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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

    @caretakertales

  3. 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

    @caretakertales

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

    @caretakertales

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Caretakers: Museum of London – Marta

    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 and to shape it into the series which you can now hear.

    “I knew that this project had all the ingredients to be good, but I couldn’t know it would be quite so special.  Through the eyes of these Caretakers, we are allowed a rare glimpse, not just into the closed museum spaces, and the quiet collections, but into the lives and reflections of the people who find themselves often the sole inhabitants of these usually thriving places.”

    Each piece feels intimate and personal – a gift. You want to listen carefully because you might never get this chance again. What they say is beautiful and interesting and moving and funny. But you can also hear each person thinking, you can hear them sigh and you can hear them laugh as they share their thoughts with you while they go on their patrols, as they sit in chairs they’ve never tried before or as they find themselves in grand echoey rooms all alone.

    Everything is about to change again- museums are getting ready to reopen.

    Thank you Marta, Alex, Steve, Ciara, John and Gum – our Caretakers – who let us in.

    The first recording is from Marta at Museum of London. @caretakertales

  9. Artist In Residence Series: Aleasha Chaunte

    Artist and community organiser Aleasha Chaunte is based in Liverpool, and has been supported by our Time and Space residency series. While developing her performance project ‘Protagonist’ she co-runs the Humanise community film club, bringing members of the local community together to watch films and discuss how we support each other and what it means to be human. ‘Protagonist’ was recently performed as a work in progress at the Unity Theatre in Liverpool.

  10. Artist in Residence Series: Lois Weaver and Peggy Shaw – Split Britches

    Founded in New York in 1980, Split Britches: Lois Weaver, Peggy Shaw, and Deb Margolin, has continued for 40 years with the performance work of Lois Weaver and Peggy Shaw, who have been in residence with Metal in Peterborough during November 2019. Since it’s inception, Split Britches have been committed to working with women, women of color, and LGBTQ+ communities. More recently their work has been centred within a community of elders. Here is a short film of Weaver and Shaw talking about their residency at Metal Peterborough, working on their new project Last Gasp which is a call and response to the precarities of ageing and of our age.

  11. The Space In-Between (Berlin)

    On November 16th 2019, The Space In-Between, Berlin edition took place. The evening was a celebration of mess, musings, glitter and protest. The featured artists, from across the UK and Berlin, explored ideas of otherness though dance, love art and sound, film and discussion.

  12. UK-Russia Year of Music: Aneliya Avtandilova

    From October 14th to November 13th Metal musician Aneliya Avtandilova was our artist in residence on behalf of British Council’s UK-Russia Year of Music program. During her residency she composed, recorded and performed “Mass,” a secular-choral piece that responds to languages and phrases of specific localities. The performance of “Mass” was part of an event titled ’15 Minutes with…’ including performances by Daniel Thorne, George Maund and Forest Swords.

    More information about the composition can be found on Aneliya’s website: https://www.aavtandilova.com/mass

    The project was supported by The British Council, Metal, Rush, PRS for Music Foundation and Ministry for Foreign Affairs Russian Agency. Special thanks to Andrew Ellis, Andrew PM Hunt, Nina Franklin, Jon Davies, Kate Hazeldine, James Canty.

    Film directed and edited by Bob Wass.