• Lucky Dip

    Taking place 4 times a year, each with different guest hosts, this programme exists to connect local creatives with each other, celebrate the joy in art, platform cross-disciplinary artists and […]

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    Essex Writers House

    For the past six years, Metal Southend has presented Essex Writers House, a popular annual programme hosted at Chalkwell Hall in partnership with Essex Book Festival. Across the month, we […]

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    Anvil – Metal New Artist Network Zine

    In April 2022, Metal announced a call out for submissions of artwork, essays, prose and more, that capture the experiences of being an early career artist. These submissions were curated […]

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    Estuary 2021

    Estuary 2021’s mix of large and intimate scale visual art, literature, music and film took place over 23 days, from 22 May to 13 June 2021, celebrating culture, creativity, recovery […]

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    Art Makes Children Powerful

    Metal presents a new in-school creative learning project for young people and their teachers, shaped by artists and practitioners living and working in South Essex, celebrating creativity in all forms! […]

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    NetPark

    Launched in 2025, NetPark is the World’s first Digital Art Park and a new, permanent visitor attraction for Southend. Fifteen engaging and playful artworks and stories take you on different journeys around the […]

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    IDEA13 & IDEA1 networks

    From 2008 to 2018, Metal ran three digital networks set up for local creatives – IDEA1 in Peterborough, IDEA13 in Thurrock and IDEA13 in Southend. Each site had its own […]

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    ENGLAND’S CREATIVE COAST

    In light of the current Covid-19 situation, the England’s Creative Coast commission launches are currently under review. Full details will be announced in due course.  We’re delighted to announce our […]

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