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How to Apply – Artist-in-Residence

20/04/17 – 20/04/20 Free

Metal’s Time and Space Residencies are open opportunities for artists working in all disciplines to access Metal’s spaces, the support of our staff and our local, regional, national and international networks. The opportunity is open to artists who live locally to our spaces as well as from across the UK and further afield.

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Designing Printed Textiles with Patrick Moriarty

12/09/18 – 27/03/19 25

Try your hand at print design with Patrick Moriarty, owner and designer at Paisley Power! Transform hand-drawn motifs, photographic imagery, graphics, watercolour illustration, doodles or small objects into eye-catching textile prints in one creative evening, with 1-2-1 guidance. These classes are open to all levels, with various artistic techniques to explore each week. Create repeat patterns by hand and learn how to replicate these digitally for printing. At the end of your session, you can order a large FREE sample of your design on…

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Listening Bench – Winter Programme

01/12/18 – 31/05/19

Our Listening Bench has just been updated with the latest audio content. Find out what our artists in residency been up to and a listen to a new song by young musician from Southend – Leo C. Interview with Figs in Wigs Interview with Charles Sharman-Cox Interview with Dean Atta Leo C’s new release – We Age The Listening Bench is located outside Chalkwell Hall – on the decking facing the sea and is accessible 24/7. More information about the Listening…

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TOMA Open Crits

12/12/18 – 16/05/19 Free

\ \ \ NEW TOMA OPEN CRIT DATES @ Chalkwell Hall / / / While the TOMA education programme draws to an end before the next open call we will continue our outward facing open crits series into the new year. They are taking place on a variety of eves / days so hopefully a session to suit all – – – bring something 2 discuss or share – – – this can be an idea, the start of something, the…

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NetPark Wellbeing: Dementia Groups

07/01/19 – 01/04/19 Free

METAL SOUTHEND PRESENTS ~ Netpark Wellbeing Project Dementia Drop-ins: Supporting positive mental health. Project coordinator Emma Mills.

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Netpark Wellbeing : Journals

07/01/19 – 25/03/19 Free

A 12 week course for those living with mental health concerns including depression and anxiety. Discover the art of creative journals, with artist and art therapist Emma Mills and her trained team. Fill a sketchbook of your own, with images, collage and creative writing, which you can develop during these friendly creative sessions. All materials supplied. 12 week course at Metal Art School Mondays – 2pm – 4pm. This course is totally free, with refreshments available. To find out more or book your…

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Netpark Wellbeing : LGBTQIA+ Young People

07/01/19 – 25/03/19 Free

Netpark Wellbeing Project presents a creative, supportive course for LGBTQIA+ young people. A chance to chat, listen, and make some digital art in a friendly safe space. 12 Week Course. Mondy evenings, from 5 – 6.30pm. This course is free, with refreshments provided. To find out more or book a plce, please contact chalkwell@metalculture.com  

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Netpark Wellbeing : Adult Carers

08/01/19 – 26/03/19 Free

The Netpark Wellbeing Project welcomes Adult Carers to join us for a 12 week course, exploring traditional and digital methods of creativity. Discover photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, NetPark digital storytelling apps and much more! These sessions are totally free to attend, with refreshments provided, all in our space and welcoming studio at the centre of Chalkwell Park. Free 12 week course Tuesdays – 1.30 – 3.30pm To find out more or book your place, contact chalkwell@metalculture.com

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Netpark Wellbeing : Mindfulness & Art

09/01/19 – 27/03/19 Free

A new short course from the Netpark Wellbeing Project. For adults living with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), Anxiety, Depression or other mental health concerns. Discover mindfulness and yoga for beginners, plus explore your own artwork and photography, with guidance from artist and art therapist Emma Mills. 12 Week course. Every Wednesday from 10am to 12pm All classes are free with refreshments provided. To find out more or book a place, please contact chalkwell@metalculture.com

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Story Bites Writes

18/01/19 – 26/04/19 7.50

STORY BITES WRITES Fridays from 17:30 – 19:00 £7.50 per week Metal Art School, Chalkwell Park  Story Bites Writes is a weekly writing club lead by Jacqson Diego Story Emporium. The session is for children of all abilities who are passionate about writing. Our group of 8 and 12 year olds meet weekly at the Metal Art School, in Chalkwell Park, to grow ideas, share their writing and start new writing projects that have been inspired by a range of activities and…

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New Year Drawing in Chalkwell Park

31/01/19 – 21/03/19 95

Discover Chalkwell Park in a new way and experiment with drawing methods during with these relaxed, guided sessions. Join artist and teacher Lisa Meehan for her popular six week course! All levels of artists welcome. Contact Lisa directly to book your place.

