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Village Green 2014

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Metal are delighted to announce that Village Green is back for its 6th consecutive year in Chalkwell Park on SATURDAY 12 JULY 2014 from 11am until 10pm and it's shaping up to be the best one yet! 

We are excited to announce a fantastic line up of artists and musicians that includes Beth Orton, Eddi Reader (Fairground Attraction); Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip; New York ska band, The Slackers; from London Man Like Me; Youth Club, Shlomo; Danny and the Champions of the Worlds; Kathryn Williams; Eight Rounds Rapid; and hot tips to go global in the very near future, The Hosts - make sure you see them at Village Green first!

Alongside, we have a guest appearances from the world-renowned Philadelphia Boys Choir; an exciting exchange with four visual artists from Shanghai; a wide range of comedy, cabaret, live art, literature, film and a whole host of extraordinary outdoor arts, installations, workshops and performances. 

Much much more to be announced over the coming weeks. See below for more details, photos and films of programme.

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BOOK YOUR TICKETS NOW
Tickets are now on sale and are available online 24 hours through Skiddle or by telephone from the Skiddle Ticket Sales hotline on 0844 884 2920 (open Mon-Fri 9am-6pm; Sat 10am-5pm; Closed Sunday).

Ticket Prices

Children Age 0-10 years  FREE

Age 11 - 17 years  £5 + Booking fee

Age 18+ £10 + Booking fee

Early Bird Group Discounts are available until the end of April for Groups of 8 plus (10%) and Groups of 15 and above (15%).

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Are you a Southend Advantage Card Member? –  a limited number of FREE tickets are available for Category C members of Southend's Advantage Card scheme.  These can be collected, on a first come, first served basis, from the Southend on Sea Civic Centre in Victoria Avenue. Proof of current and valid membership will be required.

PRESS

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PROGRAMME HEADLINES:

BETH ORTON


Beth Orton is a BRIT Award-winner and two-time Mercury Prize nominee who has collaborated with Bert Jansch, Emmylou Harris, Beck, William Orbit, Terry Callier, Ryan Adams and the Chemical Brothers. Her masterful songwriting and emotionally evocative vocal style – infusing intimate folk reminiscent of Nick Drake and Joni Mitchell with lilting and subtly atmospheric pop flourishes. Beth Orton has continuously evolved, yet always retained an intriguing mix of fragility and transcendence which never fails to move and inspire fans around the World.


DAN LE SAC vs SCROOBIUS PIP


Warning: the above video contains swearing.

Dan le sac vs Scroobius Pip are David Peter Meads (aka Scroobius Pip; vocals/rapper/poet) and Daniel Stephens (aka dan le sac; production, programming, keyboards, guitars and backing vocals). Originally Dan le sac hailed from Corringham and Scroobius Pip from neighbouring Stanford-le-Hope. Their first single was "Thou Shalt Always Kill", which reached the charts and was recently played on Desert Island Discs by Russell Brand. The duo's third album entitled Repent Replenish Repeat was released 7 October 2013 and debuted at number 22 in the UK top 40, the duo's highest album chart position to date.


EDDI READER


In the early 1980's Eddi Reader travelled around Europe with circus and performance artists before moving to London where she quickly became a sought after session vocalist. She famously harmonized with Annie Lennox touring with the Eurythmics, after her time with successful punk outfit Gang of Four, but was propelled into the spotlight with Fairground Attraction. Since then Eddi has successfully forged a solo career. Her new album, Vagabond, was released at the beginning of this month.

'Eddi Reader is one of my favourite singers of all time.' Jools Holland
'The energy she uses in a single performance could probably power a wee village on the outskirts of her native Glasgow.' The Scotsman


MAN LIKE ME


Man Like Me are London based duo Johnny Langer and Peter Duffy. Their debut album ‘Man Like Me’ was released in 2009 and spurned the singles ‘Oh My Gosh’ and ‘Carny’. The band are famed for their riotous live shows, which feature (among other things) dance routines, full brass sections, processions through the audience and swinging from chandeliers (really!). Their last Cult smash single ‘Squeeze’, which Sunday Times Culture called “A bonkers and brilliant electro sugar-rush that deserves to be the hit of the summer”, caught the attention of Annie Mac and Nick Grimshaw who gave the band huge support on Radio 1. Annie Mac even went as far as rewinding the track on its debut spin.

Man Like Me are London based duo Johnny Langer and Peter Duffy. Their debut album ‘Man Like Me’ was released in 2009 and spurned the singles ‘Oh My Gosh’ and ‘Carny’. The band are famed for their riotous live shows, which feature (among other things) dance routines, full brass sections, processions through the audience and swinging from chandeliers (really!). Their last Cult smash single ‘Squeeze’, which Sunday Times Culture called “A bonkers and brilliant electro sugar-rush that deserves to be the hit of the summer”, caught the attention of Annie Mac and Nick Grimshaw who gave the band huge support on Radio 1. Annie Mac even went as far as rewinding the track on its debut spin.


THE SLACKERS 


Based in New York City, The Slackers began rehearsing on the lower east side around 1991 and played every local bar, squat, or loft that would have them. Working in a dingy rat infested basement on E. 3rd street the band came up with its trademark sound somewhere around 1994.
The Slackers have released 15 CDs. Their first was Better Late Than Never (1996), was declared by The New York Times as ‘The Sound of New York’. Since 2007 they have headlined 17 major US Tours and 12 European tours and have appeared at festivals as diverse the Montreal Jazz Festival and Glastonbury.


KATHRYN WILLIAMS


Mercury nominated Kathryn Williams is one of Britain’s finest song writers who challenges the distinctions between folk and pop. Currently enjoying the most prolific phase of her career, She has collaborated and appeared on records by John Martyn, Bombay Bicycle Club, Marry Waterson and Neill Macoll, with whom she released the album ‘Two’ in 2008. She has played live with KT Tunstall, Ray Lamontagne and Martha Wainwright, amongst others. Kathryn has worked with producer Neill MacColl, Ed Harcourt and James Yorkston on her most recent album, ‘Crown Electric’ released in September 2013 and the single ‘Heart Shaped Stone’ was previewed on Radio 2.

'One of my all time favorite female singers' Guy Garvey (Elbow & 6Music)
'A pop updraft worthy of prime Jimmy Webb... so effortlessly instinctive’ (MOJO)


SHLOMO


Internationally acclaimed beatboxer and World Loopstation Champion and Guinness World Record holder, Shlomo creates an incredibly energetic live show like nothing you have seen before: jaw dropping, inspirational and totally absorbing. Shlomo has worked with some of the biggest names in music including: Bjork, Damon Albarn, Jarvis Cocker, Martha Wainwright, Imogen Heap, The Specials, DJYoda and even comedians the Mighty Boosh. Shlomo is a firm favourite on the UK Festival scene and returns to Village Green for the second time, back by popular demand!

'Master of the fine art of beatboxing' The Independent
'The kid’s good. Jaw-droppingly good.' The Guardian


THE HOSTS


Five smartly-attired gentlemen from the North, Sheffield's finest retromantics, The Hostshave been smouldering away in the musical margins, buffing up the buttons on their waistcoats and waiting for their moment to shine. Latest album ‘Softly, Softly’ has just entered the Independent charts at No 16. Earlier in 2013 the quintet tickled the underbelly of the mainstream beast with the terrific 'September Song' and 'Give Your Love To Her', two raffish slabs of retro alt.pop which represented the missing link between Roy Orbison and Richard Hawley and which waltzed all over BBC 6 Music and Radio 2 with the likes of Dermot O'Leary, Janice Long, Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq and Huey Morgan.


DANNY & THE CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD



Danny & The Champions Of The World has always been a pretty loose collection of great musicians, songwriters, stowaways and adventurers. They come to Village Green after their triumphant sold out show at London’s Jazz Cafe. Latest release ‘Stay True’ (recorded at Reservoir Studios with Champs bass player Chris Clarke (ex Rockingbirds) and Danny at the helm) is the band’s fourth album and Danny George Wilson’s eleventh album which includes six long players from the much loved Grand Drive plus a solo outing. Danny has been touring the world and making critically acclaimed records for nearly 20 years now.

"A gold standard album for UK Americana" ★★★★ Q
"Wilson and the Champs' finest set yet" ★★★★ MOJO


GOLDMASTER ALLSTARS



The Goldmaster Allstars are a vibrant and dynamic 10-piece band performing laid-back rocksteady; heavy roots reggae and Ska instrumentals. Just recently Vin Gordon likened them and their sound to the legendary Skatalites. For almost 14 yrs now they have been a growing force on the UK & World music scene. Tracks from their ‘Colt 45 Live’ album have been given airtime on Sir David Rodigan’s show on BBC 1xtra. The football team-sized troop is an instrumental band from South England, emerged from studio musicians of the in-house label ‘Goldmaster Records’ and is renowned for backing Jamaican singers like Winston Francis, Alton Ellis, Dennis Alcapone and many more.

Voted 'Best British Reggae Band' - British Reggae Industry Awards, 2013
'Album of the Month' - Riddim Magazine June 2013
'Ska! Whether you are an aficionado of this up-tempo Jamaican music or if you are listening to Ska for the first time, experiencing The Goldmaster Allstars cannot help but put a smile on your face'. - Flea magazine


YOUTH CLUB


After 5 years of touring with NZ pop artist Ladyhawke, Danny Blanco joined his brother Joe Fran and almost brothers Gerarrd Duffield and Rees Broomfield to form Youth Club and set about writing their debut album.
Inspired by summer and all things colourful, the band are not confined by the boundaries of any particular genre but draw influence from many styles - soulful vocals, pop choruses, synths and guitars - the authentic sound of summer.
Youth Club’s debut EP is set to be released on iTunes on 24 April.


EIGHT ROUNDS RAPID


 

Eight Rounds Rapid’s songs are rooted in traditional blues, but guitar from Simon Johnson and singer David Alexander’s acerbic delivery make the act sound like John Cooper Clarke and Mark E Smith jamming in a Southend bus depot, with their gritty tales of the Essex underworld. 'We are from this place. We make music of this place'.
The group gained a national audience last year when they supported Wilko Johnson on his UK Farewell Tour, winning over BBC DJs, Artrocker magazine and a clutch of bloggers with their polarising performances at Camden’s Koko. Their debut album Lossleader is released this spring on Cadiz records, with a busy tour planned for the summer, including gigs with The Ruts.


OUTDOOR ART:

BUREAU OF SILLY IDEAS (BOSI)


 

An established public realm arts company based in Brixton, London. Founded in 2003, BOSi are renowned within the street arts industry for creating radio controlled wheelie bins, traffic cones and Christmas trees and making a song and dance out of road works. BOSi’s shows combine circus, radio controlled machinery and spectacle, and our current work has strong links to urban regeneration. Through all of our work we aim to engage people with their built environment and to inject art, entertainment, humour and surprise in everyday places. In 2012 they became one Arts Council England‘s National Portfolio Organisations. 


