Time and Space Residencies, 2019 – Metal

Time and Space Residencies

Metal’s Time and Space Residencies are open opportunities for artists working in all disciplines to access Metal’s spaces, the support of its staff and its local, national and international networks.

With two application deadlines each year the selection process is favourable to artists looking to develop their practices or with a specific idea or project to develop. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from artists with an interest in participation and socially engaged practice, from diverse backgrounds, with unique personal perspectives to offer.

Metal has 24 Time and Space residencies to offer each year – eight at each site.

Our Time and Space residencies are by application – with two application deadlines each year.



Two deadlines each year.
30th March & 30th September.

To apply click here.

Our Time and Space Residencies offer the following resources to artists at Metal’s venues:-


In Southend

Accommodation for two people – or four people sharing bedrooms.

Access to a dedicated work space – can accommodate up to six people working together (n.b. 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.

Nurturing supportive environment

Funding advice and support

All costs of space met – i.e. light / heat / water etc

Length of stay – flexible – anything up to a month-long stay in accommodation (20 working days).  Use of other spaces on a non-residential basis can be negotiated for longer (up to 120 working days).

Access to Metal staff time/advice

Access to Metal resources such as broadband/workstation etc

Southend on Sea is a 45min train journey to east London and as such has fantastic access to the cultural offer in London.


In Liverpool

Access to Metal’s spaces at Edge Hill Station, studio/desk space,  50 seat engine room and upper engine room, a 23 seat performance/screening space, kitchen event space (with AGA stove) and established kitchen garden

Access to redeveloped railway arches, an outdoor making and growing space

Nurturing supportive environment

Metal’s community of studio and resident artists

Funding advice and support

Access to wider networks of expertise through Metal’s regional, national and international networks

All costs of space met – i.e. light / heat / water / broadband etc

Length of stay – flexible – anything up to six months (120 working days)

Access to Liverpool’s thriving cultural scene and vibrant neighbourhoods.

Currently there are no accommodation facilities in Liverpool but we can assist in helping you to find some.


In Peterborough

Access to a dedicated work space – there are a number of types of spaces available depending on the type of work being developed, including:-

Short term studio space –

Ground floor scratch performance space – suitable for up to 15 people working together

Desk space for writing / design / computer and digital work

All costs of space met – i.e. light / heat / water etc

Length of stay – flexible – anything up to six months (120 working days)

Access to Metal staff time/advice; Metal resources such as broadband/workstation etc

Peterborough has a burgeoning cultural scene and is just 45 mins train journey from Kings Cross, London and as such has fantastic access to the cultural offer in London.

Currently we have no accommodation facilities in Peterborough.


Criteria for artists applying for Time and Space

Must be:-

  • an established artist with at least 5 years in practice
  • currently exploring a new aspect / project  / development in their own practice
  • prepared to commit the time necessary to the process and to ensure that the opportunity is made full use of
  • prepared to ensure that Metal’s venue is respected and looked after during stay
  • prepared to make a contribution to Metal’s ongoing programme (e.g. give a talk / Future Network meeting / contribute to an event / or other.
  • prepared to make a contribution to Metal’s website (e.g. images / video podcast / written contribution)

Artists who are selected for a Time and Space residency are expected to be self motivated, self organising and self contained and to meet all their own expenses other than working space (and accommodation if in Southend).

Please note: These residencies do not offer a fee or any per diems.

Whether you have a fully formed idea or just need time and space to develop your work Time and Space residencies are hugely valuable experiences to  help create new work and expand practices.


Metal’s Venues

Chalkwell Hall – Southend

Metal’s space in Southend on Sea, Chalkwell Hall is a stunning Georgian Manor House built in 1830 renovated by Metal in 2008 into a low carbon house for the development of artistic ideas.  It has flexible working space on the top floor with fantastic views of the Thames Estuary, two double bedrooms, an informal space for intimate presentation of work, a  dining room for discussion and debate and a year round programme of artist’s residencies and multi-disciplinary projects and events.  In 2015, we renovated the old stable block next door to create Metal Art School with digital and traditional studio space to enable creative learning for all ages. To view an image pack click HERE

Edge Hill Station – Liverpool

Metal’s space in Liverpool, Edge Hill Station is the oldest passenger railway station in the world.  We renovated the buildings in 2008 bringing them back into use.  Built in 1836 the space is an inspiring location for the creation of work.  Edge Hill station is neighboured with some of the most vibrant and diverse communities in Liverpool. The space lends itself, in particular to the creation of visual art due to the size and industrial nature of the buildings, however, we actively encourage applications from a wide range of creative practitioners, including musicians, writers, theatre practitioners and start-up creative industries such as graphic designers, architects etc. To view an image pack click HERE.

Chauffeurs Cottage – Peterborough

Originally a residential property in the Cathedral grounds, Chauffeurs Cottage was renovated by Metal in 2012 into a hub of flexible office, studio, performance and meeting spaces. We also have dedicated facilities for sound recording and digital production, a large courtyard with outdoor stage and planting from our 2014 award winning Hampton Court Garden.  Arrival to our space is through  a grand entrance gate that is part of the ancient original Cathedral City wall  in the heart of Peterborough’s beautiful medieval city centre.

To apply click here.