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  1. The Space In-Between

    ‘The Space In-between’, a new film by Jay Gearing and Kate Marsh f.

    This film is an artistic response to an 18 month programme of work which included 24 artists exploring ideas of otherness in their creative practice. Our aim is to highlight the ideas and conversations of the artists and to privilege their voices and experiences. This film is for them and about them and all the other artists occupying the messy spaces and edges of the arts sector.

    For further information look at our project page Change Makers or to arrange a screening with a Q & A with the makers please contact

  2. Change Makers: The Space In – Between

    The Space In – Between, curated by Kate Marsh and arts organisation Metal, took place on 6th September 2018 at the Southbank London. It was the culmination of a research and development programme for 20 artists through residencies at Metal sites in Peterborough, Southend and Liverpool.

  3. Talking Festivals

    Metal welcomed students from South Essex College and some of Southend’s Secondary Schools to a mini-conference at Chalkwell Hall, with the aim of de-mystifying the many career opportunities offered by festivals across the UK. Together, the students and industry professionals explored the makings of an ideal festival site, created zines about festival ethos and environments, and attended micro-seminars and panel discussions hosted by musicians, artists and creatives who work within the festival circuit.

    Following this, a free gig was held at Chalkwell Hall, showcasing some of Southend’s next generation of brilliant musicians and songwriters.
    To broaden the conversation about festivals with the public, Metal also hosted workshops and discussions at the much loved Leigh Folk Festival, where ideas were collected for the 10th anniversary edition of Village Green festival, set for 6 July 2019.





  4. Peterborough Pride

    Metal worked with the LGBTQIA+ community on Peterborough Pride 2018.

    Which ran from Friday 29th June to Friday 6th July, this week long city-wide celebration offered something for everyone. Peterborough PRIDE was about providing a platform for coming together, celebrating difference, being proud and showing support for our Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual (LGBTQIA+) friends and family.

    There was lots of different parties, performances, screenings, events and social gatherings at a whole range of venues.

  5. Creative Education

    180 pupils from Southend High School for Girls took part in a creative education day at Metal in Southend – this is what happened.

    Film by Andy Delaney at NewArtFilms

    For more information about Metal’s creative education programme for all ages – see Metal Art School

  6. Trackbed Film

    Trackbed the film documents the creative process that went into creating Metals newest young arts programme. Trackbed saw Metal partnering with electronic music duo Darkstar and the Harthill Youth Centre to create a sound installation and musical composition. The project aimed to challenge the negative perception of Edge Hill and the surrounding neighborhoods, often defined by disadvantage and lack of opportunity.

  7. The Day the World Got Smaller

    The Day the World Got Smaller is a free online learning resource for primary schools celebrating the history of the Liverpool to Manchester railway.

    This brand new resource aims to inspire Key Stage 2 pupils to discover aspects of British and world history that are reflected in their local community, and question the impact of the railways on society today.

    Six new commissioned artworks have been created in collaboration with children from local primary schools in Liverpool. Each artwork has been the result of a participatory programme of workshops, collective research, heritage visits and a shared process of interpretation between artists and children.

  8. Jeremy Deller – With a Little Help From My Friends

    As part of a citywide celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band , Metal presented two new artworks by Turner Prize winning artist Jeremy Deller. With A Little Help from My Friends forms part of Liverpool Presents Sgt. Pepper at 50, a citywide festival featuring 13 new events reimagining the iconic album.

  9. Even You Song

    EVEN YOU SONG new CD featuring primary school children from Peterborough, CD release December 2017, digital release February 2018.

    Find out more about the Even You Song project here.

  10. PLANET B


    Organised by PECT, Metal and The Green Backyard, Planet B was an action-packed programme of events, performances, film screenings, workshops, artist’s commissions, conferences and debates – all focused around sustainability. Events took place from Saturday 29th July through to Saturday 12th August 2017.
    To find out more and to see what the full programme of events were click here


    Looking back at just some of the many events that have taken place across our Southend, Liverpool, & Peterborough sites through the years.

    Looking ahead to more exciting plans for 2017!

    Thanks to the many wonderful people who have been part of the story so far.


    Video by brilliant film-maker Andrew Delaney.

  12. Netpark Wellbeing Project: The Garden of Remember

    A video following the progress of the Netpark Wellbeing Project, working with people in Southend living with Dementia.
    Coordinator – Emma Mills
    Illustrator – Joe Magee
    Writer – Alistair Gentry
    Overseeing Artist – Elsa James
    Actors – John Newell & Ross Norman-Clarke
    Original Music – Jack Hurst
    App Design Advisor – Simon Poulter