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MILLINERY ATELIER @ METAL ART SCHOOL

Sara Grundy is recommencing her wonderful 6 week Millinery course here at Metal Art School. It starts up on the 7th October and runs for 6 weeks. Only 10 places so grab yours fast!  

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NETPARKS WELLBEING: SAY HULLO!

There is a dizzying wealth of activities, workshops, and outreach work that goes on in the Metal Art School building – the brightly painted stables adjoining us here at Chalkwell Hall. As well as the artistic programme, there is an ever-burgeoning array of important work being done by our Mental Wellbeing Coordinator, Emma Mills. Show them […]

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Metal Art School Mural: Catching the Eye of the Town

The new mural on the long wall of Chalkwell Park’s Peacock Palace has been quite the talking point, with particular praise going to the team effort involved. Emma Mills, our Mental Health & Wellbeing coordinator, oversaw it all and the result is a long-lasting and colourful testament to the importance of community care and collaboration. The […]

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Colette & the River in The Guardian

A beautiful piece featured in The Guardian focusing on the inspirational landscape of the Thames Estuary and what can happen when you go a-walking. Joanne O’Connor spoke to Colette about what made the place so inspiring for artists, to which she replied,  “It’s unknowable, it’s full of mystery, and it has endless stories, some of which […]

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Artist Eelyn Lee’s Film Update: Monsters

The Echo featured a piece on Eelyn Lee – a regular face here at Chalkwell Hall as she’s been developing her film Monsters, which looks at issues of fear that arise from the river. MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT HERE MORE ABOUT EELYN LEE

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‘WISH YOU WERE HERE’ BEACH HUTS: LAUNCH & LOCAL PRESS

The vibrant colours and bold lines of the Wish You Were Here Beach Huts have been drawing attention ever since the artists first wielded their paintbrushes aloft against the more muted blue-greys of the sea. Now the final flourishes have been daubed and everything’s all dry, we are greatly looking forward to the official launch.   […]

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FILM: SOUTHEND-ON-SEA THROUGH FRESH EYES

A Dutch company – N8W8 – were commissioned to make a film about Southend-on-Sea, and it’s really rather beautiful. It’s certainly brought lustre to some familiar sights that often get forgotten as we pass them every day, and Metal ladies Colette Bailey, Paige Ockendon, & artist Heidi Wigmore appear in a rather serene section about Netpark – […]

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Palace Fit for a Peacock

The famous Peacock Palace abutting Chalkwell Hall has been lovingly redesigned and refurbished by a team of Netpark volunteers, in a design by artist Kitty Guthrie. The team have been painstakingly painting vibrant colours that might even vye for more attention than the peacock and his plumage were he not also a champion squawker. Our proud mascot and resident flirt, just […]

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