DIGITAL FUNFAIR


Boredbrand’s Digital Funfair combines digital technology, dance music, film and stuff we find lying around in the street to create a unique audience led experience. Become a superstar DJ in minutes with the Beat Jigsaw. Play classic video games from the saddle of a bicycle with the PacBike! Send photos from your phone to the live Bluetooth Slideshow! Give Politicians and Celebrities what you know they deserve with the Virtual Coconut Shy. 


INSECT CIRCUS MUSEUM


 

"Ladies & Gentlemen! Boys & Girls! Stroll Up! Stroll up for the Magnificent Insect Circus Museum! Behold the Liberty Beetles& the Cheeky Ladybirds! Be thrilled by the Knife Thrower& the Painted Lady! Gasp as Captain Courage, the intrepid Wasp Tamer, defies Danger! Marvel at the Worm Charmer& Laugh at the Dancing Snails!" Housed in a vintage, mahogany lined, Bedford TK beetlebox lorry, this unique museum displays a stunning array of costumes, props, puppets, toys and ephemera from the extraordinary collection of the Insect Circus Society. Spanning more than three centuries, and covering many continents, this is undeniably the finest museum of its kind in the world. 


MINISCULE OF SOUND


 

Operating since 1998 out of a very small back yard in East London, Miniscule of Sound, the World's Smallest Niteclub has gone global - getting lost and found in translation in China, and tackling the outback of Australia! Still the undisputed world record holders for being very small - Guinness World Records says so! The 8'x4'x8' interior of the flat-pack instant niteclub features fluffy décor, flashing lights, a traditional Saturday Night Fever dancefloor, and a not very fluffy DJ. And watch out for the raver in the white boiler suit - he smells. Appearing in countless small dark corners across the globe over the last 4 million years, the urban myths surrounding the Miniscule of Sound are now almost as extensive as the club's never-ending guest list. We've played nearly as many gigs as those we haven't! But hey - it's still cosy, intimate and very, very funky! ‘Some people describe it as the best clubbing experience of their lives’ - Sunday Times magazine. 


PAKA THE UNCREDIBLE


 

Paka the Uncredible presents: Rusty the horse, a full sized mechanical horse which takes on the attraction of kinetic sculpture to a varied cross section of the public, including those who might not normally be involved with arts activities. Paka will also be showing his eight metres long, five feet wide Dragon. Throwing flames from both ends, El Grando is an "endearing" robot created by artists Dan Peppiatt and Paka. 


TREE PIRATES - Captain Chainsaw’s Piratical Feats


 

Sailing the high trees for near 200 moons, spawned from Circus Archaos, our hero entertained audiences throughout Europe and the rest of the World, juggling and twirling fire to the beat of the drum. Today AD Treepirate designer builder of numerous impressive timber structures and sculptures, the obvious yet unique outcome from the combined skills of these 2 risky pastimes is the infamously notorious Captain Chainsaw. From juggler to chainsaw sculpture we arrive at juggling chainsaws whilst carving!! Breath takingly dangerous power tool wielding spectacular, but also the live creation of art before your very eyes. World travels include: Scorpionic fire displays at Fuji Rock Festival, Japan. Design, make and built huge structures in Pennsylvania, as well as entertaining the crowds in Spain, Portugal and Germany etc. Astonishing, frightening, yet inspiring to any audience, ear defenders supplied but optional. 


BRAMBLE FM


 

Bramble FM is a comic traveling roadshow. The can be found in festivals all over Britain such as Glastonbury, Camp Bestival and now Village Green! Put your ears in the safe hands of top community DJs Les, Terry and Maureen as they broadcast live from the Bramble Roadshow caravan. Cut the rug as they play all the hits and all the misses from their vast vinyl archive. Join in with your animal impersonations in the Johnny Morris memorial hour, listen and learn with Chas and Dave's history of rap, plus phone-ins, dedications and live events on the roadshow podium. At last a community radio station so local you can smell it…! 



HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Do you make beautiful things?
Are you a local creative with something to sell and/or show? - Apply for a market stall to showcase your work amongst the finest creative talent in the area. For more information contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Is delicious food your thing?
Are you a local food retailer/restaurateur? - Apply to run a food outlet at this year’s Village Green. For more information contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Want a career in the arts / events?
Would you love to find out what goes into creating an event of this scale? Would you like to work back stage, in marketing, stewarding, capturing the event on film, artist liaison, hospitality and or other on-site roles? For more information and details about the various opportunities, please contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Village Green: The Next Generation – the exclusive festival day for Southend school pupils will take place on Friday 11 July. 6000+ children will enjoy their own festival the day before Village Green. Participation is open to all Southend schools. Anyone interested in their school either performing or being in the audience, should contact Metal on 01702 470700.

Metal would like to acknowledge Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and Arts Council England whose on going support allows us to continue Village Green at a subsidised ticket price.


The Introduction of Ticket Sales at Village Green

The introduction of a nominal ticket charge will help to safeguard Village Green following several years of successive budget cuts to the arts – with more to come in the future.

Metal has provided free entry to this fantastic community event for a number of years.

We have given careful thought to the level of ticket prices. Our main aim has been to maintain the diverse family audience who have supported Village Green over the years, whilst ensuring the viability of the ever-growing event. We are delighted that we have managed to ensure that all children of 10 and under will remain FREE and 11–17 year olds will pay just £5. Adult tickets will be £10. Group discounts are available as well as an exclusive offer of 500 free tickets for Category C Southend Advantage Card members allocated on a first come, first served basis.

No profit will be made from Village Green. All the ticket prices represent a contribution to the running costs (rather than covering all costs completely). The event remains heavily subsidised through the fund raising efforts of the team at Metal which is a UK registered arts charity.

Audience Numbers

Metal has put a number of new measures in place to ensure that audience numbers within the park remain at a comfortable level for festival-goers. Extra areas within the park have been brought into Metal’s licenced areas, so 2014 will see a larger spread of fantastic programme across more of the park.

We believe that introduction of reasonable ticket charges will allow this popular, family-orientated cultural event to continue to be staged at Chalkwell Park and guarantee it is sustainable for years to come.

Rapid Scan Ticket Entry

We have entered into a new partnership with the professional ticket agency, Skiddle, who will work with us to ensure a smooth and speedy entry system to Village Green on the day – leaving audience members to enjoy, uninterrupted, as much of the 10 hours of programmed art, music and culture as possible. This service is covered by a small booking fee at the point of purchasing a ticket.



For Village Green 2013 archive page, click here.



Shorelines 2013



FOR ALL PHOTOS from SHORELINES 2013, click here.

Photos by Simon Fowler.


SHORELINES

Dates: Friday 8 – Sunday 10 November 2013
Venue: Festival HQ - Leigh Community Centre, 71-73 Elm Road, SS9 1HT, Leigh on Sea.

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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 its forms. The biennial event is back in 2013 with a fantastic line-up of international authors, poets, artists, storytellers and musicians, bringing texts – old and new – to life.

Metal has created a small, intelligent and thought-provoking festival, curated by acclaimed writer Rachel Lichtenstein. Shorelines takes place in various outdoor and indoor venues at the heart of the fishing community of Leigh-on-sea on the banks of Thames Estuary, at the point where it officially becomes ‘open sea’. This unique festival aims to provoke discussion, re-awaken senses, excite the adventurous spirit and explore new literature about the sea.

Highlights in 2013 include: multi-award winning nature writer Robert Macfarlane (current chair of the Man Booker Prize) on Britain’s most dangerous path, the Broomway; Mercury Award winning folk singer Sam Lee & Friends bringing his own take on sea shanties; cult pop historian Travis Elborough (Wish You Were Here: England on Sea) on the British Seaside; Man Booker shortlisted author Deborah Levy with Swimming Home; a mixed-media installation The SeaWomen of Korea by Greek artist Mikhail Karikis; award winning author and broadcaster Philip Hoare discussing his most recent book The Sea Inside (BBC4 Book of the Week); noir crime fiction author Cathi Unsworth reading from her novel Weirdo, set in a fictional seaside town; a multi-media performance of Swandown with Iain Sinclair, artist Andrew Kötting & musician Jem Finer; French-Norwegian writer and artist Caroline Bergvall (currently exhibited at Tate) with DRIFT, her interpretation of Saxon sea poems; an afternoon of readings and talks by contemporary non-fiction writers exploring the unique landscape of the Thames Estuary, including Ken Worpole, Jules Pretty (winner of 2013 Angle Prize) and Greek-based writer Julian Hoffman; Jane Dolby from the The Fishwives Choir; local author Syd Moore (The Drowning Pool) set in the Essex coastline; an alternative audio walk exploring historical tales from the Estuary by US artist and writer Justin Hopper; films; writing workshops for both children and adults and much more.

Press: For further details about the Shorelines, interview requests and photographs please contact Syd Moore on 01702 470700 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Shorelines is made possible with the kind support of Arts Council EnglandSouthend on Sea Borough Council and Leigh Town Council.

PROGRAMME:

FRIDAY 8 NOVEMBER

7.30pm (doors from 6pm) Main Hall, Ground Floor
DRIFT

Shorelines opens with an extraordinarily powerful performance of DRIFT by internationally renowned writer and artist Caroline Bergvall and Norwegian percussionist and rising improv star, Ingar Zach, and visuals by Thomas Koppel. Inspired by the language and themes of Seafarer, an anonymous, 10th Century Anglo-Saxon poem, DRIFT takes you on a journey through time where languages mix and text, voice and live percussion conjure up the ancient to cohabit with the present. A contemporary meditation on migrancy, exiles and sea-travel.

Bergvall and Zach visit and invent a language of extremes: from the most ancient pool of English and Nordic poetry to the lyrics of current pop songs and the legal speak of controversial human rights reports, in order to create a vocabulary that speaks resolutely for today. Electronic texts by Ciaran Maher and slow moving video work by Eva Roovers and Erica Scourti provide the visual and spatial dimension to this deep language work. Drift takes you on a journey through time and space, where languages mix, where live percussion meets live voice, where singing is speaking and sounding is vibration, where the ancient cohabits with the present. The live texts remember the call of the old poets. The ringing of the bells and the brushing of the drum punctuate the stretching of time. Ancient tales of exile and love re-emerge to shadow today’s lives and losses. There is hope and despair in such continuities. The longing at the heart of an ancient North Sea travel poem, written in the 10th century, ans its transformative struggles is a reminder of the plight of many of today’s wanderers and exiles across the waters.

