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  1. Metal presents: Feelgood Cafe

    Metal presents Feelgood Cafe, Chalkwell Hall, Chalkwell Park, Southend on Sea SS0 8NB

    Friday 26 September – Friday 12 December 2014

    To coincide with the first public outing of the full and official collection of memorabilia and artefacts of the legendary Canvey Island band, Dr Feelgood, Metal have created a temporary venue at Chalkwell Hall and are hosting a series of events with artists, musicians and film-makers that explore the social history of the electric guitar, its (arguably) golden years, the role of the guitar now and of course, the gender bias that permeates throughout its history.

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  2. Metal presents: Feelgood Cafe – Opening Night

    Video by Sparky Media from the opening of Feelgood Cafe at Chalkwell Hall.

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  3. Feelgood Cafe: Jack Melville

    Jack Melville talks about his recent mural at Metal’s pop up venue, Feelgood Cafe at Chalkwell Hall, based on Dr Feelgood’s Stupidity album cover.

    Read more about Feelgood Cafe here.

  4. Feelgood Cafe: Dean Kennedy & Sparko

    Dean Kennedy, ex-Dr Feelgood Manager, & Sparko, Dr Feelgood’s original bass player, talk about one of the exhibits in our Feelgood Cafe pop-up at Chalkwell Hall.

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  5. Metal presents – Village Green: Next Generation 2014

    Metal extended the annual Village Green festival in 2014 to include a day’s activities that were exclusively performed by and for Southend school pupils – in partnership with Southend Music Education Hub. More info here.

  6. Artists and Ideas

  7. BBC2: A Space To Connect And Grow

    Footage of BBC2 Hampton Court coverage. Monty Don talking about Jeni Cairns and Sophie Antonelli’s stunning garden.

  8. A Space To Connect And Grow

    Hear Jeni Cairns and Sophie Antonelli talk about their beautiful award winning garden for The RHS Hampton Court Flower Show.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.


  12. 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.