South Beach Commission Opportunity

South Beach are commissioning an artist(s) to work with the South Beach Drop In group to create a piece of performance reflecting this unique community.

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Members of the South Beach Drop In, in partnership with St Peter’s CofE Church and the Transience Programme are seeking proposals from artists, organisations or collectives interested in creating a site-specific performance based in the South Beach area of Blackpool. We are seeking commissions from artists working in traditional or non-traditional performance who are confident in challenging perceptions and encouraging residents to view their community in a different way.

The Commission

South Beach are commissioning an artist(s) to work with the South Beach Drop In group to create a piece of performance reflecting this unique community. We welcome proposals from artists working in both traditional and non-traditional performance; we are open to new ideas so challenge us! We do, however, have a few non-negotiable:

• The artist must include the group at every stage
• We want to challenge perceptions of our area and start a new, positive conversation
• The group must have the opportunity to develop new skills
• The artist(s) must have experience of working with diverse and hard-to-engage groups
• The artist(s) must be available to deliver workshops on Fridays between 1pm-3pm
The number of workshops is to be decided by the artist and group.

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How to apply

Please send your applications to laura.brennan@blackpool.gov.uk by 12pm on the 10th June 2016.

If you would like to discuss this commission further please contact Laura Brennan or on 01253 476211.

Artist Call Out for King Edward Avenue

PLEASE NOTE THE EMAIL ON THE ORIGINAL ADVERT WAS INCORRECT – PLEASE CAN YOU RESUBMIT PROPOSALS TO laura.jamieson@leftcoast.org.uk by the 29th April 2016. We are looking to commission an artist or artists

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PLEASE NOTE THE EMAIL ON THE ORIGINAL ADVERT WAS INCORRECT – PLEASE CAN YOU RESUBMIT PROPOSALS TO laura.jamieson@leftcoast.org.uk by the 29th April 2016.

We are looking to commission an artist or artists to work on an exciting new creative festival being developed with the hotel owners and residents of King Edward Ave, North Shore, Blackpool. This is an opportunity to help the group creatively explore what a festival of wind related activity could look like.

What we are commissioning…

The group that are commissioning this work are looking to develop an annual festival that celebrates wind. The group are keen to transform the perceived negative of wind and the environment into a positive. They would like the festival to be a creative engagement tool, to connect with their neighbours, the larger Blackpool community, visitors staying in Blackpool and to celebrate the close community of this North Shore street.

We are interested to hear from artists across all art forms whose practice relates to wind. This could be as wide and varied as a visual piece that reacts to the change in wind, performance work that is powered by the weather, wind powered light installations or work that explores how the wind shapes the way we use our environment. We are keen to be as experimental as possible and to really explore how innovative a festival of wind could be.

The festival will take place over one weekend, potentially in Sept to tie in with the firework World Championships that take place on North Pier.

How to apply:

There are three ways that you can apply for this commission:

  • Lead Commission- one proposal that will use the entire budget
  • Part of the commission. If you have an idea for a smaller proposal, we will consider commissioning a series of artists to produce different works for the festival.
  • Existing work that could be loaned/ installed and made appropriate for this site.

The work should have a positive legacy. The group hopes to develop and grow the festival of wind as an annual event and this commission will act as a pilot for that.

Please click here to download the full brief
Please send your applications to laura.jamieson@leftcoast.org.uk by the 29th April 2016.

Artist Call out for Mereside at Play

We are looking to recruit a pool of artists to work on our ‘Mereside at Play’ programme of activity over the next 12 months. We would like to hear from

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We are looking to recruit a pool of artists to work on our ‘Mereside at Play’ programme of activity over the next 12 months.

We would like to hear from artists who have a specific interest in play, early years development and open spaces who can deliver workshops and projects.

What we are looking for:

This is a general call out to build up a resource base of artists who we can work with on a paid basis to deliver workshops and projects for the Mereside at Play programme in Blackpool.

We are very interested to hear from artists who have specific experience and interest in working with early years children, concepts of play or exploring green spaces in different ways.

The Mereside at Play programme of activity has been developing over the past two years and artist led sessions have been delivered looking at activities such as area mapping, den building, food and nutrition and growing. We are now entering a 12 month intensive research period that will inform a plan for the development of green spaces on Mereside to be funded through Better Start.

Click here to download the full brief and requirments

How to apply:

To express your interest to be involved in this programme, please send us one document that includes:

• Why you would like to be involved in the Mereside at Play programme (150 word limit)
• How your practice reflects the objectives outlined above (200 word limit)
• Three examples of your work that you feel are relevant (300 word limit, please include images or web links)
• A CV
• Your workshop and daily rate
(Files should be no larger the 5MB)
To laura.jamieson@leftcoast.org.uk By the 22nd of April 2016

From this call out we will develop a pool of artists that can be called on to deliver workshops and projects over the next 12 months. We will invite shortlisted artists to come and meet with us and discuss their practice.

