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Future Network Shorts #3

Opening: 30/07/20 12:00 AM – 11:59 PM | Free


Hosted online, every last Thursday of the month from May 2020.
At each event, 6 artists from across the UK will each host a 20 minute sharings of work, performance, conversations or experimentation.


For July’s Future Network Shorts we are focussing on supporting early career artists. You will see in the line up a mix of artists who all in their first few years of defining themselves as an artist. We look forward to welcoming, theatre makers, poets, animators and more. If you’d like to find out more and are an early career artist, check out ​Metal New Artist Network here – and sign up to the newsletter to get access to some exclusive training and events. http://www.metalculture.com/artists-area/early-career-artists/



SOCIAL MEDIA – @MetalCultureUK

1pm – ANTISTEEL – Facebook Live

2pm – Inara Tsenina – Instagram Live

3pm – Taylor ​Jack Smith – Instagram Live

6pm – Malika Speaks – Postponed – due to unforeseen circumstances we will not be showing Malika’s short today – this will be rescheduled for a later date

7pm – George Lacey & Richard Seaman : GuyMart The Musical! – Instagram Live

8pm – Bobbie Twaddle : TROJAN – Zoom
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 840 4787 9003 / Passcode: 815451







Maeve Thompson and Carla Owens from ANTISTEEL discuss how they got their start in the local scene alongside a conversation about initiating change and Liverpool’s creative future with Ella Fradge and Eve Machin from Where Are The Girlbands. Where are the Girlbands https://www.instagram.com/wherearethegirlbands/

ANTISTEEL is a pop up host space for the next generation of local talent in merseyside ran and curated by Maeve Thompson and Carla Owens. Active since 2019, projects have included Studio shuffle, an exhibition at Make Liverpool, a £900 raffle for Liverpool Foodbanks and a spotlight online exhibition of Black creatives from Liverpool’s past. ANTISTEEL is a project based exclusively around connecting and supporting creatives aged 16-25 in Liverpool.


Inara Tsenina: Lockdown Chorus

Instagram Live

Inara will be sharing the development and first results of the project  “Lockdown Chorus”, in which she asked people to share how they have been emotionally affected by life in quarantine; for each response she assigned a sound of nature recorded in urban areas, where the possibility of hearing them was created by the absence of human activity.

She has used these sounds to compose a little symphony of birdsong, illustrating the collective emotional journey through the months of lockdown that the participants have experienced – in an attempt to turn social deprivation into something appreciative of the environmental impact of us staying home.  

Inara is a Russian linguist turned sci-artist, photographer, nature enthusiast and co-founder of Tangent Collective, a Liverpool based female sci-art initiative. With background in scientific translation, she focus’s her artistic research on communicating science through “serious” games and designing digital and tangible interactions. Inara enjoys experimenting with media, exploring combinations of photography, microscope imaging, printmaking and embroidery, as well as pushing the boundaries of data visualisation – having recently expanded into data sonification.


Taylor Jack Smith

Instagram Live

As part of Future Network Shorts, Taylor will be reading some short stories via Instagram Live. Following on from Taylor’s recent remote residency with Metal Southend, we look forward to hearing Taylor’s work read aloud, during which you are welcome to share your feedback or ask any questions you might have.

Taylor Jack Smith is and artist, filmmaker and writer from Southend-on-Sea in Essex and graduate from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2018.

Principally his work is concerned with storytelling. Seemingly oblique details become inflated, into the abject and cartoon. Memories and dreams become indistinguishable as unarticulated dialogues are described in bodily sensations. Points of friction are derived from lived or observed experiences, internalised and heightened, and political and personal tensions are bared. These moments are addressed through different lenses, be it film, animation, print or performance.

He has exhibited two animated works as part of Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2019, at Leeds Art Gallery and the South London Gallery, as well as exhibiting two video works for ‘EYECATCHER VI’ on the Big Screen Southend at Focal Point Gallery. Taylor is currently working with the BBC Arts New Creatives on an audio commission, and recently participated in the METAL Southend Remote Residency program.


Postponed – due to un for-seen circumstances we will not be showing Malikas short today – this will be rescheduled for a later date’


Malika Speaks


Join Malika on Instagram live where she will be sharing some of her poetry and talking about her journey as a poet including, how she found her voice with poetry and how she uses it as a tool for positive societal change

Malika is a Spoken Word artist who was crowned Peterborough’s Poet Laureate 2019-2021. She is driven by purpose and justice. Writing poetry from a very young age she found a love for spoken word which she uses to inspire and deliver messages around morality, reflectivity, self-empowerment and mental health. Malika is active in many projects around community cohesion, and inspiring and empowering people to be confident in who they are and their value in society. She has performed and appeared on TV, radio shows and at events in London, Luton and Peterborough, including, BBC Look East, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, inspire FM, and Salaam Radio!



George Lacey and Richard Seaman: GuyMart

Instagram Live

Join George and Richard as they share a few work-in-progress songs and scenes from their new show, GuyMart: The Musical! Any thoughts, feedback or questions would be much appreciated!

Theatre Graduate George and Musician Richard are collaborating on their first show together – GuyMart: The Musical. GuyMart is a new kind of supermarket, where gay men shop for their next sexual partner. It blends comical songs with fast-paced storytelling, poking fun at hook-up apps and the kind of interactions they offer. It’s funny, inappropriate and uncomfortable, and slowly pulls the audience into a strange and somewhat disturbing reality.


Bobbie Twaddle: TROJAN

Platform – Zoom

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 840 4787 9003
Passcode: 815451

“Bobbie Twaddle Presents: TROJAN”, TROJAN is a short sharing of work that has been made exclusively over the period of lockdown, the live call will involve the sharing of both live and pre-recorded work, and time to talk with the artist on all things Digital Drag!

Bobbie Twaddle is a young drag artist on the rise, a keen physical performer who takes pride in making work that is rooted in a deep sense of equally ironic and absurd themes.


Follow @MetalCultureUK for updates.

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, set times and digital access information.


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