Art B&B Associate Artist scheme

We are looking for locally based artists to be part of the new Art B&B Associate Artist programme, who want to develop their professional arts practice/careers, by developing work within

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We are looking for locally based artists to be part of the new Art B&B Associate Artist programme, who want to develop their professional arts practice/careers, by developing work within the context of our ground breaking and exciting Art B&B.

The first phase of associate artist placements will take place during the renovation and opening phase of the project. So it’s a great opportunity for artists who want to get involved at the early stages of our development and create work that can help inform and shape the programme as it emerges.

Becoming an Art B&B Associate artist does not mean that we expect all of your practice to focus on the Art B&B project all of the time. Rather that you work alongside us and are able to integrate & build on your existing practice through the opportunities provided.

The Art B&B Associate Artist scheme aims to:

  • Connect more people with Arts & Culture
  • Explore alternative spaces for art to exist
  • Develop the artistic talent on our doorstep
  • Promote artist profiles within a critically engaged national context
  • Reward ambitious, risk taking practice and approaches to making art

Successful applicants will benefit from 18 months of benefits including:

  • Mentoring & 1 to 1 guidance and support from the LeftCoast and Art B&B team
  • Peer Group development sessions
  • Connections to and opportunities to work alongside established Art B&B commissioned artists
  • Access to a collaborative workspace and initial exhibition opportunities at our partner venue Abingdon Studios
  • A £1000 Express Professional Development grant that can be spent on a personalised programme of courses, conferences, travel to exhibitions and events, and meeting the people who can really help you develop your ideas and practice.
  • Up to £2000 towards match funding to allow you to bid for an Arts Council G4A grant to realise some of your project ideas.
  • Space to exhibit the outcomes of your activity within the Art B&B ongoing programme of activity, once the building is open.

This is an interdisciplinary opportunity, and artists working across all disciplines are encouraged to apply. We want to see evidence of a pro-active working practice, recent exhibitions, projects, performances and work in development etc.

If you are an artist who is actively working in their field of practice, and can demonstrate a desire to make artistic practice their full time occupation. Please see our guidelines –  A BB Associate Artist Scheme guidelines application.

LeftCoast Studio – Assistant Curator Opportunity

LeftCoast Studio – Assistant Curator Opportunity Seaside Towns out of Season Exhibition Artist: Jill Reidy Time: 5 days LeftCoast are working with local Photographer and Artist Jill Reidy, to create

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LeftCoast Studio – Assistant Curator Opportunity Seaside Towns out of Season Exhibition

Artist: Jill Reidy

Time: 5 days

LeftCoast are working with local Photographer and Artist Jill Reidy, to create an opportunity for an aspiring Curator, to support her in the selection & presentation of works for her forthcoming exhibition, Seaside Towns out of Season at Abingdon Studios in late September 2017.

LeftCoast Studio offers professional practice development opportunities at three levels – Associate, Assistant and Placement – this is an assistant level role and as such is not paid but the person selected will have all travel and subsistence expenses covered for their time working with us.  For more information about the LeftCoast Studio scheme please visit Studio

This Assistant Curator role is expected to involve approximately five days work and will involve:

  • Supporting Jill to curate a suitable selection of works from her recent photography road trip around seaside towns throughout England.
  • Helping to design the exhibition format and presentation of works.
  • Assisting with the hanging of works for the exhibition.
  • Attending & helping at the private view opening event

This is an opportunity to gain experience assisting a local artist who is developing an exciting new exhibition and presenting work funded through a highly successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign.

We need a person with a pro-active attitude who is happy to be flexible in their approach to supporting the project. This is an ideal opportunity for a recent graduate or current student at HE undergraduate or post graduate level who is interested in gaining experience and a better understanding of what a curatorial role in the arts involves. Jill is excited to work with someone who can bring their creative ideas and enthusiasm to help her edit 2000 images down to the 20 that really tell the story of her adventure and explore the inherent split personality of seaside towns.

How to Apply:

To apply for this opportunity please email jenny.rutter@leftcoast.org.uk with the answers to the following questions (no more than 400 words in total) by Sunday 13th August at 5pm.

