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What is Metal New Artist Network?

Since July 2020, Metal have hosted a digital programme of support for early-career artists, those in their first few years of defining themselves as an artist. The programme consists of artist-led training sessions, creative workshops, networking and sharing opportunities.

Though this programme welcomes emerging artists from across the UK and overseas, we are particularly interested in how we can help early-career artists who live or work in our host cities of Liverpool, Peterborough and Southend on Sea.

To join Metal New Artist Network and receive our programme info/newsletter, click here for a short survey.

By completing this short survey, we invite you to have your say about how we should develop our future programme, and so we can respond to the challenges facing early-career artists.

This survey signs you up to the MNAN newsletter.
You can also join our closed Facebook group here.


Who do we mean by Early Career Artists*?

● those who are aged 18+ in their 1st to 4th year of creative practice, post-student status (if applicable)

● those who left school and did not enter Higher Education but still keep up a regular creative practice

● those who have recently graduated in the past three years

● those who have entered the arts later in life after pursuing a different occupation and are within the first four years of this.

*This is not an exhaustive list, and Metal welcomes artists from all disciplines; theatre, visual art, film, music, writing or a mixture of some or all. Metal are particularly interested in supporting artists from diverse backgrounds, with unique personal perspectives to offer. If you’re unsure whether you fall into the early career category please get in touch with the site most local to you.


What Metal New Artist Network currently offers:


  • A monthly newsletter bringing together opportunities for early-career artists from our 3 sites and across the UK. Each newsletter also includes early access to our training and networking opportunities, creative challenges, discounts and more!
  • FREE online workshops led by artists and creatives from a range of different practices. Each session focuses on an area that early-career artists have said they want support or knowledge on through the registration survey. From this we’ve had workshops about managing social media, sorting out finances as a freelance artist, to mention a few. At each workshop there is also a dedicated Networking session, giving you the opportunity to meet and connect with other Early Career artists.
  • Access to training materials and videos made specifically for early-career artists, often by the artists who have led our online workshops.

To discover even more about what our Metal New Artist Network offers, click here.

This programme is supported by Festival Bridge, Curious Minds, Royal Opera House Bridge and Arts Council England.



See below for a list of creative resources, shared by the guest speakers who have featured in our programme to date.


What 2 Do Online with Travis Alabanza.

Getting Paid with Emma Edmondson.

Getting Paid with Kei Maye

If You Can’t Plug Yourself… with Tammy Reynolds

Planning And Working Collaboratively With People, with Xavier de Sousa 

Project Management, with 12ø Collective

Top Tips from Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy

Assembling a website with Laura Trevail



Sorting your Freelance Artist Finances with Remi Harris.
Download Remi’s PDF here
, which includes clear advice on setting yourself up as a sole trader, keeping financial records and understanding tax.

Writing your artist bio with Talia Randall : A 2 page sheet with short exercises to help form your written bio.

17 tips to overcome imposter syndrome : A refresher from Ella Mesma’s workshop.

Staying Motivated with Amy Pennington : Thoughts and advice on how to stay playful within your work and try new things whilst looking after yourself and your practice.

Residencies: The who, why, where & what of doing one, with Robyn Woolston

How To Get Started Selling Products Online, with Becka Griffin

A Very, Very, Very Brief History of Zines and Zine Resources by Seleena Laverne Daye

Going Public: Documenting & Presenting Your Work with Jessie Brennan

Making Work Outside The Gallery by Becca & Clare

Getting To Grips with Arts Council Funding by Rachel Dobbs 


Souvenirs with Kate Genever. For those who couldn’t attend Kate’s workshop just download this great PDF – it offers inspiration and creative activities on postal art and collage.

Crux with Scottee. Two short scribbling tasks designed by Scottee, to help you understand why you want to make work and who it is for. View or download the PDFs below.
1. Write the Manifesto
2. Create a Placard

Zine Making with Lu Williams, founder of Grrrl Zine Fair. Use this template to make your own mini zine from an A4  sheet, and take a look at Lu’s top tips to help you develop and share your ideas.
1. Fold your own Zine
2. Top Tips for Zine Makers

The Metal New Artist Network is made possible with thanks for the Foyle Foundation  

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