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Netpark launched!

Tuesday afternoon saw around 400 people of all ages trying out the 10 new artworks and stories that are the inaugural collection of digital artworks for Metal’s NetPark project – a new, permanent digital art park in Chalkwell Park – the first of its kind in the world.

Taking a stroll around the park, armed with a smart device and set of headphones, visitors found the artworks which are very different in character, charming, thought-provoking, funny, surprising and mindful.  Some quotes from attendees included:

“The apps become a park pursuit bonus, even encouraging you to spend more time being engrossed in the surroundings.”

“In all the years I have lived in the area – including the years I lived practically opposite the park – I’ve never just sat there in such a mindful way as that.”

“Brilliant evening exploring Southend’s new NetPark – impressive, meaningful digital art work”


Sat 10 October 2015: OPEN DAY
11am – 3pm: Tours and information / tablets on loan

Sun 11 October 2015: OPEN DAY
2pm – 6pm: Tours and information / tablets on loan

All the apps can be accessed via NetPark’s website.

The inaugural collection has five artworks created by artists following an open call selection process, and five site-specific stories created by Southend school pupils working with writers and illustrators.


Matmos: Site-specific music created from original sounds recorded from the everyday park life.

Joel Cahen: Processional work placing you in the position of a traveller within a dreamlike landscape.

Rosie Poebright: Processional work explores your physical and emotional responses to the landscape.

Jamie Gledhill: Augmented reality brings the trees to life, with some funny stories to tell about what they’ve seen over the years.

Mark Grist and MC Mixy: Spoken word poetry tours, including the love story of a couple growing up in and around Chalkwell Park.


The Disappearing Spell written by pupils from Chalkwell Hall Junior School, working with writer, Lucy Sheerman and illustrator, Maggie Li.

Witch Quest written by pupils from St Georges School, working with writer, Vahni Capildeo and illustrator, Maddy Vian.

Scentopia written by pupils from Thorpe Greenways Junior School, working with writer, Syd Mooreand illustrator, Karl Lawson.

Cake Work written by pupils from Milton Hall Junior School, working with writer, Jeremy Hardingham and illustrator, Zoe Barker.

Hello, Friend Monster written by pupils from Westborough School, working with writer, Vahni Capildeo and illustrator, Claire Softley.

NetPark Launched!