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Dementia Week: Netpark is recognised as important local resource

Lovely piece in the Echo about Netpark and Dementia Week. Emma Mills, our Mental Wellbeing Coordinator, worked her socks off to create an inviting environment last week. Netpark, the world’s first digital artpark which uses iPads to engage people to come to Chalkwell Park and interact with digital stories, is an invaluable resource for everyone […]

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Job: Exhibition Assistant intern (Metal Peterborough)

Job: Exhibition Assistant intern (Metal Peterborough) Arts organisation METAL is seeking an intern to support the delivery of two high profile exhibitions, the associated public engagement programmes plus the general programme of artist development. You will have the opportunity to work alongside national and international artists, understand project coordination, curation and audience engagement. You will […]

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Estuary Festival in The Times


The Times did a wonderfully thoughtful and thorough piece on Estuary Festival, and Colette’s quote about ‘place-making’ really seemed to resonate with the journalist and readers of the piece. FULL PIECE

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Village Green in Metro

Village Green in Metro

Village Green Festival featured in a big Festivals guide in the Metro. As you can imagine we’re rather chuffed at being recognised as a force on the festival scene…

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Metal Art School celebrated in local press

Metal Art School - ECHO

Word is getting out about the diverse array of courses, workshops, and opportunities for all being offered by Metal Art School. It’s great to see that all their hard work is trickling through for the benefit of the town.

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Metal Art School Developments

Metal Art School Life Drawing

The Art School at Metal Southend, Chalkwell Park is ever expanding its range of workshops, courses, and outreach work. It is offering some truly unique experiences to artists new & seasoned, old & young, in addition to catering workshops and facilities to people with low level mental health issues, dementia, and physical & learning disabilities in an […]

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Metal presents… Netpark Illustrators

Metal presents… NetPark Illustrators - Metal

We’re delighted to be exhibiting the original sketches, creative processes and final works by five illustrators commissioned in the summer of 2015 to work with a writer and five Southend primary schools to create a  series of new site-specific digital stories for NetPark in Chalkwell Park, Southend-on-Sea. NetPark is the first digital art park in the […]

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Marketplace - Village Green 2016

Due to the overwhelming response we’ve had from people wishing to still apply for a stall we have extended the deadline, so if you missed it the first time you still have a chance. We are welcoming creative/homemade/stylish ‘festival chic’/art-based contributions that will encourage play and interaction and support the ethos of this family friendly festival focused on the arts. More details […]

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Village Green mentioned in The Guardian

Village Green - "looking to the future of festivals"

Village Green is held up by The Guardian as an example of a festival which is looking to the future, following Village Green director Sean McLoughlin’s speech at Future Festivals in Brighton.            

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TOMA Interviews

Simon Monk & Camilla Fox

Artists and Metal Art School gurus Simon Monk & Camilla Fox are conducting the TOMA interviews today and are excited to meet the candidates. There’s been an outstanding response to the call for applicants for this truly unique alternative art educational model, to be led by artist Emma Edmondson. A truly democratic approach to continuing learning […]

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