Performance lasts 90mins.
£8 / conc £6


SATURDAY 9 NOVEMBER

10am – 11am Room 1, Ground Floor
FILMS FOR KIDS

A series of sea-themed short films for children and the young at heart.
FREE ENTRY.

11am – 11.20am Main Hall, Ground Floor
CHRIS SCHÜLER - MAPPING THE SEA

Chris Schüler is fascinated by maps and travel. As an editor he has shaped many travel guides, atlases and non-fiction books. As a writer, he has recently completed his third book Mapping the Sea and Stars (Frechmann Kolon, 2012), which charts the cartography of the world’s oceans.

11.25pm – 11.55pm Main Hall, Ground Floor
SAM LLEWELLYN - THE REAL SEA

Sam Llewellyn is the editor of Marine Quarterly, as well as being a prolific writer of adult and children’s fiction. His talk The Real Sea is a polemical excursion into the way people living on an island are perpetually urged to look at the sea as a metaphor for landgoing preoccupations.

11.30am – 4pm Room 1, Ground Floor
PROGRAMME OF SHORT FILMS

An eclectic programme of short experimental films that look at different aspects of the sea, with a particular focus on the Thames Estuary. Including Confluence by Doffy Weir; Estuary: Working Lives by Rachel Lichtenstein; The Sea Close By by Tom Beard and Requiem for Cod by YoHa.


12noon – 3.30pm Room 4, 1st Floor
WORKSHOPS FOR KIDS

Drop-in to have a go at word- based, visual art workshops; try your hand at writing – landscape description, character portrayal or sea- themed adventure; design a new coastal level for community computer game Play Southend; or sit and read our collection of water- based children’s books.

12noon – 12.30pm Main Hall, Ground Floor
RUTH LITTLE – CAPE FAREWELL

Dramaturg and writer, Ruth Little, was one of 40 artists and scientists to join the 2008 Cape Farewell boat trip to Disko Bay, West Greenland. Hear how this experience on the sea and at the coal face of the effects of climate change affected her and her work.


12.40pm – 1.10pm Main Hall, Ground Floor
TRAVIS ELBOROUGH

Writer, author and cultural commentator, Travis Elborough tells us about how he approached the research and writing of Wish You Were Here: England on Sea (Sceptre, 2010) – his survey of three centuries of British seaside towns.


1pm – 1.40pm BREAK FOR LUNCH
Why not place your order for lunch in advance at Metal’s Café Valise on site at Shorelines HQ. Delicious seasonal Soup, a variety of Panini, door-step sandwiches and a wide range of melt-in-your-mouth, home-made cakes, teas and fresh coffee.


1.40pm – 2.10pm Main Hall, Ground Floor
CATHI UNSWORTH

Cult noir writer and journalist Cathi Unsworth takes us to an imagined Norfolk coastal town in her critically acclaimed crime thriller Weirdo (Serpent’s Tail, 2012).


2pm – 2.45pm Room 7, 1st Floor
STORYTELLING FOR KIDS

For ages 8 and above. Sam Llewellyn, author of some forty books about the sea, reads from one of his exciting novels for children. Stories which are still “greeted with glad cries by seafaring folk”.

2.15pm – 2.45pm Main Hall, Ground Floor
PHILIP HOARE

Award-winning author and TV presenter Philip Hoare talks about his startling new nonfiction book The Sea Inside (Fourth Estate, 2013, recently featured on Radio 4’s Book of the Week). During his research he travelled from the Isle of Wight to Sri Lanka, Tasmania, New Zealand and beyond, to rediscover our ‘forgotten’ sea and the islands, birds and beasts that inhabit it. 



2.50pm – 3.25pm Main Hall, Ground Floor
DEBORAH LEVY

“This book is all about the sea”, said the acclaimed author Deborah Levy, about Swimming Home (Faber & Faber, 2012) her recent novel, which was shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker prize. 


3pm – 3.30pm Room 7, 1st Floor 
STORYTELLING FOR KIDS

Robert Hallmann reads from his book Festival of the Gargoyles, a historical children's adventure story set in the mid-1770s around the muddy Thames estuary marches. Suitable for Children 8+. 


3.30pm – 4pm Main Hall, Ground Floor (and installation in Room 6, 1st Floor)
MIKHAIL KARIKIS - SEAWOMEN

SeaWomen is a multi-media installation by the internationally acclaimed Greek artist Mikhail Karikis, which explores the story of a unique group of elderly Korean women who dive to great depths with no oxygen supply to find pearls. Visit the installation in Room 6 and hear directly from the artist about the making of this extraordinary artwork.

4pm – 5.30pm Room 1, Ground Floor
PORTRAIT OF A RIVER

Commissioned for the recent exhibition 'Estuary' at Museum of London Docklands, Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen's Portrait of a River is an evocative study of sometimes overlooked, strangely indeterminate landscape through which the Thames cuts its sluggish widening course on its journey out to sea. The film will be screened twice during the festival. The artist will be present for Q&A on Sunday.
Portrait of a River by Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen was commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella and Museum of London. Co-produced by Film and Video Umbrella and The Cultureship. Supported by Arts Council England.


4pm – 6pm Room 4, 1st Floor
CREATIVE WRITING FOR ADULTS

Two hour workshop for aspiring writers led by Lee Rourke (Everyday, 2007, book of short stories; Varroa Destructor, 3am Press, 2013; and Canal, 2010, Melville House, winner of The Guardian's Not The Booker Prize 2010).  Places are very limited so book quickly to avoid disappointment.


4pm – 6pm - Off site
SEA WALKS AROUND OLD LEIGH Fancy a bit of fresh air? We have a choice of two guided walks around the old fishing town of Leigh-on-Sea.

Walk One: celebrated horror writer, Syd Moore (Drowning Pool, 2009; Witch Hunt, 2011) brings to life the many myths and legends of Leigh-on-Sea, including the infamous ‘sea witch’, Sarah Moore – ending with a pint in the local pub of the same name. 

Walk Two: artist and writer, Justin Hopper leads a guided tour of his specially commissioned project, Public Record: Estuary – a cycle of site-specific poems using historical events that occurred near the Leigh shore to reimagine the estuary’s landscape.


7pm (doors at 6pm) - Main Hall, Ground Floor
SWANDOWN

For 4 weeks in the autumn of 2011, award-winning film-maker Andrew Kötting and cult writer Iain Sinclair pedalled a plastic swan over 160 miles from the seaside of Hastings to Hackney in East London, meeting all sorts of people along the way. This live multimedia performance, with Sinclair, Kötting, MacGillivray and a host of others describes this adventure through spoken word, film and experimental acoustic sound led by Jem Finer. Not to be missed!


Supported by SUNDOWN
Southend’s own poetry collective, Sundown start the evening with their usual delightful and eclectic mix of performance poetry, comedy and music. On the bill: arget="_blank">Sundown Poets, Ray Morgan, Eirikur Orn Norodahl, and Greanvine with Nancy Wallace.
£10 / conc £8.


SUNDAY 10 NOVEMBER

10am – 11am Room 1, Ground Floor
FILMS FOR KIDS

A series of sea-themed short films for children and the young at heart.

11am – 1pm Room 1, Ground Floor
PORTRAIT OF A RIVER

Screening of Nikolaj Larsen's film, followed by a talk and Q&A session with the artist.
Commissioned for the recent exhibition 'Estuary' at Museum of London Docklands, Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen's Portrait of a River is an evocative study of sometimes overlooked, strangely indeterminate landscape through which the Thames cuts its sluggish widening course on its journey out to sea. The film will be screened twice during the festival. Commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella and Museum of London. Co-produced by Film and Video Umbrella and The Cultureship. Supported by Arts Council England.


1pm – 6pm Room 1, Ground Floor
PROGRAMME OF SHORT FILMS

A second chance to see our eclectic programme of short films exploring the unique landscape of the Thames Estuary as well as different aspects of the sea (See Sat listing).

12noon – 3.30pm Room 4, 1st Floor
WORKSHOPS FOR KIDS

Drop-in to have a go at word-based, visual art workshops; try your hand at writing – landscape description, character portrayal or sea-themed adventure; design a new coastal level for community computer game Play Southend; or sit and read our collection of water-based children’s books.

12noon – 12.30pm Main Hall, Ground Floor
JULES PRETTY

Jules Pretty discusses his latest book This Luminous Coast (2011, awarded the New Angle Prize for Literature in 2013), which describes his exploration of the Essex and Sussex coastlines on foot.


12noon – 12.30pm Room 7, 1st Floor
ANGUS WAINWRIGHT

Angus Wainwright, archeologist for the National Trust in the East of England, gives a talk on The Battle of Maldon. It was September 991 when earl Byrhtnoth faced a Viking army south of Maldon. After the defeat of the Saxon army resistance crumbled and for eventually England became part of a Danish empire. The National Trust is now investigating the site of the battle to try to piece together the story of that fateful day. 


12.30pm – 1pm Room 7, 1st Floor
LEE ROURKE & TIM BURROWS

Trying to Fit a Number to a Name: Estuary Myth and Identity
A Q&A with Lee Rourke and Tim Burrows hosted by Kit Caless of Influx Press, who are publishing essays by the writers in response to Southend and Thames Estuary Essex. Rourke and Burrows explore the area's marshy margins that contradict the binary logic of tabloid culture, taking in Dr Feelgood, the sea, topography and myth. Lee Rourke's novel Vulgar Things (set along the estuary, Canvey Island, and Southend) will be published by 4th Estate, Harper Collins in 2014. Tim Burrows writes for a number of publications including The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and The Quietus. 


12.35pm – 1.05pm Main Hall, Ground Floor
KEN WORPOLE

Writer Ken Worpole lived on Canvey Island as a child before moving onto the mainland a year before the 1953 floods. Ever since he has been conscious of the volatile relationship between the Essex peninsula and the sea. Author of two recent books on contemporary landscape aesthetics, he discusses the unique quality of the county’s haunting estuaries and tidal marshlands. His latest book The New English Landscape (Field Station, London, November 2013) with photographs by Jason Orton will launch at Shorelines.


1.05pm – 1.40pm BREAK FOR LUNCH
Why not place your order for lunch in advance at Metal’s Café Valise on site at Shorelines HQ. Delicious seasonal Soup, a variety of Panini, door-step sandwiches and a wide range of melt-in-your-mouth, home-made cakes, teas and fresh coffee.

1pm – 3pm Room 7, 1st Floor
METAL LIT LAB READING

In 2012 Metal hosted a LAB for talented, unpublished writers from the east region. Seven of the participants read from their current, sea-themed works in progress: Jessica Russell, Jo Wells, Carya Gish, Rhian Burgess, Farah Aziz, Sally Alexander and Paul Giles. 


