iconic facade of the Cathedral awash with colour - as Andy's collection of 560 images of the interior stained glass window projected via a kaleidoscopic performance. Davids hauntingly beautiful music accompanied the event throughout. Peter Walker who oversaw development of the project "externalGalleries is a project to bring stunning art out onto the street. We work to develop such projects and the projection onto the Cathedral is a fantastic way to share art in new and diverse locations. We have some major projects being planned and we hope that the Cathedral in Lights has enticed peoples tastebuds".

Performance art Day

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The 30th October will see the first ever Performance Art Day in Lichfield. The event, which is free all day, will feature a number of happenings, performances and workshop opportunities around the city from 10 in the morning until the evening. The event will finish with a stunning free light show on the front of Lichfield Cathedral.

Performance Art Day will be centred around a number of free drop in performance art workshops at the Guildhall, between 10am until 2pm, featuring poetry, sound composition and story telling workshops. From 1.30pm – 3pm there will be an open art forum for people to come and discuss the activities of Lichfield’s new Arts Foundation. Then from 3pm there will be an hour of free performance and story telling featuring local people, students and performance artists.

Also on the day watch out around the city for spontaneous performances popping up and strange happenings taking place. Not everything is as it may seem – indeed you may encounter David Garrick asking you for directions!!

The event is delighted to include acclaimed storyteller Andy Hawkins, a professional and drama practitioner performing all over the United Kingdom. Over two full days he will work with young people developing skills in both storytelling and performance work using Litchfield as a source of inspiration, to create unique stories which weave the idea of people, place and landscape into crafted performance work.

Further to this well know Storyteller Chris Lowe will be spending time around the city centre trying to discover – “all things Garrick”.

“Performance Art Day is a perfect half term Saturday free fun event for all ages. The workshops are designed to give people a taste of differentperformance activities and to involve people in developing stories and memories of the city, as well as providing some alternative free entertainment and opportunities for young performers. Perhaps in addition members of the public who have performance skills will take will take it on themselves to join in the spirit of spontaneous performance and sing a song or recite a poem, or come to a workshop and develop a new skill.” Peter Walker, 52 Weeks of Art

The event will end with a stunning free light show on the front of the Cathedral. The projection artwork created by Andy McKeown will feature a kaleidoscopic light display of the Cathedrals stained glass windows. The projection which will begin at dusk is one of a number of large light shows being carried out in the city.

“We are delighted to be working with Peter Walker on this project. The West Front of the Cathedral is dramatic in daylight, in its own right. It will be exciting to see how dramatic it looks in the darkness, when images based around the Cathedral's window are projected onto it in the darkness'. Canon Pete Wilcox

Performance Art Day and the Cathedral In Lights are part of an arts project funded by Tesco. Anyone interested in the project should visit

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