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NetPark is the World’s first Digital Art Park and a new, permanent visitor attraction for Southend. Address:  Chalkwell Park, Southend on Sea SS0 8NB Opening Hours:  6am – 8pm Fifteen engaging and playful artworks and stories take you different journeys around the park that are in turn, surprising, funny, informative and thought-provoking. Designed for a variety of audiences, the range of […]

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Mendip – Young Roots Project

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Metal are one of the delivery partners involved in a Heritage Lottery Funded project, led by the alternative education group, Epic Quest Centre. The project involves short courses, events and activities for young people and adults to discover the history of Mendip Wildlife Community Garden through arts, crafts, cookery, gardening, nature conservation and more.  Mendip Wildlife Community Garden is a […]

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Essex Writers House

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As part of the March 2018 Essex Book Festival, Metal transformed Chalkwell Hall into a Pop-Up Essex Writers House for the whole month. We embarked on the project to create a space and a set of events that were for writers, by writers and celebrating writers, working in all genres. Conceived as curated programme but also partly […]

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We’re delighted to announce our involvement in this exciting new project from one of the UK’s leading Art galleries, a collaboration to create a unique new cultural ‘treasure hunt’ trail… CULTURE COASTING Turner Contemporary has been awarded significant funding from Arts Council England to create a series of new artworks to showcase the South East’s extraordinary […]

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We’ve all probably heard people say ‘that’s not very lady-like’ but what exactly does this mean in the 21st century? Does this differ between generations?

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METAL is delighted to announce our support for PROCESSIONS (, a mass participation artwork which marks 100 years since women were first given the right to vote in Britain.

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Culture LAB: Essex Writers


Culture LAB:  Essex Writers  Mon 19 – Fri 23 March 2018 As part of an exciting partnership with Essex Book Festival, Metal is transforming Chalkwell Hall in Southend-on-Sea into a pop-up Essex Writers House for the whole month of March 2018. As part of the month, we are hosting a week long Culture LAB for […]

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POP-UP Essex Writers House

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POP-UP Essex Writers House 1 – 29 March 2018 As part of an exciting new partnership with Essex Book Festival, Metal is transforming Chalkwell Hall into a pop-up Essex Writers House for the whole month of March 2018 to host a wide range of literary events and activities. Our aim is to provide development opportunities […]

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CHANGE MAKERS BLOG November 2nd – The rise of ‘cripping up’ Quite a lot has changed in my lifetime, my childhood tapes (free with boxes of cereal) are now unrecognisable slabs of plastic to a digital generation. Flares did, as my mum foretold, come back and then mercifully went back to where they came from. There […]

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NetPark – Wellbeing Project


Metal and Southend Borough Council public health team have come together to create an innovative project based at the new Metal Art School in Chalkwell Park and working with NetPark, the world’s first digital art park. The project will explore how digital arts in an outdoor setting can improve mental health and well-being.  Workshops are already […]

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TOMA: The Other MA

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he Other MA (TOMA) is an alternative art education model set up in 2015 by practicing artist, Emma Edmondson, working in partnership with Metal. Designed to fit the everyday lives of contemporary artists TOMA is a response to the barriers that some face in accessing many traditional art MA models (work & family commitments, cost, […]

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Arts Award Courses at Metal


ARTS AWARD is a nationally recognised scheme which can be based on any arts or media activity, which you can complete at Metal.

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