  1. What interests you about this opportunity?
  2. What do you feel you could bring to this project?
  3. What would you hope to gain from this experience?

Please also tell us…

  1. a) Your name
  2. b) Your contact email & telephone
  3. c) Your address & Postcode.

 

More about Jill Reidy & Seaside Towns out of Season:

A Solo Photographic Road Trip had been on my bucket list for a long time.

Originally a Londoner, I’ve lived in Blackpool for the past forty years, and loved (nearly) every minute of it. As a photographer, this town is a dream. I turned sixty five this year and the time had come to step out of my comfort zone and drive off into the wilderness (well, first stop Whitley Bay…) in my little Smart Car, armed only with a SatNav, a bag of cameras, the odd change of clothes and enough energy, grit, determination and petrol to visit seven or eight seaside towns in just over a week.

I was interested in what makes these towns tick out of season.  I love to find the unusual, the quirky side of places I visit, and this is what I was looking for along the way.  As I travelled around I realised there were two sides to every town:  the rundown/quirky; and the beautiful seascapes and sunsets.   I’ve tried to include both sides in the final project.  I’ve held several exhibitions over the last few years, but never one that depicted so many destinations.  My stops were:  Whitley Bay, Whitby, Scarborough, Great Yarmouth, Southend, Margate, Brighton.  I also visited Exeter and Exmouth on a separate trip, with the aim of shooting images along the same theme.  And, of course, no project about seaside towns would be complete without including Blackpool and Fleetwood.

I’m a writer/storyteller as well as a photographer and I loved hearing personal stories about the towns. I’ve already collated many of the images and produced a 100 page photo book.  Now I’m working towards an exhibition in Blackpool in late September.

It would be great to have some help with curating the exhibition. I’m notoriously bad at making decisions, so choosing 20 images out of about 2000 is my idea of a nightmare.

www.facebook.com/redsnapperphotography.co.uk

Win a sweet treat and tickets to Rear View

You could be in with a chance to win a sweet treat, in celebration of International Chocolate Day (7 July 2017), and a pair of tickets for the Thursday 13th

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You could be in with a chance to win a sweet treat, in celebration of International Chocolate Day (7 July 2017), and a pair of tickets for the Thursday 13th July 5.30pm performance of Rear View just by heading over to our social media channels:

Twitter – @LeftCoastUK – retweet (RT) the competition tweet

Facebook – @leftcoastuk – like and comment on the competition post

The competition opens on Friday 7 July and closes at 23.59 on Sunday 9th July. Winners will be drawn at random on Monday 10 July.
***Please note tickets and prize must be collected from LeftCoast in Blackpool***

GOOD LUCK!

T&Cs apply  – REARVIEW Ticket Competition T&Cs

Don’t want to wait? BOOK NOW – Buy Tickets

The Academy: Grants for the Arts day

Artists, performers, producers and curators of Blackpool & Wyre – come and join us for a FREE workshop to help shape and develop your Grants for the Arts applications. The

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Artists, performers, producers and curators of Blackpool & Wyre – come and join us for a FREE workshop to help shape and develop your Grants for the Arts applications.

The first part of the day will be led by Arts Council England officers Anna Hassan and Imogen Ashby with a presentation and discussion of the G4A funding scheme and how to develop the best application possible,  whilst highlighting some of the common mistakes applicants make.

If you would like more tailored advice bookable 1 to 1 surgery sessions are available after lunch, where you can go into more detail about your ideas or follow up for feedback on previous applications that have been unsuccessful.

Whilst others are having 1 to 1s with the Arts Council team, Jenny Rutter, LeftCoast’s Creative Development Manager, will be on hand delivering a short practical workshop going through all the individual questions on the G4A form – so you will leave well prepared to get that application started!

There will also be an opportunity to learn about our new Future Popular funding stream, which can help you secure the match funding you need for your ACE G4A bids.

