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 […]
SOUTHEND ~ Woodland: French & Mottershead – Audio Artwork Launch
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 […]
SOUTHEND: NETPARK – SPIKY BLACK LAUNCH
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 […]
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 […]
“We have built a real sense of community here” – Metal Southend’s Network Wellbeing Dementia Project in Echo
Wonderful piece in the Echo celebrating Network Wellbeing Dementia Project and Dementia Awareness Week Colette said “As we get older often people don’t afford themselves the luxury of self-expression. We find that some people who might not have got into art find lots of creativity and love he chance to express themselves…We have built a […]
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 […]
OPEN ARTS DIGITAL ART SESSIONS | METAL ART SCHOOL
Lovely work being created at the Open Arts Digital Arts sessions – just one of the FREE Network Wellbeing groups we run out of our busy Metal Art School right here in the hub of Chalkwell Hall…
VILLAGE GREEN | LOVE LETTER TO SOUTHEND | POET BENEDICT NEWBERY ON BBC ESSEX
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 […]
Call Out: Question Time Cabaret
‘Question Time Cabaret’, by Talia Randall: “a fun, rowdy and political knees-up” A commission for Planet B festival in Peterborough… – A night of variety performances from artists responding to issues of feminism, immigration/migration & climate change, taking place on Aug 11th – These performances will be mixed in with a Question Time style panel where well known and community experts […]
ESTUARY SONGWRITERS LAB AT LEIGH FOLK FESTIVAL
The songwriters who spent a week here at Metal creating new work for Estuary Festival’s Songwriters LAB are once again performing their collaboration at this year’s Leigh Folk Festival… Among the songwriters are Alasdair Roberts and Lucy Farrell whose group The Furrow Collective won the award for Best Group at the 2017 BBC Radio Two Folk […]
SOUTHEND: METAL & VILLAGE GREEN IN THE GUARDIAN!
Well, this is lovely! Thanks, The Guardian! Metal has been picked out as Culture highlight of Southend, along with our friends at The Railway, Chinnerys, & Southend Film Festival. Village Green and its awesome line-up gets a special mention. Got your tickets yet, festival lovers?
TIME & SPACE RESIDENCY: POET BENEDICT NEWBERY
The wonderful Benedict Newbery is back in the house for another week, working on new poetry. He’s a joy to have around and we can’t wait to see the fruits of his time here. Welcome back, Ben! One of the poems he wrote while on residency last April ‘My Dad’s Hospital Trip to Southend’ has […]