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We’re passionate about the role culture has in building communities and creating places in which people want to live, work – and have the opportunity to thrive. It’s something we’re known for around the country – whether it’s working the opening of cultural centres, like Manchester’s HOME, or in changing the perception of places through art with incredible initiatives such as the British Ceramics Biennial in Stoke on Trent.

One organisation that embodies this approach perfectly is Metal - a brilliant artistic laboratory that operates from headquarters in Southend, Liverpool and Peterborough. In each location, Metal works from buildings of historic significance that have been transformed from empty or derelict spaces into cultural community hubs, transforming the potential of people and places through great art and inspiring ideas.

This September they will produce Estuary, a new, biennial arts festival curated in response to the spectacular Thames Estuary and presented in culturally significant and historic venues along the Essex and Kent shorelines.  An exciting mix of new and existing works will pull together powerful themes resonant to the place, its history, landscape and communities in an ambitious programme of contemporary art, literature, film and music. 

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