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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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The 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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