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Metal renovated the previously unused Chalkwell Hall in 2007, to become our base in Southend-on-Sea.  The four storey, Grade II listed Georgian building sits within the grounds of the much loved Chalkwell Park in Southend on Sea.  Built in 1830, the hall has a fantastic position at the brow of a hill, offering 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 in turning the building into a low carbon space for artists-in-residence, events and creative 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 hosting a wide range of events, exhibitions, classes, development and educational activities with schools.  A key part of our activities is encouraging conversations with the wider communities of Southend and South Essex, celebrating the arts, exploring new projects and discovering creative opportunities.

Our current regular programme includes :

  • Artist Residencies inviting artists of all disciplines to stay in residence at Chalkwell Hall or work with us remotely
  • Classes, courses and creative sessions at Metal Art School
  • NetPark, the worlds first Digital Art Park, located in Chalkwell Park
  • NetPark Wellbeing Project courses and sessions to encourage positive mental health, delivered in partnership with Southend Borough Council
  • The annual Essex Writers House, delivered in partnership with Essex Book Festival to support writers at all levels
  • Pop-up Culture LABs offering talent development weeks for artists exploring a specific topic / art form

For information on all of our past projects including Estuary 2021, Village Green, Village Green Next GenerationEstuary 2016, On The Line and Anthem, please click here for our archive.

Hosting an event at Chalkwell Hall / Metal Art School
Chalkwell Hall supports and hosts a wide range of activities, including artist sharings, talks, gigs, book launches and workshops.

If you would like to hold an event at Chalkwell Hall as part of our public programme, please fill out our enquiry form here. We will be in touch!

If you’d like to enquire about running a creative class at Metal Art School, please fill out this form.

Private Hire
During certain times of the year, Chalkwell Hall is available for private hire for closed events, occasions and parties.

If you would like to find out more about a private hire booking, please fill out the our enquiry form here.

For directions to our spaces, download this PDF.


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

T +44 [0] 1702 470 700

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