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  1. Carmen Papalia : Artists in Residence

    Artist and disability advocate Carmen Papalia has been in residence with Metal in Peterborough during October 2019. Carmen’s work takes the form of participatory public projects from walks, workshops and interventions, to model new standards and practices in the area of accessibility. Whilst in residence he performed one of his non-visual promenades. Here is a short film of Carmen in conversation with artist Kate Marsh, talking about the themes he has been exploring.

  2. Creative Careers

    Each year, through different projects, forums, volunteering and work experience the Metal team find ways for young people to gain insight and experience in the arts and creative industries.  This year in the six months leading up to Village Green, 192 Southend teenagers helped curate, plan and deliver the festival whilst learning valuable tips from industry experts.  Watch our 3 minute film to find out more.

  3. Artist in Residence Series: Ali Eisa and Milly Peck

    Ali Eisa and Milly Peck came into residence with Metal at Chalkwell Hall as part of a wider project Artist Village curated by Jon Kipps.  The residency was in two parts, spending time in Southend in April 2019 to research and gather ideas.  The second, in July 2019 to create a new site-specific artwork for Village Green, Metal’s art and music festival, hosted in Chalkwell Park.  The works launched at the festival and then remained on public exhibition for one month.

  4. Artist in Residence Series: Kerri Jefferis and Sophie Chapman

    Kerri Jefferis and Sophie Chapman came into residence with Metal in Southend to develop new work together, inviting collaborators to come and spend time with them exploring ideas around bodies, space and punk music.  Here, they talk to each other about the benefits of taking time out to explore ideas without pressure to create ‘product’ at the end.

    You can read more about them and their time at Metal here.

  5. Artist in Residence Series: Dean Atta and Ziggy Zezsyazeoviennazabrizkie

    Dean Atta (UK) and Ziggy Zezsyazeoviennazabrizkie (Indonesia) are both writers who spent a month in residence with Metal in Southend as part of our Essex Writers House in March 2019 – a partnership with Essex Book Festival.  This film captures them in conversation, talking about what they have been working on while in residence and the benefits of having time and space to explore new ideas and work.

    Ziggy was supported to come into residence from Indonesia by the British Council.  Dean’s residency was supported by Arts Council England.

  6. Artist in Residence Series: Charmaine Childs

    Acrobat and Stronglady, Charmaine Childs is currently artist-in-residence at Metal in Southend.  Awarded a Developing Your Creative Practice grant from Arts Council England, she is exploring new modes of performance.  In this short film, she explains the themes that she is working with.

    See more about Charmaine’s residency here.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.





  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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.