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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 hosting a wide range of events, exhibitions, talent development and educational activities with schools.  A key part of all of our activities are to encourage conversations with the wider communities of Southend and South Essex to think about the arts, to try out ideas for projects and to find new solutions and opportunities.

Our current regular programme includes Village Green, our music and arts festival that attracts around 20,000 visitors each year, Village Green Next Generation, our festival exclusively for the school pupils of Southend,  Time and Space Residencies, which invite artists of all disciplines to stay in residence at Chalkwell Hall, Metal Art School’s classes, courses and creative sessions, NetPark, the worlds first Digital Art Park and the basis of the NetPark Wellbeing Project and our ongoing programme of Culture LABs, residential hot-house talent development weeks for artists of different disciplines.

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


Chalkwell Hall supports a wide range of activities and we invite local groups to utilise the space as a venue for creative events, classes, meetings, seminars, exhibitions, gigs, crits and workshops.
To enquire, please contact us:

Tel: 01702 470700




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

T +44 [0] 1702 470 700

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