Metal works to provide the catalyst that can transform the potential of people and places, exploring the impact and evolution of art and artists' practices. Metal produces an eclectic multidisciplinary programme of international and UK artists in residence and runs a wide range of events, exhibitions, participatory and artist development projects.

Metal was founded in London in 2002 by Jude Kelly OBE. It has been active in Liverpool since 2004, in Southend-on-Sea since 2007 and in Peterborough since 2012