The Academy Workshops

The Academy is an intensive course in professional creative practice – designed to support the needs of local makers, artists and generally creative folk, by giving you the fundamental building

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The Academy is an intensive course in professional creative practice – designed to support the needs of local makers, artists and generally creative folk, by giving you the fundamental building blocks upon which to build a solid professional future.

Developed by LeftCoast, and supported by Super Slow Way, Creative Scene and Heart of Glass, The Academy is open to all creative practitioners but priority will be given to practitioners from within these areas. If you are out of these areas we may still be able to offer you a place and we advise that you contact Jenny Rutter on jenny@jcrcreative.co.uk prior to booking a place.

You can book on the whole Academy programme or ‘Pick ‘n’ Mix’ from our menu of workshops, which will all be delivered as practical hands on sessions, designed to help you move on to the next step in your creative career.

Workshops will be held in accessible venues across Blackpool and Wyre and we plan to repeat sessions again throughout the programme. If you cannot make a particular date let us know and we will alert you when new dates are announced.

All workshops are full day sessions – 10am – 5pm – however this is the maximum length and some sessions may run slightly shorter. Once places are confirmed we will confirm with more exact timings.

If you are from LeftCoast’s area (Blackpool and Wyre) we will be targeting future applications to our funding programmes e.g. Future Popular and LeftCoast Express, at people who have undertaken The Academy courses. Our aim is that Blackpool & Wyre based artists will be more successful with our future open commission opportunities by completing The Academy programme. Those of you with big plans can then begin the journey to become a LeftCoast Accelerator organisation.

So what’s on offer…

Step 1: Based on the highly successful NESTA Creative Enterprise Tool kit materials, this day long workshop explores the core questions – what it is that you do, why should anyone care and how are you going to make money out of it? With a bit of simple practical knowledge & planning tools thrown in along the way, this session should give you the confidence to take that leap of faith and push your practice to the next level, whether you are just starting out or need a mid career confidence boost to keep yourself motivated.

Delivered by LeftCoast’s very own Jenny Rutter!

Date: Wednesday 26th October 2016

Venue: FY Creatives, 154-158 Church Street, Blackpool, FY1 3PS

The Numbers: Making it all add up, financial planning for creatives. Practical guides, simple terminology and take away spreadsheets to help you plan and manage your finances. Includes; basic budgeting, forecasting and bookkeeping for self employment. This works shop takes you on a step by step journey that will leave you less mystified and more confident in dealing with money.

Delivered by world renowned Creative Industries Guru – David Parrish author of T-Shirts & Suits & Chase One Rabbit.

Date: Tuesday 1st November 2016

Venue: FY Creatives, 154-158 Church Street, Blackpool, FY1 3PS

Navigating the Art World: De-mystifyies the art world and provides concrete ideas for how you might get your work on the radar of the people most pertinent to your practice. It looks at the ecology of the art world from the artist-led space to international art fairs via public institutions and commercial spaces; the roles of curator, gallerist and commissioner and other key players; the strategies and tools for promoting your practice and approaching galleries and curators; establishing and making best use of your networks and provides the background to setting up your own exhibitions. This is a not to be missed chance to learn about where the opportunities are, and how to be in the right place at the right time!

Provided by a-n, the UK’s leading support and advocacy organisation for visual artists and led by curator Lucy Day (Day+Gluckman) – www.a-n.co.uk

Date: Tuesday 15th November 2016

Venue: Members Lounge, Wyre Civic Centre Poulton-le-Fylde

Crowdfunding for the Arts: Do you know your Kickstarter from your Indigogo, or your Brickstarter from your Crowdfunder? In a world of austerity and increasing pressure on public funds and grants, what are the possibilities for getting arts projects funded by like minded folk, who are interested in your ideas? What’s possible, what’s not, how long does it take and how do you make a compelling case for funding direct from ordinary people? This workshop will answer all these questions, and more, and introduce you to the 21st century’s answer to arts philanthropy.

Provided by a-n, the UK’s leading support and advocacy organisation for visual artists and led by Hen Norton, social artist, creative producer and co-founder of the crowdfunding platform www.wedidthis.org – www.a-n.co.uk

Date: Wednesday 30th November 2016

Venue: FY Creatives, 154-158 Church Street, Blackpool, FY1 3PS

The Theatre Game: This workshop will take you through the complicated world of performing arts practice. Exploring touring & tour booking, producing, theatre based, non traditional & street performance strands and which are the most useful showcases & festivals to take your work to! We will bring in some special guests throughout the day to pass on their experiences of the performance world and you’ll be able to pick their brains to your hearts content.

