Category Archive: News

Listening Bench – Winter programme


Our Listening Bench has just been updated with the latest audio content. Find out what our artists in residency been up to and a listen to a new song by young musician from Southend – Leo C. Interview with Figs in Wigs Interview with Charles Sharman-Cox Interview with Dean Atta Leo C’s new release – […]

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Decorum films

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Decorum is a series of projects by intergenerational arts charity Magic Me. The projects seek to explore what ‘good behaviour’ means for women in the 21st Century. In 2018 they’ve had 3 projects looking at this topic, in London, Southend and Peterborough. Each group, made up of school age girls and older women from the […]

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SEVEN WEEKS OF SUMMER – Thursday 30 August – Sunday 2 Sept 2018


SEVEN WEEKS OF SUMMER music, art, books, comedy, food, coffee, prosecco and more…. Thursday 19 July – Sunday 2 Sept 2018 Cafe Valise Open at Chalkwell Hall: every Thurs to Sun, 11am – 6pm (plus evening events) WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK: 30 AUGUST – 2 SEPTEMBER   SUMMER ART SCHOOL Every Thursday & Friday throughout […]

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Call for submissions – COME AS YOU ARE Festival

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When did you come out as male? Or female? Scratch Night at Metal (Peterborough) – Thursday 8 November   From 8-10 November, Metal Peterborough, Vivacity Key Theatre, and Camden People’s Theatre are programming COME AS YOU ARE, a festival of adventurous performance addressing attitudes towards and understanding of gender. We’re on the look-out for local […]

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Listening Bench is installed at Chalkwell Park

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The Listening Bench is Metal’s newest addition to NetPark – the world’s first digital art park. It’s a bench with changing audio – from poetry, archival material to conversations with artists we will programme new and interesting things to listen to while sitting and enjoying the park environment each month. Originally part of the Essex […]

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Volunteers wanted! – Peterborough Pride Reading Room

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About Pride: Metal has been working with the LGBTQIA+ community on Peterborough Pride 2018. Running from Friday 29th June to Friday 6th July, this week long citywide celebration offers something for everyone. Peterborough PRIDE is about providing a platform for coming together, celebrating difference, being proud and showing support for our Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, […]

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Last week of Essex Writers House

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This is our last week of Essex Writers House! WRITING THE SHORT FILM Workshop WED 28 MARCH 11am-3:30PM The short film is often overlooked as a storytelling medium, but it can be a great calling card for the new writer or those coming from other writing disciplines. This half day course run by Maria Solecki […]

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Writers House Events 12-18 March


POP-UP Essex Writers House 1 – 29 March 2018 As part of an exciting new partnership with Essex Book Festival, Metal is transforming Chalkwell Hall into a pop-up Essex Writers House for the whole month of March 2018 to host a wide range of literary events and activities. Our aim is to provide development opportunities […]

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Motherland S1 - Generics

We’re very excited about our International Women’s Day special edition of Future Park, our popular cultural networking event. Not only do we have some fun 3 Minute Wonders lined up, but we have a talk from the brilliant Helen Linehan – creator & co-writer of BBC’s hit comedy Motherland – presenting a talk. This free […]

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Do you have memories of Liverpool in 1967?


From 3 – 17 March Irish artist Ruth McHugh will use the first stage of her METAL Time and Space Residency to research and develop Spectres of Modernity II in Liverpool.. Her project Spectres of Modernity ( recorded the demolition of the final remains of Ballymun, Ireland’s most recognisable high-rise housing. From ongoing engagement with […]

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