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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 – 05/06/19 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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NetPark Wellbeing: Dementia Groups

25/03/19 – 30/12/19 Free

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

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Netpark Wellbeing : Journaling & Art Wellbeing Class

01/04/19 – 03/06/19 Free

Working with the Recovery College (REACH), this course is for people living with low level mental health conditions. The 10 week course incorporates journaling and wellbeing techniques with walking in Chalkwell Park. We also use i{ads to create digital and traditional art. The 10 week course hopes to improve confidence by using technology and gentle exercising in the park whilst meeting new people, helping to raise self esteem. If you would like to join please contact emma.mills@metalculture.com 10 Week course.…

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Netpark Wellbeing Project – Creative Writing Workshops

02/04/19 – 04/06/19 Free

A Creative Writing Workshop led by author Jane Barron de Burgh, focusing on short fiction including flash fiction and short stories. The 10-week course promotes informal, expressive, relaxed environment where participants are allowed to create pieces at their own pace. This Creative Writing Workshop is aimed at those who may experience issues with their mental health. Come along to learn about micro-fiction, short stories, or simply for a chat and a cup of tea. 2nd April – 4th June Tuesdays…

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Netpark Wellbeing Project : Women Only – Yoga, Mindfullness and Art

03/04/19 – 05/06/19 Free

A free 10 week course of yoga, mindfulness and art group for women who have experienced trauma. This gentle group will start weekly with 50 minutes of yoga with Keeley Beech.  Keeley has been working with mental health since 2013, visiting day centres and care homes and offering therapies to people living with dementia, adults and children with learning disabilities and people with additional needs. As well as being a teacher, Keeley is a yoga therapist which enables her to…

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Netpark Wellbeing Project : Digital Art Wellbeing Course

03/04/19 – 05/06/19 Free

10 week digital art class for adults living with low to medium mental health issues and concerns. The participants create their own 12 part story using photographs taken in the grounds of Chalkwell Park and then illustrated using the Apple app Procreate, on iPads provided by Metal during these sessions. Wednesdays 1.30pm – 3.30pm at Metal Art School, in Chalkwell Park 3 April – 5 June 2019. For further information or to book your place, please contact emma.mills@metalculture.com

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Netpark Wellbeing Project – Young Peoples Support Groups

08/04/19 – 30/12/19 Free

Working with the NHS & EWMHS Southend, this group is for young people who may need support. We particularly welcome anybody who may identify is LGBTQIA* to join our sessions. This ongoing digital art course incorporates using NetPark apps, walking in Chalkwell park and using IPads to create digital art, whilst also exploring traditional art forms including drawing, painting, collage and more. The course hopes to improve confidence whilst meeting new people and helping raise self esteem. If you would…

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Printmaking with David Lintine

26/04/19 – 07/06/19

Lino and Wood Block Prints, Collagraphs and Mono-Printing. Take a first step into printmaking, or develop your existing printing skills! Discover methods and techniques for relief printing in this 6 week course for all levels, with artist and teacher David Lintine. Make unique mono-prints and small print editions by hand, using contemporary and traditional materials to achieve artist quality prints. During the course, you will explore fine art approaches to printmaking using various printing papers, inks, tools, and cutting blocks.…

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17/05/19 – 22/06/19

A NEW COMMISSION OPPORTUNITY FOR NetPark as part of Estuary 2020 A partnership between Metal, NetPark and the Universities of Kent and Essex.   The Opportunity Metal are looking to commission an artist to create a new AR (Augmented Reality) digital artwork for NetPark – the worlds first digital art park in Chalkwell Park, the well-used, popular municipal park in Southend on Sea. The artist will be invited into residence with Metal at Chalkwell Hall, to co-create and develop ideas…

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FUTURE STATION: The Rotterdam Connection

29/05/19 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

MC Nelson and Mak of all Trades in conversation at Metal, Edge Hill Station, on Wednesday 29 May at 6pm. Following their residency in Rotterdam earlier this year, Liverpool based musicians Mak of all Trades and MC Nelson will be hosting an evening of discussion and performance; sharing their impressions of Rotterdam, reflections on the UK at the verge of Brexit and the gentrification of cities. Rotterdam’s Waterfront Pavilion is a residency space which transforms into a community café for…

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Metal Masterclass #9: An introduction to shadow puppetry with Dr Caroline Astell-Burt

15/06/19 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM 20

Dr Caroline Astell-Burt will lead you through a group introduction to shadow puppetry.

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Trespassing; New Music Biennial @ Southbank Centre

05/07/19 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Trespassing What will music become in our rapidly changing cities? A new commission created by Merseyside’s Forest Swords and Immix Ensemble investigates.   In Trespassing, electronic producer and artist Forest Swords, aka Matthew Barnes, develops a speculative future landscape based on conversations with experts in the fields of architecture, technology and social history.   Join us for the world premiere of Barnes’ first commission for ensemble, working with Erased Tapes signees Immix Ensemble.   Since the release of his two…

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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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Forest Swords and Immix Ensemble – Trespassing @ Fruit, Hull

12/07/19 10:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Forest Swords and Immix Ensemble – Trespassing Having achieved critical acclaim for his trio of releases, Dagger Paths, Engravings and Compassion, and subsequently toured the world to capacity audiences, Forest Swords attention has shifted towards the creation of more bespoke, multidisciplinary practice. He will work alongside the team at Metal, and Erased Tapes’ signees Immix Ensemble to develop Trespassing. This work will be a conceptual work exploring the ‘future sonic landscape of cities’, a deviation from his typical points of…

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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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Metal Masterclass #10: Cameraless 16mm filmmaking with Chris Paul Daniels

20/07/19 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM 10

How do you make a film without a camera? In this workshop we will explore the materiality of 16mm film; marking, scratching, drawing and manipulating celluloid in various ways before immediately running the film through a projector and viewing the colourful abstract animation and experimental results at the end of the session.

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Metal Masterclass #11: Pop-Up Paper Architecture and alternative printing techniques with Hilary Powell

10/08/19 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM 20

Artist Hilary Powell will introduce you to the basic structures of pop-up architecture using her own pop-up book ‘Legend: An A-Z of the Lea Valley’ to highlight the possibilities of this core knowledge.

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Metal Masterclass #12: Contemporary approaches to deception in performance –with Tom Cassani

21/09/19 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM 20

Contemporary approaches to deception in performance – a guide to authentic deception and foregrounding its mechanics both in making and presenting performative work

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Mentoring: the next creative generation

26/09/19 10:00 AM – 4:15 PM 150

Effective mentors can offer unbiased, vital formal and informal support to young people to nurture growth and raise aspirations. This course outlines the role of the mentor, and the necessary skills to build productive mentee-mentor relationships. Learn how to guide young people to self-reflect, identifying both their strengths and areas for development, set goals and shape behaviours and mindset.

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