1.45pm – 2.15pm Main Hall, Ground Floor
JULIAN HOFFMAN

Julian Hoffman’s recent book, The Small Heart of Things: Being at Home in a Beckoning World won the 2012 AWP Award Series for Creative nonfiction. During this illustrated talk Julian will discuss his recent investigations into the contested natural landscape of the Hoo Peninsula, where the Thames Estuary airport might be built if plans go ahead.


2.20pm – 2.55pm Main Hall, Ground Floor
ROBERT MACFARLANE

Bestselling author of Mountains of the Mind (2003), The Wild Places (2007) and most recently The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot (2012) Robert Macfarlane (current chair of the judges for the Man Booker Prize 2013) will talk about his explorations on the Broomway, Britain’s most dangerous path, found offshore from the Foulness Island. 


3pm – 3.30pm Main Hall, Ground Floor
RACHEL LICHTENSTEIN

Local author and curator of Shorelines Rachel Lichtenstein will discuss her latest book, Estuary: a deep exploration of Place (published by Hamish Hamilton, 2015). She shares images and stories from those who have spent their working lives on the Thames Estuary, details of the shipwrecks that litter the seabed and some statistics about the new Thames Gateway super port.


3.15pm – 3.45pm Room 7, 1st Floor
STORYTELLING FOR KIDS

Robert Hallmann reads from his book Festival of the Gargoyles, a historical children’s adventure story set in the mid-1770s around the muddy Thames estuary marshes. 
Suitable for Children 8+ 


3.45pm – 6pm Main Hall, Ground Floor
THE FORGOTTEN SPACE with introduction by GARETH EVANS

“The sea is forgotten until disaster strikes. But perhaps the biggest seagoing disaster is the global supply chain, which – maybe in a more fundamental way than financial speculation – leads the world economy to the abyss.” This is a must-see film for anyone interested in how consumerist society impacts on the world. Film directed by Allan Sekula and Noël Burch. Introduced for Shorelines by film curator and writer Gareth Evans.


4pm – 6pm Room 4, 1st Floor
CREATIVE WRITING FOR ADULTS

A second opportunity to book a place for a master-class in creative writing with Lee Rourke. See Sat listing. Places are very limited so book quickly to avoid disappointment. 

4.30pm – 5pm Room 7, 1st Floor
FISHWIVES CHOIR

Jane Dolby talks about the Fishwives Choir project and their debut single released to raise money for the charity The Fishermen’s Mission. The single is a very personal version of two famous nautical songs ‘When The Boat Comes In’ and ‘Eternal Father’. Jane will also be performing some of her own songs.

6.15pm – 7pm Main Hall, Ground Floor
LILI LA SCALA – SIREN

A journey, a ship, the shifting of time and sands. Siren songs through the mist. Found songs, from the poetry of Baudelaire to the music of Tom Waits. Bewitching, haunting and mesmeric, Lili la Scala sings songs and stories. Stories about journeys. Stories about the sea. Timeless, beautiful songs. A siren’s songs.


8.30pm (doors at 7pm) Main Hall, Ground Floor
SAM LEE & FRIENDS

Mercury Prize nominated, Sam Lee & Friends perform unconventional and contemporary interpretations of folk music, challenging all preconceptions of what ‘traditional folk’ should sound like. We are delighted to welcome them to Leigh-on-Sea to perform a specially selected set of sea-inspired songs for Shorelines.


ALL WEEKEND

SEAWOMEN by MIKHAIL KARIKIS
Room 6, 1st Floor

SeaWomen is a multi-media installation by Greek artist Mikhail Karikis which focuses on a community of female sea workers living on the island of Jeju – a volcanic rock between S.Korea, Japan and China. This old, and fast vanishing, community consists of women between the ages of 50-90 who dive to great depths with no oxygen supply to catch sea-food and find pearls. Karikis’s immersive installation depicts the vocal practices of the women, including the unique sounds of their ancient and transgenerationally transmitted breathing technique.


FIVE DIALS MAGAZINE
Five Dials, the online literary magazine published by Hamish Hamilton and edited by Craig Taylor will be on site at Shorelines Festival HQ to create a special nautical edition live during the festival. Look out for their journalist and illustrator in the crowds.

BOOK SHOP
Hoxton Books returns to Shorelines with a huge selection of esoteric, rare, out of print and contemporary books about the Sea (and other subjects). Visit, browse and buy from them in Café Valise at the centre of Shorelines Festival HQ.

CAFÉ VALISE
Metal’s very own pop-up café has travelled the UK’s arts festivals, including Liverpool Biennial 2012, Peterborough Arts Festival 2012, Village Green 2013 and now Shorelines. Serving delicious seasonal Soup, a variety of panini, door-step sandwiches and a wide range of melt-in-your-mouth, home-made cakes, teas and fresh coffee throughout the day. Becomes a bar in the evening. A perfect spot to re-charge your batteries and swap notes with fellow festival-goers.

DAVID QUENTIN - BROOMWAY EXHIBITION
While enjoying the welcoming ambience of Café Valise, make sure you look at David Quentin’s 35mm B/W photographs of Robert Macfarlane walking the Broomway, the notorious ‘deadliest path in Britain’ along the Essex offshore. Commissioned for Silt, one of the most striking chapters of Macfarlane’s brilliant book The Old Ways.


CHILDREN’S WRITING COMPETITION
Children’s Writing Competition Metal are inviting young people of all ages to try writing a short piece of prose that captures the experience of living on the estuary coast. We are looking for 500 words max. that might be about a day on the beach; a description of estuary colours; the characters you might meet; or anything else that sparks your imagination. All entries received will be on display at Festival HQ - shortlisted stories will be read out over the course of the festival.
Categories: Age 5-7, Age 8-11, Age 12-16
Deadline: 4 November

To enter: Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it clearly stating your name and age, or post to Shorelines Writing Competition, Metal, Chalkwell Hall, Chalkwell Avenue, Southend-on-Sea SS0 8NB.

PUBLIC RECORD: ESTUARY by JUSTIN HOPPER
“…quite as salt as the sea.”
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 on the clash of picturesque landscape and post-industrial edgelands. As you walk, you’ll find yourself immersed in the forgotten lives and colourful past of this “half-marine place”, caught between nature and industry, between ancient and modern.

Written and produced by Justin Hopper. Readers include Stuart Bowditch, Adrian Green, Lucy Greeves, Justin Hopper, Syd Moore, Ray Morgan, and Jo Overfield. Music and sound design by Scanner. Intro/outro music by Lost Harbours.

More information on: www.metalculture.com/publicrecord


SHIP FULL OF BOMBS
Named after the USS Montgomery – a notable landmark of the Thames Delta, DJ’s from Southend’s alternative radio station Ship Full of Bombs brings you the very best music across the board.

SHORELINES AT THE NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM
A Shorelines off-site project will feature at Lost At Sea Late on Thurs 28 November at the NMM - part of a night of nautically-themed fun to mark the opening of the Turner and the Sea exhibition and the new Nelson, Navy, Nation gallery. Enjoy a night of salty carousing with games for grown-ups, pub quizzes, dance lessons, grog and gallery tours.


For Shorelines 2011 Archive page click here.

Arts Award

ARTS AWARD COURSES

ARTS AWARD is a nationally recognised scheme which can be based on any arts or media activity, which you can complete at Metal. Find out what inspires you, share your talents, and you’ll walk away with an award that makes a real difference in the world of work and the arts. There are no set rules on how you present your final work. You just need to be aged 11-16 and ready to explore new creative experiences.

Metal offers the Arts Award Course at both Bronze and Silver levels (for 11-16 year olds) and the Discover and Explore levels (for 5 - 10 year olds).   When courses are live, the sessions run on most Mondays after school between 4-6pm.  The courses are FREE but do require some contribution from students towards a couple of field trips and the certificate.

For information about the next course dates and details, please email Camilla Fox on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

See Arts Award website for more details about Arts Award certificates.


ARTS AWARD SUPPORTER
Metal are proud to be an Arts Award Supporter.  This means that while we offer our own Arts Award courses, we can also offer support and opportunities for all Arts Award students from across Southend wherever you are doing the work to earn your certificate.  If you are involved in Arts Award and want to get involved in our wide range of creative activities such as our Shorelines Literature Festival and Village Green or our smaller scale events as points that count towards your Arts Award certificate, we will do our best to help you achieve this.  For more information, please email Camilla Fox on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call 01702 470700.


Current and past Courses:-

The Metal Bronze Arts Awards team are finishing at the beginning of February 2014, with the Silver team continuing for a while longer - some amazing projects are emerging from what has proved to be another fantastic creative process. Individual activities include making a wall sized comic strip, writing and performing a drum-based musical piece, developing and performing an ambitious street dance routine, running a drama workshop for younger people and lots of drawing, painting and writing, of course.

The crew are getting a lot out of the process: alongside the vast biscuit consumption, they have experienced the talents of many diverse artists invited by Metal to present their work, and enjoyed a trip to London's Design Museum and the Tate Modern. All looking forward to the next few final weeks...'

9 September 2013

Today was the start of the new Arts Award courses for 11-16 years old at Metal, Chalkwell Hall – a great introductory session, where students began to get a feel of what Metal is all about and are looking forward to taking their Bronze or Silver Awards.

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SUMMER ARTS AWARD EXPLORE

In summer 2013 we ran a Summer Arts Award Course at Chalkwell Hall between Monday 12th – Friday 16th August. The week started with exploring the On the Line exhibition and by making colourful fish kites.

2-5 APRIL 2013

Metal's first Arts Award Discover course for 7-11 years over the Easter holiday went brilliantly - the fantastic fun-packed four days were filled with mini-beasts related creative activities and games. Children taking part got the opportunity to make creepy-crawly hats with a professional milliner, create colourful fantasy bug sculptures with 'Sculptureman', and experience channelling their artistic energies and passions in a truly creative environment. The children went away with a packed sketchbook and proper certificate to show for it.


ARTS AWARD BRONZE LEVEL - SEPTEMBER 2012-FEBRUARY 2013

A photo from the award-giving ceremony in March:

Monday 17 December
Videos screened at this session:








Monday 5 November:

This  week's Arts Award session was held at the Royal Opera House Production Park in Thurrock.

We enjoyed a fascinating look back-stage at scenery creation for the many different shows that the Royal Opera House produce. Students were presented with all aspects of the hands-on making and logistics of scenery production from concept to actual performance. Another inspirational trip!

Monday 29 October:

This half-term, Metal’s students visited both the Southbank Centre and the Tate Modern in London as part of their Bronze Arts Award. A great day was had by all – we explored kinetic outdoor sculpture, inmate artwork, punk graphics, the Tate’s permanent Modern collections, and had a lot of fun in the interactive zone.