Delivered by The Future an up and coming producing company based in Manchester.

Date: Wednesday 7th December 2016

Venue: FY Creatives, 154-158 Church Street, Blackpool, FY1 3PS

Creative Ownership: Ever wondered who owns your designs or artwork when you have been commissioned to create something? Have you ever felt short changed by clients or partners when working collaboratively? Do you always feel like you have to accept the terms and conditions offered to you by your client when they don’t seem that good? This workshop explores your relationship with Intellectual Property, what are you generating, how can you protect it, how you can license it to others to make money, as well as how to develop your own contracts to ensure you are setting the terms and conditions under which you operate.

Delivered by world renowned Creative Industries Guru – David Parrish author of T-Shirts & Suits & Chase One Rabbit.

Date: Monday 12th December 2016

Venue: FY Creatives, 154-158 Church Street, Blackpool, FY1 3PS

Developing Great Proposals: This workshop uses real world examples of successful & unsuccessful proposals – and aims to unpick exactly what made them good, bad or ugly! Exploring the importance of imagery and language in proposal development and putting your budgeting skills to good use, you will work within the session to develop proposal concepts to respond to a live brief. Attendees of this workshop will be invited to submit a proposal for a dedicated mini commission, with real money attached for the successful applicant.

Delivered by LeftCoast’s Artistic Director Michael Trainor & Creative Development lead, Jenny Rutter

Date: Wednesday 11th January 2016

Venue: to be confirmed

Social Media Marketing & Promotion: How can you harness the power of social media to promote yourself, your work and develop new audiences? Do you find the world of social media a scary and mind boggling place, or are you as at home on Snapchat, Instagram and Periscope as you are on Facebook and Twitter? What are they all for, which ones should you use, how do you make them work for you and how do you get people to care about what you post? This workshop will explore all of the above – so whether you’re a novice or a pro, there will be lessons to learn about how the social media force can be with you!

Delivered by LeftCoast’s own social media marketing yoda Helen Clay & the Jedi force of 3 Man Factory –http://3manfactory.co.uk/

Date: Tuesday 17th January 2016

Venue: to be confirmed

Show me the Money: A one stop shop day of practical learning about applying for grants. Our friends from the Arts Council will join us to talk about their Grants 4 the Arts funding programme & we’ll introduce other options for funding through trusts & foundations and other potential commissioning streams. Then we will have a go at turning your ideas into bids – help shape the language, avoid the pitfalls and learn how to read between the lines of the questions being asked by funders to make sure your project proposal will make them take notice.

Delivered by LeftCoast’s Jenny Rutter & Ayla Suveren of GobSquad fame with a guest appearance from the Arts Council.

Date: Tuesday 31st January 2017

Venue: to be confirmed

Communicating with Confidence: Do you struggle to get your point across effectively in groups or meetings? Do you have trouble influencing decisions to go your way? Are you nervous speaking in front of others or doing presentations? Or would you just appreciate a bit of fine tuning of your communication style to make sure you’re the best you, you can be? Delivered by the wonderful Rivca Rubin – whose areas of expertise are in communication and leadership development, conflict resolution and change management, creative thinking and future visioning, this workshop will help you develop the authentic you within professional settings, to become well prepared and resourceful and to speak & listen effectively to inspire others to ask you what you want them to know.

Delivered by Rivca Rubin

Date: Febuary 6th 2017

Venue: to be confirmed

The Creative Essentials: Insurance, tax returns, bank accounts, risk assessments, evaluation and monitoring forms etc. There are just some bits of being a professional artist that quite frankly are not very interesting, but we know we need to do them. So if we’re going to do it, we might as well know as much about it as possible, so we can get it over and done with quickly – and actually we might learn some stuff that makes some of the boring bits quite useful and important in our creative practice in the future!

Come armed with questions about the things you need to know, but don’t understand yet, and we’ll aim to answer all those last questions to help you move on from the academy with a spring in your step!

Delivered by LeftCoast’s Jenny Rutter who promises to make it not boring!

Date: Monday 20th February 2016

Venue: to be confirmed

Life After Academy: Once you’ve undertaken all this learning, then you may want some support to put it all into practice, and get you over the inevitable bumps in the road that come your way. Our Action Learning set course will train you in the art of active listening, open questioning, and supportive solutions focused coaching techniques, which you will then put to use in small action learning set groups of your fellow academy participants and a trained facilitator. Action learning set sessions can then take place as often as you like, to help you take your creative practice to the next level through positive peer group support.

