JUDE KELLY OBE is founder and chair of Metal, having spent the first three years of Metal's development as our artistic director. She went on to play an instrumental role in securing the 2012 Olympic Games for London and is currently artistic director at London Southbank Centre. She is joined on our board by the actor, Sir Ian McKellen, writers Paul Morley, Yasmin Alibhai Brown and Rachel Lichtenstein, Radio One DJ Nihal Arthanayake, Sally Tallant, artistic director of Liverpool Biennial and creative directors, Ian Thompson and Mark Blenkinsop.
Colette has worked to develop Metal since the company's inception in 2002. She works across all three Metal sites and brings extensive experience of working in large scale public arenas via public art consultancy, exhibitions, participatory design and education projects. She was managing director of the Royal Society of British Sculptors (RBS) from 1998 – 2002 and is a freelance writer and commentator on the arts and has published articles in a number of journals and publications. She recently co-curated Estuary 2016 with Gareth Evans of the Whitechapel Gallery & Sue Jones of Whitstable Biennale.
Simon is a practising artist and curator based in London. He develops programmes and commissions for a variety of organisations including Metal, Watershed, MAC and the AND Festival. His practice engages the political aspects of digital culture with a continuing interest in behaviour and propaganda. He develops projects across all our sites in Liverpool, Peterborough and Southend.
Shaun joined Metal following four years working across Tate Modern, Tate Britain and Tate Liverpool, as Curator of Young People's Programmes. In these roles he worked internationally and curated, commissioned, and produced many multidisciplinary performances, exhibitions and events; often with a focus on the intersection between music and visual art. Prior to this, Shaun also worked in programming, education and participation capacities for DaDaFest International (Disability and Deaf Arts), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Liverpool Biennial. During his career Shaun has worked in collaboration with many artists and creative organisations across a broad spectrum of disciplines including; Warp Records, Punchdrunk Theatre Company, Actress, Jeremy Deller, Matthew Herbert, Oneohtrix Point Never, Martin Creed and Kate Tempest.
Jenny is an experienced project manager, producer and curator. For five years she curated the annual Liverpool Art Prize exhibition, working closely with a wide range of contemporary visual artists based in Merseyside. Jenny is passionate about engaging diverse audiences, particularly people who may not see the arts as something for them. She also continues her own practice as a visual artist and has a passion for film and artists' moving image.
Mark joined Metal in May 2013, after eight years at Arts Council England based in Cambridge. Through his various senior management roles for ACE, he has developed a very strong understanding of the east region, its strengths and challenges. He has also worked within local government, arts venues of varying scales, as a Higher Education tutor and a practising visual artist. He has an MA in European Cultural Planning.
Sarah brings a wide range of experience to Metal having previously worked as Arts Service Manager for Vivacity, Peterborough’s culture and leisure trust, The Bluecoat in Liverpool and Knowsley Borough Council. She comes from a background in arts management and arts participation, developing collaborative relationships between artists and new audiences.
Ruth manages Idea1, the online events and listings platform developed and managed by Metal as well as providing administration and project support. She is a practicing artist having studied at Central St Martins and London College of Communication. She has an MA in Photography.
Sean is responsible for producing Metal's large-scale programme and events. He is the event director for Village Green and is an experienced music promoter, having been instrumental in the development of a number of festivals across Essex. In his role at Southend's YMCA (2001 – 2007) he developed the pioneering Cue Music recording studio and accredited Open College Network course for young people. He is skilled at developing and delivering a wide range of arts projects across disciplines.
Camilla trained as a graphic designer and after working in publishing for several years, taught design, had an interior decorating and design partnership, and has a MA in Event Marketing Management. She is an experienced project manager and business administrator, and, outside of Metal, is involved in the running of a local annual festival. Camilla runs the Metal Arts Award programme.
Michaela looked after Metal's IDEA13 website from 2009-2016 and is now Project Manager for Estuary festival. She worked at National Gallery and Academy of Fine Art in Prague, Flowers East Gallery in London, ran a publishing company Divus and edited State art magazine. She also works as a freelance curator and writer; with an MA in Fine Art Administration and Curatorship from Goldsmiths College.
Nicky Bettell is the Finance Administrator at Metal. Nicky’s background is both from the Arts with a Photography degree from Manchester Metropolitan University and finance having returned to further education after having children to study for her Accounting qualifications. Nicky grew up and lives in the Leigh-on-sea / Chalkwell area. She is passionate about the local community with its ‘village’ feel and how businesses, schools, groups and residents work together to maintain the unique atmosphere.
Stephanie provides project support and a warm welcome for artists in residence. With a working knowledge of French and Italian, she comes from a background of Travel and Tourism working as an International Tour Manager. She has also worked extensively in administrative positions in training, banking and media.
Matt provides administrative support at Metal Liverpool. Matt has previously worked at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the Bluecoat, as well as having experience in the education and charity sectors.
Emma is the Mental Health Wellbeing Coordinator at Metal. She grew up in Chalkwell and Leigh and has worked in the area as an art therapist, teacher and artist. She has a BA in Fine Art and an MA in Art Psychotherapy. Emma has project managed several art and drama therapy mental health projects in Botswana where she lived for 10 years. She has published articles in journals and art therapy magazines and is passionate about using art and community to help promote everyone's good mental health.
Sadie is Web & Social Media Editor at Metal Southend. She is also a multi award-winning columnist, playwright, and actor. She is co-Artistic Director and playwright of theatre company Old Trunk. Her plays 'Pramkicker' and 'Fran & Leni' are published by Bloomsbury Methuen. She is core contributor and collective member of alternative women's magazine Standard Issue set up by Sarah Millican, and has written about suicide and grief for The Lancet.
Paige offers administrative support to the team at Metal Southend. She spent four years in Nottingham and returned to Essex after graduating with a BA in Fine Art. She is also a freelance writer who is passionate about working with fellow creatives in her hometown.
Syd Moore works part time for Metal handling marketing and publicity. She is a writer and activist. Her first book, The Drowning Pool, was a contemporary ghost story set in Leigh which investigated the legend of the seawitch Sarah Moore. Her second book, Witch Hunt, also made the bestseller lists and explores the Essex witch hunts conducted by Matthew Hopkins, the notorious Witchfinder General. Syd has worked extensively in the publishing industry in marketing and PR. For three years she presented Channel 4’s book programme, Pulp and lectured for 9 years in publishing at South Essex College. She was the founding editor of Level 4, an arts and culture magazine, and is co-creator of SuperStrumps, the game that reclaims female stereotypes. Her next book, Strange Magic, is out in 2017.
Clare is the Senior Project Manager for Thurrock, and is based in Grays. She joins Metal from Cardiff, where she worked on the education programme for Ffotogallery, and project managed hyper-local community arts festival Made in Roath. She has a background in grassroots arts production, having co-run art and music nights aimed at inclusivity for people on the autism spectrum, and skill sharing projects based on communal creativity and knowledge sharing. For five years she worked at engage, the National Association for Gallery Education, so brings a broad knowledge of gallery education and socially engaged practice.