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[in]sites is a site-specific series presented by Public Energy Performing Arts, Artspace, and the Art Gallery of Peterborough. The goal of [in]sites is to open dialogues around the relationships that exist between performance, site, and responsive contemporary art practices.

2019 Schedule:

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September 15-October 19

Overlay of the Land | Aylan Couchie
Visit one of two Magical Gumball Machines of Fate, which dispense artist multiples for $2 a pop. Stickers designed by artist Aylan Couchie call audiences to action and combat the colonial erasure of Indigenous rights and presence.
Peterborough Square, 340 George St N
Enwayaang – Peter Gzowski College, Trent University, basement level, 2510 Pioneer Rd
Presented by Artspace with The Magical Gumball Machine of Fate

October 3, 5-7pm

Gitigaazh 2019: Soundings and Corn Roast | Jenn Cole & Ron Benner
An immersive installation that offers audiences a new way of understanding plants and their presence in the land through sound, performance, and storytelling. Performance followed by a community corn roast. Project organized by William Kingfisher.


Peterborough Lift Lock, at the community garden, 220 Hunter St. E

Presented by Artspace

October 4, 7-10 pm and October 5, 4-7pm

Trophy | Sarah Conn & Allison O’Connor
Witness stories of life-changing moments of transformation in this pop-up living installation built around true stories by people from our community. Drop in anytime during performance times. There will be a bus leaving the Art Gallery of Peterborough at 4pm delivering passengers to Fleming Park. The bus is FREE and open to the public.


Fleming Park, 427 Aylmer St. N (corner of Brock and Aylmer streets)

Presented by Public Energy Performing Arts and Downtown Peterborough

October 5, 2-4pm

Enough, is enough, is enough | Michelle Bellemare
Living for the Fame | Chris Ironside
Celebrate the opening of our fall exhibitions. Artists Michelle Bellemare and Chris Ironside facilitate spatial and material transitions; transplanting and translating, Bellemare explores emotional and physical vulnerability while Ironside considers the currency of gay images.
The Art Gallery of Peterborough, 250 Crescent St
Presented by the Art Gallery of Peterborough

October 6, 11am-1pm

Fitting In: [in]sites Artist Panel Discussion | Sarah Conn,
Aylan Couchie, Chris Ironside, Allison O’Connor & Anne

Join us for a discussion with the artists from the 2019 [in]sites series as they discuss their projects and site-based practices.

The Art Gallery of Peterborough, 250 Crescent St
Presented by the Art Gallery of Peterborough with Artspace and Public Energy Performing Arts

2017 Schedule:

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September 27, 3:00pm & 5:30pm


Becky Welter-Nolan pushes a 6-foot textile boulder around Del Crary Park and through the AGP in an exploration of site and labour. A reception will follow.

AT: Del Crary Park, 2 George St N, Peterborough at 3PM & AGP, 250 Crescent St, Peterborough at 5:30PM

CURATED BY: Art Gallery of Peterborough


September 30, 2:00pm – 5:00pm


Brenda Francis Pelkey: A Retrospective

Becky Welter-Nolan | Pushing It

Private | Public

LOCATION: Art Gallery of Peterborough

250, Crescent St, Peterborough

CURATED BY: Art Gallery of Peterborough


September 11 – October 18, Wednesdays or Thursdays from 7:00pm to 9:00pm


Dance artist Brian Solomon will lead a series of public rehearsals for community members of all ages and abilities ending in a public performance on Oct19 & 20th.

AT: Artspace (378 Aylmer St. N)

PRESENTED BY: Public Energy


September 16, 1:00pm to 5:00pm


Aki is the Anishinaabemowin word for Land. Selected by Cara Mumford these films connect to specific places within the territory of the Michi Saagiig (Mississauga) Nishinaabeg, highlighting that the connection we have with the land today determines the future we have tomorrow. Hosted by the Gitigaan Project. [Each outdoor screening is 30 minutes long, and will repeat from 1PM-5PM] Prepared food from Grandfather’s Kitchen will be for sale on the site.

AT: Whetung Ojibwa Centre, 875 Mississauga St, Curve Lake First Nation

PRESENTED BY: ReFrame Film Festival


October 1, 11:00 am


AT: Art Gallery of Peterborough

250, Crescent St, Peterborough

ARTISTS: Brenda Francis Pelkey, Becky

Welter-Nolan, Brian Solomon


October 11, 12:00 pm – 1:00pm


LOCATION: Nozhem Theatre, Peter Gzowski College, Trent University

2510 Pioneer Rd, Peterborough

ARTISTS: Brian Solomon & Aria Evans

PRESENTED BY: The Chanie Wenjack School of Indigenous Studies


September 24, 12:00 pm


In this workshop each participant will write their own manifesto. The goal of this workshop is to inspire political awareness and action by looking at the rich history of artist manifestoes.

DATE: SEPT.24 at 12PM

AT: Artspace, 378 Aylmer St N, Peterborough

ARTIST: Vanessa Dion Fletcher


September 23, 8:00 pm, 8:45 pm, 9:15 pm


A response to the statement: “Media is changing our past, presents, and future selves. How in this world of electronic communication do oral traditions and personal narration navigate and drive our lives and consciousness?”.

AT: Artspace, 378 Aylmer St N, Peterborough

ARTIST: Vanessa Dion Fletcher & Pearl Salas

CURATED BY: Artspace


October 19 & 20 at 6:00 pm


Nogojiwanong Rite of Spring is site-specific dance performance by choreographer Brian Solomon that will be performed by community members and professional dance artists, taught via an open rehearsal/ workshop process. The performance is a re-envisioning of the Rite of Spring via a contemporary indigenous lens.

LOCATION: Brock St Parking Lot


[in]SITES will foster deep curiosity in individuals and communities and their relationship to it.


[in]SITES will create opportunities for multidisciplinary artists working with site-responsive
contemporary art practices.

What We Do

[in]SITES is a collaboration between the Art Gallery of Peterborough, Artspace, and Public
Energy. It is a month-long annual series which features work by artists who challenge histories,
structures, and particularities of place via site-responsive contemporary art practices.


● We pay industry-standard rates to all participating artists.
● We understand site to encompass colonial histories, hierarchies, and dynamics of power.
● We are committed to building communities and engaging community members.
● We value partnerships and collaboration and sharing resources between arts and
community organizations.
● We value a wide range of contemporary art practices.
● We create opportunities for discussion, exchange, critical engagement, and learning.
● We are committed to economically accessible programming.
● We are committed to inclusive and accessible programming.
● We create opportunities for artists from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds.

Thank You!

Public Energy gratefully acknowledges the generous support of our 2023-24 Season Funders and Sponsors.

Season Sponsors & Funders

V Formation logo. Text reads: "V Formation. Thought-provoking work for charities."

Jo Pillon Royal Lepage logoHi Ho Silver Logo
Kawartha Now LogoWedesign logo
Canadian Heritage logo Peterborough logo
Ontario Arts Council logo Canadian Council For The Arts logo

Accessibility Sponsor

Lloyd Carr Harris Foundation logo