Delivered by Rivca Rubin

Date: Monday 13th March 2017

Venue: to be confirmed

Please register your interest on our Eventbrite page

You can register for all workshops or choose the ones you want to attend.

Please note:

Clicking a date does not mean you have a confirmed place but tells us you have expressed an interest. We will contact you by email with actual confirmation if you have achieved a place on your chosen workshop/s or if we need to add you to a reserve list or allocate a different session.

For more information please contact jenny@jcrcreative.co.uk

Volunteer at ABSENT Swop Your Time for Tickets!

We are keen to find people willing to volunteer their time to be ‘Front of House’ volunteers as part of ABSENT.

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Are you interested in seeing the outstanding production of ABSENT at the Winter Gardens but not sure you can afford the tickets?

You can now volunteer your time in exchange for an exciting opportunity with LeftCoast’s latest collaboration – ABSENT.

If you have some free time and would like to see the show and behind the scenes of this fantastic production, from theatre company dreamthinkspeak, then this is the opportunity for you!!

We are keen to find people willing to volunteer their time to be ‘Front of House’ volunteers as part of ABSENT. We are now excited to be able to offer you a discounted £5.00 Golden ticket for the show (normally £17.50) if you volunteer some of your time to be part of ABSENT.

We require volunteers for 4 hr shifts over the 3 weeks of the production. We are offering one £5.00 Golden Ticket for each 4 hour shift that you  agree to cover, up to a maximum of 4 Golden tickets. We will also cover reasonable travel expenses.

About ABSENT

ABSENT is a piece of theatre being created in the Winter Gardens, in and around the Pavillion Theatre, by internationally acclaimed company dreamthinkspeak, led by Tristan Sharps. ABSENT takes you on a theatrical journey along a maze of rooms and corridors that are inexplicably transforming before your very eyes. Mixing film, architecture and vast model-making installations with a haunting soundtrack, you will enter a kaleidoscopic world that shifts between Blackpool’s past, present and future to create a beautiful and unforgettable experience.

The Role

You will be operating in the foyer areas of the building, which will be dressed as a hotel reception. You will help collect tickets, direct the audience and ensure that the performance runs smoothly.  Most importantly, you will be “in role” as hotel staff. You will be provided with a costume and full training will be given.

There will also be a workshop with the Artistic Director to familiarise you with the performance, your role and the set.

There is no script to learn and prior acting experience is not necessary, however, it is integral to the success of the performance that you are able to fully commit to the role and assume the identity of the ‘Front of House Clerk’ whilst participating.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work with an internationally acclaimed company, renowned for producing ground breaking and evocative theatre. Whether you are interested in pursuing a career in theatre, enjoy acting, or would just like to do something exceptional and exciting; this is an opportunity not to be missed.

 

Specifics:

  • 4 hour shifts
  • Full training and costume provided
  • Applicants must be over the age of 18
  • You must be able to attend the training session.

Show Dates

Please apply even if you can only commit to one of these weeks.

20- 25th August 2016

12-16 September 2016

25- 29 September 2016

 

To apply contact:   Kimberley Towler kimberleytowler@hotmail.com  or   07989202447 (Available Mon- Sun)

 

LAST CALL FOR MOVIE STARS!

This is the last call for any one wanting to be involved in 1950s short film as part of the ambitious and intriguing performance work ABSENT

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Do you dream of being a movie star? Would you like to experience being on a set with full make up, professional film crew and 1950s costume? Then this is the opportunity for you!

This is the last call for any one wanting to be involved in 1950s short film as part of the ambitious and intriguing performance work ABSENT at Blackpool Winter Gardens by world-renowned performance company dreamthinkspeak.

You will be dressed as glamorous guests at a stylish 1950s setting in the world famous Winter Gardens Hotel.

Everyone is welcome especially people in their 20s, 30s, 40s and 50’s

You will need to be available on the following dates : AUG 17th (for two hours) and AUG 18th (all day) and be 18 or over.

This really is your last chance so if you are interested please contact Regina TODAY to confirm your availability and costume size. reginacoulon@live.co.uk

First come, first serve. This is your time to be a star!