When: Monday 10th July

Where: FYC, CHURCH STREET, BLACKPOOL, FY1 3PS

AGENDA 

Arrive from 10am – Refreshments

10.30 – 12.00 – ACE G4A presentation and Q&A session

12.00 – 12.30 – lunch (bring a packed lunch please, but teas and coffee provided)

12.30 – 2.30 – 1 to 1 Surgeries with ACE officers (8 x 30min slots available)

12.30 – 4pm – G4A questions workshop with Jenny

To book your place on this event please visit the Eventbrite booking link HERE

If you want to book an individual surgery slot with the ACE team – then please email jenny.rutter@leftcoast.org.uk who will allocate you a timed slot. These will be awarded on a first come first served basis, so please let us know quickly to avoid disappointment.

 

 

DEADLINE EXTENDED LeftCoast Studio – Assistant Producer Opportunity

King Edward Avenue Co-commission Artist: Dan Fox Time: 6 days Expenses: an allowance of £50 per day LeftCoast have created an Assistant Producer role as part of LeftCoast Studio. To

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King Edward Avenue Co-commission

Artist: Dan Fox

Time: 6 days

Expenses: an allowance of £50 per day

LeftCoast have created an Assistant Producer role as part of LeftCoast Studio. To fill this role, we are looking for a person to develop their skills by assisting lead artist Dan Fox , LeftCoast and King Edward Residents group to realise their vision for a new interactive light commission in October 2017.

As part of LeftCoast Studio we offer professional practice development opportunities at 3 levels Associate, Assistant and Placement – this is an assistant level role and as such is not paid but the person selected will have all travel and subsistence expenses covered for their time working with us. For more information about the LeftCoast Studio scheme please visit HERE.

This is an opportunity to gain experience assisting innovative artists who are creating a new site specific work, bespoke to the North Shore area of Blackpool.

The role will include supporting the artists and project partners as they develop, create and stage the new work which will be presented at a one day event in October. You will be needed for a total of 6 days during the summer and autumn leading up to & including the event.

The new work includes elements of light, projection, outdoor art and heritage, so if these are areas you are interested in, this might be the opportunity for you.

We need a person with a pro active attitude who is happy to be flexible in their approach to supporting the project. It would particularly suit someone who is interested in co-commissioning models, or creating work with communities. This is an ideal opportunity a recent graduate or current student at FE or HE level, or someone who has good organizational skills and is interested in trying out a creative career and wants to gain some exciting on the job experience. The opportunity might include jobs such as:

  • Checking locations
  • Liaising with community group
  • Practical support such as helping install
  • Researching local queries
  • Supporting the artists when they are on site

How to Apply:

To apply for this opportunity please email jenny.rutter@leftcoast.org.uk with the answers to the following questions (no more than 400 words in total) by Monday 26th June at 12pm:

  1. What interests you about this opportunity?
  2. What do you feel you could bring to this project?
  3. What would you hope to gain from this experience?

Please also tell us…

a) Your name

b) Your contact email & telephone

c) Your address & Postcode

LeftCoast Express – deadline extended

LeftCoast Express is a self-directed learning programme for artists, creative producers, curators and programmers living in Blackpool and Wyre aimed at developing their leadership skills in the arts. There is

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LeftCoast Express is a self-directed learning programme for artists, creative producers, curators and programmers living in Blackpool and Wyre aimed at developing their leadership skills in the arts.

There is a simple application process and funding is available for successful individuals to apply for a package of up to £1000 and a dedicated coach to support the development of your creative practice over a 12 month period.

The purpose of LeftCoast Express is to give individuals the opportunity to identify gaps in their knowledge or experience and increase their skills and understanding of the sector. It aims to build capacity amongst arts professionals in Blackpool and Wyre and help them to develop their organisations, set up and run new projects and support others in the process.

LeftCoast is passionate about strengthening arts and cultural provision to help it become more sustainable and to be a key player in Blackpool and Wyre. It is not directly about developing individual art forms (e.g. becoming a better ceramicist) but is about developing personal skills and knowledge that allow you to more effectively contribute to wider debates about the role of arts and culture and establish new ventures that benefit more people.

What is ‘self-directed’?

This means that you determine your own needs, draw up a programme of courses, conferences, coaching, mentoring or secondment (as appropriate) and organise it yourself. The programme needs to be agreed with the LeftCoast as part of the application process.