The packed day inspired and invigorated everyone – and the Drop-in day at Metal a couple of days later was buzzing with the experience. Catching up with their project work and taking part in a specialist drawing workshop with artist Simon Monk helped this half-term go super creatively for the Metal students.

Monday 22 October:

Bronze students preparing for their London trip to the Tate Modern and the Southbank Centre next week... lots of great work being produced – all exploring the Why / Where / How / What / When / Who of their project work, whilst carefully considering their creative process:

Monday 15 October:

Another great Arts Award session last Monday introducing Simon Monk who shared his visual arts practice with the students. He also explored body illustration concentrating on action poses valid in a comics / animation / illustration context, and got people drawing!

Read more about Arts Award at Chalkwell Hall here.

8 October:

The Bronze students continued working on their portfolios and watched videos about street artist Blu, portrait artist Michael Landy, drawing to the music, and a new rain-simulating installation at Barbican.


Links to videos:

http://www.blublu.org/sito/video/muto.html

http://www.tate.org.uk/context-comment/video/tateshots-michael-landy

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/video/2012/oct/03/barbican-rain-room-video

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/video/2009/sep/19/guide-drawing-painting?INTCMP=SRCH


24 September:
Another engrossing evening where the Bronze students were introduced to Metal’s in-house website coordinator, Michaela Freeman, and a behind the scenes look at IDEA13, the online cultural networking website for Southend. Students also looked at creating their own blog as part of their evidence of their creative activities.


17 September:
Metal’s Bronze Arts Award started on Monday 17 September and it was a great beginning to what promises to be a fun-packed and creative 12 weeks. Three packs of biscuits down... by six o’clock some didn’t want to leave and are raring to go for next week:

'Now like Mondays'
'Looking forward to the next session...'
If you’re interested, now’s the time to book on our Spring courses – Bronze and Silver Arts Awards – email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to reserve a place.

Metal’s Bronze Arts Award started on Monday 17 September at Chalkwell Hall, and it was a great beginning to what promises to be a fun-packed and creative 12 weeks!

Three packs of biscuits down... by six o’clock some didn’t want to leave and are raring to go for next week:

'Now like Mondays'

'Looking forward to the next session...'

If you’re interested, now’s the time to book on our Spring courses – Bronze and Silver Arts Awards – email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to reserve a place.


Culture LABS

Metal runs a programme of Culture LABS each year that brings together groups of artists and thinkers in exploratory, week-long, intensive residencies around different themes and subjects. Artists come from a variety of disciplines, types of practice and different places around the UK and overseas.

LABS in 2011 and 2012 have included investigations into Digital work with emphasis on new software and hardware development; Comedy and Live Art; Protest and Propaganda in relationship to the modern Olympic movement.

We host LABS at our spaces in Liverpool, Southend-on-Sea and Peterborough. They are designed to help artists examine and develop their practice, assist with knowledge exchange and expertise, and to provide the opportunity for time and space to develop new ideas.

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25-29 November 2013: Site and Situation Lab in Liverpool

Metal is assessing the transitional affects of the regeneration programme that has literally changed the landscape around Edge Lane and environs. We invited 9 artists from different disciplines to respond to Liverpool as a city and Edge Lane as a community within it. The artists were primed with talks by artist Neville Gabie and poet Lemn Sissay, both of whom have recent experience of devising work in public places. A tour of Liverpool organised by Ian Brownbill showed the contrasts of the city centre redevelopment and the surrounding areas - vast warehouses and remnants of the city's history as a port, giving way to heritage museums and shopping.

The artists spent three days developing new thinking for the area, work that Metal aims to continue with in 2014. This included the ghostly before and after effect of Google maps that still show the houses on Edge Lane by Jamie Gledhill, Maddi Nicholson's proposals for temporary works on the green areas where the houses once stood and David Kefford's sculptural assemblages from found materials.

Musician and songwriter Shereen Elizabeth worked on three new tracks within the Tower at Edge Hill Station (click here for her EP) and Bristol-based artist Hannah Clarke produced a new work using skype. Quarantine artists Richard Gregory and Renny O'Shea worked on current projects and storyteller Rachel Rose Reid met with people from the newly formed community. Andrew Mottershead (from French and Mottershead) developed several new ideas - again connecting into the Edge Lane redevelopment.

Overall, the lab and its theme served to highlight the importance of new ideas to the neighbourhood as the regeneration of the area cannot be constrained to roads and housing; as culture and place-making are an important part in community cohesion and spirit.

For more information about our Labs, click here





17-21 June 2013

Metal Liverpool's series of interdisciplinary labs continues with a composer's lab at Edge Hill. Composers and musicians are working in an intensive week, devising new work.

This has included peer to peer presentations of current work and in-depth practical and technical sessions. Alan Dunn, Jeff Young and Martin Heslop presented a new sound piece with a Q&A afterwards.  Award-winning composer Anna Meredith talked to participants about her career development and musician/sound engineer Gareth Jones worked on technical software development. This was followed by production and co-development of new sound and musical works, ranging from electronica and synthesis to traditional composition. The final evening session included a presentation by composer Nigel Clarke, who also gave practical and conceptual advice to the lab composers.

Nigel commented: 'It was a rewarding experience to see these highly talented and motivated composers supporting each other and creating such excellent and imaginative work.'

The lab participants were:

Shelly Knotts
Simon Dobson
Daniel Thorne
Mak of All Trades
Luke Moore
Thomas Hawley

Rachel Nicholas
Lucy Pankhurst
Jon Hering

Read Luke Moore blog post about his Composers Lab experience.

Find out more about Metal's Culture Labs here.

Listen to the compositions created during the composers' lab (including Alan Dunn's new sound piece London Road 66):



SWITCH - IDEAS LABS 2013

Metal and Arts Council of England / Partner Organisations: Norwich Writer's Centre and Pacitti Company.

Pacitti Company, Ipswich - 28 January - 1 February
Writer's Centre, Norwich - 4 February - 8 February
Metal, Peterborough - 18 March - 22 March

Download the final report from all three labs HERE.

Metal, in conjunction with Arts Council England, offered 24 arts practitioners the opportunity to get involved in one of three ideas labs across the East of England. This is part of the Digital Escalator programme within the Eastern Region. The Ideas Labs were 5 day intensive opportunities to develop and embed digital practice within creative people in the region. They were aimed at artists and arts practitioners and companies currently active in within the Eastern Region (as defined by Arts Council England – see http://www.artscouncil.org.uk - including Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Essex). The opportunity allowed all participants to establish a comprehensive overview of ways and means of using new technologies in arts projects in a variety of contexts, involved technical sessions, peer to peer presentation of current work and an opportunity to devise and develop new ideas.

SWITCH - IDEAS LABS - PETERBOROUGH 18 - 22 MARCH

Metal worked with 12 artists and curators in an intensive week long lab at Chauffeurs Cottage in Peterborough between 18-22 March. This was the third lab supported by Arts Council England with the specific aim of building digital capacity in the Eastern region as part of Metal's lead role as Digital Escalator. The Peterborough Lab focussed on outdoor arts development and included an opportunity for those participating to develop new ideas for projection within Cathedral Square.

The Ideas Labs have generated significant networking opportunities for those participating and overall Metal has been able to work with 24 curators, programmers, arts leaders and artists between January and March.


SWITCH - IDEAS LABS - NORWICH 4 - 8 FEBRUARY 2013

Working with 8 regional artists, Metal were developing new works looking at coding, writing, maps, apis and more. The artists have experienced an intensive series of sessions including talks by Justin Hopper and Rachel Lichtenstein.

You can see some of the emerging work at: viralprojects.com.

We also explored the city, including the inspiring Soup Lab run by Rachel Rayns, who was one of the participants.

Read Matthew Linley's blog about the Norwich Lab.


SWITCH - IDEAS LABS IPSWICH - 28 JANUARY - 1 FEBRUARY 2013

Metal in collaboration with Pacitti Company in Ipswich developed a five-day ideas lab working with 6 regional practitioners. The artists involved explored a variety of approaches to digital practice working in the Think Tank space at Pacittti Company. The lab investigated the use of technology in performing environments, including surround sound and open source processing. A number of emerging new projects were developed and both Metal and Pacitti Company will be staying in touch with the artists over the next few months.



Culture LAB: ON WRITING FICTION  -  MONDAY 15 - FRIDAY 19 OCT 2012

Metal hosted a week long Culture LAB for creative writers, designed to provide a peer-to-peer environment for an intensive period of development of your writing practice. It included input from invited speakers (including respected fiction writers Cathi Unsworth, Christopher Fowler, Julie Myerson); one-to-one advice from our facilitator for the week;  support from the Metal creative team; time and space to write and develop specific aspects of a current project; working and social time with peers for discussion and exchange of ideas and practice. Funded through Metal’s grant from Arts Council England (ACE).

There is an added opportunity for participants to work towards being part of Shorelines, Metal’s Literature Festival of the Sea that will take place in Autumn 2013. The participants of the Culture Lab were encouraged to consider how their work might fit into this theme of the sea with a view to either beginning a new piece of writing or developing an existing text for inclusion in the Shorelines festival, Metal’s Literature Festival of the Sea that will take place in Autumn 2013.

Speakers info:

Julie Myerson
The novelist Julie Myerson was born in Nottingham in 1960. She read English at Bristol University and has worked for the National Theatre and in publishing. Her first work of non-fiction, Home: The Story of E veryone Who Ever Lived in our House, was published in 2004, followed by a memoir about PE at school - Not a Games Person (2005). Julie Myerson's work has been translated into many languages. Her latest book is Then (2011).

Cathi Unsworth
Cathi Unsworth is a novelist, writer and editor who lives and works in London. Her first novel THE NOT KNOWING was published in 2005, followed the next year with the award-winning short story compendium LONDON NOIR, which she edited, and in 2007 with the punk noir novel THE SINGER. Her third novel, BAD PENNY BLUES, inspired by the unsolved 'Jack the Stripper' murders of 1959-65 was published in 2010 to great critical acclaim. She has recently published WEIRDO in 2012.

Christopher Fowler
Christopher Fowler is the multi award-winning author of thirty novels and ten short story collections, and the author of the Bryant & May mystery novels. His first bestseller was 'Roofworld'. His most recent short stories appear in The Time Out Book Of London Short Stories, Dark Terrors 3, London Noir, Neon Lit., A Book Of Two Halves, Vengeance Is, Love In Vein 2, Destination Unknown, 100 Fiendish Little Frightmares, and The Time Out Book Of New York Stories. The tenth book of the series, Bryant & May and the Invisible Code was released on August 2nd, 2012.


Videos with the participants of ON WRITING FICTION Culture Lab:



May 2012

Culture LAB: NET PARK

photos and video to follow...


