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Pecha Kucha 2015
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NetPark Pecha Kucha

Opening: 06/10/15 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Metal invites you to our Pecha Kucha Night Vol. 11 to celebrate the launch of NetPark – the world’s first digital art park – in Chalkwell Park, Southend-on-Sea.

Tuesday 6 October 2015, 7pm – 9pm

Parkview Suites, Chalkwell Park, Chalkwell Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 8NB

Please rsvp to netpark@metalculture.com

Alison Ballard

Laura Daly

Claire Davies

Amanda Loomes

Kay Lovelace

Conall McAteer

Catherine Skene

Varvara and Mar

All our artist presenters are on a week-long, residential LAB at Metal, developing new ideas for future NetPark artworks.

NetPark is a new visitor attraction for Southend and presents a collection of specially commissioned, site-specific, digital artworks and stories for Chalkwell Park in Southend on Sea.

The works are engaging and playful.  Each takes you on a different journey around the park, providing a variety of experiences of the park environment that are in turn surprising, funny, informative and thought-provoking.  Designed for a variety of audiences, the range of works ensures that there is something to enchant all ages and allows for a shared experience or individual contemplation.

All the works are experienced through a smart device, either iPad, iPhone or Android. All are best experienced with a set of headphones.

The inaugural collection has five artworks created by artists following an open call selection process, and five site-specific stories created by Southend school pupils working with writers and illustrators.


Matmos:  Site-specific music created from original sounds recorded from the everyday park life.

Joel Cahen Processional work placing you in the position of a traveller within a dreamlike landscape.

Rosie Poebright:  Processional work explores your physical and emotional responses to the landscape.

Jamie Gledhill:  Augmented reality brings the trees to life, with some funny stories to tell about what they’ve seen over the years.

Mark Grist and MC Mixy:  Spoken word poetry tours, including the love story of a couple growing up in and around Chalkwell Park.


The Disappearing Spell written by pupils from Chalkwell Hall Junior School, working with writer, Lucy Sheerman and illustrator, Maggie Li.

Witch Quest written by pupils from St Georges School, working with writer, Vahni Capildeo and illustrator, Maddy Vian.

Scentopia written by pupils from Thorpe Greenways Junior School, working with writer, Syd Moore and illustrator, Karl Lawson.

Cake Work written by pupils from Milton Hall Junior School, working with writer, Jeremy Hardingham and illustrator, Zoe Barker.

Hello, Friend Monster written by pupils from Westborough School, working with writer, Vahni Capildeo and illustrator, Claire Softley.


Metal have worked in partnership with University of Brighton and Calvium as part of the Research and Development aspect of the project.


Supported by the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts – Nesta, Arts & Humanities Research Council and public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England

With additional funding from:
Royal Opera House Bridge to enable the works created with Southend school pupils and Southend Borough Council to enable new signage within Chalkwell Park.

Metal will have a limited number of iPads and headphones to borrow at these events.
If you have your own – please bring them with you.  There will be help on hand to load up the relevant apps.

N.B.  We are also running a number of 2 hour tours/taster digital workshops for schools on Wed 7 / Thurs 8 and Fri 9 October between 10am and 3pm.
Please contact emma@metalculture.com for further information if your school might be interested.  Future tours/workshops can be arranged on request.


Parkview Suites, Chalkwell Park, Chalkwell Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 8NB

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