Look out for the digital art park logo.
NetPark is the first digital art park in the world. It’s an exciting initiative developed by Metal
and partners Calvium and the University of Brighton to create an added visitor attraction to the usual stroll in Chalkwell Park, Southend-on-Sea. Supported by the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts – Nesta, Arts & Humanities Research Council and public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
NetPark is open all year round and you can use our free wifi in the park to download and use the NetPark apps.
to find out more about our upcoming events, or see Metal’s website What’s On
NETPARK WELLBEING PROJECT:
The NetPark Wellbeing Project uses the collection of NetPark apps to help people living with dementia as regular attendees of the weekly groups or taking short courses or days out . Our art therapy group works with 10 people living with dementia, which also provides their carers with two hours free respite. To date, (October 2017) 1,234 hours of free art therapy have been offered to those with dementia. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
USING THE SIGNAGE:
The way markers in Chalkwell Park give information on how to navigate the projects.
PREPARING FOR A VISIT:
Download the apps in advance that interest you and bring some headphones.
Many of the apps use GPS on your phone, make sure that GPS is switched on.
On iPhone or iPad go to
SETTINGS > PRIVACY > LOCATION SERVICES > ON
On Android go to
SETTINGS > MORE > LOCATION > ON
ORGANISING AN EDUCATION OR SPECIAL VISIT:
Metal can arrange education or special visits by groups in advance.
for more details.
Groups of up to 10 can be supplied with preloaded iPads connecting to all of the apps.
We have deliberately designed NetPark to support a range of devices.
The full screen education apps are for iPad only. Artist apps are for iPhone (version) and Android (version).
For users with other devices click here for projects optimised for web to run in your browser.
NetPark was launched as a public visitor attraction in October 2015.
was founded in London in 2002 by Jude Kelly CBE. We have been active in Liverpool since 2004, in Southend-on-Sea since 2007 and in Peterborough since 2012.
In each place, we work from buildings of historic significance that we have transformed from empty or derelict spaces into vibrant cultural community hubs.
From these bases, we work to provide the catalyst that can transform the potential of people and places through great art and inspiring ideas.
- NetPark was developed by Metal and artists and curator Simon Poulter.
- App development is by Calvium Ltd working with AppFurnace as a developer platform.
- Additional design and development by Kieron Gurner and Jo Reid (Calvium).
- Web application development is by Dane Watkins.
- Digital Art Park logo is by Malcolm Garrett (Images&Co).
- Research at University of Brighton is by Frauke Behrendt and Karolina Doughty.