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  1. Village Green 2014

    Village Green 2014 art and music festival took place at Chalkwell Park on Saturday 12 July 11am-10pm. The fantastic line up of artists and musicians included Beth OrtonEddi Reader (Fairground Attraction); Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip; New York ska band, The Slackers; from London Man Like Me; Youth Club, Shlomo; Danny and the Champions of the Worlds; Kathryn Williams; Eight Rounds Rapid; and hot tips to go global in the very near future, The Hosts!

    For information about Village Green 2015, click here.

  2. Heritage Open Day At Edge Hill Station

    On Saturday 14th September Metal opened their doors to people from the local community and visitors interested in arts, heritage, local and railway history as part of Heritage Open Days.  One highlight of the day was the unveiling of our new community garden gate, designed by Robyn Woolston and pupils from local primary schools, as a memorial project to the Blitz attack of November 1940 on Durning Road. People could visit Metal’s community garden, as well as the chance to explore inside the buildings and meet the artists currently in residence in our studios.

  3. Anthem

    Anthem 2012  brought together a choir of 2000 school pupils and adults from across Southend to sing a specially commissioned new piece of choral music in celebration of the Olympic Torch visit to Southend on Friday 6th July 2012.

    Metal in partnership with Southend-on-Sea Borough Council (SoSBC), Southend Education Trust (SET) and Arts Council England (ACE) were working with 34 schools and 7 Community choirs to welcome the Olympic Torch to Southend.

    Metal have commissioned the music from the renowned, Essex based composer, Tolga Kashif.


  4. Dance In Focus

    English National Ballet’s Dance in Focus exhibition: Curated by leading dance photographer Chris Nash, premiered at City Hall as a highlight of Big Dance 2012 and London 2012 Festival. This vibrant, inspiring collection of photographs by emerging dance photographers explores the energy, emotiveness and elegance of dance and movement.

    In Conversation with Chris Nash – Chris Nash gave an insight into his working practice and experiences, discussing a range of topics. An exclusive opportunity to pose questions and find out more about photographing dance.

    Here’s a short film from the event by Sparky Media Productions.

  5. Liverpool Biennial 2012: Lunch Dates

    To accompany John Cooper Clarke’s soundtrack, Guest Artists hosted a daily, free lunchtime discussion in Café Valise. A variety of creative practitioners were invited to design a menu and propose a topic for discussion each day. Including, amongst others; writer and journalist, Yasmin Alibhai Brown, novelist Rosie Thomas, stand-up comedian Shaista Aziz and choreographer Fearghus O’Conchuir. Here is a film commissioned by Metal and made by Ben Morgan during the 2012 Lunch Dates

  6. We Can Play – Liverpool

    We Can Play is a project that brings together a group of 20 talented young musicians between the ages of 11 and 17 from across Liverpool and the neighbouring boroughs (Knowsley, Halton, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral). The aim of the project is to give young people the opportunity to experiment with new techniques and styles that will go towards the development of a new piece of music. In this film the participants are improvising a soundtrack for a scene taken from the 1953 film ‘Little Fugitive’ during a session led by composer Nigel Clarke. 

  7. Light Sculptures

    Metal commissioned artist, Ron Haselden to create a light work within the wildlife garden in Southend’s well used public park, Chalkwell Park – which is where Metal’s Southend home is situated.

    He chose to work with a group of school pupils from Darlinghurst Primary School asking them to complete a set of simple pencil line drawings, responding to the theme of their favourite flower or plant. From these drawings, Ron selected six different blooms which have been faithfully translated into neon light sculptures. The lights are mounted onto 5m high wooden posts and permanently installed within the park for all to enjoy.

  8. Shorelines 2013 – Literature Festival Of the Sea

    Metal’s Shorelines Festival – a celebration of sea-themed contemporary and classic writing in all its forms. The biennial event had a fantastic line-up of international authors, poets, artists, storytellers and musicians, bringing texts – old and new – to life.

    Metal has created a small, intelligent and thought-provoking festival, curated by acclaimed writer Rachel Lichtenstein. Shorelines takes place in various outdoor and indoor venues at the heart of the fishing community of Leigh-on-sea on the banks of Thames Estuary, at the point where it officially becomes ‘open sea’. This unique festival aims to provoke discussion, re-awaken senses, excite the adventurous spirit and explore new literature about the sea.

  9. Upon This Rock

    Brought to you by Metal in collaboration with the Lantern Company, ‘Upon This Rock’ was a visual and musical celebration of Peterborough and its people. Spectacular lanterns paraded by hundreds of local schoolchildren and their families started in four corners of the city and converged on Cathedral Square, filling the city centre with light, colour and sound.

  10. Village Green 2013

    Metal are delighted to announce that Village Green is back for its 6th consecutive year in Chalkwell Park on SATURDAY 12 JULY 2014 from 11am until 10pm and it’s shaping up to be the best one yet! Heres a video from last years village green. Find out more and how you can buy tickets here. 

  11. Liverpool Art Prize 2013

    The Liverpool Art Prize is a competition of contemporary art open to professional artists based in or born in the Liverpool City Region of the United Kingdom. In 2013 the short listed artist’s were Kevin Hunt, Tabitha Moses, Julieann O’Malley and Laurence Payot. The Liverpool Art Prize 2013 was awarded to Tabitha Moses who, for the first time in the 6 years the Prize has been running, won both the People’s Choice prize and the overall prize.

  12. ‘On The Line’ Opening Evening

    On The Line was an ambitious and unique arts project conceived by Metal, which took place in 22 schools along the South Essex banks of the River Thames from Thurrock to Shoeburyness. Each school was working with an artist, across a variety of  disciplines, to create artworks, literature and new artefacts that respond to the connection between the River Thames, the railway line and their community.

    These works were brought together to create the ON THE LINE exhibition at Metal’s Chalkwell Hall.