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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 2018

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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’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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OPENING: 17/06/17 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM | FREE

Launch: Sat 17 June 11am-3pm, with artist’s talk at 1:30pm

NetPark Open Day

Metal, Chalkwell Hall, Chalkwell Park, Southend-on-Sea SS0 8NB

Woodland: French & Mottershead

Woodland is an audio work that describes your body’s fade into the leaf litter of a forest floor.

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Spiky Black is a new site-specific audio artwork for NetPark – the world’s first digital art park.
A collaboration between artists Alison Carlier & Amanda Loomes in partnership with Metal Southend.

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SoSlam & Metal present: Young Songwriters LAB


Dates: Mon 3 – Thurs 6 April  (10am – 5.30pm each day – with live gig on Thurs evening) Venue: Chalkwell Hall (in Chalkwell Park) Chalkwell Avenue, Southend SS0 8NB.   The Project SoSlam are working with Metal to run a Culture LAB for young singer / songwriters from across the Borough of Southend-on-Sea. Up […]

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Love Grays 25 February, Grays High Street   Join us for the launch of Love Grays – the launch of a year of events in Grays, ranging from a food festival, outdoor cinema screening, art trail and lots more. The launch event on the 25 Feb is celebrating the town centre and the brilliant community and cultural organisations […]

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Crafting the Future of Thurrock; Craft Trade School   MAKER BRIEF   The Crafts Council, Thurrock Council and Metal Culture are looking for traditional craft practitioners to plan and deliver workshops on the new education programme Craft Trade School.   The project is a new initiative to up-skill young people working in, or looking to work in, construction, […]

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