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Gold for Jeni Cairn's and Sophie Antonelli Metal Peterboroughs Garden


the Metal Peterborough garden at Hampton Court Flower Show, designed by Jeni Cairns in partnership with Sophie Antonelli from the Green Back Yard,  has just been awarded a Gold Medal and Best in its Category of Summer Garden. This is extraordinary news for Jeni, Sophie and all the Peterborough artists who will be performing in the garden this week.
Keep an eye out on the BBC 2 programmes tonight (8.30pm), Wednesday and Thursday (8pm).




The Metal Peterborough garden at Hampton Court Flower Show, designed by Jeni Cairns in partnership with Sophie Antonelli from the Green Back Yard,  has just been awarded a Gold Medal and Best in its Category of Summer Gardens. This is extraordinary news for Jeni, Sophie and all the Peterborough artists who will be performing in the garden this week.

Keep an eye out on the BBC 2 programmes tonight (Monday 7th July 8.30pm), Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th (8pm).




Moon Casting - Hotbed 2014


MOON CASTING
Written by Lucy Sheerman and Bettina Furnee
Do you think you could embark on a one year mission into space with your partner? Why not come for an interview and find out? like back in our luxurious Space base and explore the limits of your love.
Throughout the weekend, couples will be interviewed by poet Lucy and visual artist Bettina who will use the response for a spoken word performance on Saturday, which will explore how an intimate record of individual experiences can be translated into a manifesto about our future, the life we want and the love we need.
Lucy Sheerman is a Cambridge based poet. Publication include: rarefied: falling without landing (Oystercatcher Press) and Rebecca, A Fan Fiction (Long Poem Magazine 10). Bettina Furnee is a visual artist working with language.
Space Base tent: Thursday 10th july 6 - 8pm/ Friday 11th July 6-8pm Foyer (Free)
Performance: Saturday 12th July 5.05pm J3
55 Mins £8/£6
Q & A Saturday 12th July 6.15pm Mezzanine
For full details and to book online please visit: www.junction.co.uk.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvMuJtxEpu

Artists in residence Lucy Sheerman and Bettina Furnee will be taking part in this years Cambridge's HOTBED.


MOON CASTING

Written by Lucy Sheerman and Bettina Furnee

Do you think you could embark on a one year mission into space with your partner? Why not come for an interview and find out? like back in our luxurious Space base and explore the limits of your love.

Throughout the weekend, couples will be interviewed by poet Lucy and visual artist Bettina who will use the response for a spoken word performance on Saturday, which will explore how an intimate record of individual experiences can be translated into a manifesto about our future, the life we want and the love we need.

Lucy Sheerman is a Cambridge based poet. Publication include: rarefied: falling without landing (Oystercatcher Press) and Rebecca, A Fan Fiction (Long Poem Magazine 10). Bettina Furnee is a visual artist working with language.

Space Base tent: Thursday 10th july 6 - 8pm/ Friday 11th July 6-8pm Foyer (Free)

Performance: Saturday 12th July 5.05pm J3

55 Mins £8/£6

Q & A Saturday 12th July 6.15pm Mezzanine 


For full details and to book online please visit: www.junction.co.uk.




Liverpool Art Prize Winner Announced

On Wednesday 18 June at an Awards Ceremony at Edge Hill Station Tabitha Jussa was announced as this year's Liverpool Art Prize winner. For the second year running the overall prize went to the same winner as the People's Choice. The judges were unanimous in their decision and Pavel Buchler announced the awards following a speech by Metal's Artistic Director Colette Bailey.

The International Residency award went to Dinu Li. He is Manchester based multi-disciplinary artist working across time-based media, installation, found objects and performance. The award was open to any North West based artist and is a month-long residency in Shanghai in partnership with Shanghai Art School. Robert D Davies is a Cheshire based painter. He wins the Studio Award, a year-long residency at Metal.

Photos by McCoy Wynne



The Yarn Bomb at Village Green


Metal are proud to be supporting The Craft Club in their Little Haven’s Yarn Bomb garden project.

The Craft Club are a group of six local ladies with a soft spot for sewing. The Club is made up of Helen Thomas, Gabby Atkins, Kelly Holcombe, Claire Whitehead, Becky Burton, and Emma Curley who all work at Appleton School. Recently they have got together with Havens Hospices in a bid to create a special knitted garden for the children’s hospice in Thundersly, Little Havens. The children’s hospice cares for children from across Essex with life-limiting illnesses by providing respite breaks, managing pain and caring for them at the end of their lives.

