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Metal renovated the previously unused Chalkwell Hall as our base in Southend-on-Sea.  It is a four storey, Grade II, Georgian building set within the grounds of the well loved and well used, Chalkwell Park in Southend on Sea.  Built in 1830 it has a fantastic position at the brow of a hill, commanding magnificent views of the Park and across the Thames Estuary to Kent.

Metal commissioned award winning architect, Bill Dunster of ZEDfactory and visual artists, Ackroyd & Harvey to work together to turn the building into a low carbon space for artists-in-residence, events and conversation.

The Hall is now well-used, housing upwards of 20 international and UK artists-in-residence each year who live-in for short periods of time.  As well as a wide range of events, exhibitions, talent development and educational activities with schools and HE/FE.  Conversations with the wider communities of Southend and South Essex to think about the arts, to try out ideas for projects and to find solutions to identified issues or opportunities is a key part of all of these activities.

Our annual / regular programme includes Village Green – our music and arts festival that attracts around 40,000 visitors each year.  Shorelines Literature Festival of the Sea every two years and a programme of Culture LABs, residential hot-house, talent development weeks for artists of different disciplines.

Participatory projects in 2014 include Village Green: Next Generation – our festival exclusively for the school pupils of Southend.  All performers and audience members are under 18 years of age.

Chalkwell Hall supports a wide range of activities by local groups  inviting them to utilise the space as a venue for their events, classes, meetings, seminars, showing work, sharing ideas, and  workshops

For Hire
Rooms at Chalkwell Hall can be hired for meetings, small conferences, seminars and other events.  For further information about hire prices, please download our information pack. 

Tel: 01702 470700





Metal at Chalkwell Hall
Chalkwell Avenue
Southend on Sea. SS0 8NB

T +44 [0] 1702 470 700

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