LeftCoast EXPRESS – new round of applications now open

The new round of LeftCoast Express is now open for applications. The application deadline for LeftCoast Express round 6 is 10am on Monday 22nd October. Shortlisted applicants should be available for

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The new round of LeftCoast Express is now open for applications. The application deadline for LeftCoast Express round 6 is 10am on Monday 22nd October. Shortlisted applicants should be available for interview on Tuesday 6 November 2018.

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 their 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 among 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.

We strongly recommend that interested applicants talk through their application with Alexis Johnson, LeftCoast’s Creative Development Manager before you apply – regular surgery slots are available to book HERE, or contact Alexis directly to arrange a chat (via kay.trayford@leftcoast.org.uk). 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.

More information and a list of current and previous successful applicants can be found on our EXPRESS page.

NEW Creative Development Support Available

Appointments for the for the popular monthly LeftCoast Surgeries are now available. Surgeries are available for artists or creatives looking for professional development support or just wanting to talk about

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Appointments for the for the popular monthly LeftCoast Surgeries are now available.

Surgeries are available for artists or creatives looking for professional development support or just wanting to talk about their creative ideas and how to put them into action.  Advice can be about anything and can include how to apply for funding and build the right network of contacts to get your projects underway.

Sessions are 45 minutes long & usually with Alexis Johnson our Creative Development Manager although specialist support is available from any of the LeftCoast team including communications and marketing and Alexis will be able to point you in the right direction.

Slots are available on a first come first served basis and sessions are available at 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm and 4pm on the dates below. Please book a slot using the links below:

Tues 31st July

Tues 28th August

Tues 25th September

Tues 30th October 

Tues 27th November

More information about the support we offer to artists and creatives in Blackpool and Wyre can be found in the Creative Support section.

ARTS JOB OPPORTUNITY! SpareParts Festival – Artistic Director

An exciting arts job opportunity has arisen for a new Artistic Director (as our current Director is free-wheeling off to pastures new), to lead SpareParts Festival to infinity and beyond… well

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An exciting arts job opportunity has arisen for a new Artistic Director (as our current Director is free-wheeling off to pastures new), to lead SpareParts Festival to infinity and beyond… well Sandbach, Crewe and Fleetwood so far.

Are you passionate about helping to transform the cultural landscape in the North of England? Then this opportunity could be the one for you, SpareParts is a unique transport, travel and motion inspired arts festival currently touring to three transport festivals in the North West.

The Festival was established in Fleetwood in 2014 and, following great events there in the subsequent years, it is currently in year one of an Arts Council England three-year touring programme reaching three festivals in 2018 and five transport festivals in the North West by 2020.

The SpareParts Artistic Director will have a pivotal role in the growth and development of SpareParts Festival. The role requires energy, initiative and strong organisational and interpersonal skills. It is a great opportunity for an individual to network themselves comprehensively into the Outdoor Arts circuit in the UK.

For more information and details of the job role please download the role description – SpareParts Festival Artistic Director Role Description

To find out more about SpareParts please visit www.sparepartsfestival.co.uk or hop on over to our Facebook page @Sparepartsfestival. For images and films of SpareParts please visit our SpareParts page

This role is undertaken as a fixed term freelance contract from 1st September to 31st August It is offered for a fixed fee of £13,000 (approximately 5.5 days per month). Hours may increase in the immediate run up to each festival and decrease during interim periods.

It is expected that the contractor will work from Blackpool/ Fleetwood for one day a month (minimum) and should be prepared to travel to the other festival locations for meetings and events.

It is envisaged that this contract will be renewed pending successful implementation of the 2019 event season.

To Apply:

Please send your expression of interest to:

Dave Carlos (Fleetwood Festival of Transport) by 30th July 2018 at 5pm via email: sparepartsfest@gmail.com

Your letter of application should be no more than two sides of A4 explaining why you would be suitable for this role (CV’s can be included as an additional document).

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview on 6th or 7th August 2018 in Blackpool.

LEFT BEHIND #4 –

Local creatives come and join us for Left Behind #4 our fourth in the series of creative conversations responding to the recent FT article about Blackpool. We have recently commissioned

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Local creatives come and join us for Left Behind #4 our fourth in the series of creative conversations responding to the recent FT article about Blackpool.

We have recently commissioned five artists from the 90+ proposals that we received for the Left Behind brief. This is an opportunity for locally based artists who applied for the commission but weren’t successful to come and meet the panel and discus possible next steps. We will look at the programme of succesful proposals and why they fit the brief on this occasion. We will also look at other LeftCoast programmes such as LeftCoast Express and Future Popular to see if there are any opportunities to further develop your ideas.

