Time and Space Artist Residencies are self-funded research and development opportunities for creatives and artists in the UK and internationally.
- Date: Rolling deadline
- Residency period: The residency period is flexible, from 3 days to 1 month, depending on your needs and Metal’s availability. The number of Time and Space Residencies we can support varies depending on what’s happening at Metal and in our buildings at any given time.
- Link to rolling expression of interest form: here
What are Metal Time and Space Artist Residencies?
Metal’s Time and Space Residencies are not outcome-based. They include space at Metal, time for creatives to work on existing projects or build new ideas, without the distraction of everyday life and staff time to support your research.
There is no fee attached to these residencies. If you are looking for our funded residency opportunities for artists working in our local areas, have a look at our Call Outs page here.
Who are Metal Time and Space residencies for?
We welcome artists or creatives working in any artform from any career level. We are keen to support artists who are engaging with the issues of our time and developing a socially-engaged practice.
What does the Time and Space residency offer include?
- Bookable space and access to facilities in our buildings, including hot desks and rehearsal space
- Protected space for research and development without the requirement of set outcomes
- Staff time to support your research, (e.g., mentoring and feedback sessions, building relationships with communities or supporting funding applications. Our teams’ standard office hours are Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm. Access to our staff team may depend on our capacity due to the existing programme being delivered by Metal during your residency dates.)
- Opportunities to get involved with our wider programme during your time in residence (e.g., meeting our regular collaborators, attending our networking events, sharing at our community dinners)
Where will the Time and Space residencies be? What are the spaces like?
Everyone gets a warm welcome when they arrive at Metal. Our historic buildings are deliberately domestic in feel and are usually busy with artists and communities meeting, making work or dropping in. In Liverpool, we’re situated at the renovated Edge Hill Station, which is the oldest passenger railway station in the world, in Peterborough, we work from Chauffeurs Cottage, which was the original gatehouse property to the cathedral, and in Southend at Chalkwell Hall with stunning views over the Thames Estuary. As local residents in each city, the Metal team can help you to feel at home and make connections during your residency.
How do I apply for a Time and Space residency?
We ask you to share an expression of interest with us that includes:
- Which Metal site(s) you would like to host your Time and Space residency
- Your biography, with examples of your previous work (images, videos, audio files, written texts)
- About your project, how you would like to use your time and space, and what relevant help you think we can provide (300-500 words)
Submit an expression of interest here.
Audio or video files are welcome as an alternative to written expressions of interests.
Expression of interest notification:
We review the expressions of interests monthly and will reply as soon as we can. The number of Time and Space Residencies we can support depends on the capacity of each site and what’s happening in the building at any given time. Metal is a small team and we are unable to offer detailed feedback on proposals at this time.
For more information, please contact the relevant Metal site:
- Metal Liverpool: firstname.lastname@example.org / 0151 7072277
- Metal Peterborough: email@example.com / 01733 893077
- Metal Southend: firstname.lastname@example.org / 01702 470700
In 2023, we are redeveloping our residency programme. If you have suggestions for making this process more accessible, please get in touch.
For more information about the facilities at each of our sites, please see below:
- Studio/desk space
- 50 seat engine room and upper engine room with full length mirrors
- Access to kitchen event space and garden
- Access to equipment including projector, AV equipment, editing software & Zoom recorder
- Metal’s community of studio and resident artists
- Access to a dedicated workspace – there are a number of types of spaces available depending on the type of work being developed:
- Large ground floor scratch performance/ studio space, (25-30 people for a performance or workshop)
- Desk space for writing / design / computer and digital work
- Pink Room – short term ground floor studio space
- Access to equipment such as projector, AV equipment, editing software & Zoom recorder
- Access to Reading Room/Library with books from Pluto Press and Left Book Club
- Access to kitchen
- Access to enclosed garden
- Accommodation for 2 people – or 4 people sharing bedrooms
- Desk space – can accommodate up to 6 people working together (Please note: our space in Southend is not suitable to use as an artist’s studio – perfect for ideas development, writing, script development, post-production work, initial readings & some small-scale rehearsal)
- Southend is in the middle of a park and near the seaside
- Large scratch performance space, seats 50 in theatre rows
Metal Southend is currently the only Metal space which can offer accommodation to artists. Currently, we have no accommodation facilities in Liverpool or Peterborough, but we can assist in helping you find some.
For more detailed information about each site, please click here.