What is a ‘learning programme’?

This is not a ‘taught’ experience (like going to college for example) but the onus is on you to be pro-active in exploring and finding what you need to build confidence, knowledge and aspiration.

To help you with the process please read the Frequently Asked Questions section in our Guidelines document to find out more about what & who we want to fund.

The application deadline for LeftCoast Express round 5 is 5pm on Sunday 25th June. Shortlisted applicants should be available for interview on Monday 3rd July.

Please talk through your application with Jenny Rutter – jenny.rutter@leftcoast.org.uk  LeftCoast Creative Development Manager before you apply – regular surgery slots are available to book on our website, or contact Jenny directly to arrange a chat. 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.

Please download our Guidelines and Application Form here.

 

Future Popular is back!

Future Popular is an opportunity for artists, arts organisations, producers and existing or new collectives based in Blackpool and Wyre, to contribute to LeftCoast’s ambition to find new audiences and

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Future Popular is an opportunity for artists, arts organisations, producers and existing or new collectives based in Blackpool and Wyre, to contribute to LeftCoast’s ambition to find new audiences and explore the space between entertainment/popular culture and art in order to find out what is… the Future Popular.

Future Popular is back and is changing! Along with LeftCoast’s development priorities & those of our partner project A B&B; we need to make sure that artists and arts organisations in Blackpool & Wyre are prepared and ready to make successful applications to the Arts Council England and other national funders, rather than providing whole project funding ourselves…

However, we know that it is hard to meet the requirements of these funders, in particular the 10% minimum cash match funding required by some.

So from now on Future Popular will support you in the following ways. You can apply to us for up to 10% of the overall costs of a project you want to deliver. If successful in your Future Popular application you can then include our contribution as confirmed cash match within your application to Arts Council, Heritage Lottery Fund or another funder. We will offer our help and guidance in making those applications and then if you are successful in raising all the money for your project, we will release our 10% contribution.

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.

Future Popular is open to any art form. You will need to specify what art form and which community setting/s you want to work in within your application.

Future Popular is an open application process, there are no deadlines, but we do have a finite pot of money to award.

Therefore:

  • If you are successful in your application to us, there will be a 6 month period allowed for you to raise the additional funds for your project, or your money will be returned to the pot and awarded to other applicants. (The LeftCoast team will support you throughout that process.)
  • You can only apply for 1 Future Popular project at any time
  • The scheme can be suspended at any time if all monies have been allocated
  • You need to be able to demonstrate that you can successfully plan and deliver your project to time and to budget

Please talk through your application with Jenny Rutter, LeftCoast’s Creative Development Manager before you apply – regular surgery slots are available to book on our website, or contact Jenny directly to arrange a chat. 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.

Please download our Future Popular Guidelines, Application Form and Budget Tool.

Win tickets to DEPART

You could be in with a chance to win a pair of tickets for the opening night of DEPART (1 June 2017) just by heading over to our social media channels:

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You could be in with a chance to win a pair of tickets for the opening night of DEPART (1 June 2017) just by heading over to our social media channels:

Twitter – @LeftCoastUK – retweet (RT) the competition tweet

Facebook – @leftcoastuk – like and comment on the competition post

Instagram – leftcoast_uk – like and comment on the competition post

The competition opens on Sunday 21 May and closes at 23.59 on Sunday 28 May. Winners will be drawn at random on Monday 29 May.

GOOD LUCK!

T&Cs apply  – DEPART Competition T&Cs

C!RCA Professional Development Masterclass – apply now

DEADLINE EXTENDED!  As you will know we will be welcoming internationally acclaimed Circa Contemporary Circus to Blackpool at the beginning of June to perform their new show DEPART in Stanley Park. 

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DEADLINE EXTENDED! 

As you will know we will be welcoming internationally acclaimed Circa Contemporary Circus to Blackpool at the beginning of June to perform their new show DEPART in Stanley Park. 
As part of this LeftCoast Studio, is offering a rare opportunity for a small group of emerging and established performers, to join members of the Circa Artistic Team and explore a range of techniques that will push you to take your body to the extremes of different dance horizons.