We hope you can join us.

The venue is Blackpool Catholic Club, 30 Queen Street, FY11PU. The meeting will take place on Weds 27th June from 6pm til 8pm. Please register your attendance by clicking the register button HERE.

Digital Animators – call for proposals

Lightpool Festival are looking for experienced digital animators to join a wonderfully ambitious project celebrating the world-famous Blackpool Illuminations and to launch the Lightpool Festival 2018. Up to five digital

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Lightpool Festival are looking for experienced digital animators to join a wonderfully ambitious project celebrating the world-famous Blackpool Illuminations and to launch the Lightpool Festival 2018.

Up to five digital animators are required to create a fantastic experience in Blackpool – Light Odyssey – to push the boundaries of light, space, and sound. The Lightpool Festival is teaming up with BBC Philharmonic to create a fully immersive indoor spectacular in the world-famous Empress Ballroom in Blackpool’s Winter Gardens.

The project attracts a fixed fee of £4000 and the work is required to be deliverd by 20 September 2018.

Closing date for expressions of interest is 12pm on Monday 25 June.

Please see the Light Odyssey – animator brief for more information.

Join Our Team: Creative Development Manager

LeftCoast, Blackpool Ltd is a dynamic arts organisation that delivers the Creative, People and Places programme across Blackpool and Wyre. We have an opportunity for an outstanding candidate to join

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LeftCoast, Blackpool Ltd is a dynamic arts organisation that delivers the Creative, People and Places programme across Blackpool and Wyre.

We have an opportunity for an outstanding candidate to join our team in a unique role as our Creative Development Manager to, primarily, develop, manage and deliver a programme of work in Blackpool and Wyre in which both emerging and established arts practitioners can explore/experiment, develop practice and find new ways to create, support and share great art.

You will lead on the following areas of work:

  • Project management and delivery of the Creative Development Strand within the LeftCoast Programme, including its creative skills development project at Art B&B
  • Procuring, Commissioning and Managing selected artist commissions for both LeftCoast and Art B&B
  • Managing a professional practice programme that supports the development of the arts and cultural sector in Blackpool and Wyre

You will need to have an authentic commitment to collaborative working and a passion for socially-engaged artistic practice to deliver in this unique and exciting role.

If you think this is you download the Creative Development Manager job pack and Application Form

More about LeftCoast

‘Creative People and Places’ is about more people choosing, creating and taking part in brilliant art experiences in the places where they live. Funded by Arts Council England, there are 21 independent projects based in areas where there are fewer opportunities to get involved with the arts.

We create and co-commission a wide range of arts programmes from large-scale spectacle to smaller, bespoke projects in our neighbourhood communities. We also facilitate the professional development of locally based artists and the wider creative sector.

LeftCoast supports all the people involved in our projects to develop a greater sense of well-being and connectivity to the places that they live in. We work with individuals, organisations and whole communities to bring about positive change and improve the quality of life in local areas.

To find out more about LeftCoast visit www.leftcoast.org.uk

More about Art B&B

Additionally, within this role there is the opportunity to procure, commission and manage selected artist commissions for both LeftCoast and A B&B, capitalising on the professional development opportunities (artist talks, work shadowing, local making etc.) that this process will create.

A B&B (The Art Bed and Breakfast) is a culture-focussed community business that is reimagining the nature and purpose of B&B’s in Blackpool for the 21st Century. This will be achieved through commissioning artists to design and change the hotel rooms, communal spaces and certain aspects of its operations. All profits from the A B&B offer will be put back into developing creative opportunities, training and facilities for the communities of the Fylde Coast.

Its aim is to attract new visitors through a creative approach and develop a sustainable economy in order to re-invest in our communities’ creative and cultural futures for the long term.

Find out more at www.artbandb.co.uk

Closing Date: – 12 noon, 30 April 2018

Location: Blackpool

Salary: £28-30,000 dependant on experience

 

 

Left Behind #3 – Presenting the Artist Brief

Join us for Left Behind #3 our third in the series of creative conversations responding to the recent FT article about Blackpool… This is your opportunity as a locally based

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Join us for Left Behind #3 our third in the series of creative conversations responding to the recent FT article about Blackpool…

This is your opportunity as a locally based artist or creative practitioner to be the first to hear about the commission opportunities available as part of the programme, use the resources of your fellow creatives to hone, sharpen and finesse your creative responses, find people to collaborate with and creatively contribute to the debate.

