Metal Liverpool, Edge Hill Railway Station, Tunnel Road, Liverpool, L7 6ND – Visit Now
Adapting to a life without art, exhibitions and performance has been a global challenge in lockdown, but Metal UK has led the way when it comes to innovative new ways of connecting artists and audiences.
Metal produces an immensely varied programme of international and UK artists in residence, artist development labs, social events, education programmes and creative projects, all designed to encourage the participation of local people and communities.
Working from the iconic Edge Hill Station, the oldest active passenger railway station in the world, Metal Liverpool carries on the unique buildings’ legacy of innovation and creativity. The original 1830s station now serves as a cultural and creative hub for artists who bring imagination and ideas to the neighbourhoods of Edge Hill, Kensington, Wavertree and Toxteth, creating a positive impact for the people living there.
Metal Liverpool’s flagship projects include a commission with music artist Forest Swords, the Turner Prize winning project Granby Workshop with artist collective Assemble, a presentation of Different Trains with Steve Reich, London Contemporary Orchestra and Bill Morrison, and Meanwhile Space with Cristina Lina, Neville Gabie, Marcus Coates and the residents of Picton.
The arts lab also hosts regular events including Future Station, Edge Hill Garden and Time and Space residences. In 2020, Metal launched Future Network Shorts, a monthly event hosted by all three Metal teams in Liverpool, Peterborough and Southend. On the last Thursday of each month, Metal invites six artists to share their work online, delivered across a mix of virtual platforms. Similar to the ‘3 Min Wonders’ format, these ten minute slots are open for artists to test out ideas, perform, showcase work, hold conversations, experiment and take risks.
Over the next few years, Metal is looking to further develop a programme of support for early career artists, those in their first few years of defining themselves as an artist. In 2021, Metal Liverpool will curate four artistic residencies in collaboration with the Independents Biennial, taking place from 20 March – 6 June.