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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


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


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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SOUTHEND ~ Woodland: French & Mottershead – Audio Artwork Launch

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Launch: Sat 17 June 11am-3pm, with artist’s talk at 1:30pm NetPark Open Day Metal, Chalkwell Hall, Chalkwell Park, Southend-on-Sea SS0 8NB   Woodland: French & Mottershead Woodland is an audio work that describes your body’s fade into the leaf litter of a forest floor. This work connects you deeply to your body, and tells the […]

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We’d love you to join us for the launch of Spiky Black, a collaboration between artists Alison Carlier & Amanda Loomes this Wednesday 14 June between 5pm and 7pm.  The work is being hosted as part of NetPark, the world’s first digital art park in Chalkwell Park and offers a transformative audio layer to the experience of Chalkwell Park […]

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Love Letter to Southend – Vote your favourite!


The borough of Southend is 125 years old this year! As part of the celebrations, Metal invited students from every school in the Borough to send a Love Letter to Southend. We received over 3000 entries! All of these postcards and thousands more will be shown in a huge exhibition at Village Green on Sat […]

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Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week

  This week, it’s Mental Health Awareness Week (8-14 May 2017), followed by next week’s Dementia Awareness Week (14-20 May 2017). Please check out the information on different projects run under our NetPark Wellbeing Programme HERE. We’re proud to share these stats with you: · Over 600 HOURS of NetPark /Digital Art Mental Wellbeing delivered over last 16 […]

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Clare holding a couple of the Love Letter to Southend designs we've received so far...

Colette was interviewed on BBC Essex about Love Letter to Southend, our project to commemorate 125 years of Southend being a borough. People are invited to write or design a postcard expressing how they feel about their town. We’ve received hundreds of beautiful designs already and all will be proudly displayed at Village Green on […]

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