After the success of our first two Left Behind conversations, we extended an open invite to ask locally based creatives to join a commissioning panel to draft the Left Behind commissioning brief. This will ultimately allow us to commission a programme of creative responses to the Financial Times article and include work by locally and nationally based artists. This panel met on 20 March 2018 to develop the brief.

The Left Behind #3 conversation will focus on supporting locally based artists who want to apply for the commissions, with the chance to discuss their ideas further, develop and shape their plans & ask any questions of the LeftCoast team and commissioning panel.

We hope you can join us.

The venue is Blackpool Catholic Club, 30 Queen Street, FY11PU. The meeting will take place from 6-9pm on Thursday 29th March, please register your attendance HERE.

SpareParts Festival: Programme manager wanted

Do you want to press the accelerator and  help SpareParts power into the future? The SpareParts Programme Manager will have a pivotal role in the growth and development of SpareParts Festival.

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Do you want to press the accelerator and  help SpareParts power into the future? The SpareParts Programme Manager will have a pivotal role in the growth and development of SpareParts Festival.

The role requires energy, initiative and strong organisation skills. It is a great opportunity for an individual to network themselves comprehensively into the Outdoor Arts circuit in the UK and build experience.

If you are passionate about helping to transform the cultural landscape in the North of England this could be the job for you.

Find out more here – SpareParts Festival Programme Manager 2018

Deadline – 5pm,  Friday 23 February

 

 

 

Artist Call out: SpareParts Festival

SpareParts Festival, an arts festival dedicated to all things transport, travel and motion, is on the lookout for fantastic acts, performances and artists for their three 2018 festivals. A firm

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SpareParts Festival, an arts festival dedicated to all things transport, travel and motion, is on the lookout for fantastic acts, performances and artists for their three 2018 festivals.

A firm favourite on the festival circuit, this year’s locations and dates are as follows:

Sandbach – 22nd April

Crewe – 7th July

Fleetwood – 15th July

If you are interested get a move on and download all the information – SpareParts 2018 Artists’ Brief final.

The brakes will be applied on the deadline of 28th February.

Programme Evaluation – consultant brief and ITT

We are seeking an external consultant with expertise in evaluation and arts engagement to:  Design and implement a whole programme evaluation for LeftCoast  Adopt an outcome focused evaluation methodology

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We are seeking an external consultant with expertise in evaluation and arts engagement to:

  •  Design and implement a whole programme evaluation for LeftCoast
  •  Adopt an outcome focused evaluation methodology
  •  Develop recommendations for LeftCoast’s governance, programming and legacy

LeftCoast is in its second phase of funding from the Arts Council – from October 2016 to October 2019. The evaluation will draw on learning from phase one and deliver a robust methodology for phase two.

If you are interested in this please view the full brief – ITT_FINAL 020218

Deadline: 23 February 2018

Join Our Team: Creative Community Activist

A great opportunity has arisen to join LeftCoast as it’s Creative Community Activist.  LeftCoast supports all the people involved in our projects to develop a greater sense of well-being and

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A great opportunity has arisen to join LeftCoast as it’s Creative Community Activist.  LeftCoast supports all the people involved in our projects to develop a greater sense of well-being and connectivity to the places that they live in. We work with individuals, organisations and whole communities to bring about positive change and improve the quality of life in local areas. For the next two years, we require a highly-motivated and people savvy individual to help deliver a dynamic programme of creative community engagement activity.

If this sounds like you or someone you know please take a look at the Creative Community Activist Job Pack and download the LeftCoast Application Form to apply.

ARTIST BRIEF: Real Estate – Long Term Socially Engaged Artist Residency

We are seeking applications from artists who work in a socially responsive way who would be interested in relocating to Blackpool or Fleetwood for a long term live/work artist residency

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We are seeking applications from artists who work in a socially responsive way who would be interested in relocating to Blackpool or Fleetwood for a long term live/work artist residency on two local housing estates.

The two live/work residency opportunities have been informed and shaped by experiences working across Blackpool and Wyre over the last four years and will be one of our longest interventions to date. They are a direct response to opportunities that have presented themselves, a wide range of partnerships and the potential to become pioneers for change in the area. They are a response to the question we often get asked when a project finishes ‘what happens next?’ They are also an experiment into what happens when artists become part of a community rather than visiting a place.

Please find out more information in the Real Estate Artist Brief.

Closing date: 5pm Tuesday 20 February

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