About


Metal was founded in London in 2002 by Jude Kelly CBE, working with current Artistic Director, Colette Bailey since inception.

We have been active in Liverpool since 2004, in Southend-on-Sea since 2007 and in Peterborough since 2012.

In each place, we work from buildings of historic significance that we have transformed from empty or derelict spaces into vibrant cultural community hubs.

From these bases, we work to provide the catalyst that can transform the potential of people and places through great art and inspiring ideas.

We support artists from the UK and overseas, working in all disciplines, at all career levels, providing opportunities like the Estuary festival, Essex Writers House,  Harvest, Pride Peterborough, Change Makers, Liverpool Art Prize and the Chamber of Culture for emerging artists, alongside hosting artists-in-residence (Time & Space / International Programme) and running intensive, week-long Culture LAB’s for peer-to-peer learning and exchange.  To watch a short film about our work with artists, click here.

You can find out more on our main website by clicking here.

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