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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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RESIDENT: Matt Lewis

Matt Lewis is a musician and sound-artist based in London. Key areas of interest include the politics of sound, Foley, urbanism, notation and alternative methods of media distribution. His work is most often focused on particular physical sites, or around particular social issues, such as regeneration and street vending. As part of his residency Matt […]

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RESIDENT: Jessie Brennan

Jessie Brennan is a visual artist based in London. Her practice explores the representation of places through drawing and dialogue, informed by their local histories and changing contexts. The places of focus are often sites of contradiction, inextricably shaped by urban change. Her work responds to the political, economic and class contexts of specific sites, […]

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RESIDENT: Marc Atkinson

Marc Atkinson is a visual artist, originally from Peterborough and now based in Norwich. Working primarily with moving image, his work is concerned with place, landscape and identity. Marc has used his time at Metal to explore the marginal outskirts of Peterborough, the fastest growing city in the UK. He is interested in ‘uncharted’ territories […]

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“There is something so totally purging about blindness that one either is destroyed or renewed…”     Last year, film-makers James Spinney and Peter Middleton came on a residency to Metal Southend to develop their feature film Notes On Blindness It is now our immeasurable pleasure to see how their work developed. And what work it is…     […]

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We are very excited to announce the fantastic artists who are part of Artist Village at this year’s Village Green Festival. Curated by exciting artist and Village Green stalwart Jonathan Kipps, the hand-picked artists will develop bespoke art for this one-day multi-disciplinary arts and music festival – a unique opportunity to present their work to the thousands of people who […]

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