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Celebrating 20 years!

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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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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Residency Announcement

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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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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Metal Artist Residency Spring – Summer Call Out

Closing date: 5pm, Monday 11 April 2022Notification: All artists will be notified of the outcome by the week commencing the 2 May  Residency period: All month-long residencies will take place between May and October 2022.  There will be a second residency call out in August 2022, these residencies will take place between October 2022 – March […]

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HELLO to become a permanent sculpture for City of Southend-on-Sea

Originally commissioned in partnership between Waterfronts (England’s Creative Coast) and Estuary 2021 (Metal), HELLO sculpture by Katrina Palmer was intended to stay in place for six months. It’s now been confirmed to become a permanent sculpture in Southend and will be looked after by Southend-on-Sea City Council. Estuary 2021 took place between Saturday 22 May […]

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MNAN Zine (working title) Submission Call Out!

Call out at a glance: Zine theme: your experiences of being early career artists! A piece of artwork sized A5 or landscape A4 if double spread (a max of 2 pages per artist). It can be new or existing artwork Your piece can be poetry, illustration, essay, audio, photography, collage and more! (see expanded list […]

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