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A series of workshops led by experts aimed at inspiring creative practice. Previous workshops have included, Zine Making with Lu Williams of GRRRL Zine and Oral History for Creatives.


Upcoming Masterclasses:

Metal Masterclass #6: Contemporary Life Drawing with The New Drawing Club

Saturday 19th January 2019

10am – 4pm


Booking essential: Click here 

An all-day intensive drawing workshop that will enable you to explore and experiment. Utilising drawing, construction, costume and lighting we will consider the body and its surroundings with the ambition to make observed, representative and abstracted works in both small and large scale. We will use different lighting and props to investigate how we can change the space, increasing our opportunity to experiment with materials and drawing techniques.

The workshop is led by artist Kate Genever and model Julie Moosburg of The New Drawing Club. Together they are experienced at leading participants through a range of methods and techniques and encourages all to find personal ways of representing the figure, life and physicality.

This course is open to all. Artists who are new to life drawing, or have not drawn for some time, are very welcome.

£5 voluntary contribution on the day for materials, 12 places only. Booking essential.

Metal’s masterclass programme is a series of workshops led by experts aimed at inspiring creative practice.

The New Drawing Club aims to make life drawing and drawing accessible to all, in an environment that is inclusive, affordable and exciting. Set up by artist Kate Genever, life model Julie Moosburg and kinetic sculptor Jim Bond, The New Drawing Club runs experimental drawing workshops, short courses and master classes in non-traditional and inspiring settings. Facebook page:


Metal Masterclass #7: Chemigram & Lumen Printing with Melanie King

Saturday 23rd February 2019

10am – 4pm


Booking Essential: Click here

In this workshop you will be constructing a makeshift darkroom. To begin, you will learn how to create a Lumen photogram print using daylight. Following on from this, you will use the skills needed to create a Lumen print to make a chemigram. We will apply household liquids and creams directly to photographic paper to create an abstract painterly image. You will learn how to apply developer and fixer to the photographic paper using experimental techniques. In the darkroom, we will use digital negatives to contact print an image, before using paintbrushes and spray bottles to selectively apply developer and fixer.

Participants will be required to send an image they would like to work with to Metal at least 1 week prior to the workshop so that the workshop leader can use these to prepare for the workshop. More details will be circulated in early February.

A donation of up to £7 will be required on the day to cover material costs.


About workshop leader Melanie King

Melanie King is an artist and curator with a specific focus on astronomy.  She is co-Director of super/colliderLumen Studios and the London Alternative Photography Collective.  Melanie is currently studying towards a practice based PhD in Fine Art at the Royal College of Art (see Melanie’s research blog here). She is a graduate of the MA in Art and Science at Central Saint Martins and the BA Fine Art at Leeds Art University. Melanie is an external member of the Photography and the Archive Research Centre at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. Melanie is also a member of ITACCUS, the Committee for the Cultural Utilisation of Space

Melanie also organises participatory workshops in relation to her practice. She has developed workshops for the TATE Modern, Whitechapel Gallery, The Photographers’ Gallery, TATE Exchange, the Institute of Physics, East Street Arts, Kosmica: Mexico, SALT Festival: Norway,  London College of Communication Short Courses,  Photofusion, Phytology, Hackney Arts, Ditto Press and Brighton Photo Biennal.



Metal, in partnership with Apples and Snakes bring you:

Masterclass #8 with writer and performer Hannah Silva

Saturday 30th March 2019

10.30am – 3.30pm

Chauffeurs Cottage, 1 St Peters Rd, Peterborough, PE1 1YX

Cost: £10

Booking essential: Click here 


Sound Like Yourself

How do we weave our poems from the air? How do we keep even the hundredth performance fresh? How do we avoid getting stuck in one persona, one tune, one cul-de-sac of delivery? How do we ensure that we mean what we say and we sound like ourselves? This session introduces a variety of techniques to help poets keep their words alive in the moment, and find the antidote to autopilot. Including an introduction to loop stations and ways of writing poetry out loud, in layers and composing with the sounds of words.


About Hannah

Hannah Silva is a British writer and performer known for her innovative explorations of form, voice and language. Her solo performances layer up vocal sounds and poetry, creating sonic explorations of meaning and sense. Her latest performance Schlock! splices Fifty Shades of Grey with a novel by Kathy Acker, celebrating ‘the slipperiness of words, reinventing them so that none of them are safe’ (The Guardian). Total Man was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. She has been featured in Wire magazine and on BBC Radio 3. Her poetry collection Forms of Protest (Penned in the Margins) was Highly Commended in the Forward Prizes. Her debut record Talk in a Bit is out now, with Humankind Records.

Radio: Silva won the Tinniswood Award for Best Radio Drama Script with her verse play Marathon Tales (co-written with Colin Teevan for BBC Radio 3); Jump Blue, an Afonica production for BBC Radio 3, about the Russian freediver Natalia Molchanova received a special commendation in the Best Single Drama category at the 2017 BBC Audio Drama Awards, with Fiona Shaw shortlisted for best actress. Her latest work for radio includes The Music Lesson (Sparklab Productions, BBC Radio 4 – finalist Best Single Drama, 2018 BBC Audio Drama Awards) and Solitary, about a woman in solitary confinement in a British prison (Afonica, BBC Radio 3 – shortlisted, Best Single Drama, BBC Audio Drama Awards; Christine Bottomley winner, Best Actress). Upcoming radio plays include “Indigo Children” directed by Jude Kelly, a Sparklab production for BBC Radio 4.

The vocal acrobatics of musician and writer Hannah Silva test the physical limits of language. The Wire

She uses techniques like cut-up and collage, sound poetry and physical theatre to create something that’s unique but nods to older forms like shamanism, pre-religious ceremonies, Dadaism, and the kind of games that children play with language.

Ian McMillan, The Verb, BBC Radio 3

Metal’s masterclass programme is a series of workshops led by experts aimed at inspiring creative practice.

For further details about the workshop please contact Metal on 01733 893 077

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Previous Masterclasses:

Metal Masterclass #1: Zine Workshop With Lu Williams of GRRRL Zine 

Metal Masterclass#2: Oral History Practice For Creatives

Metal Masterclass #3: Activist embroidery with Jess De Wahls

Metal Masterclass #4: Digital Storytelling using Twine with One to One Development Trust

Masterclass #5: Writing And Podcasting with Ross Sutherland


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