Metal Culture

December Future Park

At our December Future Park, artist Simon Monk shared his experience of promoting himself as an artist, the guest speakers, Idit Nathan (visual artist) and Helen Stratford (artist/architect), talked about their recent interactive city projects, and 3 Minute Wonders sessions included presentations by James Ravinet, Antony 'H' Haylock, Caroline Smith and Laura Lee Greenhalgh.

To find out more about Future Park evenings, click here. If you would like to present at one of the future events, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Shortlist Announced for the Liverpool Art Prize 2014

Metal are pleased to announce the shortlist for the seventh annual Liverpool Art Prize; local artists Brigitte Jurack, Tabitha Jussa and Jason Thompson.

The Liverpool Art Prize has been successfully awarding the city region’s most exciting and inspiring contemporary visual artists for the past seven years. The exhibition of the shortlisted artists’ work will take place in Liverpool during May and June 2014, to coincide with the International Festival of Business. The artists will compete for the £2000 cash prize announced at an Awards Ceremony in June. A new partnership with the Bluecoat will invite the winning artist to present a solo show in their Vide space in 2015. The People’s Choice award of £1000 is selected by a public vote taken at the gallery.

Last year Tabitha Moses became the first artist to win both the People’s Choice and the overall prize in the same year. She will be presenting a solo exhibition of her work at the Walker Art Gallery during 2014.

The judges considered the work of 53 artists, born or currently based in Liverpool City Region, who put forward their work following an open nomination process. Pavel Büchler, a Czech-born, UK-based artist, teacher and occasional writer, Francesco Manacorda, Artistic Director of Tate Liverpool and Simon Poulter, new media artist and Metal’s Associate Curator were unanimous in deciding to shortlist these three outstanding artists.

Read more about their work HERE.

Site and Situation Lab

25-29 November 2013: Site and Situation Lab in Liverpool

Metal is assessing the transitional affects of the regeneration programme that has literally changed the landscape around Edge Lane and environs. We invited 9 artists from different disciplines to respond to Liverpool as a city and Edge Lane as a community within it. The artists were primed with talks by artist Neville Gabie and poet Lemn Sissay, both of whom have recent experience of devising work in public places. A tour of Liverpool organised by Ian Brownbill showed the contrasts of the city centre redevelopment and the surrounding areas - vast warehouses and remnants of the city's history as a port, giving way to heritage museums and shopping.

The artists spent three days developing new thinking for the area, work that Metal aims to continue with in 2014. This included the ghostly before and after effect of Google maps that still show the houses on Edge Lane by Jamie Gledhill, Maddi Nicholson's proposals for temporary works on the green areas where the houses once stood and David Kefford's sculptural assemblages from found materials.

Musician and songwriter Shereen Elizabeth worked on three new tracks within the Tower at Edge Hill Station (click here for her EP album) and Bristol-based artist Hannah Clarke produced a new work using skype. Quarantine artists Richard Gregory and Renny O'Shea worked on current projects and storyteller Rachel Rose Reid met with people from the newly formed community. Andrew Mottershead (from French and Mottershead) developed several new ideas - again connecting into the Edge Lane redevelopment.

Read Jamie Gledhill's blog post about his Site and Situation project here.

Overall, the lab and its theme served to highlight the importance of new ideas to the neighbourhood as the regeneration of the area cannot be constrained to roads and housing; as culture and place-making are an important part in community cohesion and spirit.

For more information about our Labs, click here

Shorelines Competition

During our Shorelines Festival of Literature, Metal invited young people to write a prose that captures the experience of living on the Estuary. Congratulations to Miranda and Ernest Shanks, our two competiton winners, on their fabulous entries.

The Sea
by Miranda Shanks (4)
Mermaids are in the sea and they can swim.
Dolphins can swim in water too.
The sea is rough.
And sometimes it can go over you.
It's very hard to stand up.
You can fall over.
If you are a girl or a boy.

A long time ago in this country.
by Miranda Shanks (4)
We were having fun at the beach. Everybody except for Reuben. 
Even Mummy was in the sea.
I took off my clothes and then I was ready. The water was cold. 
I didn't wear any armbands.
A wave was too big and it went over me. I started to cry. It made
your eyes sting and it went in my nose and my mouth.
When I got cold I went back to sit with Reuben. 
Everybody else got out too.
And then Daddy just swimmed by his own.

Southend Pier
by Ernest Shanks (5)
One day we walked to Southend Pier and we walked all the way to
the end. It was a warm day. It made me feel sea-sick because it
felt wonky and not very safe. The water was dark grey. We didn’t
see any fish. Tommy was a bit silly: he didn’t hold hands. We had
to hold hands just in case we fell in the sea.
It took a long time and we ate a kitkat and then we went on a
bumpy train and went back to school.

Bronze Arts Awards December Update

The Metal Bronze Arts Awards team are finishing at the beginning of February 2014, with the Silver team continuing for a while longer - some amazing projects are emerging from what has proved to be another fantastic creative process. Individual activities include making a wall sized comic strip, writing and performing a drum-based musical piece, developing and performing an ambitious street dance routine, running a drama workshop for younger people and lots of drawing, painting and writing, of course.

The crew are getting a lot out of the process: alongside the vast biscuit consumption, they have experienced the talents of many diverse artists invited by Metal to present their work, and enjoyed a trip to London's Design Museum and the Tate Modern. All looking forward to the next few final weeks...'

Click here to find out more about Metal's Arts Award courses at Chalkwell Hall.

Future Park 12 December

Future Park is Metal’s networking and information sharing evening for practicing artists, working in all disciplines, from across South East Essex.

The Next Future Park meeting in Southend is:- 

Thursday 12 December 2013 
Venue: Chalkwell Hall, Chalkwell Park
Time: 7pm - 10pm

7-8pm - Seminar: How to Survive as an Artist:  Visual artist,  Simon Monk provides insight into three aspects of life as an artist (outside of making your work) – Building a web profile; Working with Prints; Open submissions for Exhibitions / Commissions.

8pm – 8.30pm – 3 Minute Wonders. An open-mic for artists of all disciplines to take the floor for 3 minutes to promote events, work and other activities.

8.30pm – Guest speaker: Idit Nathan (visual artist) and Helen Stratford (artist/architect) have been working together over the last year inventing playful games that are presented within the urban and city landscape for all to play. They will be talking about their recent stay in Peterborough and work in other cities around the UK.

9pm – Refreshments and conversation

Click here for more information about Future Park.

Nicola Dale

Nicola Dale, the winner of the Liverpool Art Prize International Residency Exchange 2013, is currently in Shanghai working on her projects. Nicola is keeping her followers up to date on her Shanghai blog which you will be able to look at by clicking the following link:


Metal Liverpool are working with Northern Film and Media on a residency based exchange for artists in the North West, North East and the Midlands. There are six research and development opportunities for artists who work with moving image, digital or screen-based formats to apply for a three week residency in each of the partnering organisations across the UK.

North West or Midlands based artists are invited to apply to work in the North East. 

We are looking for artists who would benefit from the specific skills, knowledge and networks host organisations can provide to test out ideas and undertake research for a project. We would welcome new ideas or projects in the early stages of their development. Artists could be emerging/early career, or could be looking to explore a new angle/approach to their practice.

The residences will take place between 2-23 February 2014 and you will receive accommodation, travel, and artist’s fee of £1200 and a materials budget of £500. As well as this, you will receive a day-long professional advice session courtesy of LUX.

For more Information, please visit:

METAL Liverpool Garden Open Day

Join us at Metal Liverpool as we prepare the garden space for winter. There will be hot drinks and home made cake. 

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