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SOSLAM YOUNG SONGWRITERS VIDEO: THE ROAD TO VILLAGE GREEN & BEYOND

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This has been an amazing process from start to finish – from talking plans with SoSlam, to hosting the week-long Young Songwriters LAB here at Chalkwell Hall, to attending the warm-up gigs where the Songwriters bravely previewed their new work live, to their amazingly professional performances at both Village Green and Village Green Next Generation. […]

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Open R&D Call: Edge Hill Station Garden

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  OPEN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CALL FOR ARTISTS EDGE HILL STATION GARDEN PROGRAMME   Edge Hill Station Garden was first re-developed by Metal in 2011. Earlier this year we secured some financial support from Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative to develop a yearlong programme of art, food and gardening. The year’s activities explore how public green spaces […]

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IN THE HOUSE: KANA WAIWAIKU AT CHALKWELL HALL

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ON TIME AND SPACE RESIDENCY THIS WEEK: In demand photographer Kana Waiwaiku Kana is fascinated with the silent dialogue between the sitter and the photographer; with seen and often unseen strength and beauty. While here on residency he is developing an intriguing process of incorporating talk and intimacy with his subjects en route to creating […]

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METAL & VILLAGE GREEN IN THE GUARDIAN

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We are really thrilled to see The Guardian have written about Metal & Village Green being reasons to come to Southend, along with our friends Focal Point Gallery, Leigh Folk Festival, and The Railway Hotel. Lovely defence of the culture going on in the town. READ IN FULL

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IN THE HOUSE: HENRY STEAD AT CHALKWELL HALL

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This week on Time & Space Residency in Southend we have the brilliant poet, translator & educator Henry Stead working on his new version of Medea… “the dark magic of antiquity clashing with the blackest depths of modernity” READ MORE

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VILLAGE GREEN 2017: PHOTO GALLERIES

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Thanks to the wonderful photographers who give their time, capture the magic of the day, and keep the festival alive all year round in these fantastic images. HAVE A FLICK THROUGH OUR FLICKR!   CLARISSA DEBENHAM ANDREW KENYON JON WEBBER MATT ALLEN     MARK MASSEY ANDREW WILD FRANCES BECKERMAN SHARIF RADWAN ROB HUMM CHLOE […]

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Change Makers Blog: June 30th 2017 – Change Maker Artist’s Labs at Metal

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CHANGE MAKERS BLOG June 30th 2017 – Change Maker Artist’s Labs at Metal (Julie Cleves – photo by Kate Marsh) As a person with a disability, a disabled person, a dis-ah-blayed[1] person or (Dis)abled[2] person or a weirdo[3] I have often spoken about my enjoyment in defining myself as ‘different’. This has not always been […]

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NPO Funding Announcement

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We are really delighted to let you know that Metal were successful in our bid to remain an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation for a further four years from 2018 – 2022, announced yesterday (27 June 2017). This award enables us to continue our work in the cities of Liverpool and Peterborough and across […]

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Craft Workshops at Gateway Academy

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Between 7-22 June, in partnership with the Crafts Council creative development team, Metal are running a series of FREE workshops in traditional crafts with the Gateway Academy, Thurrock. We will be working with one hundred year 9 and 10 students to up-skill them in craft skills that can be taken into the workplace, with award winning […]

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