Be part of Project Octagon

Join the next Project Octagon rehearsal on 5 June at Phil Winston’s to register and find out more. Arrive at 1.30pm for a 2pm start. LeftCoast is looking for males

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Join the next Project Octagon rehearsal on 5 June at Phil Winston’s to register and find out more. Arrive at 1.30pm for a 2pm start.

LeftCoast is looking for males between the ages of 16 and 40 to take part in an exciting, UK wide, theatre project for Summer 2016, working with partners in England, Scotland and Wales.

We are looking to recruit individuals who are dedicated and enthusiastic about taking part in a one-off, large-scale event, which will be directed by an award-winning team.

Alongside hundreds of other people you will be taking part in a performance that marks a moment of national history.

Schedule

Sunday 5 June 2016, 2pm to 5pm

Wednesday 8 June, 6pm to 9pm

Wednesday 15 June, 6pm to 9pm

Sunday 19 June, 10am to 6pm (optional)

Sunday 25 June, 10am to 5pm

Wednesday 29 June, 6pm to 9pm

Friday 1 July, all day

Most sessions will take place at Phil Winston’s TheatreWorks, 66-74 Promenade, FY1 1HB and full attendance is required. Although you will need to be comfortable performing in a public space and to have a good level of physical fitness, no performing experience is necessary.

Expenses (such as for travel) will be reimbursed up to £8 per session. If you have any questions please email info@leftcoast.org.uk or call 01253 477973.

 

We look forward to seeing you there.

 

 

Neighbourhood Commissions Photography Brief

This year LeftCoast have commissioned a number of artists to produce artwork in a variety of different art forms as part of the ‘Neighbourhood Commission’ strand of work. The projects

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This year LeftCoast have commissioned a number of artists to produce artwork in a variety of different art forms as part of the ‘Neighbourhood Commission’ strand of work. The projects are taking place in the following areas: South Shore, Kind Edward Avenue, Claremont and Rossall Beach. The artworks range from digital installations to creative workshops and a festival of wind.

We are seeking a photographer to document and photograph these commissions and their journey throughout the upcoming months. Specific dates are yet to be confirmed.

It is expected that several image galleries will be created for each of the different projects to showcase the development of the project and the final event or installation. We would like to capture both the residents involved in the commissioning process and the audience for the final outcomes.
It would be beneficial if some images could be made available to the LeftCoast team throughout the project so they can be uploaded to social media to further promote the workshops and events.

The photographer will grant full usage rights for the images to LeftCoast now and in perpetuity inclusive in the fee. LeftCoast will undertake to credit the photographer on each and every occasion it is used and where practicably possible.

All images will be required as high resolutions jpegs in an accessible format (through DropBox, hard drive transfer, data memory stick etc – not email) within 24 hours of the event finishing. The photographer will be requested to make a selection of their own six favourite images presented in a ready to use format with any corrections or adjustments already made.

Click here to download the full brief

Deadline: Friday 1 April 2016 at 12 noon Fee: Up to £450

To apply: Please email your proposal to info@leftcoast.org.uk and include a full quote, maximum of 5 examples of your work and a 250 word statement on why you are interested in covering this event. Please note when sending images these should be sent via Dropbox or other service – not email.

If you have already joined LeftCoast’s bank of photographers you do not need to send any samples of work.

 

South Beach Neighbourhood Commission Artist opportunity

This is an exciting opportunity for an innovative artist to work in partnership with a group of local business owners and residents in the South Beach area of Blackpool. The

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This is an exciting opportunity for an innovative artist to work in partnership with a group of local business owners and residents in the South Beach area of Blackpool. The commission has been developed through the enthusiasm of the local traders who are keen to explore the creative potential of their area, take risks and challenge people’s perception of the place that they live and work.

We are commissioning an artist to work in partnership with South Beach Trader’s community group which is made up of business owners and residents from this area which is focused around Bond Street.

We would like to use this commission as:

• A way to engage people who live there, those who live in the wider Blackpool area and visitors to the area with a high quality creative experience
• A way to raise the profile of this area
• A way to help people explore the area
• A way to inspire people to learn new and unexpected things about the area
• A way to encourage people to use the businesses on this stretch

We are not prescriptive about form; this could be anything from a guided walk or a piece of street theatre to a digital experience or a temporary space that the group could use again. We would like the work to have an interactive element to it, something that encourages people to think, can be used as an opportunity to further spread the word or pass on a positive story about the area.