March 2012

Culture LAB:  PROTEST AND PROPAGANDA

March Culture LAB took place at Metal in Southend, and looked at the subject of Protest and Propaganda in relationship / response to the Olympic Games 2012.

Participating artists: Heidi Wigmore, Hayley Goodsell, Stephen Walker, Lynn MacRitchie and Josh Langan.

Watch the videos to see what the artists thought of the lab:


October 2011

Culture LAB:  Comedy and Live Art

Metal devised and hosted the second in our series of Culture LABS in October 2011 with the performance artist, Oreet Ashery. The week-long, residential LAB held in Southend brought together live artists and stand up comedians to explore humour and the processes of developing work. The LAB was facilitated by Oreet Ashery and Simon Poulter. Participating artists were Caroline Smith, Mem Morisson, Owen Parry, Scottee and Oriana Fox. Visiting comedians included Simon Munnery, Alex Horne, Shaista Aziz and Markus Birdman.

During the week a number of artists developed ideas for new projects. These were presented to a number of invited guests at the end of the week and several of the projects have already gone into development.


See what the artists had to say at the end of the week:



Culture LAB:  Digital:  March 2010. Metal's first Culture LABS was developed and facilitated by artists, Simon Poulter and Graham Harwood and was organised in partnership with the Digital Exploration Centre in Southend on Sea.  We invited eight European artists to come for a week to Chalkwell Hall.  Participants included Hans Verhaegen, Stephen Fortune, Caroline Heron, Markus Soukup, Olga Panades, Rob Smith, John O'Shea and Emilie Giles.

Visiting guests ran sessions with the artists, these included Dr Tim Kindberg, Pervasive Media Studio, Dr Matthew Fuller, Goldsmiths College, Dr Ken Guild, University of Essex and Peter Higgins, Land Design Studio. A series of early development projects were created by each of the artists, including a short film by Markus Soukup that went on to feature in Metal's exhibition STILL and contribute to him winning the Liverpool Art Prize in 2011. You can see documentation of the Metal/DEC Lab 2011 by clicking here.

"I was hugely grateful to be nominated for this week long workshop because, having not been surrounded by a supportive network of my peers for some time, this was an opportunity for me to rejuvenate, to come up with and develop an idea quickly, using the group as a soundboard and finding their comments extremely useful in my progress. I felt over the course of the week I found a way back to my own ideas again and have a new sense of positivity about my practice for the future." Caroline Heron

The Diamond Street

The Diamond Street App
Rachel Lichtenstein

Launched on 14 June 2013 at 7pm, Leigh Community Centre, Elm Rd, Leigh on Sea

Rachel Lichtenstein will discuss the research, production and development of The Diamond Street App: a freely downloadable GPS-activated, rich media digital app for smartphones and tablets, which takes readers on a journey through the historic jewellery quarter of Hatton Garden and the stories in her latest book Diamond Street.

Using content from the book, along with specially developed rich media, soundscapes and specially commissioned films, this app allows you to go on either a virtual (armchair version) or a real guided tour around the area. This beautifully produced and designed app is the first of its kind, an immersive and embodied publishing model enabled by new technologies that transforms content from a literary non-fiction book about place into a dynamic interactive walk around the city streets.

Part new media experience, part walking tour, this location-based app fuses text, documentary film and image with real-time interaction. Guided by the author, along with a host of other characters, the secrets of the streets around you will be revealed as you wander around the area. The jewellery quarter of Hatton Garden is one of London’s most mysterious areas – home to diamond workshops, underground vaults, monastic dynasties, subterranean rivers and forgotten palaces. The Diamond Street App is your passport to this fascinating hidden world.

The Diamond Street App is funded by the Arts Council and produced by Rachel Lichtenstein in collaboration with Metal, Calvium, Phantom Productions, Field Studies Ltd & Hamish Hamilton.

The app in now available to download free of charge in the iTunes app store and from Google app store for Android phones and tablets.

Rachel Lichtenstein is an artist, writer and curator. She is currently writing a trilogy of non-fiction books for Hamish Hamilton on different London streets. The first, On Brick Lane, was published in 2007 to much critical acclaim and shortlisted for the Ondaatje prize. Diamond Street: The Hidden World of Hatton Garden is the second in the series.

'Lichtenstein has brought alive something of London… how one street can be a kind of Tardis, a portal to another world of parallel commerce, codes, rituals, history.' The Times

See www.diamondstreetapp.com for more information.


Future Park

Next Future Park dates are: 5 June, 18 September and 11 December 2014.

Future Park is Metal’s networking and information sharing evening for practicing artists, working in all disciplines, from across South East Essex.

The format of each evening is as follows:-

7pm – 8pm: Practical session / ‘surgery’ run by experts on different (useful) subjects for artists.
8pm – 8.30pm: Up to 10 x 3 minute ‘open mic’ spots for artists to tell you about new ideas, existing projects, opportunities coming up etc.  If you want to sign up for a slot, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
8.30pm: Invited guest speaker with opportunity for Q&A
9pm – 10pm: Networking and drinks.

Artists, working in all disciplines who think they may benefit from engaging with a dynamic, ambitious, artist-led environment are welcome to drop by.

Venue:
Chalkwell Hall
Chalkwell Avenue
Southend on Sea
SS0 8NB
Tel: 01702 470700
Email:   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Just ask if there's a particular topic you'd like us to cover or an inspiring speaker you'd like us to invite to future Future Park evenings and we’ll try to help.


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Thursday 6 March: Guest speaker Rachel Pimm: a visual artist whose work uses sculpture, video and performance to inhabit the 'naturalness' of environments designed for retail, leisure, home, studio and office. As these interior and social ecologies become increasingly hybrid and ubiquitous, the role, and our image of Nature in the built environment changes.  3 Minute Wonders: Amy Mountney: AA2A (Artists Access to Art Colleges) residency; Syd Moore and Daryl Easlea: Books event at Essex Book Festival, Hi Ching: the British Asian Theatre Memories project; Sarah Jarman: 'Chelsea Fringe' garden project; Jane Wilkes and Simon Fowler: new Harp centre opening this month; Jane Morrow from firstsite: the Essex Network of Artists Studios; Audrey Snee: her new novel about a disaster hitting Tokyo; and Steph Stevenson: See & Be Seen project by Andrew Cracknell and Jude Kelly.

Thursday 12 December 2013: How to Survive as an Artist:  Visual artist, Simon Monk provided insight into three aspects of life as an artist (outside of making your work) – Building a web profile; Working with Prints; Open submissions for Exhibitions / Commissions. Guest speaker: Idit Nathan (visual artist) and Helen Stratford (artist/architect) have been working together over the last year inventing playful games that are presented within the urban and city landscape for all to play. 



Thursday 26 Sept 2013 - How to set up an Event. Advice on production, licensing, stewarding, security, Health & Safety and all aspects of putting on a cultural event both indoors and outdoors. With Metal’s Senior Production Manager, Sean McLoughlin. Guest speaker: Macoto Murayama is a Japanese visual artist - current artist-in-resident at Metal. He has been in the UK for 4 months painstakingly creating exquisite digital imagery of the wild flowers of Essex.

Thursday 13 June 2013 - How to Write a Good Press Release - a practical workshop with seasoned PR and marketing professional, Syd Moore. Artist talk with Q&A with Rohini Devasher - current artist-in-resident at Metal - visiting from India. More details of her work here.

Thurs 14 March 2013 - Surgery on writing funding applications with Colette Bailey. Guest speaker Russell Martin from Artquest and informal discussion over a glass of wine.

Thursday 29 March 2012: Surgery:  How to Document Your Work Well – with artist and photographer, Joe Lang.  Guest Speaker:  Gavin Wade, artistic director, Eastside Projects.

Thursday 26 July 2012: Surgery:  Artist's working in Creative Education with the new Bridge organisation for the Eastern Region run from the Royal Opera House Production Park in Thurrock. Guest Speaker: ARTSJUSTAWORD (AIJAW) was created in 2001 by a group of 16 year olds, with the belief in making the visual arts inclusive in education and communities.

Thursday 25 October 2012: Surgery: Introduction to Final Cut Pro by Simon Poulter. Guest speaker, artist Ruth Catlow from Furtherfield Gallery, and 3-minutes wonders presentations by Colette Bailey, Niki Cornish, Agnes Lukacs, Laura Keeble, Charlotte Windley, Daniel Pincham-Phipps and Amy Mckenny. Watch our videocast below.

Thursday 13 December 2012: Artists Networking

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Metal believes that good ideas, creativity and the commitment of individuals can transform places, and like all enthusiastic and successful enterprises, create more participation, optimism and determination in others.

In all our spaces - Liverpool, Southend on Sea and Peterborough, Metal has a wide network of volunteers and supporters, made up of creative individuals who help us shape ideas as well as helping us successfully deliver activities and events.

These groups called FUTURE STATION (in Liverpool) and FUTURE PARK (in Southend) and FUTURE NETWORK (Peterborough) meet on a regular basis to brainstorm ideas, make plans and talk tactics.

If you would like to get involved and help us continue to develop our exciting places and activities, we would love to hear from you.

For FUTURE STATION contact Jodie Mellor on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 0151 7072277

For FUTURE PARK contact Camilla Fox on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 01702 470700

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Holiday Art Club dates


Over school holidays, we run a series of holiday art clubs at Chalkwell Hall in Chalkwell Park.

They are usually between 10am-3pm, but we also offer before and after childcare for £6 per hour. Sibling discount – 10%.

Our next workshop will take place in May, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to book.



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29-31 October - HALLOWEEEN WORKSHOP

The first day of Spooky fun at Metal... our artists in training had a ball creating their own scary silhouette puppets and Halloween theatre. Performances were spine-chillingly good! On day two, the children got stuck into carving fantastic pumpkin creatures inspired by spooky collage shapes and ghostly faces... then got to make their own beautiful decorations to string across the walls of Chalkwell Hall until it was time to go home. On the final day, they created masks for their Halloween costumes.



SUMMER 2013 WORKSHOPS:


IDEA13


IDEA13 is an online network for culture across Southend on Sea.  It was instigated by Metal in 2007.

Register HERE for information on all cultural events happening in and around Southend on Sea. It's FREE.

BLOG – to promote your events.
FORUM – to share news and ideas, make contacts.
WHAT’S ON – to promote and view local events.
PROFILE – to profile your artistic practice and promote your business.

For more information, contact Michaela Freeman on michaela (AT) idea13.org

To visit Idea13 - www.idea13.org

Light Sculptures Chalkwell Park

On 4 October 2012, the Mayor of Southend officially switched on the six permanent, neon, flower light sculptures in Chalkwell Park next to Chalkwell Hall. A commemorative plaque was also unveiled by the Mayor.