The technique employed by the Craft Club is called Yarnbombing. It’s a craze that is taking off all over the world and involves leaving crotched scenes and sculptures in public places for people to discover. The Craft Club from has already made a mark in the community by decorating a post box in Leigh-on-Sea at Christmas time and producing a Valentine’s Day yarnbomb depicting a Romeo and Juliet scene in Southend. 

But now Craft Club also want to use this project for Little Haven’s to break the Guiness record for mass yarnbombing and encourage everyone who will be attending Village Green to get involved. Basing their design for the children’s hospice garden inspired by Enid Blyton’s books about The Faraway Tree the group are hoping the final design will consist of over 1,000 individually crocheted items. If you fancy having a go at crocheting a rabbit, hedgehog, owl, pixie, troll, fairy or even one of the characters from the book, please come to the Yarnbombing tent at Village Green on July 12th. The tent will be located under the iconic cedar tree in the avenue that leads up to Chalkwell Hall. Craft Club and Havens staff will be on hand to assist you, whether you want to make a pom pom or crochet Moonface. Everybody is welcome.

If you want to start now, there are patterns here that can get you started.

Village Green festival is in Chalkwell Park on 12 July - book tickets here.

Village Green - The Next Generation 11 July


Southend Music Education Hub and Metal present: VILLAGE GREEN 'THE NEXT GENERATION on Friday 11 July 2014 5-8pm.

Following a full day free festival exclusively for 5000+ Southend school children, we're delighted to invite friends and family in the evening to see the highlight of the day and the extraordinary world class PHILADELPHIA BOYS CHOIR, supported by SOUTHEND YOUTH ORCHESTRA, local Southend School Choirs and Groups.

Tickets:
Adult - Over 18s - £5
Under 18s - FREE
All proceeds go to Southend Music Education Hub

Book here

Chalkwell Park - Chalkwell Avenue Southend on Sea, Essex, SS0 8NB

For main Village Green festival event on Sat 12 July - click here.

Photos from May Half Term Art Workshops

Here are a few photos from our Art Workshops for 5-11y at Chalkwell Hall last week. 

The next holiday art club takes place on 18-20 August - email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to book.



Poetry At The Cottage

Mark Grist and MC Mixy ‘Dead Poets Death Match’
Friday 13th June 2014, 8pm at Chauffeurs Cottage. Tickets £5 on the door
Mark Grist and Michael Riccardi (MC Mixy) both live in Peterborough too. Both have held the title 'Poet Laureate of Peterborough' and Mark was dubbed an 'Internet Sensation' by ‘The Sun’ newspaper when a You Tube video of him battling a 17 year old called Blizzard in a poetry slam clocked up over 4 million views.  Mark is a former secondary school teacher and can currently be seen in the education documentary Mr Drew’s School for Boys on Channel Four.
Dead Poets’ Death Match is a fast and furious poetry slam competition that sees an assortment of famous (and very dead) poets battle it out for supremacy through verse. So if you fancy seeing Sylvia Plath take on Ted Hughes, or Lord Byron challenge Gill Scott-Heron then you must see this show. There can only be one winner so let the wordy bloodbath begin!
Previous Reviews
‘Brings the house down’ **** (The Guardian)
‘Makes Mike Skinner from the Streets look decidedly average’ **** (The Scotsman)
‘Absolute dynamite’ Stephen Merchant, Radio 6 Music

Prior to taking their new shows to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Peterborough based poets Ross Sutherland, Mark Grist and Michael Riccardi (MC Mixy) will be previewing their work at Metal at Chauffeurs Cottage on St Peters Road, Peterborough in June. All three poets have been supported by arts organisation Metal with research and development time and use of  rehearsal space to develop their new shows prior to going out on tour.

This is a rare opportunity to see the shows first, and the guys up close and personal in the intimate setting of Chauffeurs Cottage.