About ABSENT

Tristan Sharps’ exquisite promenade installation leads theatregoers down the deserted corridors of an imaginary hotel into a mysterious maze-like underworld.                                                                                                                                                                           THE GUARDIAN

Fleeting, maddening and unbearably heart-rending.                                                                                                                                    THE TELEGRAPH

A beautiful work in terms both of what it puts together and how, and of what it leaves for us to fill ourselves.                            FINANCIAL TIMES

 A requiem for both a place and a person, “Absent” is at once absolutely compelling and deeply sad.                                         NEW YORK TIMES

 

 

 

 

 

Free summer activities for young people #Project Haweside…

Are you aged 13+* enjoy DJing, music production and recording? Come and join us.

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Are you aged 13+ enjoy DJing, music production and recording? Would you like to premiere your work on the radio and be part of a mini festival? Maybe you want to express yourself through graffiti? Come and join us for #ProjectHaweside this summer.

Housed in a shipping container on Crossland Road Park young people will be able to take part in creative workshops such as graffiti, podcasts, lyric writing and music, alongside internationally recognised recording artist Danny ‘Falz’ Fahey (TPG).

LeftCoast, in partnership with Blackpool Coastal Housing, have commissioned Danny to lead the free summer young people living in Haweside. Danny said, “Working on Project Haweside over the summer is going to be an experience, delivering anything creative in open spaces is always a good vibe. Hopefully the weather will be good and we’ll create some special art and music.”

At the end of the summer a small micro festival will be held with sound and a DJ, where participants can the work that they have created with the community.

Workshops will take place on the following dates between 4 and 7 PM:

28 July – Thurs. Audio podcast & graffiti

29 July – Fri. Audio podcast & lyric writing

4 Aug – Thurs. Audio podcast, sound & music

5 Aug – Fri. Audio podcast & graffiti

11 Aug – Thurs. Audio podcast & lyric writing

12 Aug – Fri. Audio podcast, sound & music

16 Aug – Tues. Audio podcast & graffiti

17 Aug – Wed. Audio podcast & lyric writing

23 Aug – Tues. Audio podcast sound & music, flows exposed

You do not need to book onto the workshops you can just turn up on the day.

The finale micro festival will be held on 24 Aug – Wed between 1-6pm.

Cath Powell, LeftCoast’s Creative Community Engagement Officer, said, “I am delighted that LeftCoast have been able to commission Danny Fahey for project Haweside. Danny is an international recording artist working across various genres so he will have no problem in engaging the young people of Haweside on this project. I think the young people are in for a very productive summer.”

For more information contact Cath Powell at LeftCoast on cath.powell@leftcoast.org.uk or call 01253 477973.

For more information about LeftCoast go online to www.leftcoast.org.uk, call 01253 477973 or email info@leftcoast.org.uk, you can also like LeftCoast on Facebook at \LeftCoastUK or follow us on Twitter @LeftCoastUK

Check out Danny at www.thirtypoundgentleman.com.

 

 

PAID USHER ROLES FOR ABSENT

We are recruiting for a pool of 40 Ushers to be part of ABSENT. Audience members are not guided or led through ABSENT, they are left to their own devices

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We are recruiting for a pool of 40 Ushers to be part of ABSENT.

Audience members are not guided or led through ABSENT, they are left to their own devices to discover the route as they go. Along the route, Ushers will be in costume and “in role” as members of the hotel staff. Although there is usually no direct verbal interaction with the audience (unless initiated by an audience member who might need help) the presence of each member of staff is crucial to the surreal and slightly unsettling effect of the whole experience.

The health and safety of audience members is a crucial part of the role (full training provided). There will also be a workshop with the artistic director which will focus on “in role” audience management and developing a sense of presence.

– 4 hour shifts

– Full training provided including health and safety

– ROP is National Living Wage.

– Please only apply if you are 18+ years of age.

Important dates below. Please note you must be available on one of the training days.

Training

2 – 7pm August 13th/14th

SHOW DATES

*Please apply even if you are only available for some of the dates. The maximum amount of shifts available per person is 4 per week.

The show is on all day and the work is in 4 hour shifts.

19th – 25th August

12th – 16th September

25th – 29th September

We are very sorry we cannot offer these shifts to those already employed at The Grand Theatre.

Please send a cover letter and CV to nataliew@blackpoolgrand.co.uk by 10am on the 25th July 2016

 

Join our Team!

