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Village Green 2014 photos and video

Around 22,000 people enjoyed a fantastic atmosphere at Village Green 2014 in the sunshine last Saturday!

Among the 22,000 were:

1000’s of under 11s enjoying the mechanical, fire breathing dragon- the smallest nightclub in the world, the Miniscule of Sound, the Insect Circus and loads more attractions on site.

1000’s of teenagers gathered at the new Youth Village stage – designed and curated by Southend school pupils it boasted a packed programme that kept our younger festival goers entertained all day until 8pm 600 arts, crafts, vintage and food traders
900 artists performing on 11 stages
140 volunteers
100 production crew

With something on site for all ages – families were kept entertained all day – the atmosphere was friendly and fantastic across the day – and even the small downpour of rain during the headliner, Beth Orton didn’t dampen spirits.

A really great day!

REVIEWS:

The Yellow Advertiser's vox pop online article (14 July) and a review with photos (16 July).

The Echo's review (16 July).

Carya Gish blog post about the Dragnet stage.




Arts Award starts again in September


Our next Arts Award course starts on Wednesday 10 September 4-6pm at Chalkwell Hall. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to book.

For more info and Arts Award archive, click here.

Gold for Jeni Cairn's and Sophie Antonelli Metal Peterboroughs Garden


the Metal Peterborough garden at Hampton Court Flower Show, designed by Jeni Cairns in partnership with Sophie Antonelli from the Green Back Yard,  has just been awarded a Gold Medal and Best in its Category of Summer Garden. This is extraordinary news for Jeni, Sophie and all the Peterborough artists who will be performing in the garden this week.
Keep an eye out on the BBC 2 programmes tonight (8.30pm), Wednesday and Thursday (8pm).




The Metal Peterborough garden at Hampton Court Flower Show, designed by Jeni Cairns in partnership with Sophie Antonelli from the Green Back Yard,  has just been awarded a Gold Medal and Best in its Category of Summer Gardens. This is extraordinary news for Jeni, Sophie and all the Peterborough artists who will be performing in the garden this week.

Keep an eye out on the BBC 2 programmes tonight (Monday 7th July 8.30pm), Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th (8pm).




Moon Casting - Hotbed 2014


MOON CASTING
Written by Lucy Sheerman and Bettina Furnee
Do you think you could embark on a one year mission into space with your partner? Why not come for an interview and find out? like back in our luxurious Space base and explore the limits of your love.
Throughout the weekend, couples will be interviewed by poet Lucy and visual artist Bettina who will use the response for a spoken word performance on Saturday, which will explore how an intimate record of individual experiences can be translated into a manifesto about our future, the life we want and the love we need.
Lucy Sheerman is a Cambridge based poet. Publication include: rarefied: falling without landing (Oystercatcher Press) and Rebecca, A Fan Fiction (Long Poem Magazine 10). Bettina Furnee is a visual artist working with language.
Space Base tent: Thursday 10th july 6 - 8pm/ Friday 11th July 6-8pm Foyer (Free)
Performance: Saturday 12th July 5.05pm J3
55 Mins £8/£6
Q & A Saturday 12th July 6.15pm Mezzanine
For full details and to book online please visit: www.junction.co.uk.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvMuJtxEpu

Artists in residence Lucy Sheerman and Bettina Furnee will be taking part in this years Cambridge's HOTBED.


MOON CASTING

Written by Lucy Sheerman and Bettina Furnee

Do you think you could embark on a one year mission into space with your partner? Why not come for an interview and find out? like back in our luxurious Space base and explore the limits of your love.

Throughout the weekend, couples will be interviewed by poet Lucy and visual artist Bettina who will use the response for a spoken word performance on Saturday, which will explore how an intimate record of individual experiences can be translated into a manifesto about our future, the life we want and the love we need.

Lucy Sheerman is a Cambridge based poet. Publication include: rarefied: falling without landing (Oystercatcher Press) and Rebecca, A Fan Fiction (Long Poem Magazine 10). Bettina Furnee is a visual artist working with language.