MARK GRIST AND MC MIXY ‘Dead Poets Death Match’

Friday 13th June 2014, 8pm at Chauffeurs Cottage. Tickets £5 on the door


Mark Grist and Michael Riccardi (MC Mixy) both live in Peterborough too. Both have held the title 'Poet Laureate of Peterborough' and Mark was dubbed an 'Internet Sensation' by ‘The Sun’ newspaper when a You Tube video of him battling a 17 year old called Blizzard in a poetry slam clocked up over 4 million views.  Mark is a former secondary school teacher and can currently be seen in the education documentary Mr Drew’s School for Boys on Channel Four. 

Dead Poets’ Death Match is a fast and furious poetry slam competition that sees an assortment of famous (and very dead) poets battle it out for supremacy through verse. So if you fancy seeing Sylvia Plath take on Ted Hughes, or Lord Byron challenge Gill Scott-Heron then you must see this show. There can only be one winner so let the wordy bloodbath begin!

Previous Reviews

‘Brings the house down’ **** (The Guardian)

‘Makes Mike Skinner from the Streets look decidedly average’ **** (The Scotsman)

‘Absolute dynamite’ Stephen Merchant, Radio 6 Music




ROSS SUTHERLAND 'Standby for Tape Backup'

Tuesday 10th June 8pm at Chauffeurs Cottage. Tickets £5 on the door or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to reserve.


Ross Sutherland was born in Edinburgh but now lives in Peterborough. He is a Time Out award winner with poetry collective Aisle16 and former Times Literary Star of the Year. His work has been featured on BBC2’s Newsnight Review and BBC Radio 1, 3 and 4.

He has three collections of poetry: Things To Do Before You Leave Town (2009), Twelve Nudes (2010), and Hyakuretsu Kyaku (2011), all published by Penned In The Margins.

The inspiration for Standby for Tape Backup is a videotape recorded by his Grandfather that Ross found in his loft two years ago. “On it is one and a half films, one quiz show and two sit-coms. Somehow it became the story of my life” he said.  

Using nothing but found-footage from one of the old videotapes, Ross Sutherland attempts to draw out his entire life story, weaving together old TV shows to create a brand-new audio-visual poem. 


Previous Reviews

‘One of the stand out shows of the Fringe’ (Stage) 


‘Touching, funny, linguistically thrilling’ ***** (Exeunt). 


Supported by Arts Council England, Mercy, Metal, Penned in the Margins, the Roundhouse.

Presented by Show and Tell.

Image by James Lyndsay.

Image by James Lyndsay



An evening of poetry from local poets, Alex Tyler, Keely Mills, Leanne Moden and Yorkshire based Poet Henry Raby. The show will take place at The Chauffeurs Cottage, St Peter's Road, Peterborough PE1 1YX, on 19th July from 7.30pm, tickets are £5, to reserve your ticket please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


HENRY RABY

Punk Poet, theatre-maker and play-wright based in Yorkshire. Henry Raby has performed at Venturer Camp, Strummercamp, Beacons, Galtres, Rebellion, Hidden Hill festivals and a variety of other all-dayers events. He took his solo show, Letter To The Man (from the boy) to Edinburgh Fringe Festival with Underbelly venues in 2012 and will be co-ordinating the Poetry & Literature section of Galtres Festival 2014.

Raby’s work has been described as funny, anarchic, engaging and honest, fusing theatre, spoken word and storytelling with a recurring theme of punk, politics and protest sitting neatly alongside cartoons and comics.


ALEX TYLER

Alex is a Peterborough born Poet. A teacher once told him to write what he knows, which in hindsight, may have been a foolish thing because his poetry features Transformers, Hero Turtles, Lego, Sonic the Hedgehog and Freddy Mercury. He has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe for a number of years and is frequently performs gigs and shows wherever he can do them.


KEELY MILLS

Keely was the Poet Laureate of Peterborough for 2009 and that means she still gets to advocate and support the cracking poetry scene both locally and nationally. She has performed at many different events from the Houses of Parliament, freaky outdoor festivals to WI luncheon. She has been described as ‘Dawn French on acid’ and ‘the pick and mix at Woolworths’ with a style more Richard Pryor than Pam Ayres.


LEANNE MODEN

Leanne Moden is the Fenland Poet Laureate of 2013. She is part of the 28 Sonnets Later poetry collective, and is currently writing her first full-length live literature show.


Show starts at 7.30pm tickets £5, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to reserve your ticket.


Henry Raby

Summer Art Workshops 2014


Our next Summer Art Workshops held at Chalkwell Hall in Chalkwell Park are on 18-20 August. Places are very limited - email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to book.

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