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Matmos and Rosie Poebright testing apps in Chalkwell Park.

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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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… ENGLAND’S CREATIVE COAST Turner Contemporary has been awarded significant funding from Arts Council England to create a series of new artworks to showcase the South East’s […]

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Metal Presents – The Space In-between from Metalculture on Vimeo. The Space In – Between, curated by Kate Marsh and arts organisation Metal, took place on 6th September 2018 at the Southbank London. It was the culmination of a research and development programme for 20 artists through residencies at Metal sites in Peterborough, Southend and […]

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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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Metal Art School

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Metal have converted the old stable buildings in Chalkwell Park into a new centre for art and education where a wide range of activity for both young people and adults can take place. Facilities include a traditional art studio alongside a state of the art digital resource. The extra space for Metal in Chalkwell Park means we can […]

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Village Green

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Village Green is Metal’s annual, family-friendly, boutique music and arts festival running since 2008.

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Village Green Next Generation

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Metal has been running the large-scale schools festival Village Green: Next Generation since 2014. Held the day before the public Village Green festival, the day’s activities are exclusively performed by and for Southend school pupils – in partnership with Southend Music Education Hub and Southend Borough Council.

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Clever Essex

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Clever Essex is a Metal project which aims to highlight incredible Essex women and men throughout the ages. We want to de-bunk the contemporary stereotypes of our county by celebrating some of the lesser known, clever, imaginative, resourceful, influential and downright awesome people of Essex’s history who have helped shape the world as we know it. Did you know that […]

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Culture LABs


Metal runs a programme of Culture LABS each year that brings together groups of artists and thinkers in exploratory, week-long, intensive residencies around different themes and subjects.

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