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Essex Writers House: Hot Desks

01/03/19 – 31/03/19 Free

Part of our month-long programme, Essex Writers House, throughout March.  For the full listings of events and activities, please visit www.essexwritershouse.com WRITERS HOT DESKS 1 – 31 March Two ‘Hot Desks for Hire’ on the top floor of Chalkwell Hall, with spectacular views of the Thames Estuary are available to writers, FREE OF CHARGE, to book by the day (9am – 9pm) for the duration of the Pop Up Essex Writers House.  We have named these desks after two great writers who…

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01/03/19 – 31/03/19 Free

Part of our month long Essex Writers House programme – for full listings of events and activities visit www.essexwritershouse.com   Writers Café 1 –  31 March 12noon  –  5pm (Thurs – Sun) From Voltaire to Hemingway and Sue Townsend to JK Rowling writers have a long tradition of people watching, writing and observing life from cafés and bars. Come and enjoy a cuppa in our Pop Up Writers Cafe, with Book Swap / Book Shop / 1 o’clock Reads and individual…

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Essex Writers House: Little Busy Book Club

07/03/19 – 28/03/19 Free

Part of our month long Essex Writers House programme – for full listings of events and activities visit www.essexwritershouse.com LITTLE BUSY BOOK CLUB Thurs 7 March  /  14 March /  Thurs 21 March  /  Thurs  28 March   11am – 12noon   Like any other book club, except it’s for children aged 3 And 4 years old (and their grown- ups). Join Jacqson Diego Story Emporium to read and share books and explore the stories and characters in fun ways. There…

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09/03/19 – 23/03/19 Free

Part of our month long Essex Writers House programme – for full listings of events and activities visit www.essexwritershouse.com   NETPARK STORIES:  Scentopia Sat 9 March  2pm – 3.30pm Suggested Ages:  5y+ Come and experience this GPS located adventure story set in Chalkwell Park.  Experience the park as you never have before through iPad audio. Each chapter takes you on a rip-roaring quest and journey around the park – followed by a short writing workshop when you return to our Writers Cafe. Tickets: Free…

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21/03/19 7:30 AM – 10:00 PM Free

Part of our month long Essex Writers House programme – for full listings of events and activities visit www.essexwritershouse.com BIG BOOK CLUB GET TOGETHER Thurs 21 March  7.30pm (reading starts at 8pm) Did you know – Essex has more Book Clubs than any other county in the UK?  If you are part of a book club already, or perhaps you’d like to learn more about what Book Clubs do – we’d love you to come to our mass gathering of…

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Peterborough: Mental Health and My Queer Self

22/03/19 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Free

This is a free workshop for LGBTQ+ people who have experienced anxiety, depression (or any other mental health problems) or who have supported a partner through mental health problems.

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23/03/19 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM 5

Sat 23 March Workshop: Writing Comedy Ages 12 – 19 yrs 11am – 4pm (with an hour for lunch) Author and screenwriter, Simon James Green gives you his top tips through a series of fast-paced exercises to create and develop character. Designed to allow students to really get to ‘know’ their fictional creations in a way that will bring them to life on the page. Includes guided writing exercises to develop attention grabbing opening lines and comedic scenes. Whether its…

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23/03/19 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Free

Part of our month long Essex Writers House programme – for full listings of events and activities visit www.essexwritershouse.com NETPARK STORIES:  Sound and Poetry Tour by Mark Grist and MC Mixy Sat 23 March 2pm Suggested Ages:  5 – 8yrs – The ‘What Said That?’ tour 13yrs and above – The 30 Year Love Story Take the What Said That tour and see if you can solve our poetry riddles.  Or if you’re a bit older, why not listen to our hip-hop love…

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23/03/19 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Free

Sat 23 March The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta 5pm – 7pm  Grab your opportunity to meet our Writer in Residence and get a sneak preview of The Black Flamingo prior to its publication in hardback, set for August 2019 (Hachette Children’s Group). Fiercely told, this is a timely coming-of-age story told in verse and written by the celebrated poet, Dean Atta. A boy comes to terms with his identity as a mixed-race gay teen – then at university he finds his wings…

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23/03/19 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM Free - 20

Dayglo: The Poly Styrene Story by Celeste Bell and Zoe Howe Sat 23 March 8pm Join Celeste and Zoe for this pre-publication launch of their much anticipated new biography of Poly Styrene.  Tickets are FREE – with an exclusive opportunity to purchase a signed advance copy for £20 (20% discount – RRP £25) when you book a ticket to this event – to be collected on the evening. With DJ set by Pegbags. Poly Styrene was a singer-songwriter, an artist, a free-thinker, a post-modern style…

