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Future Network Shorts #2

Opening: 25/06/20 12:00 AM – 11:59 PM


Hosted online, every last Thursday of the month from May 2020.
At each event, 6 artists from across the UK will each host a 10 minute sharing of work, performance, conversations or experimentation.


Stormy J

Rachael House

Daniel & Clara

Pierce Starre

Charley Genever & Lukhmann Ali

Blue Saint

Follow @MetalCultureUK for updates.



1pm –    Stormy J: Instagram Live

Stormy J will be playing her favourite bubbly house and UK Garage tracks to lift your spirits! Join her on Instagram Live @MetalCultureUK for the perfect set to start your Thursday afternoon.

Stormy J is a broadcaster, DJ and music journalist. She hosts a bimonthly radio show at Totally Wired Radio, the audio companion to Fred Perry and has written features for Gaffer, gal-dem and Dazed. Originally from Southend on Sea, Stormy J is now based in London. Keep in touch with her work by following her on Instagram at @stormyj_music


2pm –  Daniel and Clara,  Walking in Circles: Zoom

Walking in Circles – a virtual stroll. A guided virtual-walk along the route Daniel and Clara take daily around Mersea Island (using googlemaps, video clips and field recordings) with reflections on the impact that place has on our creative practice and how this has changed during lockdown. This presentation will be part artist talk, part live performance in which the inner and outer experiences of landscape seamlessly blend.

JOIN : Walking In Circles with Daniel & Clara
Time: Jun 25, 2020 02:00 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 742 0515 0261
Password: walking

Daniel & Clara, two humans one artist on a journey exploring dimensions real and imagined, the results of which consist of moving image, photography, letters and performance. In their current work they have been exploring the British landscape as a site for encounters with the mysterious, the eerie, the otherworldly and the unknown. Their work has been exhibited and screened internationally at galleries and film festivals including Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Kettle’s Yard, Whitechapel Gallery, BFI, Fabrica Gallery, Close-up Cinema, Doclisboa and Museu de Arte Moderna Rio de Janeiro

In 2019 they launched Moving Image Artists (MIA), an organisation dedicated to supporting and cultivating contemporary moving image art and experimental film.


3pm – Rachael House, Lockdown Comics: Instagram live

Join Rachael on Instagram live for a performative reading of her Lockdown Comics.  Rachael is Currently drawing comics and posting them on her Instagram. During lockdown She’s been surprised to be reaching so many people, and how meaningful this contact has been. Her social media has become a site for her socially engaged art, in a way that she wouldn’t have anticipated. “It reminds me of posting out zines in the 1990s, and receiving letters and traded zines in return, there was an exchange and intimacy. On Instagram of course, it’s more immediate, but can be similarly moving.”

Rachael’s work focuses on feminist and queer politics and resistant histories/herstories, aiming to reach as many like-minded people as possible, inside and outside of the art world. She use’s humour, personal engagement and events to draw in those who may not be like-minded too- we recruit.

Alongside and as part of her fine art practice she make zines. In the 1990s she was part of the international queerzine scene. Today, she ply her wares at zine fests, and her zines are collected in museum and university archives and feature in academic and art books.

Rachael’s projects have ranged from Rachael House’s Feminist Disco- putting the ‘disco’ into ‘discourse’, to an ongoing series of piñatas representing heteronormativity, patriarchy and the institution of monarchy, to be gleefully and violently smashed at joyful celebrations with big glittery sticks.



6pm – Pierce Starre: Facebook Live

Pierce is a Liverpool based performance artist who situates their personal experience within a broader social and political context. Their artworks provide the viewer with an opportunity to be immersed within an embodied experience, creating a platform for connection, reflection, and discussion. Their previous work has explored their lived experience of being a Child of Deaf Adults, and has critiqued the restrictive nature of institutional frameworks. Pierce’s work has been commissioned by Unshut Festival, DADAFest and Heart of Glass and has featured at Venice International Performance Art Week and PerformIstanbul. Pierce also runs Drip, an artist led platform facilitating the exploration and development of Live Art in Liverpool. Through Drip, Pierce has established SPILL YER TEA, an accessible and all inclusive experimental Live Art and Performance Art event that takes place at Constellations in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle.



7pm – Charley Genever and Lukhmann Ali: Instgram live

Join Charley and Lukhmann on instgram live where they will be sharing poems, playing with auto-complete poetry writing, and chatting about the Peterborough poetry scene.

Charley Genever is a poet, writer, and creative producer. Living and working from Peterborough, she is a former Peterborough Poet Laureate, vice chair of the Syntax Poetry Festival committee, manager of the Peterborough Poet Laureate and Young Poet Laureate programmes, and produces her own quarterly spoken word night ‘Freak Speak’. charleygenever.wordpress.com

Lukhmann is a young spoken word artist based out of Peterborough. His work is largely based on his experience growing up as a third generation migrant. He is currently working on community based intiatives, focusing on; cross cultural dialogue and mental health within the south Asian community.




8pm – Blue Saint, Mémoire – : Instagram Live

Mémoire, a journey through the highlights of Blue Saint’s life from his childhood and adolescence to his current age, both in Africa and the United Kingdom.

Blue Saint, is a Congolese and British rapper, singer-songwriter, spoken word poet and producer. Over his music career he has developed an eclectic musical style that draws on a range of influences and genres, often combining and blending elements of hip-hop, RnB and electronic music. Blue Saint’s music lyrically incorporates a range of political, social, philosophical and cultural references with themes usually centred around social injustices. His project’s tend to be conceptual in nature, having released a series of concept EPs tilted Enter Mynd.

‘I have created a conceptual music project, titled “Mémoire”, that is centred around the theme of growth and is loosely connected to my previous concept EP series Enter Mynd; a project whereby I metaphorically allowed the audience to explore my mind. “Mémoire” uses floral and naturistic imagery, interspersed with poetry, throughout its body, and the project is made to show the audience the experiences and influences that shaped me into the person I am today. The soundscape itself also reflects the project’s nuanced feel, twisting and reforming, as it swings from Congolese-esque rhythms to bouncy, mellow hip hop and finally landing at breezy RnB sounds; each style is set to represent a moment in my life.’



Future Network Shorts is a new digital programme from Metal.
It has been developed from existing live events which take place at all Metal venues (
Future Network in Peterborough, Future Park in Southend and Future Station in Liverpool). Through this programme, we aim to financially support artists through and beyond the testing time of COVID-19 and connect them with online audiences through diverse, entertaining and engaging content.

Each month from May 2020, Metal will host Future Network Shorts – the last Thursday of each month.
The event runs as a mini online ‘festival’. Across the day, 6 different artists will make appearances throughout the day, or host work digitally for you to engage with – this might be via a Zoom call, a digital workshop, a live performance on our social media channels or a virtual exhibition / article on our website.
Similar to the ‘3 Min Wonders’ format which is often used in Metal’s programming, these 10 minute slots are open for artists to test out ideas, perform, showcase work, hold conversations, experiment and take risks.

There is no set format. We look forward to presenting podcast sections, discussions, how to guides, dance, short talks, workshops, scratch shows and much more, hosted live by artists from their homes.

As this is a programme shared across all 3 Metal sites, the best place to get all the info is by following Metal Culture UK on social media. Follow @MetalCultureUK on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, as not to miss out! Here, we will announce our artists, their set times and digital access information.




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