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    Southend: Open Advice Sessions for Global Majority Artists with Elsa James & Metal

    October 25, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 5:15 pm


     Metal Open Advice Sessions for artists are back! 

    On Wednesday 25 October, we’re offering free sessions for global majority artists who live and/or work within our local area (South Essex – Basildon, Brentwood, Castle Point, Rochford, Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock). This session will be supported by artist Elsa James along with the Southend team. Sessions will be led by you and what you’d like to discuss, which might include: 

    -Discussing your creative practice
    -Talking through a project idea
    – Advice or sign posting to different funding routes or opportunities
    Building relationships with different organisations, voluntary groups, partners or venues
    Budget development or reading draft applications 

    We’re offering these sessions in person at Chalkwell Hall, as well as the option to discuss your work with us online. There is one session available per artist and the slots are 1 hour long. Book here.

    Meet Elsa James:
    Elsa James is a British African-Caribbean conceptual artist and activist living in Essex since 1999. Her practice is rooted in contemporary Black activism and invested in an ongoing questioning of visibility and belonging that centres Blackness as a methodology for liberation. Through an interdisciplinary, collaborative and research-based practice, she works across live performance, film, prints, spoken word, neon, and sound. She was a finalist for the prestigious Freelands Award with Focal Point Gallery in 2021 and, this year, a nominated recipient of the Henry Moore Foundation Artists Award. Her work is held in private and public collections, including the Government Art Collection and Beecroft Art Gallery, for which she became the first Black British artist to be acquired into the gallery’s collection. In 2022, she was named one of the 50 Most Influential People in Essex.

    Sessions will be open on a first come first served basis so book your free place here.

    We are holding these sessions in response to our open call residencies and conversations with artists, partners and the Metal team. We will be running more Open Advice Sessions for artists on Monday 13 November, Monday 29 January and Monday 4 March so stay tuned for the announcements!


    October 25, 2023
    10:00 am - 5:15 pm
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    Metal Southend
    01702 470 700
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    Metal Southend
    Chalkwell Hall, Chalkwell Avenue
    Southend on Sea, Essex SS08NB United Kingdom
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