All the original drawings by the 60 young people who took part were on display at Chalkwell Hall during the event.

Commissioned by Metal and made by artist Rob Haselden in partnership with pupils from Darlinghurst Primary School, the lights have just won an award in this year’s Southend in Bloom competition!

 

 


Photos by: Bradley Keeble


About the project:

Metal worked in partnership with artist, Ron Haselden, and Darlinghurst Primary School to create six public neon light sculptures in Chalkwell Park – which is where Metal’s Southend home is situated. Designs were selected from drawings and the resulting structures are now permanently installed for all to enjoy. Join us to help celebrate the official switch-on by Southend’s Mayor, with a chance to meet the artist and participating pupils.

Ron Haselden chose to work with a group of school pupils from Darlinghurst Primary School asking them to complete a set of simple pencil line drawings, responding to the theme of their favourite flower or plant. Around 150 drawings were produced.

From these drawings, Ron selected six different blooms which have been faithfully translated into neon light sculptures, each approximately 1m x 1m large. The lights are mounted onto 5m high wooden posts and permanently installed within the park for all to enjoy.

As well as providing a decorative and interesting artwork for Chalkwell Park, the sculptures also serve a very functional purpose of providing some much needed lighting in the park during the darker winter months.
A spokesperson for Darlinghurst Primary School said of the opportunity, “as a school, we jumped at the chance to work on this exciting project. Our Year Two’s loved working with Ron and all produced some super art work. The six children who have been chosen, and our whole school community, cannot wait to see their sculptures installed in the park.”
The artist, Ron Haselden commented, “the children were very motivated and produced a whole array of exciting drawings. The hardest part was for us to select just a few for the neon. I wanted them all to be lit up.”
The resulting artworks have been entered by Metal into the 2012’s Southend in Bloom competition.

As well as providing a decorative and interesting artwork for Chalkwell Park, the sculptures also serve a very functional purpose of providing some much needed lighting in the park during the darker winter months.

A spokesperson for Darlinghurst Primary School said of the opportunity: 'As a school, we jumped at the chance to work on this exciting project. Our Year Two’s loved working with Ron and all produced some super art work. The six children who have been chosen, and our whole school community, cannot wait to see their sculptures installed in the park.'

The artist, Ron Haselden commented: 'The children were very motivated and produced a whole array of exciting drawings. The hardest part was for us to select just a few for the neon. I wanted them all to be lit up.'

The resulting artworks were entered by Metal into the 2012’s Southend in Bloom competition and won an award.


On The Line



ABOUT ON THE LINE

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.

Exhibition Dates: Thursday 27 June - Friday 26 July 2013 & 6-15 September 2013

Venue: Chalkwell Hall, Chalkwell Park, Chalkwell Avenue, Southend on Sea SS0 8NB.

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.

Schools
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
UHC
David Watkins
Heidi Wigmore

Metal is partnered in the ON THE LINE project by:


Play Southend

Draw and play your future town!

Artists Ruth Catlow and Mary Flanagan are inviting Southenders to create and participate in Play Southend – an online game to imagine the future of Southend, developed following a residency at Metal.

Local residents are invited to make a platform game of Southend working with artists Ruth Catlow, Mary Flanagan and other local artists and game designers. Southenders of all ages and experiences will make the drawings for the backgrounds, obstacles and rewards that make up the game. They will devise the rules of the game inspired by their town, deciding how the different elements relate and shape the future.

The Challenge:
'People of Southend define your future together! Make decisions for the long term prosperity and health of all. If you draw it, it will happen.'

Follow PLAY SOUTHEND on facebook and Twitter for latest updates on the project.


Pecha Kucha Night

Sheila Appleton - Artist, free Spirit, intrigued by Humanity

Sharon Byrne - Visual artist, artist educator, fisherman's daughter and multi-tasker mum

Simon Fowler - A long journey in progress

Michelle Goldman - Oil painter, children's author, illustrator and first time public speaker

Sarah Mason - Bespoke millinery, perfect, whatever the occasion

Emma Mills - Leigh-raised, escaped to the world, came back, makes art when can

Paul Siggins - Mosaic Artist & Designer

Parkview Suites, Chalkwell Park, Chalkwell Avenue, Southend on Sea SS0 8NB
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Parkview Suites, Chalkwell Park, Chalkwell Avenue, Southend on Sea SS0 8NB

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2011

Pecha Kucha Night Vol. 9

Part of our nine-day festival of events at Solomon Monk's Pump House, a pop-up venue in Chalkwell Park in Southend on Sea from Friday 15 July - Saturday 23 July 2011.

7 artists, designers and creative individuals to present using the dynamic Japanese method of Pecha Kucha. 20 slides x 20 seconds. 20 slides x 20 seconds. Presenters were  Adrian Green, Syd Moore, Simon Callery, Ben Eastop, Michaela Freeman, David Murphy, Dr John Eacott. Simon Moore, Julian Woollat, Steven Walker
Date:  Thursday 18 July 2011. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Venue: Solomon Monk's Pumphouse, Chalkwell Park, Chalkwell Avenue, Southend on Sea, SS0 8NB

Pecha Kucha Night Vol. 8
Metal in association with the Leigh Art Trail, brought together 7 artists, designers and creative individuals to present using the dynamic Japanese method of Pecha Kucha. 20 slides x 20 seconds. Presenters were Lydia Hardwick, Dave Shields, Richard Baxter, Tricia North, Madelaine Murphy, Lola Swain, and Jo Hartle
Date:  Thursday 9th June 2011. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Venue: Parkview Suites, Chalkwell Park, Chalkwell Avenue, Southend on Sea, SS0 8NB

Pecha Kucha Night Vol. 7
Six artists, designers and creative individuals present using the dynamic Japanese method of Pecha Kucha. 20 slides x 20 seconds. Presenters were:  Humberto Velez, Peter Cusack, Alison Gwilt, Tse Hui Teh, Lola Pedro and David Matthews.
Date:  9th March 2011. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Venue: Parkview Suites, Chalkwell Park, Chalkwell Avenue, Southend on Sea, SS0 8NB

2010

Pecha Kucha Night Vol. 6
7 artists, designers and creative individuals to present using the dynamic Japanese method of Pecha Kucha. 20 slides x 20 seconds. 20 slides x 20 seconds. Presenters were:  Mary Flanaghan, Laura Keeble, Daryl Easlea, Heidi Wigmore, Fiona MacDonald, Ian Brownbill and Amy Frampton.
Date:  21 October 2010. Time: 7pm - 9pm. Venue: East 15, Clifftown Studios, Nelson Street, Southend on Sea.

Pecha Kucha Night Vol. 5
Nine artists, designers and creative individuals presented using the dynamic Japanese method of Pecha Kucha.  20 slides x 20 seconds.  Presenters were:  Pat & Trevor, Markus Birdman, Grant Philpott, Tom King, Jules Easlea, Jo Overfield, Ray Morgan and David Anderson.
Date:  15th July 2010 Time:  7pm - 9pm. Venue:  East 15, Clifftown Studios, Nelson Street, Southend on Sea.

Pecha Kucha Night Vol. 4 
Seven artists, designers and creative individuals presented using the dynamic Japanese method of Pecha Kucha.  20 slides x 20 seconds.  Presenters were:  Lee Baker, Holly Murray, Kidda, Paul Siggins, Amy McKenny, Emma Emmerton, James Harrod.  Date:  25 March 2010 Time:  7pm - 9pm. Venue:  East 15, Clifftown Studios, Nelson Street, Southend on Sea.

2009

Pecha Kucha Night Vol. 3
Six artists, designers and creative individuals presented using the dynamic Japanese method of Pecha Kucha.  20 slides x 20 seconds.  Presenters were:  AEW Architects, Rachel Lichtenstein, Graham Harwood, Adam Perry, Andrew Carpenter, Greg Klerkx.  Date:  14 July 2009.  Time:  7pm - 9pm. Venue:  Chalkwell Park, Meadow Field, Southend on Sea SS0 8NB.

Pecha Kucha Night Vol. 2 
Eight artists, designers and creative individuals presented using the dynamic Japanese method of Pecha Kucha.  20 slides x 20 seconds.  Presenters were:  Simon Poulter, Charles Sharman-Cox, Al Johnson, Roger Griffiths, Jo Melville, Kamil Pechalko, Darren Berry, Scott Dolling.  Date:  29 April 2009  Time:  7pm - 9pm. Venue:  Leigh Centre, Elm Road, Leigh on Sea. SS9 1SP.

Pecha Kucha Night Vol. 1
Five artists, designers and creative individuals presented using the dynamic Japanese method of Pecha Kucha.  20 slides x 20 seconds.  Presenters were:  Jude Kelly, Rob Tinlin, Simon Fowler, Dan Harvey and Damien Robinson.  Date:  1 April 2009.  Time:  7pm - 9pm. Venue:  East 15, Clifftown Studios, Nelson Street, Southend on Sea.



Pecha Kucha Night was devised by architects Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham in 2003 as a place for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public.

The key to Pecha Kucha Night is its patented system for avoiding lengthy presentations – ‘death by powerpoint’.  Each presenter is allowed 20 slides (all image based), each shown for 20 seconds – giving 6 minutes 40 seconds of fame before the next presenter is up.

This keeps presentations concise, the interest level up, and gives more people the chance to show.

Pecha Kucha (which is Japanese for the sound of conversation) has tapped into a demand for a forum in which creative work can be easily and informally shown and Pecha Kucha Nights now take place regularly in over 400 cities around the world.

Pecha Kucha is now part of Metal's ongoing programme in Southend on Sea.  Images of some of our past Pecha Kucha evenings are included below.


Salon

2012 saw the return of Metal's hugely popular Salon series - literary evenings held at Chalkwell Hall, hosted by acclaimed local writer Rachel Lichtenstein, with guest speakers, food, wine and debate.

This year, the Salon is dedicated to exploring a sense of place as expressed in literature.

To ensure you hear in plenty of time about the each Salon event please email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to be put on our mailing list.

 

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Internationally renowned artist Stephen Turner will discuss his extraordinary project, Seafort, where he spent a month living on one of the abandoned Shivering Sands Seaforts off the Kent coast. Germander Speedwell will tell us about her poetic collection, Soundings From the Estuary, which charts the language, history and natural landscape of the river, and curator and writer Frances Lord will present her Four Shores Project, a sequence of artist-led walks on the Isle of Sheppey.
Leigh-based Simon Fowler will show us some of his recent studies of the Estuary featured in the Leigh Art Trail 2012, and members of The Estuary Project, a group of creative individuals who took a five day experimental trip along the Estuary last year in an 80ft Dutch barge, will share some of their experiences.
With plans afoot to build an airport in the Thames Estuary, there has never been a more important time to explore, discuss and appreciate the unique beauty of the Thames Estuary. Please come and join the debate.
Tickets are £8, include a light meal and glass of wine, and will be released early next week.

