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Celebrating 20 years!

We’re announcing our 20th birthday in April 2022, after two exciting and rewarding decades of operation in the UK. Founded in 2002 by Jude Kelly CBE and working with former Artistic Director and CEO Colette Bailey, Metal was imagined as an artistic laboratory to champion the need for continual investment in artistic investigation and the […]

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New social enterprise launches with WYRD ESSEX event produced by 10 local young people

Agency for Creative Production (ACP) is a new social enterprise which has been launched to support young people in South Essex to develop their skills in live event production. ACP will facilitate enrichment opportunities for young people to build their skills in live events through direct, hands-on industry experience, with the ambition of establishing Southend, […]

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Littlewoods Heritage Project: Grace Belcher Blog Post

Over the past year, Grace Belcher has been working as a Digital Archivist intern from Metal at Edge Hill Station, Liverpool. After completing her work with the extensive (analogue) archives, Grace kindly wrote a blog post about her experience, and the time spent in the realm of Littlewoods, particularly its catalogues down the ages. Here’s her writing.

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METAL ARTIST RESIDENCY AUTUMN – WINTER CALL OUT

Photo of Artist in Residence Dominika Feiglewicz and Patrycja Nosowicz as part of their Residency in partnership with The British Council  Closing date: 5pm, Monday 12 September 2022Notification: All artists will be notified of the outcome by the 7 October  Residency period: All month-long residencies will take place between October 2022 and March 2023.   Number of Residencies available: 9 in total […]

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Hot Desks available to book at Edge Hill Station, Liverpool

We’re opening up our workplace at Metal Liverpool to welcome more fellow travellers. Our building is Edge Hill Station’s former Engine Room and Boiler House, and contains our Liverpool office, a dance/rehearsal studio, The Welcoming kitchen area, a ground-floor performance room, and a pair of ad-hoc artist studios. Along with these spaces comes our myriad […]

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Art Makes Children Powerful

Art Makes Children Powerful is a new in-school creative learning project for young people and their teachers, shaped by artists and practitioners living and working in South Essex. The programme includes creative professional development for local teachers and artists, supporting them to discover new artforms, share skills and build new connections within the creative and […]

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Twelve New Residency Artists at Metal

We are so excited to announce our new residency artists from our spring/summer 2022-23 call out. The new artists-in-residence are spread across the country, with artists who either live and/or work locally to us, joining us at our sites. Find out who they are below and follow the link to their artist pages to learn […]

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The Launch of In Other Words 2

In 2020, we curated In Other Words, a collection of urgent artistic reflections in response to the global pandemic, with our Associate Producer, disabled dance artist and academic Kate Marsh.

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Public Apology to Ama Josephine Budge

In a recent residency call-out made by Metal, the unaccredited work of artist Ama Josephine Budge from the Apocalypse Reading Room project, produced by Artsadmin, was used without permission.

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Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay, Minister for Arts, visits Metal Southend

Earlier this week on Monday 21 March, Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay, Minister for Arts, visited our Metal Southend site, based at Chalkwell Hall. Lord Parkinson was keen to hear about our work with artists and creative practitioners, and the arts-based projects we have been involved in across the region. Metal’s Southend Director, Andrea Cunningham […]

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Essex Writers House is back!

For the month of April 2022, Metal Southend presents Essex Writers House, a popular annual programme hosted in partnership with Essex Book Festival. Across the month, we look forward to hosting a range of events, workshops and sharings for writers across our brilliant county. Essex Writers House invites anybody interested in writing to take part, […]

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