Space Base tent: Thursday 10th july 6 - 8pm/ Friday 11th July 6-8pm Foyer (Free)

Performance: Saturday 12th July 5.05pm J3

55 Mins £8/£6

Q & A Saturday 12th July 6.15pm Mezzanine 


For full details and to book online please visit: www.junction.co.uk.




Liverpool Art Prize Winner Announced

On Wednesday 18 June at an Awards Ceremony at Edge Hill Station Tabitha Jussa was announced as this year's Liverpool Art Prize winner. For the second year running the overall prize went to the same winner as the People's Choice. The judges were unanimous in their decision and Pavel Buchler announced the awards following a speech by Metal's Artistic Director Colette Bailey.

The International Residency award went to Dinu Li. He is Manchester based multi-disciplinary artist working across time-based media, installation, found objects and performance. The award was open to any North West based artist and is a month-long residency in Shanghai in partnership with Shanghai Art School. Robert D Davies is a Cheshire based painter. He wins the Studio Award, a year-long residency at Metal.

Photos by McCoy Wynne



The Yarn Bomb at Village Green


Metal are proud to be supporting The Craft Club in their Little Haven’s Yarn Bomb garden project.

The Craft Club are a group of six local ladies with a soft spot for sewing. The Club is made up of Helen Thomas, Gabby Atkins, Kelly Holcombe, Claire Whitehead, Becky Burton, and Emma Curley who all work at Appleton School. Recently they have got together with Havens Hospices in a bid to create a special knitted garden for the children’s hospice in Thundersly, Little Havens. The children’s hospice cares for children from across Essex with life-limiting illnesses by providing respite breaks, managing pain and caring for them at the end of their lives.

The technique employed by the Craft Club is called Yarnbombing. It’s a craze that is taking off all over the world and involves leaving crotched scenes and sculptures in public places for people to discover. The Craft Club from has already made a mark in the community by decorating a post box in Leigh-on-Sea at Christmas time and producing a Valentine’s Day yarnbomb depicting a Romeo and Juliet scene in Southend. 

But now Craft Club also want to use this project for Little Haven’s to break the Guiness record for mass yarnbombing and encourage everyone who will be attending Village Green to get involved. Basing their design for the children’s hospice garden inspired by Enid Blyton’s books about The Faraway Tree the group are hoping the final design will consist of over 1,000 individually crocheted items. If you fancy having a go at crocheting a rabbit, hedgehog, owl, pixie, troll, fairy or even one of the characters from the book, please come to the Yarnbombing tent at Village Green on July 12th. The tent will be located under the iconic cedar tree in the avenue that leads up to Chalkwell Hall. Craft Club and Havens staff will be on hand to assist you, whether you want to make a pom pom or crochet Moonface. Everybody is welcome.

If you want to start now, there are patterns here that can get you started.

Village Green festival is in Chalkwell Park on 12 July - book tickets here.

Village Green - The Next Generation 11 July


Southend Music Education Hub and Metal present: VILLAGE GREEN 'THE NEXT GENERATION on Friday 11 July 2014 5-8pm.

Following a full day free festival exclusively for 5000+ Southend school children, we're delighted to invite friends and family in the evening to see the highlight of the day and the extraordinary world class PHILADELPHIA BOYS CHOIR, supported by SOUTHEND YOUTH ORCHESTRA, local Southend School Choirs and Groups.

Tickets:
Adult - Over 18s - £5
Under 18s - FREE
All proceeds go to Southend Music Education Hub

Book here

Chalkwell Park - Chalkwell Avenue Southend on Sea, Essex, SS0 8NB

For main Village Green festival event on Sat 12 July - click here.

Photos from May Half Term Art Workshops

Here are a few photos from our Art Workshops for 5-11y at Chalkwell Hall last week. 

The next holiday art club takes place on 18-20 August - email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to book.



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