LeftCoast is an exciting and ambitious Arts Council England Creative People & Places programme to develop arts engagement across Blackpool and Wyre. The programme is part of a major national

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LeftCoast is an exciting and ambitious Arts Council England Creative People & Places programme to develop arts engagement across Blackpool and Wyre. The programme is part of a major national initiative by Arts Council England to engage people in the arts that don’t currently do so.

We’ve got an ambitious and exciting few years coming up – where else can you work on developing a disused hotel into an artist designed B&B one day and a re-imagining of King Kong the next?

A key aspect to Creative People and Places is the empowerment of the local community to take the lead in developing arts programmes in the areas in which they live. Within its first three years of existence, LeftCoast has been a significant catalyst for change, accelerating cultural momentum across Blackpool and Wyre. It’s a tough job and that’s why we need the best candidate to join us in delivering our work.

We are looking for an experienced Programme Manager to lead LeftCoast and its dedicated team during the delivery and evaluation stages of this programme.

Based in Blackpool, this role carries responsibility for effective programme management, leading the delivery team and a complex range of projects spanning all art forms from small grassroots workshops to major international artists. You will be an excellent collaborator, experienced at generating momentum, realising ambition and following through to fruition.

LeftCoast’s programme is managed by a consortium comprising of Blackpool Council Cultural Services, Wyre Council, Merlin (The Tower), Blackpool Grand Theatre, Jobs Friends and Houses and Blackpool Coastal Housing the latter being the lead consortium partner and host organisaton.

Please see our LeftCoast Programme Manager Job Pack for full details.

If you would like an informal chat about the role or want to find out more please contact: Maggie Saxon, Interim Director, LeftCoast:  maggie.saxon@leftcoast.org.uk

For an application form please click HERE

Closing date: noon on Friday 29th July 2016

Interview dates: Thursday 4th August, Thursday 11th August (second interviews)

Volunteer with us at the Mount Pavilion, Fleetwood

If you are interested in volunteering opportunities then join us for a Mount Tea Party on Thursday 7th July, 2pm-5pm at the Mount Pavilion, Fleetwood. Due to the success of

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If you are interested in volunteering opportunities then join us for a Mount Tea Party on Thursday 7th July, 2pm-5pm at the Mount Pavilion, Fleetwood.

Due to the success of our exceptional and exciting arts and creativity workshop programme, which runs throughout the year including school holidays, we are on the lookout for volunteer workshop assistants.

You don’t need to have any prior experience but you do need to be over the age of 18. You may be a parent or grandparent who already attends our workshops, or you may be looking for some hands on experience to boost your career (and your CV!)

With superb views, reaching as far as the Lake District on a clear day, the Mount is a spectacular and beloved landmark of the North West coastline. After being closed to the public for many years, LeftCoast has reopened and reanimated the space, utilising the building as a creative hub for children and young people.

The Mount is currently undergoing a revival as Wyre Council restores the seaward side of the Grade II registered gardens to their original 19th century design. A bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund to transform the landward side including pavilion, rose garden and gate lodge is also being developed. Find out more at wyre.gov.uk/themount

If you are interested in volunteering with us, or if you would just like to find out more about LeftCoast, join us at a pop up tea party in the Mount on Thursday July 7th, 2pm to 5pm. There is no need to RSVP, just pop in, we would love to see you.

ABSENT

Take a journey through the hidden spaces of Blackpool’s iconic Winter Gardens to explore the bygone splendour of its glorious past before it is redeveloped by a modern property company.

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EXPERIENCE A SHOW LIKE NO OTHER

Take a journey through the hidden spaces of Blackpool’s iconic Winter Gardens to explore the bygone splendour of its glorious past before it is redeveloped by a modern property development company.

In 1958 a young woman wins the jackpot on the Premium Bonds and celebrates by checking into the exclusive Pavilion Suite at the fashionable Winter Gardens Hotel.

Over 50 years later, she is still living there.

Now the new owners of the building say they are redeveloping the hotel to make it more affordable for working people, creating jobs and prosperity. They have a reputation to maintain and they want her out.

But what are they really up to? What’s really going on inside the once darkened corridors and faded interiors of this mysterious hotel?

Above all, who is this enigmatic woman and why has she been there for so long?

Travelling in small groups at your own pace, ABSENT takes you on a theatrical journey along a maze of rooms and corridors that are inexplicably transforming before your very eyes. Mixing film, architecture and vast model-making installations with a haunting soundtrack, you will enter a kaleidoscopic world that shifts between Blackpool’s past, present and future to create a beautiful and unforgettable experience.