The work should have a positive legacy. This might be that, for example, what is discovered inspires the commissioning group to embark on a larger project, a set of skills that are passed onto the residents or a digital archive that can continue to grow.

We are inviting proposals from interested artists who feel that their practice fits with our aims and objectives. We would like to see:
1. Information about your practice (200 words)
2. Three examples of previous work that you feel are relevant to this brief (link to websites or documents no bigger than in total than 5MB)
3. Why you are interested in this opportunity (300 words)
4. How you feel your practice would fit with the brief (150 words)
5. How you would envisage working with the South Beach business group (300 words)

The fee for this commission is £4,500. This will need to include all artist fees, travel, materials, and infrastructure.

From this call out we will invite 4 artists to interview, from which we will appoint 1.

Click here to view the full brief

Please send your applications to laura.jamieson@leftcoast.org.uk by 5pm on the 15th April.

 

Applications open for Future Popular

Future Popular is LeftCoast’s commissions programme open to artists, creative producers and arts organisations based in Blackpool and Wyre. LeftCoast is looking for dynamic, innovative and sustainable proposals from Blackpool

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Future Popular is LeftCoast’s commissions programme open to artists, creative producers and arts organisations based in Blackpool and Wyre.

LeftCoast is looking for dynamic, innovative and sustainable proposals from Blackpool and Wyre based artists  to develop and present a project for the people who live and work here and explore how creativity can play a central part in the future of Blackpool and Wyre.

There are three types of funded commissions available in Round 5 and are open to any art form. You will need to specify what art form and which community setting you want to work in within our application.

The award runs for six months and you need to be able to demonstrate that you can successfully plan and deliver your project to time and to budget. All projects must have final reports submitted by mid-October.

In this round we are shaking it up a bit, adding more variety, more opportunities and challenges… there are 3 strands that individual artists, arts organisations, creative producers or collectives can apply for:

  •  Future Popular – Performs
  • Future Popular – Collective
  • Future Popular – Ambitious

For more information about each of the strands download the guidance here.

To download the Future Popular application form click here.

Please submit your application by Wednesday 13 April at 12 noon.

Interviews for shortlisted applicants will take place on Monday 25 April.

Applications can be returned via email to info@leftcoast.org.uk or by post to LeftCoast, FYCreatives, 154-158 Church Street, Blackpool, FY1 3PS

Please try to talk through your application with a member of LeftCoast staff before you apply. You are much more likely to be successful in an application if you have been able to talk over your ideas with our team in advance. Surgeries for these awards are available at FYCreatives on 30 March at 10am-12pm and 4pm – 6pm. At the start of each surgery there will be a fifteen minute presentation followed by Q&A plus an opportunity for one to ones. Booking is not required.

For any help or advice to applying for Future Popular please contact Jenny Rutter, our Associate Talent Development co-ordinator, who is managing Future Popular on behalf of LeftCoast at jenny@jcrcreative.co.uk.

 

Take part in the SpareParts Festival

Fleetwood Festival of Transport has received a ringing endorsement and investment from Arts Council England to further develop their arts programme SpareParts. The festival, which attracts around sixty thousand people

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Fleetwood Festival of Transport has received a ringing endorsement and investment from Arts Council England to further develop their arts programme SpareParts.

The festival, which attracts around sixty thousand people into the town, will take place on Sunday 17 July and will this year see performances taking place within Memorial Park and in the town centre streets. There will also be a new emphasis on community involvement in the SpareParts Art Parade in the afternoon which is already a firm favourite with audiences.

As part of the investment there will be a new Festival Director recruited who will have responsibility for developing the artistic programme alongside the Fleetwood Festival of Transport committee and the partners.

Click here to find out more about this position and how you can apply. Deadline for applications is 31 March 2016

The festival is also seeking artists to bring transport themed art to Fleetwood either as static installations or performances in Memorial Park, strolling shows in the town centre streets or vehicles for the art parade.

Click here to find out more information and how you can take part in the festival. Deadline for applications is Friday 8 April at 12 noon

LeftCoast work with Voluntary Arts England to provide Microfunds

LeftCoast are supporting Voluntary Arts Week in Blackpool and Wyre by partnering with Voluntary Arts England to offer small grants to local arts/ creative groups in the area. Every year,

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LeftCoast are supporting Voluntary Arts Week in Blackpool and Wyre by partnering with Voluntary Arts England to offer small grants to local arts/ creative groups in the area.

Every year, Voluntary Arts Week (6 – 15 May ) encourages creative groups and projects to open their doors and invite new people to join them. You can read more about this special festival at www.voluntaryartsweek.org.

