Get your work published in a local zine

IT’S HERE! Your chance to get paid, get published and be part of a feminist risograph zine championing undiscovered local creativity.

We’re looking for creative women and other marginalised genders to expand the face of Pereborough’s art scene and offer a wealth of unique perspectives, especially new and emerging or previously hidden talent. Work must be 2D and work well small scale. It must look great in monotone or 2-colour and be engaging and unique. 

Applicants MUST be able to attend at least one of two workshops at Allia Future Business Centre on 
Sunday 24/11/19 12-3pm or 
Saturday 30/11/19 12-3pm.
Please submit info about yourself, your practice and four examples of your work by noon on Friday 15/11/19 
Paper Rhino, Allia Future Business Centre, London Road, Peterborough PE2 8AN
01733 865080 or 01733 666600

A small budget is available for participants to get involved in printing and distribution. We welcome performance artists who can help distribute the zine in exciting ways.


We’re hiring!

Part time Art Editor – maternity leave

Exciting & rare opportunity for a creative designer to join the team for a period of nine months with the possibility of a full time position for the right candidate.

Key skills

Art Editor or experienced magazine designer who can manage layouts from conception to print.

  • Confident
  • Highly creative
  • Flexible
  • Tenacious and self motivated
  • Excellent time management
  • Great communicator

Preferable skills

  • Logo design
  • Poster, flyer and brochure design

£30,000 per annum pro rata, 3 days per week. Minimum 9 month contract.

Closing date: 12th October 2018. 

Please send CV, covering letter & portfolio.


Typographic art at the Lido

Peterborough’s beloved Lido has a very fond place in our hearts. All of us rhinos have enjoyed whiling away long hot days in the cool sparkling water. We were over the moon to be asked to create some new typography to adorn the walls. Local Poet Keely Mills and Peterborough Presents brought together a group of amazing local poets and invited them to spend time at the Lido, writing about their experiences in residency. The resulting poems are spectacular and it has been an honour and a pleasure to immortalise them on the walls to celebrate the Lido’s 80th anniversary.

The Lido is a striking Art Deco outdoor swimming pool with sunbathing terraces. We chose a combination of three different styles of type appropriate to the architecture of the building. The artwork is decorative so that it can be enjoyed by all visitors to the Lido, whatever their age, nationality or level of literacy. We selected colours that would harmonise with the existing decor and the wonderful iridescent cyan of the water.

Photos Ryan Guinn / Peterborough Presents


Our Lincoln Road

What an amazing experience!

Hundreds of local residents, mountains of cake, 30 metres of wall and around 300 different stencils.
“Our Lincoln Road” is a mural celebrating pride in the Millfield area. Over a windy week in August, we transformed a whopping stretch of rough, rendered wall, using colourful shapes and messages celebrating local life.



The project began in January. We won a bid to create a mural for Lincoln Road that reflected its richness and diversity, so we asked local people to describe their culture. We held informal workshops to discuss the sayings they learned from their parents, the songs that moved them, the games they played as kids, in order to investigate what made them feel proud and at home.


Again and again, people made reference to cross-cultural songs, sayings and games. When participants discussed experiences that they had in common, we could see them become immediately more animated and excited. We decided to shift the focus of the project to celebrate the things that really make local residents connect with each other. Their shared interests.


As the project grew, we discovered local heroes who had made an impact in the area, people who had dedicated their working lives to making a difference for others. We asked them “What unites the people of Lincoln Road?”. We photographed the heroes and drew outlines of them. We crafted their words into typographic arrangements that filled the shape of their portraits as silhouettes.


We developed a colourful, geometric pattern to work with the silhouettes. An initial explosion of shapes represents people moving to the area, arriving with their own distinct, bold shape, overlapping one another. The shapes burst out and flow along the piece, interrupted by the silhouettes. They hang in coloured groups around the heroes, drifting away, blending with the next set of colours, and the next. This interplay reflects the way the local heroes bring different groups together, help them to establish and make connections with other groups. The mural ends with the question, “WHAT UNITES US? As a large statement piece of typography, inviting viewers to answer the question for themselves.



We have never had so many people say how much they liked the work. A massive thank-you to everyone who stopped and encouraged us.

We love you Lincoln Road!!


Plant a seed. Grow a tree. Make a difference.

We had the pleasure of working with The Woodland Trust recently, creating an exciting new animation to promote tree planting in the UK.

The UK has one of the lowest tree cover rates in Europe, just 13% compared to a European average of 37%.

The Woodland Trust are  on a bold ambitious journey to plant 64 million trees by 2025

To help the WT we created an animated film, bringing to life the joy and jubilation of tree seed planting – from prepping the ground and planting the seed to the anticipation of waiting for germination and the welcomed arrival of the sapling. The animation has a crafted, natural, and textured appearance with a dramatic boldness.

We wanted to tell the story from the viewpoint of a child so that we could capture her excitement and anticipation of seed planting and growing a tree. The stages of growth mirror events in the little girl’s life and the tree grows along with her. Below are some of our initial character designs and illustration concepts as we developed the style of the animation.

sketches1 sketches2 sketches3

After reviewing the initial character design we decided that the girl should be younger so that we could show a longer passing of time. We also simplified the character for a more minimalist representation and introduced a grandfather character, which allowed us to add emotional weight to the story. We wanted to trigger nostalgia for childhood, helping viewers to relate to the characters, resulting in a more heartfelt finale as they grow older and share the joy of growing a tree. Below are the final character design sketches and refined animation style concept.


The next stage was to develop a storyboard for our client to help visualise our ambitions for the animation and bring our script to life. This gave The Woodland Trust a chance to offer feedback and additions before we began the labour intensive animation process. The final animation is a mix of traditional frame by frame techniques and keyframe interpolation in After Effects, we also utilised the DUIK character rig plugin for full body animations. Character rigs helped us to create smoother animations and speed up the production while the frame by frame sequences added a more natural hand made feel to the video. Below is a comparison of both techniques in action (Character rigging on the left and frame by frame on the right).



Originally we wanted to represent the passage of time via the transformation of a child’s trike/bike (as shown above). We intended to show a trike transforming into a bike with stabilisers, which would then come off and eventually be replaced by an adults road bike. This would take place over a number of years and be shown alongside the sapling growing into a tree. Unfortunately this sequence made the video a little bit too long so we ending up removing it from the final cut and replacing it with a faster transition. The longer version of the animation can be seen below:

Full length version:

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