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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

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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 are extending the annual Village Green festival in 2014 to include a day’s activities that are exclusively performed by and for Southend school pupils – in partnership with Southend Music Education Hub.

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Public Project

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Launched at Metal’s Shorelines Literature festival in 2013, Public Record: Estuary is a cycle of audio poems intended to be listened to on walks around the old fishing village of Leigh-on-Sea. The poems are inspired by archival reports of 19th-century Estuary sea accidents. Set against the sights of today’s Estuary, they offer a new perspective […]

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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 Ten engaging and playful artworks and stories take you different journies around the park that are in turn, surprising, funny, informative and thought-provoking. Designed for a variety of audiences, the range […]

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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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Shorelines 2013


SHORELINES Dates: Friday 8 – Sunday 10 November 2013 Venue: Festival HQ – Leigh Community Centre, 71-73 Elm Road, SS9 1HT, Leigh on Sea. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for Shorelines updates. Download the programme as a pdf HERE. Metal’s Shorelines Festival in 2011 was the first of its kind – a celebration of sea-themed contemporary and classic writing in all […]

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Holiday Workshops

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During half term and summer holidays, Metal regularly organises week-long or 3 day creative activities for children between the ages of 5 – 11 years. Children who enjoy art and making will love these tailor-made workshops led by professional artists within the beautiful and inspiring surroundings of Chalkwell Hall. Workshops vary each time – and […]

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