You’ll never look at the Winter Gardens in the same way again; you’ll never look at Blackpool in the same way again.

“Beautiful and unbearably heart rendering” The Telegraph

”  A singular experience” The New York Times

Taking place on the following dates:

20 to 25 August

12-16 September

25 to 29 September

 12:00 to 21:45

Tours £17.50

Call Winter Gardens Hotel on 01253 74 33 44 or visit wintergardenshotel.co.uk

#wintergardenshotel

Freelance stage craft opportunities for a whole range of disciplines in Blackpool this summer

We have lots of opportunities for stage crafts available this summer in Blackpool.

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We have lots of opportunities for stage crafts available this summer in Blackpool. Come and join internationally acclaimed dreamthinkspeak who are creating an ambitious and intriguing performance work, ABSENT, in a secret location in Blackpool during August and September. The project is commissioned by Blackpool Grand Theatre and LeftCoast.

There are several freelance opportunities available, from production carpenters to sound and lighting technicians and from stage managers to scenic artists.

How to apply:

Please email a CV and cover letter, with the role you are interested in within the subject line to nataliew@blackpoolgrand.co.uk by Monday 6th June, interviews will take place on Thursday 9th June.

Roles available –

Production Carpenters
5th JULY – 18th AUG
(probable 6 day week)
£150 per day (negotiable upward according to exp)

Experience of set-building; able to work to a clean and precise finish; own tools; ability to build from drawings.

LX Technician
JULY: up to 6 days, flexible
AUG: 11th – 20th
£115 per day plus overtime (mainly AUG 11th – AUG 19)

Able to work independently + closely with artistic director on lighting plan and levels.

Sound Technician
JULY: up to 4 days, flexible
AUG: 9th – 20th
£115 per day plus overtime
(mainly AUG 9th – AUG 19)

Able to work independently + closely with artistic director on layout of speakers and sound levels; experience of Q-lab.

Video Technician
JULY: up to 8 days, flexible
AUG: 9th – 20th
£150 per day plus overtime
(mainly AUG 9th – AUG 19)

Able to work independently and problem-solve; logistical skills to plan and deliver complex, multiple video streams;

Company Stage Manager
11TH JULY – 25th AUG
12th SEPT – 16th SEPT
25th SEPT – 4th OCT
£550 per week basic plus overtime (mainly between AUG 9th – SEPT 25th)

Multi-tasking role, running from ASM, DSM to CSM duties;
Excellent org & comms skills; calm; able to direct crew in turnarounds; scenic skills desirable; basic technical show ops
Stage Manager
11TH JULY – 25th AUG
12th SEPT – 16th SEPT
25th SEPT – 4th OCT
£450 per week basic plus overtime (mainly between AUG 9th – SEPT 25th)

Multi-tasking role; excellent org & comms skills; propping; set-dressing; show-running; basic technical show operation; able to handle large number of performers; calm.
Show Technician
1st AUG – 25th AUG
12th SEPT – 16th SEPT
25th SEPT – 4th OCT
£450 per week basic plus overtime (mainly between AUG 9th – SEPT 25th)

Resourceful all-rounder with working knowledge of LX, sound, visual operation and trouble-shooting; able to work independently and calmly.

Scenic Artist
JULY 12th – AUG 19th
£650 per week

Experience and skill at creating new / clean or old / degraded scenic finishes; able to effectively manage a team of scenic painters and volunteers; good organizational skills.
Scenic Painters x4
JULY 11th – AUG 19th
£500 per week

Solid painting skills to clean and precise finish; some set dressing required.

Crew 1 4 – 8 required on various dates
JUNE: 7th
JULY: up 6 days (dates TBC)
AUG: 8th – 19th (6 – 12 days TBC)
SEPT: 12th, 16th, 25th
SEPT 29th – OCT 4th (2 – 6 days)

£10 per hour

Strong, reliable, hard-working crew for lifting and carrying scenery and props; rigging & de-rigging of scenery.
Crew 2 Set dressing crew 4 – 8 required on various dates
AUG 16th, 18th, 25th
SEPT: 12th, 16th, 25th, 29th

£10 per hour

Scenic dressing and prop rigging / de-rigging; precise and able to work to time constraints; work under SM team
Costume Designer
Completely flexible

£2500
Very coordinative role; excellent comms + logistical skills for planning multiple costuming scenarios, including for up to 150 volunteers; confident to coordinated teams of costume + hair and make-up assistants.

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.

Click here to download the full brief 

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.

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