First Cast Iron Pour Event to launch Metal Monkeys on Sunday 31st May 2009 at The Kiln,Badshot Lea Village Hall, St Georges Rd, Badshot Lea, Farnham.
Metal Monkeys involved the community in their first public iron pour and launched the group with a grant from the Lottery distributer Awards for All. Metal Monkeys worked with two local schools and arts organisation Creative Response, who work with vulnerable people.
As well as enabling people to see the spectacle of an iron pour there was a storytelling workshop, facepainting and Hog roast/BBQ to celebrate newly created art works and collaboration!
Iron Monkeys a professional development workshop for the group also took place from 18th to 24th May 2009, funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. This enabled Metal Monkeys to learn about a continous pour cupola furnace under the instruction of Professor Daniel Hunt from Kansas State University, USA. Metal Monkeys have built one of only a handfull of continuous pour furnaces in the UK, the exciting advantage of this type of furnace being the production of multiple art works and artist collaboration.
Iron Monkeys has enabled the production of new art which was on show as part of Surrey Artists Open Studio Event in June 2009.
Metal Monkeys also hosted a workshop for 12 artists from 25th to 30th May.