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Metal Art School Mural: Catching the Eye of the Town

The new mural on the long wall of Chalkwell Park’s Peacock Palace has been quite the talking point, with particular praise going to the team effort involved. Emma Mills, our Mental Health & Wellbeing coordinator, oversaw it all and the result is a long-lasting and colourful testament to the importance of community care and collaboration. The […]

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Colette & the River in The Guardian

A beautiful piece featured in The Guardian focusing on the inspirational landscape of the Thames Estuary and what can happen when you go a-walking. Joanne O’Connor spoke to Colette about what made the place so inspiring for artists, to which she replied,  “It’s unknowable, it’s full of mystery, and it has endless stories, some of which […]

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Artist Eelyn Lee’s Film Update: Monsters

The Echo featured a piece on Eelyn Lee – a regular face here at Chalkwell Hall as she’s been developing her film Monsters, which looks at issues of fear that arise from the river. MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT HERE MORE ABOUT EELYN LEE

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‘WISH YOU WERE HERE’ BEACH HUTS: LAUNCH & LOCAL PRESS

The vibrant colours and bold lines of the Wish You Were Here Beach Huts have been drawing attention ever since the artists first wielded their paintbrushes aloft against the more muted blue-greys of the sea. Now the final flourishes have been daubed and everything’s all dry, we are greatly looking forward to the official launch.   […]

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FILM: SOUTHEND-ON-SEA THROUGH FRESH EYES

A Dutch company – N8W8 – were commissioned to make a film about Southend-on-Sea, and it’s really rather beautiful. It’s certainly brought lustre to some familiar sights that often get forgotten as we pass them every day, and Metal ladies Colette Bailey, Paige Ockendon, & artist Heidi Wigmore appear in a rather serene section about Netpark – […]

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Palace Fit for a Peacock

The famous Peacock Palace abutting Chalkwell Hall has been lovingly redesigned and refurbished by a team of Netpark volunteers, in a design by artist Kitty Guthrie. The team have been painstakingly painting vibrant colours that might even vye for more attention than the peacock and his plumage were he not also a champion squawker. Our proud mascot and resident flirt, just […]

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CONTINUING THE JOURNEY: PLAY SOUTHEND NOW OR NEVER

Play the City Now or Never

The exciting new App by artists Helen Stratford and Idit Nathan that launched at Village Green 2016 had some fine coverage over the weeks of its development and unveiling, and it will be great to have them back as part of Estuary Festival 2016. Lovely quotes from the Southend launch: ‘It makes you walk the […]

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Introducing the exciting TOMA artists…

Meet the first cohort of Metal’s TOMA – an artist instigated alternative MA. Proceedings kick off in September.   Michaela Bannon Michaela Bannon is a contemporary sculptor and filmmaker residing in Canvey Island, Essex, where she was born and raised. A recent graduate of South Essex College’s Fine Art Degree programme, Michaela’s work explores form, materiality and traditional […]

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Time & Space Residency Artists Old Trunk punk up Latitude Festival

It’s always nice to see the recipients of Metal ‘Time & Space’ artist residencies doing well. Southend’s new writing theatre company Old Trunk previewed new work ‘Fran & Leni’ at Latitude Festival at the weekend, and one lovely reviewer was a little keen to put pen to paper while it’s still in its nascent stages… “A raw, anarchic celebration of punk, […]

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Volunteer Opportunity: Exhibition Host

Lucy + Jorge Orta: Food – Volunteer Opportunity: Metal are looking for enthusiastic people who would like to volunteer in our new exhibition FOOD. About the Exhibition: This exhibition is the culmination of an 18-month residency the artists have had with Peterborough. In 2015, Lucy + Jorge created 70 x 7 The Meal Act XXXIX […]

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