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SOUTHEND ~ VILLAGE GREEN: SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

In 2017, Village Green, and its accompanying schools festival, Village Green: Next Generation delighted audiences of 21,000; worked with 663 artists (449 local / 156 UK / 58 International); delivered workshops to 4980 young people; and partnered with 28 schools. Alongside all the other projects that our small team in Southend deliver, we work across […]

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Change Maker Blog: Allies….

CHANGE MAKERS BLOG October 2nd 2017 – Change Maker Blog: Allies….    Welly O’Brien and Kate Marsh – in rehearsal. Image by – the artists   What does it mean when we speak out for others? When we verbally or physically express our belief in or support for another person or group of people. The […]

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SOUTHEND ~ INTERVIEW WITH GEORGE HASLAM – WORK EXPERIENCE STAR

We had the fantastic George Haslam helping us out for a few weeks before he started his Marketing course. He’s been a brilliant help in particular on our Clever Essex project. Here’s what he had to say about his time here… Why did you decide to come to Metal? I decided to apply for work […]

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Contesting Neoliberal Common Sense: Bottom-up History and the Struggle over Urban Space

  Contesting Neoliberal Common Sense: Bottom-up History and the Struggle over Urban Space Ben Rogaly  This piece was written for Re:development, a book brought together by the artist Jessie Brennan following her year-long residency at The Green Backyard in Peterborough. The invitation gave me a chance to reflect on my own encounters with The Green Backyard, and the […]

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SOUTHEND ~ NETPARK WELLBEING PROJECT ARTWORK

Every week we see the beautiful art that comes out of our free, award-nominated Netpark Wellbeing sessions, which provide a peaceful place for people with dementia, low level mental health issues, and various groups from Southend who want to explore the therapeutic values of digital art and a supportive environment. Here’s a very colourful selection! Congratulations […]

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Southend ~ SoSlam Young Musicians LAB

We’re really excited to again be hosting the brilliant SoSlam as they hold another Young Musicians LAB here at Chalkwell Hall during October half term. They’re looking for 12-18 year olds with a passion for writing their own music, who want to explore and learn with new friends in a supportive environment. The last one was a […]

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NOTHING BUT THIEVES AT VILLAGE GREEN 2017

One of our favourite parts of the post Village Green glow is receiving the videos once people have gone away and done all the clever editing. Here’s one we just received of the mighty Nothing But Thieves, the Southend band who are taking the world by storm. The boys didn’t play many UK gigs last year […]

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SOUTHEND ~ ARTS AWARDS STUDENTS PASSED WITH FLYING COLOURS

Huge congratulations to our Arts Award Bronze students, who passed with flying colours! We had 11 successful moderations, many of whom will be staying with us to continue onto Silver. This follows on from our Discover in a Day at Village Green, where we had 38 young artists completing the Award. If you are looking […]

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SOUTHEND ~ SILK RIVER PHOTOS

We were very proud to host Kinetica’s Silk River project as their intrepid walk along the Thames reached its end right here in Southend. Here’s what it looked like!

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SOUTHEND ~ VILLAGE GREEN VIDEO

Thanks to Charlotte Skidmore of Charlotte’s Films for sending us this lovely video glimpse into Village Green this year. It was lovely to receive just as the leaves turn brown and summer feels far away!

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Change Maker Blog: Permission 

August 2nd 2017 – Change Maker Blog: Permission  Photo by Ruth Campbell – Rob Hesp, Luke Pell, Kitty Fedorec and Kate Marsh   In the two Labs that have taken place so far, I have been pretty vocal in my enthusiasm to get to the part where we all move together, make contact with each […]

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