Your group may be centred on painting, singing, making or performing or all of these activities. If it has a creative focus and is interested in reaching out to new volunteers, participants or audiences then this could be the grant for you.

The Voluntary Arts Week Micro-fund invites self-led groups in Blackpool and Wyre to pitch for £100 to support their involvement during Voluntary Arts Week. The aim being that this modest funding will enable cultural groups to put on an event that engages new people in their activities, thereby helping them to be more sustainable in the long-term.

There are 10 awards of £100 available in Blackpool and Wyre.  The deadline for applications is midday on Wednesday 6TH APRIL 2016 and successful applicants will be announced on Thursday 7th April.

To qualify for the £100, your group or project must put on an event that aims to:

   Recruit new volunteers, audiences or participants

Additional aims:

We are particularly keen to support groups that aim to –

  • Engage with one or more of the following target groups – young people, older people, disabled people / people with additional needs
  • Work in partnership with other projects, groups or organisations to pool resources, share skills and cross-promote activity
  • Be innovative and try something new
  • Share the creativity and skills of current participants and volunteers

 

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Rossall Beach Artist Commission

Rossall Beach Community Group, have appointed Invisible Flock to develop a commission within the unique location of Rossall Beach on the Fylde Coast. The Rossall Beach group have been working

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Rossall Beach Community Group, have appointed Invisible Flock to develop a commission within the unique location of Rossall Beach on the Fylde Coast.

The Rossall Beach group have been working closely with LeftCoast for the last six months and, with money from the LeftCoast Neighbourhood Commission Fund have appointed Invisible Flock to produce a commission using digital technology.

Invisible Flock are an interactive arts organisation based in Leeds, formed in 2009 by three lead artists Ben Eaton, Victoria Pratt and Richard Warburton.

Described by the Guardian as “real innovators” of digital and interactive art they are renowned for creating ground breaking hybrid work across forms. They create artworks that invite people to re-imagine the world they live in and how they participate in it, using technology to incite meaningful encounters.

http://invisibleflock.com/

http://www.rossallbeach.org.uk/

A B&B Artists Commission Opportunities

Art Bed and Breakfast (A B&B) is re-imagining the traditional Blackpool Bed and Breakfast hotel for the 21st Century. We are renovating a traditional seafront B&B (there are over 3000

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Art Bed and Breakfast (A B&B) is re-imagining the traditional Blackpool Bed and Breakfast hotel for the 21st Century. We are renovating a traditional seafront B&B (there are over 3000 B&B’s in Blackpool) with every aspect being a potential artist commission – from whole rooms to tiny details, from exterior facades to daily procedures.

The aim of A B&B is to become a self-sustaining entity as part of a new cultural landscape. All profits will be re-invested into:

  • Further commissioning and programming;
  • Talent and professional development for artists and creative producers;
  • The continued development of A B&B as a social and creative space to engage artists and communities

What we are commissioning…

We are looking for proposals from artists to create site specific permanent or semi-permanent art works to be integrated into the physical structure and operations of the building from spring of 2016. The work will be commissioned by A B&B (Community Interest Company) and supported by LeftCoast, Arts Council England and Clore Duffield Foundation. (see the end of this document for more information about our fantastic supporters)

We would like to commission a wide range of artists to create up to 19 available bedrooms, ground floor public spaces, exterior spaces, their contents and a host of other possibilities in the context of the unique location of Blackpool.

At this stage we are not being over prescriptive about what form we see these commissions taking, we are looking for proposals across all mediums, from installation and visual art to architecture, craft, design, light and sound. Ultimately what we want is something that inspires and engages the people that will visit A B&B in a creative conversation and help positively challenge and change current perceptions of the place.

Artists may take inspiration from the setting of A B&B, its cultural context and its spaces but equally you are invited to take the opportunity to reimagine and re-explore boundaries of your own practice to produce your best work.

In short, you create the art that attracts people to stay and engage with new experiences and they (the public) support the arts while they sleep!

Download the full brief to find out more about this opportunity

Take this opportunity to have a look at our website at http://abandb.co.uk/

Please send your proposals to info@abandb.co.uk by 7pm on Monday 14 March 2016.

Volunteer at Showzam! 2016

Here they come, they’re back in town, it’s the greatest show around! Be centre stage at Showzam! 2016 by volunteering with LeftCoast. We are looking for volunteers aged 16+ to

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Here they come, they’re back in town, it’s the greatest show around! Be centre stage at Showzam! 2016 by volunteering with LeftCoast.

We are looking for volunteers aged 16+ to get stuck in to every aspect of the festival, from stewarding to supporting artists and performers.

If you would like to be involved and are available during the day time between the 13th and the 20th February, please get in touch with our Volunteer Manager for more information.

 

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