This practical professional development workshop will not only explore techniques used in Circa’s practice, but it will also introduce participants to the methodology behind the creation and presentation of new work.

The session will take place on Saturday 3rd June from 1 – 3pm at Stanley Park in Blackpool.

Places for this exciting session are limited, so we are making them available to emerging & established circus, dance & performance practitioners, via a simple application process.

If you would like a place on the Circa Performance Masterclass session please submit your application via this LINK by 12pm on Wednesday 24 May. We’ll let you know if you’ve got a place on the session as soon as possible, so keep the session date free in your diary until then.

Could your group be a star of stage, screen or…street?

 A new show which takes audiences through the streets of Blackpool is looking for a community cast. LeftCoast are looking for Fylde Coast groups and clubs to volunteer to play

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 A new show which takes audiences through the streets of Blackpool is looking for a community cast.

LeftCoast are looking for Fylde Coast groups and clubs to volunteer to play a part in an unusual theatre show that takes place on the streets of Blackpool. The show starts at the Grundy Art Gallery and the audience set off on a double decker bus which has been especially converted into a mobile theatre.

Sports, activity and social clubs are invited to be part of the ‘street scene’ by undertaking their group activity in unusual locations along the route – it could be a dance group in a back street, chess on the prom, martial arts in the car park, keep fit in the cake shop or a brass band in a parked car – almost anything goes – the more unusual the better. The idea is that the passing audience won’t know whether this is what normally happens in Blackpool or part of the show and LeftCoast can help you be part of it.

The show – which is called ‘Rear View’ by IOU theatre company – starts off in a life drawing class but the audience are soon taken outside wearing special headphones and are transported backwards thorough the story of a woman’s life on a journey through the streets of Blackpool.

The theatre bus, which has the audience facing backwards, has been specially created for the show which is being presented in the build up to The Spare Parts/Tram Sunday Festival in Fleetwood this summer.

The audience members will be among the first to experience new 3D immersive sound system through the headphones that they wear throughout the show – with a soundtrack that blends poetry, music and sonic recordings that relate to the location you are seeing.

The show runs five times a day (afternoon and early evening) on Thurs 14th, Friday 15th and Saturday 16th July and clubs/groups would need to be available for more than one but not necessarily all of the performances.

This is very much the streets becoming the stage and we would welcome any group who would like to enliven it through doing what they already do but built in to an outdoor theatre show.

Kay Trayford at LeftCoast would love to hear from you if you would like to discuss it, hear more about it, or just blindly sign up out of sheer excitement. Contact Kay at Kay.trayford@leftcoast.org.uk or on 01253 477973. If you are interested in other volunteering opportunities with the show as an individual we would also love to hear from you.

Find out more information about the show and the community cast opportunity HERE.

If you would like to register interest in tickets for the show before they go on sale please contact Helen Clay helen.clay@leftcoast.org.uk or fill in the form HERE.

About IOU

Led by one of the founding members, David Wheeler, IOU has delivered art and performance projects to audiences across Europe for the last four decades. Launched the same year as Apple, IOU has always worked with the technology of the time making original work across art-forms including: sound, video and sculptural installations, site specific performance, interactive digital works and virtual worlds.

Since 1984, the company has developed and orchestrated all of its work inside the historic mill buildings at Dean Clough, once the world’s largest carpet factory and now a nationally renowned centre for arts, business, design and education.

“From cloud-clearing canons to a play taking place in moving vehicles, IOU has been pushing creative boundaries in Halifax for 40 years.” Big Issue North

IOU is funded by Arts Council England, Dean Clough, Squire Patton Bogg, SSP-UK, Garfield Weston and Friends of IOU.

www.ioutheatre.org

Artist Commission – Mereside (Blackpool)/ New West Division Police Headquarters

A new opportunity has arisen for an artist commission to develop a new piece of work, in partnership with the communities of Mereside, Blackpool for the new police headquarters.  LeftCoast

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A new opportunity has arisen for an artist commission to develop a new piece of work, in partnership with the communities of Mereside, Blackpool for the new police headquarters.