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ESSEX WRITERS HOUSE: Music Writing with Zoe Howe

24/03/19 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM 10

Sun 24 March Music Writing  – with Zoë Howe 11.30am – 3.30pm (with an hour for lunch) Zoë Howe (‘one of the UK’s great biographers’ – Dr Simon Warner, Text & Drugs & Rock ’n’ Roll) joins us fresh from launching her latest book Dayglo: The Poly Styrene Story here at Essex Writer’s House the night before  to run an entertaining music writing workshop for all levels. Themes to be discussed include interview techniques, research, classic music writing and dissecting what works…

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29/03/19 7:30 AM – 10:00 PM 5

Part of our month long Essex Writers House programme – for full listings of events and activities visit www.essexwritershouse.com Low Country: Brexit on the Essex Coast:  Tom Bolton Fri 29 March  7.30pm   Celebrated walker and essayist Tom Bolton walks the boggy, winding coastline of Essex, encountering stunning landscapes, wind-battered towns and front-garden Union Jacks. Spanning both landscape and political writing, Low Country interrogates the natural and social environments of Essex, asking why its particular politics is so pronounced, and what we can…

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Essex Writers House: Situated Practice workshop

30/03/19 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM 25

Situated Practice: a one day creative writing course relating to place Sat 30 March 10am – 5pm (lunch included in ticket price) Writing to evoke an unmistakable sense of place, paying attention to people, atmosphere, soundscape and landscape. With the celebrated author Lee Rourke (short-story collection Everyday, the novel The Canal (winner of the Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize 2010) and the poetry collection Varroa Destructor. His latest novel Vulgar Things is published in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and…

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Masterclass #8 with writer and performer Hannah Silva

30/03/19 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM 10

This session introduces a variety of techniques to help poets keep their words alive in the moment, and find the antidote to autopilot. Including an introduction to loop stations and ways of writing poetry out loud, in layers and composing with the sounds of words.

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30/03/19 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM 5

Part of our month long Essex Writers House programme – for full listings of events and activities visit www.essexwritershouse.com Proud:  Stories, Poetry and Art on the theme of Pride Dean Atta and Caroline Bird perform, alongside young poets from Southend. Sat 30 March  7.30pm   Join poets Dean Atta and Caroline Bird for an evening of LGBTQ+ poetry performances to celebrate the publication of PROUD, an anthology of writing, poems and art for teens by LGBTQ+ creatives, compiled by Juno Dawson.   Aspiring…

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31/03/19 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM 5

Sun 31 March Lowborn 4pm – 6pm Prize winning novelist, Kerry Hudson in conversation with Southend based creative producer, Jules Easlea in advance of the May 2019 publishing date of her new book, Lowborn.  The book asks what does it really mean to be poor in Britain today? As Kerry revisits her childhood and some of the country’s most deprived towns ‘When every day of your life you have been told you have nothing of value to offer, that you…

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04/04/19 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Free

Join us for a pub style ‘art quiz’, where guest artists put their spin on the night, deciding the rounds and themes of the evening; it’s a quiz that offers some light hearted fun, still with a chance to meet other creatives and hear about up coming opportunities.

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Help programme Peterborough Pride LGBTQIA+ Youth Cafe

09/04/19 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Free

Are you between the age of 11-19: LGBTQIA+ (or questioning): live locally and have an interest in doing something during Peterborough Pride week? Would you like to be involved with a small group of other like-minded people to programme events, workshops and activities as part of the festival?

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Funding Projects for Young People in the Arts and Cultural Sector

09/05/19 10:00 AM – 4:15 PM 120

This introductory, one-day course is designed for those wanting to develop their budgeting and fundraising skills.

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Village Green : Next Generation

12/07/19 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

We’re back for the 6th year, with another amazing FREE day of arts for all of our local young people. We invite young people from across our borough to join us for a full day of art workshops, creative learning, fun and performances, as we explore theatre, music, visual arts, acrobatics, puppetry, sculpture, storytelling, costume, circus skills and much, much more. Are you part of a school or community group? Why not come along to try new things in brilliant…

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Village Green 2019 – Arts & Music Festival

13/07/19 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM Free - 20

Village Green 2019 is Metal’s outdoor festival that presents international arts and music alongside the wealth of local arts talent from the Southend and South Essex. For programme information, opportunities – call for bands, youth forum, volunteering or having a stall at the festival, and to book your tickets, please head over to our dedicated Village Green Festival 2019 website: www.villagegreenfestival.com   Sat 13 July 2019 11am – 9pm Chalkwell Park, Southend on Sea SS0 8NB Lead photo (above):  Matthew Allen…

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