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NetPark is the World’s first Digital Art Park and a new, permanent visitor attraction for Southend. “In all the years I have lived in the area – including the years I lived practically opposite the park – I’ve never just sat there in such a mindful way as that.” “NetPark – impressive, meaningful digital art […]

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Essex Writers House 2019

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Essex Writers House 2019 1 – 31 March Essex Writers House returns to Chalkwell Hall for a month of events and opportunities as part of the Essex Book Festival 2019 Open:  Thurs – Sun, 12noon – 5pm (plus evening events) Metal is delighted to announce the continuation of the exciting partnership with Essex Book Festival that […]

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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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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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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. Since 2016, the Netpark Wellbeing Project has offered a free support system for people living with mental health and wellbeing […]

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TOMA: The Other MA

TOMA: The Other MA

The Other MA (TOMA) is a 12-month artist-run education model based in Southend-on- Sea. TOMA is currently the only postgraduate level art programme in Essex after all others were stopped by their host Universities. It was set up in 2016 to offer responsive, affordable, accessible art education to artists.   OPEN CALL 2019/2020 | APPLY […]

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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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Future Network


FUTURE NETWORK At each of our Metal sites, we run regular free networking and sharing evenings for creatives at all levels of their careers. Artists working in all disciplines are welcome to drop by. If there’s a particular topic you’d like us to cover or an inspiring speaker you’d like us to invite, we’d love to […]

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