 LeftCoast have been working with the communities of Mereside for the past 12 months through Mereside at Play, a project to creatively explore the green spaces of the estate. This project will come to fruition in autumn 2017 through the redevelopment of one of Mereside large green spaces into a playful space designed with the under 4’s in mind. Through this consultation we have developed a partnership with the police and the new police station being built opposite the estate.

 The build of the new police station is a great opportunity for the police to work closely with the community that they will soon be part of. The developers have offered schemes such as skills open days on the site, and the police have identified the option to install a new art work, created with the surrounding community within their main entrance.

This is an exciting opportunity to create something innovative and unique that will become part of the fabric of the police station and the place, bridging the gap between community and police. 

Please see the full Mereside Artist Brief for more information.

Timeframe

  • Closing date for proposals Mon 29 May at 5pm
  • Interviews are to be held in early July
  • Work to commence mid July

 

ON SALE NOW – Circa: DEPART

DEPART is a spectacular spellbinding show from internationally acclaimed Australian circus artists, Circa. Coming to Blackpool’s Stanley Park, 1st-4th June 2017. Blackpool is the final destination in this sell-out tour

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DEPART is a spectacular spellbinding show from internationally acclaimed Australian circus artists, Circa.

Coming to Blackpool’s Stanley Park, 1st-4th June 2017. Blackpool is the final destination in this sell-out tour and is an opportunity to experience circus mixed with dance like you have never seen before.

Tickets are on sale now, priced at £10-12.50 (including booking fees) and are available online HERE (other booking options are available – see below).

©Tristram Kenton

Inspired by the ancient Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice, DEPART will take you on a path through the vast spaces, iconic features and intimate wooded areas of Stanley Park, transforming one of Blackpool’s most beautiful public spaces into the underworld.

Taking over the Park for just 4 days, circus artists will dance above your head, surprising you with extraordinary feats of physicality as they guide you through the space between life and death in this astonishing visual feast.

Led by Yaron Lifschitz, creator of some of the most highly innovative and genre-defying circus in the world, with a creative team including the electronic music legend Lapalux, DEPART brings together acrobats, aerialists, video artists and Fylde Coast community choirs and dancers for an experience like no other.

On a recent site visit to Blackpool from Australia Yaron was looking forward to bringing this production to Blackpool, and Stanley Park in particular, “Blackpool has such a large entertainment context and it will be really interesting to ask the audience to come and see a show in a different way than they are perhaps used to. This will be the fourth place that the show will be performed and it is really great to be able to deliver this in a new and powerful way that this extraordinary site allows me to.”

He continued, “Blackpool is proving to be the place I can make the show I always wanted to make!”

Michael Trainor, Artistic Director at LeftCoast said, “Circa is the most consistently brilliant contemporary circus company and is actually my own personal favourite. Normally you would have to go to a major city or international festival to see them so to have them on our doorstep in Stanley Park is an absolutely fantastic opportunity not to be missed.”

©Tristram Kenton

 

Tickets are on sale now, priced at £10-12.50 (including booking fees) and are available online HERE or from The Blackpool Grand Theatre’s box office or by calling SHOWSEATS on 01253 74 33 44.

All performances start at 9.15pm to allow the show to be experienced at dusk.

The show is suitable for ages 11+ and children must be accompanied by adults. The show duration is 75 minutes and will be performed outside, it will involve periods of walking and standing for the duration of the show with limited seating available at the finale. For a list of frequently asked questions please visit DEPART_FAQ

DEPART at Blackpool is part of a UK tour, visit departcircus.com for details.

#DEPARTCIRCUS

Depart is co-commissioned by LeftCoast, London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT), the National Centre for Circus Arts, Spitalfields Music, Hull UK City of Culture 2017, and Brighton Festival.  Supported by Arts Council England.

©Tristram Kenton

For more information please click HERE

To book tickets please click HERE

Prices

Full £12.50

Concessions £10

Under 26s £10

Family of 4 ticket £42 (select 4 adults tickets and enter promo code DEPART4)

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