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  1. Art Class by Andrea Luka Zimmerman

    Art Class (2020, 49mins)

    By Andrea Luka Zimmerman

    Art Class is a filmed performance lecture playing on, and exploring, the perennial tension between the two key words in its title. It uses the tropes of scholarly presentation and personal confession alongside extracts from the artist’s work, guest interventions, martial arts and meditation exercises and evidentiary found material.

    The sequence tests the limits of access that working-class artists have to cultural production and to the relevant institutions circulating these outcomes. Alternately playful and provocative, serious and satirical, Art Class favors wit over weaponizing and reflection over rhetoric but does not pull its punches when it comes to the real obstructions to working class creative progress, or to the strategies necessary to overcome such outmoded hindrances.

    Available to stream until 18 December

  2. Metal New Artist Network : If You Can’t Plug Yourself…with Tammy Reynolds

    If You Can’t Plug Yourself, How In The Hell You Gonna Plug Somebody Else?

    Top tips on approaching arts organisations and seeking opportunities from Tammy Reynolds.
    Warning : Contains strong language

    Metal New Artist Network is a free programme of support for early career artists.
    Find out more about this programme here and join our network by filling in a short survey here.

    Thanks to our guest speaker, Tammy Reynolds aka Midgitte Bardot.

  3. Metal New Artist Network : Getting Paid with Emma Edmondson

    Top tips on getting paid fairly and finding support as an artist from Emma Edmondson

    Metal New Artist Network is a free programme of support for early career artists.
    Find out more about this programme here and join our network by filling in a short survey here.

    Thanks to our guest speaker, Emma Edmondson, founder of TOMA (The Other MA).

  4. Voices for Change – A Community Conversation

    As part of our Remote Residencies programme, our team in Southend have been working with Southend for Black Lives Matter.
    This group emerged in response to the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, mobilising to bring together our local community to make a stand against racism through socially distant protests, vigils and performances which encourage discussion and education.

    Here you can watch Voices for Change – a short film which discusses racism through a combination of interview and performances.
    Made in partnership with SACSA (Southend Art Collective for Social Change), with support from Metal Southend, Focal Point Gallery and filmmakers Gabrielle Milanese and Paul Bates.

  5. Metal New Artist Network : Getting Paid with Kei Maye

    Top tips on how to make money as an artist or designer from Kei Maye.

    Metal New Artist Network is a free programme of support for early career artists.
    Find out more about this programme here and join our network by filling in a short survey here.

    Thanks to our guest speaker, Kei Maye, founder of Creative Champs

  6. Metal New Artist Network : What 2 Do Online with Travis Alabanza

    5 top tips on creating an online presence as an artist, from Travis Alabanza.
    Click the ‘CC’ at the bottom of this video for subtitles.

    Metal New Artist Network is a free programme of support for early career artists.
    Find out more about this programme here and join our network by filling in a short survey here.

    Thanks to our guest speaker, Travis Alabanza.

  7. Caretakers: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery – Gum

    The Caretakers invites you inside 6 UK museums in the last month of lockdown. Your hosts are those who have been caring for the collections in our absence- security and buildings teams. They’ve spent time making audio recordings of themselves talking while alone during their shifts. Artist Eloise Moody has been working closely with them to create the audio, shaping it into the series which you can now hear.

    The final recording in this series is from Gum at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

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  8. Caretakers: Pitt Rivers – John

    The Caretakers invites you inside 6 UK museums in the last month of lockdown. Your hosts are those who have been caring for the collections in our absence- security and buildings teams. They’ve spent time making audio recordings of themselves talking while alone during their shifts. Artist Eloise Moody has been working closely with them to create the audio, shaping it into the series which you can now hear.

    The fifth recording in this series is from John at Pitt Rivers Museum

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  9. ARTIST IN RESIDENCE SERIES: MARK MASSEY

    In June 2020 photographer Mark Massey joined Metal Southend for a remote residency to develop his photographic project focusing on the Crowstone in Chalkwell. The Crowstone, which stands on the mud on the Thames Estuary foreshore, acts as a marker with various purposes – including at one time the limit of jurisdiction of the Port of London Authority. 

    In this short film Mark talks about how he came upon the idea for his photographic project, his relationship with the estuary, and the importance of the Southend communities in the development of his work. He describes how he moved from considering the entire Thames Estuary to focus on the Crowstone as one particular moment and ‘spot’ to represent a wider range of ideas about the estuary. 

    During his residency with Metal, Mark took part in an Estuary 2021 workshop for The Water Replies creative journal project, and talks about the Crowstone as a sort of entity, existing outside of human time – seeing everything and watching out – that it will still be here, long after everyone has gone.

  10. Caretakers: Southend Museums – Ciara

    The Caretakers invites you inside 6 UK museums in the last month of lockdown. Your hosts are those who have been caring for the collections in our absence- security and buildings teams. They’ve spent time making audio recordings of themselves talking while alone during their shifts. Artist Eloise Moody has been working closely with them to create the audio, shaping it into the series which you can now hear.

    The fourth recording in this series is from Ciara at Southend Museums.

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  11. Caretakers: Kettle’s Yard – Steve

    The Caretakers invites you inside 6 UK museums in the last month of lockdown. Your hosts are those who have been caring for the collections in our absence- security and buildings teams. They’ve spent time making audio recordings of themselves talking while alone during their shifts. Artist Eloise Moody has been working closely with them to create the audio, shaping it into the series which you can now hear.

    The third recording is from Steve at Kettle’s Yard.

    @caretakertales

  12. Caretakers: Royal Museums Greenwich – Alex

    The Caretakers invites you inside 6 UK museums in the last month of lockdown. Your hosts are those who have been caring for the collections in our absence- security and buildings teams. They’ve spent time making audio recordings of themselves talking while alone during their shifts. Artist Eloise Moody has been working closely with them to create the audio, shaping it into the series which you can now hear.

    The second recording is from Alex at Royal Museums Greenwich.

    @caretakertales