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On The Line is an ambitious and unique arts project conceived by Metal, which took place in 22 schools along the South Essex banks of the River Thames from Thurrock to Shoeburyness. Each school was working with an artist, across a variety of artistic disciplines, to create artworks, literature and new artefacts that respond to the connection between the River Thames, the railway line and their community.

These works were brought together to create the ON THE LINE exhibition at Metal’s Chalkwell Hall, open to the public for a month during the summer of 2013 and again for 10 days in September as part of The London Mayor’s Thames Festival.

The exhibition was also rreopened as part of THE MAYOR’S THAMES FESTIVAL on 6-15 SEPTEMBER 2013. The Mayor’s Thames Festival is a 10-day celebration of London’s iconic river through art, music, and educational events both on the water and along its banks and bridges. The 2013 programme features creative new commissions, river events, and many activities to connect, involve, inspire and entice people down to the river and onto its waters.

Works on display – created by hundreds of school pupils taking part, are as diverse as a radio plays; ‘discovered’ books; animation; photography; documentary style film; dance; new pieces of music as well as sea shanties and nursery rhymes. Others are exploring the area’s heritage through buildings, landscape, industry and the communities who use the River and the Railways for work and/or leisure.

Chalkwell Hall is perfectly placed for the exhibition, with its stunning views over the River Thames. The ground floor of the Hall will be completely transformed to become a temporary museum with an exhibition display designed by local Leigh artisan, Jonathan Wells.

METAL presents: On The Line, the film from SPARKY FILM on Vimeo.

METAL presents: On The Line, opening evening. from SPARKY FILM on Vimeo.

METAL presents: Ingrid Andersen at Whitmore School, Basildon from SPARKY FILM on Vimeo.

METAL presents : Jason Perry & Craig Hardy at Chalkwell Hall School from SPARKY FILM on Vimeo.


METAL presents : Holly Murray at Fairways Primary School from SPARKY FILM on Vimeo.

METAL presents : Josie Moore at North Street School from SPARKY FILM on Vimeo.

METAL presents : On The Line exhibition – not long now! from SPARKY FILM on Vimeo.

METAL presents : Scanning Special Items, with Treetops School from SPARKY FILM on Vimeo.

METAL presents : Dicky Moore & Jessica Akerman with Darlinghurst School from SPARKY FILM on Vimeo.

Barons Court Infant School and Nursery
Blenheim Primary School
Chalkwell Hall Infant School
Chalkwell Hall Junior School
Chase High School
Darlinghurst Primary and Nursery School
Fairways Primary School
Greensted Primary School
Hamstel Junior School
Hassenbrook Academy
Heycroft Primary School
Leigh North Street Junior School
Milton Hall Primary School
Pitsea Junior School
Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School and Nursery
St Bernard’s High School and Arts College
St George’s Catholic Primary School
The Gateway Academy
Treetops Special School
Vange Primary School and Nursery
Westcliff High School for Girls
Whitmore Primary School

On the Line – Artists 
Ingrid Andersen
Jessica Akerman
Stuart Bowditch
Lucy Brown
Sally Chinea
Chloe Dewe Matthews
Andy Field
Leslie Ford
Lucy Griffiths
Christopher Harrup
Justin Hopper
Ben Johnson
Rachel Lichtenstein
Dicky Moore
Josie Moore
Syd Moore
Holly Murray
Jason Perry
Damien Robinson
Nastassja Simensky
Rob Smith
David Watkins
Heidi Wigmore

Metal is partnered in the ON THE LINE project by:

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