18 July 2012 - A Sense of Place: Creative Responses to the Estuary

Internationally renowned artist Stephen Turner discussed his extraordinary project, Seafort, where he spent a month living on one of the abandoned Shivering Sands Seaforts off the Kent coast. Germander Speedwell told us about her poetic collection, Soundings From the Estuary, which charts the language, history and natural landscape of the river, and curator and writer Frances Lord presented her Four Shores Project, a sequence of artist-led walks on the Isle of Sheppey. Leigh-based Simon Fowler showed us some of his recent studies of the Estuary featured in the Leigh Art Trail 2012, and members of The Estuary Project, a group of creative individuals who took a five day experimental trip along the Estuary last year in an 80ft Dutch barge, shared some of their experiences.

Here is our videopodcast from the evening:

PART I:

PART II:

 

Photos by Niki Cornish:



 

5 June 2012 - London in Literature

The second salon event of the series saw some of the best contemporary chroniclers of the city in discussion about their recent projects.

Our host, Rachel Lichtenstein launched her latest book, Diamond Street: the Hidden World of Hatton Garden (Hamish Hamilton), which includes tales of diamond dealers, medieval monks and a trip to the sewers to explore the lost River Fleet.

Joining her was the highly regarded New York based writer and film critic for the Telegraph, Sukhdev Sandhu, who discussed his extraordinary Artangel project, Night Haunts – a nocturnal journey through the London night, along with Craig Taylor, talking about his recently released bestselling oral history of the city, Londoners: The Days and Nights of London Now, As Told by Those Who Love It, Hate It, Live It, Left It and Long for It, during which he interviewed over 200 ordinary people who live and work in London now.

Video from Salon - 5 June - Part I - Sukhdev Sandhu and Craig Taylor:

Video from Salon - 5 June - Part II - Rachel Lichtenstein:

Photos by Simon Fowler:



 

9 May 2012 - Southend in Literature

During this first event of the series, writers and historians discussed how Southend and its environs had been represented in literature through examining the works of Jane Austen, H.G.Wells, Sebastian Faulks and Simon Schama amongst others. The White Bus screened an archive film of Southend on 1950s.

The evening also included a dramatic reading by award-winning Radio 4 presenter and oral historian Alan Dein from a novel set in Southend in 1930s.

Video of SALON: Southend in Literature - part I & II:


 


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Friday 15 July 2011

PART OF OUR SHORELINES: LITERATURE FESTIVAL OF THE SEA.

Including reading from and discussing the award winning novella Beside the Sea by Veronique Olmi (Periene Press).  A dramatic reading from the book by actress Lisa Dwan followed by a panel discussion with Suzi Feay (literary critic) and Adriana Hunter (author and translator)

This special festival Salon took place in Metal's temporary, pop-up, venue in Chalkwell Park - Solomon Monk's Pump House - so named after the C18th tenant farmer of Chalkwell Hall who was responsible for putting a pump in to tap the water well of 'Chalkwell' fame.

2011 saw the return of our hugely popular Salon series - four literary evenings with guest speakers at Chalkwell Hall over the summer of 2011.  Developed in collaboration with acclaimed Southend-based author Rachel Lichtenstein, the evenings are reminiscent of the informal gatherings once held in Rachel’s grandparents house on the nearby Chalkwell Hall Estate when they would invite the poets, writers and artists of the pre-war Jewish East End into their tiny front room to talk and debate.The Georgian Grade II listed manor house, Chalkwell Hall, renovated into a low carbon space for art and ideas in 2009 is brought to life as we pack out the former drawing room and its new extensions.


 

Salon:  Friday 17 June 2011

Guest speakers:  Sarah Wise and Jerry White.  Jerry White is visiting Professor in London History at Birbeck and has been writing about London for thirty years.   He started with London in the Twentieth Century: a City and its People (winner Wolfson History Prize), moved on to the Nineteenth Century and is now completing a history of the capital in the Eighteenth Century.  Sarah Wise is author of The Italian Boy; Murder and Grave Robbery in 1830's London (winner Crime Writers Gold Dagger Award) and The Blackest Streets: The Life and Death of a Victorian Slum.  Both books are set in the same small quarter of London.




Salon, 20 May 2011
Guest Speaker - Ken Worpole

Ken Worpole is one of the UK's most influential writers on landscape, architecture and public policy issues.  He talked about his recent publication 350 miles: An Essex Journey, created with photographer Jason Orton, that documents their journeys into the landscape, history, coast, rivers and estuary of Essex.




2010

Metal's 2010 Salon series included the following speakers:-

Robert MacFarlane
Iain Sinclair
Phil Maxwell and Hazuan Hashim
Alan Dein
Stephen Watts
Oreet Ashery
Samantha Ellis
Naomi Alderman


Speakers Biogs

Robert MacFarlane
is a British travel writer and literary critic.  Macfarlane's first book, Mountains of the Mind, was published in 2003 and won the Guardian First Book Award, the Somerset Maugham Award, and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. It was shortlisted for the Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize.  His second book, Original Copy: Plagiarism and Originality in Nineteenth-Century Literature, was published in March 2007.  The Wild Places was published in September 2007. In it he embarks on a series of journeys in search of the wildness that remains in Britain and Ireland.  The book explores wildness both geographically and intellectually, testing different ideas of the wild against different landscapes, and describes Macfarlane's explorations of forests, moors, salt marshes, mudflats, islands, sea-caves and city fringes.  A condensed version of the book was broadcast as Book of the Week on BBC Radio 4 in September 2007. In November 2007, the book won the Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature, and in June 2008 it won the Scottish Arts Council Non-Fiction Book Of The Year Award.

Rachel Lichtenstein will host each evening.  She is an artist, writer, oral historian and curator.  She is author of Rodinsky's Whitechapel (1999), Keeping Pace (2003), A Little Dust Whispered (2004) and the co-author with Iain Sinclair of the highly praised Rodinsky's Room (1999).  Her latest book, On Brick Lane, was published in 2008 to much critical acclaim.  On Brick Lane was shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize last year and is the first of a trilogy of books on London Streets for publishers Hamish Hamilton.  Volumes on Hatton Garden and Portobello Road will follow.  She has also written essays, short stories and book reviews for periodicals, newspapers and radio.  Lichtenstein has exhibited her artwork internationally, including venues such as The Whitechapel Gallery, The Tate Modern, The Barbican Art Gallery and The Jerusalem Theatre.  Her public artwork is on permanent display in Brick Lane and The Holocaust Museum in Nottingham.

Iain Sinclair’s
non-fiction works inlude Lights Out for the Territory: 9 Excursions in the Secret History of London (1997); London Orbital: A Walk Around the M25 (2002); and Edge of the Orison (2005), a reconstruction of the poet John Clare's walk from Epping Forest to Helpston, near Peterborough. His novels include Downriver (1991), which tells of a UK under the rule of 'The Widow', a grotesque version of Margaret Thatcher; Landor's Tower (2001); White Goods (2002); and Dining on Stones (2004). His latest book is Hackney, That Rose-Red Empire: A Confidential Report (2009). Iain Sinclair lives in Hackney, East London.

Phil Maxwell and Hazuan Hashim
Hazuan Hashim is  a filmmaker and video artist. Phil Maxwell is a photojournalist, filmmaker, visual artist and writer.  Exhibited all over the world including the Middle East, their work covers documentary and experimental film. They have collaborated with composers Michael Nyman, Lola Perrin, Deirdre Gribbin and Simon Rowland-Jones, theatre director Lou Stein, dancers Mavin Khoo, Seeta Patel and Kamala Devam and painter Alice Sielle. Their recent documentary, Not in Our Name explores the response of artists to war. Featuring the President of Stop the War Coalition, Tony Benn, the film was shot in 14 countries including Iraq. Both are currently artists in residence at the Wilton’s music Hall. Their latest film Moon Love, will see its world premiere at the 24th BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival on 25th March 2010.

Alan Dein has worked as a freelance oral historian and broadcaster for over 15 years. He has presented documentaries for BBC Radio 4 and has conducted interviews for museums, galleries and the British Library National Sound Archive, including a major oral history of the British Steel Industry.  Alan is also tour guide and social historian of London's East End and for the last four years has been living with his family in Kentish Town.

Stephen Watts was born in London in 1952:  his father’s family came from Stoke-on-Trent, his mother’s from the Swiss-Italian Alps and he has cultural roots there and in Scotland. In the early 70’s he lived on North Uist working as a shepherd and since 1976 has been in Whitechapel in the East End of London.  He has published three books of poetry—The Lava’s Curl (Grimaldi Press, 1990), Gramsci & Caruso (Periplum, 2003), The Blue Bag (Aark Arts, 2004) and edited several anthologies—Houses & Fish (a book of drawings with writing by 4 & 5 year olds, Parrot Press, 1991), Voices of Conscience (an international anthology of censored poets, Iron Press, 1995), Mother Tongues (a special issue of Modern Poetry in Translation, 2001), and Music While Drowning (an anthology of German Expressionist poems that accompanied an exhibition at the Tate Modern in London, Tate Publishing, 2003).

Oreet Ashery is a London based, interdisciplinary visual artist. Ashery’s practice engages with socio-political paradigms and tends to include participatory and delegated elements. Interested in notions of subjectivity and authenticity, Ashery will frequently produce work as a male character. Those have included; an orthodox Jewish man, an Arab man, a black man, a Norwegian postman, a large farmer and most recently a false messiah.  Ashery exhibits, performs, intervenes and screens her work extensively in an international context, both in highly established art contexts, as well as in highly experimental public spaces or situations.  Ashery has published three books in 2009; The Novel of Nonel and Vovel, a joint graphic novel and an expanded project with the artist Larissa Sansour (Charta), Dancing with Men; interactive performances, interactions and other artworks (Live Art Development Agency), and Staying; Dream, Bin, Soft Stud and Other Stories (Artangel), a participatory project with women seeking asylum in the UK due to their sexual orientation. www.oreetashery.net

Naomi Alderman grew up in London and attended Oxford University and UEA. Her first novel, Disobedience, was published in ten languages; it was read on BBC radio's Book at Bedtime and won the Orange Award for New Writers. In 2007, she was named Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year, and one of Waterstones' 25 Writers for the Future. She has published prize-winning short fiction in a number of anthologies. From 2004 to 2007 Naomi was lead writer on the award-winning alternate reality game Perplex City and in 2008 she wrote the Alice in Storyland game for Penguin's online We Tell Stories project. She has written columns for the Guardian.  Her latest novel, The Lessons, was published by Penguin earlier this year. www.naomialderman.nfshost.com

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