Working with Schools

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Across all three sites (Liverpool, Peterborough and Southend-on-Sea) Metal works extensively with schools (primary and secondary) and HE and FE colleges and universities.

We offer a number of ways for schools to get involved with the work that we do. We also welcome any ideas you might have on how we can support you in delivering creative education.

Here are some ways you can get involved, with offerings from all Metal sites.

  • Check our Residencies page to see a full list of multi-disciplinary artists who are working with Metal. Many of our artists in residence work with community groups and young people within their work, and may be able to meet, talk to and inspire your students – broadening their understanding of  contemporary arts and associated career choices. View short films from our Artists in Residence series here.
  • We can create tailor-made education days and workshops for local schools, community groups and young peoples support groups. Whether you’d like to explore poetry, music, digital art or theatre, we can work with artists to deliver a brilliant experience to inspire young people. Here’s a short film which explains how we can help, based on a previous workshop day held at Metal Southend.
  • In-school talks for students by Metal staff around creative career opportunities and volunteering in the arts.  We can also attend career fairs – just let us know if you’d like us to come.
  • We have an extensive network of local artists who are experienced in delivery arts workshops in sound, digital, visual arts, literature, dance and theatre.  We can help with advice around approaching these artists.
  • Get in touch to find out about our Work Experience opportunities. For a taster of what we can offer, watch this short film.
  • We have a number of Educational Resources that can be downloaded free from this site – as legacy from funded projects.   See Clever Essex and On The Line.
  • We work closely with ROH Bridge in the South East;  NNF Bridge in Peterborough and Curious Minds in the North West.
  • In Southend, each year we run Village Green:  Next Generation which enables young people from the ages of 5 – 18 to perform on our festival stages to an audience of their peers from up to 54 schools.  Further information.


  • In Liverpool, we work with Liverpool John Moore’s University School of Art and Design on the Form and Purpose in Fine Art Practice module.  Students produce a body of work with support from Metal as curators and facilitators resulting in a group exhibition, performance event, broadcast, or website.
  • We offer placement opportunities for students on the MA Cultural Practice course at Liverpool University and we support other FE colleges and fine art/performing arts degree courses in the city with seminars and facilitating tours of our spaces.
  • In Southend and Thurrock we work in partnership with South Essex College in a number of different ways, including working with media students on marketing campaigns; fashion students on sustainable design.  South Essex College also curate and run a stage at Village Green and Village Green: Next Generation.
  • At all Metal sites, we host Future Network – Free, informal networking evenings with local creatives in mind. Depending on the site, these evenings include artist-sharings, performances, games, quizzes, live music and more. Get in touch with your nearest Metal site to see how you can get involved, or come along to the next event.