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    What Becomes… An exhibition by Xavier de Sousa

    June 6 @ 2:30 pm - June 29 @ 5:30 pm


    Metal is supporting artist Xavier de Sousa for their multidisciplinary exhibition What Becomes… The exhibition explores the processes of adaptation that migrants go through when moving to a new place and to a new community.

    “When you move somewhere, is the onus on you to adapt or others? And what becomes of us, over time, over all these changing landscapes?”

    Created in collaboration with members of the Peterborough community, Xavier explains that the project “looks into how we change (in our souls, in our behaviour, in our language, in our bodies) as a result of co-existing in a new place, in a new culture.”

    Blending pottery work, performance, writing and sound art, What Becomes… invites the audience to immerse themselves, experience and also contribute their stories of adaptation.

    What Becomes… is Xavier de Sousa’s first exhibition and continues the collaboration with the communities of migrants and asylum seekers based in Peterborough and Leeds, which started during their performance project REGNANT (2021). This new artwork advances the collective-narrative approaches of that project and re-purposes all the clay work created for it, giving them new lives, in new contexts.

    The exhibition will be hosted at unit 26 in Westgate Arcade, running from 6 June until 29 June, and is viewable during the following times:

    – Thursday: 3pm – 8pm
    – Friday: 2:30pm – 5:30pm
    – Saturday: 2:30pm – 5:30pm


    – Created by Xavier de Sousa
    – Sound work by Nicol Parkinson
    – With participation by Judita Gru, Madhu Manipatruni, Roshannak and Siamak Rezaei, and other members of the local migrant communities and people seeking asylum of Leeds and Peterborough
    – Produced by Lee Smith with support from The Uncultured
    – Commissioned and hosted by METAL Peterborough, with support from East Street Arts
    – Supported by Necessity Fund and using public funding by Arts Council England
    – Exhibition hosts: Fiona Cifaldi, Jasmine Kelly-Gobuiwang, Sean Dendere


    – Westgate Arcade has step free access and is all on one level. The Arcade is accessible from both Queensgate Shopping Centre and Westgate. what3words location: gears.gold.tend
    The nearest car parks are the Red, Blue or Green car parks in Queensgate which are all pay as you leave car parks. There is lift access to these car parks in Queensgate Shopping Centre. The closest level access car park is the NCP at 24a Lincoln Road, Peterborough PE1 2RL – what3words location: models.blur.costs
    – The nearest accessible toilet is in the Queensgate Car Parks.
    – Unit 26 has step free access and is all one on level. The door is wide enough for a manual wheelchair.
    There is no hearing loop available at this event.
    Audio description will be available via mp3 players from 20 June onwards in the space and invigilators will also be able to provide touch guides.
    The exhibition contains a soundscape and is lit.  

    Please see the easy read and visual guide with information and pictures about what you can expect here.

    If you have any further questions about access, please email jack@metalculture.com or call us on 01733 893077 



    June 6 @ 2:30 pm
    June 29 @ 5:30 pm
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    Unit 26 – Westgate Arcade
    Peterborough, PE1 1PY United Kingdom + Google Map