We are looking for disabled and non-disabled practitioners to take part in an intensive research and development LAB in either Liverpool, Peterborough orSouthend. These four day workshops are aimed at artists (from all artforms) that work with the body, movement and dance; or are curious to explore with others these themes.

The Metal LAB format is a facilitated work space for artistic enquiry, offering opportunities for exploration, reflection, conversation and risk taking. Led by disabled dance artist and Associate Producer at Metal Kate Marsh, the development LAB’s are all about exploring ‘the in-between’ – the space that sits beyond the binary of the ’normative’ and ‘othered’ body.  The sessions will act as stimulus and springboard proposing new ways of seeing, new ways of moving and new ways of being together.

Each LAB will also be supported by a cohort of guest speakers and mentors. Those confirmed include: Luke Pell, Clare Cunningham, Dan Daw, Martin Forsberg, Dinis Machado, Scottee and Caroline Bowditch.

COMMISSIONS – After the LAB, attendees will be supported to develop R&D  proposals for new commissions based on their research. The artists will be invited into residence at Metal to develop their ideas further supported by a commissioning fund. The resulting collaborative works will be shared locally, showcased at the Southbank Centre (London) and will form part of a new national symposium in 2018 in partnership with the Centre for Dance Research at Coventry University (C-DaRE) to coincide with Unlimited


If you would like to discuss your application or have any further questions please contact Kate Marsh or Mark Richards via email.

Zarf presents – uziell, Ramayya, Sparrow

zarfreadings by L.Uziell, Nisha Ramayya and Vicky Sparrow

7pm, 11th March 2016

Wharf Chambers (Middle Floor), Wharf Street, Leeds

FREE but donations for poet costs are welcome and there will be a book & zine table!

About the poets:

Nisha Ramayya’s pamphlets Notes on Sanskrit (2015) and Correspondences (2016) are published by Oystercatcher Press. Her work can be found in DatableedLitmus, and Zarf. She teaches English and Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London and the University of Kent, and is a member of the Race & Poetry& Poetics in the UK research group.

Vicky Sparrow is completing a PhD on the poet-activist Anna Mendelssohn at Birkbeck, University of London. Her writing can be found in datableedKakaniaLitmus, Intercapillary Space and the Literateur. Her first pamphlet Notes to Selves is published by Zarf.

l.uziell is a person from the north who occasionally writes poetry but mainly despairs and reads poetry. Fuck the police.

NOTE: Wharf Chambers is a members’ co-operative, You do not need to be a member or guest of a member to attend this event UNLESS you wish to buy things the bar. Joining is £1, takes 48hrs to process and is very much encouraged.

Nathan Jones at Club Big, Home theatre, Manchester

Club Big: Feb 10 2017

At the centre of John Hyatt: Rock Art is Club Big, a fully kitted-out pop-up music club. John Hyatt is your magical master of ceremonies, introducing the best breakthrough live music and performance every Friday from 18:00 – 21:00. Hosting bands, soloists, the supernatural and the dramatic and featuring the Club Big House Band (provided by Cacophany Arkestra), our host Anastasia, and fully licensed bar. All events are free to attend.

Our line-up for Friday Feb 10 is:

Danielle Swindells: The Ashleigh Hotel

A short documentary filmed inside of The Ashleigh Hotel, once a seaside guesthouse hosting “bucket and spade” holiday-goers. It closed its doors to the public in 1982 to become a House of Multiple Occupation; now a permanent home to a group of Blackpool residents estranged from their social networks. The site was visited alone by the filmmaker over a period of five weeks and is a response to the exilic position of its residents.

Nathan Jones

Nathan Jones performs from his traumatictime series, based on two statements by Rosi Braidotti: “language is compressing, cracking under the weight of the anthropocene” and “post truth is the white male body cracking under the pressure of its own lies”. What are these cracks and what leaks out from them? poems.

Nathan is a poet and artist based in Liverpool. He teaches art writing at Liverpool John Moores University and is REID funded cross disciplinary scholar at Royal Holloway University of London. His work has recently featured on programmes at Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT) in Liverpool, Transmediale in Berlin and Parasol in London. His essay/poetry pamphlet A Cloud of Birds Also Formlessly Flocking on Top of a Lake is published by Dock Road Press, and his journalism and poetry can be found on new media blog Furtherfield and in Poetry Wales, Datableed and Art Monthly.

Ruby Tingle

Though working predominately in collage, Ruby Tingle’s practice expands into music and performance. She deconstructs and reworks familiar images, objects, and sounds to assemble ambiguous and extraordinary forms. Ruby’s practice is grounded in natural history, and her practice is littered with references to creatures that share the globe. Her unique appearance characterises her work and offers her an opportunity to place herself within her work. Her works deal with a private symbolism and employ self-portraiture as a tool to exist vicariously in between states. These transformations allow Ruby to create an alternate folklore and natural history where boundaries between human and animal are obscured. Performance is used as a platform for the large-scale translation of these ideas, often utilising life drawing as an interactive element and theme. Ruby uses her body as a living portrait, forcing her interaction with the three-dimensional collage installations she creates. Music, often comprised of sonic collage pieces from original recorded instrumentation and sound samples, operate alongside these visual works and can support them audibly. The ‘cutting up’ and manipulation of personal conceptual songs form new responsive sound pieces to score live works, whilst physical releases act as art object editions.

B S Johnson Issue 3


The third issue of the B.S. Johnson Journal: ‘The issue with the truth’, featuring essays, interviews, peer-reviewed academic papers and creative pieces inspired by the British writer, with contributions from Andrew Robert Hodgson, Ed Sibley, Scott Manley Hadley, Philip Tew, Joanna Norledge, Jeremy Page, Alaska James, Richard Berry, Philip Terry, James Davies, Sue Birchenough, Ali Znaidi, Tim Chapman, Jim Goar, James Riley, Ruth Clemens, Kate Connolly, Joseph Darlington and Andy Miller


Gramophone Ray Gun – Tim Allen, Rachel Sills & Tim Bromage

Gramophone Ray Gun is a ‘live’ series of events celebrating experimental approaches to writing and performance, encouraging informal innovation, poetic deviance and risk. Alternating between the page, performance, language and text, Gramophone Ray Gun is a regular platform commissioned by The Dock Road Press. Invited readers for our fifth event include Tim Bromage, Rachel Sills and Tim Allen each punked up on strange magic and bizarre punk rituals. As usual, the evening will unfold to a crepuscular soundscape of unearthly samples and music excavated from a U.F.O crash site in Crosby.

Thursday, February 23 at 8 PM – 11 PM, Everyman Bistro, Liverpool