LeftCoast Surgery – new dates

New dates are now available for our popular monthly LeftCoast Surgeries. If you are an artist or creative looking for professional development support or just want to talk about your

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New dates are now available for our popular monthly LeftCoast Surgeries. If you are an artist or creative looking for professional development support or just want to talk about your creative ideas and how to put them into action.  We can offer advice on how to apply for funding and build the right network of contacts to get your projects underway. Sessions will be 45 minutes long & usually with our Creative Development Manager Jenny Rutter.

For dates and how to book please go to our Things to Do section.

Introducing LeftCoast Studio….

LeftCoast Studio is our new artist development programme, which will create connections between local creative talent and LeftCoast’s commissioned arts organisations, production teams and all the creative professionals that will

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LeftCoast Studio is our new artist development programme, which will create connections between local creative talent and LeftCoast’s commissioned arts organisations, production teams and all the creative professionals that will be delivering our major, ambitious projects over the coming years.

LeftCoast Studio will offer shadowing, mentoring and practical work experience opportunities across our entire programme, to make sure that up and coming locally based creative people are given the chance to learn and develop their skills alongside world renowned artists and creative practitioners. We want to open up the world of exciting opportunities working within the Creative Industries both in Blackpool, Wyre, the Fylde Coast and further afield.

We’re interested in hearing from creative students, recent graduates, people in the early stages of their creative careers, or anyone just thinking about developing a creative career who would be keen to take on work experience opportunities and voluntary activities. Also from developing artists & creative practitioners who are keen to expand their skills & knowledge to build their cv’s and portfolios within small scale paid opportunities.

Some examples of the types of opportunity we will create include:

  • Working alongside artists on commissioned projects
  • Working alongside producers, curators and project managers
  • Performance & Choreography
  • PR, Marketing & Social Media
  • Documentation, Photography & filmography
  • Front of House, hospitality and audience management
  • Volunteer Co-ordination
  • Technical production management, staging / rigging, lighting etc
  • Costume, Hair, Make Up – design & make
  • Set design & build

We will have opportunities across 3 levels of experience:

  • Placements – for people who want a first taste of working on a creative project, short term and focused placements, which will give you a practical insight into working in the creative sector.
  • Assistants – for people who want to test out which areas of creative work they’d be good at, and really learn on the job the skills needed to make it in the creative world. A mixture of short and longer term placements, that give you specialist mentoring from industry experts and get you directly involved in the making and delivering one of our projects.
  • Associates – for people who are already fairly clear about their career path and have some experience of delivering and making work happen. These will be specific job roles and will be paid, but will still offer the chance to learn on the job and provide you with specialist industry mentoring whilst you’re playing an important role in making our project happen!

If you’re interested in being considered for a LeftCoast Studio opportunity, please click HERE and tell us a bit about yourself & attach a CV if you have one.

Don’t worry if you don’t hear from us straight away, lots of exciting projects are coming up, so we’ll be in touch as soon as we have a suitable opportunity to let you know how to apply, or to invite you in for a brief conversational interview.

 

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.

Please register your interest for one of our workshops below on our Eventbrite page

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

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 –https://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 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

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

 

 

 

 

 

Staff Changes at LeftCoast

Two members of the LeftCoast team, Executive Director Julia Turpin and Kerenza McClarnan, Creative Engagement Manager are moving onto new opportunities. After nearly three years Julia Turpin and Kerenza McClarnan

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Two members of the LeftCoast team, Executive Director Julia Turpin and Kerenza McClarnan, Creative Engagement Manager are moving onto new opportunities.

After nearly three years Julia Turpin and Kerenza McClarnan will be moving on from LeftCoast at the end of July. Julia helped create LeftCoast’s vision, organisation and overall programme of work while Kerenza developed and led the innovative creative engagement programme across Blackpool and Wyre .

Julia said, “LeftCoast has been a great opportunity for me to be part of a collective programme of cultural change, working with a team of passionate people to accelerate growth in aspiration, skills and importantly audiences.  The role of the arts has never been more important as a platform to bring people together in times of change.  Arts Council England’s investment in Creative People and Places across 21 areas around the country has been a pivotal step in making sure “Great art” can be experienced by “everyone”. I have had the privilege of working on some extraordinary projects with some exceptional people over the last three years and I am very much looking forward to seeing what happens next in Blackpool and Wyre.”

Kerenza said, “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as Creative Engagement Manager at LeftCoast and to be given the opportunity to work with the wide variety of artists, community groups and creative individuals across Blackpool and Wyre. In my time there has been some fantastic work produced and more importantly some crucial relationships formed between artists and communities. I have loved living and working on the Fylde Coast it is a special place for both myself and my family. I look forward to coming back regularly to see what you are all up to.”

John Donnellon, Chief Executive of Blackpool Coastal Housing said, “Julia and Kerenza have played pivotal roles in developing Left Coast as an organisation to help raise the profile of arts across the Fylde coast. More people than ever are engaged in new and interesting artistic activity and the skills base has been developed to ensure the area continues to see new developments in  the arts. They can both be proud of the impact they have made and the firm foundations they leave behind as they move on to new opportunities.”

Michael Trainor will continue to lead the LeftCoast Programme moving forward.

Both Julia and Kerenza will be missed by the team and they depart with all our good wishes for their new endeavours.

VOLUNTEER AT ABSENT

We are recruiting front of house clerks to be part of ABSENT.

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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.

We are recruiting front of house clerks to be part of ABSENT. Front of house clerks are a crucial and integrated element of the performance, ensuring that the installation looks and feels authentic. 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 Usher 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
  • Training is on 13th and 14th of August, 2pm to 7pm. You must be able to make one of these dates.

Show dates:
Please apply even if you are only available for some of these dates.
19 to 25 August
12-16 September
25 to 29 September

For more information or if you would like to participate, please email info@leftcoast.org.uk.

 

SpareParts returns to Tram Sunday!

The UK’s only festival of art, performance and spectacle dedicated to transport and travel is back with a bang this year! The SpareParts Arts Festival will be once again be

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The UK’s only festival of art, performance and spectacle dedicated to transport and travel is back with a bang this year! The SpareParts Arts Festival will be once again be bringing a dizzying display of acts of motion, movement and wonder alongside incredible vintage vehicles as part of the ever popular Tram Sunday on Sunday 17th July.

The fun has already been full steam ahead with weeks of works from varied participation events. Young people in West View Estate have been working with one of our artists to create a unique motion installation that will form an integral part of the events in Memorial Park. The Windmill Players have imagined an exciting new interactive performance that will take place on board a tram and young people in four local schools have been working with Mobility Scooter owners to redesign the Scooters to represent the owners’ dreams as part of the final parade.

As communities across Fleetwood have geared up for their involvement in Tram Sunday we have been asking people to reflect on their ‘Most Memorable Journeys’. Don’t forget to catch a special sound installation in the SpareParts ‘Junk Yard’ which has captured the transport dreams, horrors and many comedy journeys from the people of Fleetwood.

As well as all the work happening on the ground, various acts of magic, mayhem and momentum have been confirmed from the sea to the sky and everything in between. You won’t want to miss a pyrotechnic showband, skating bees, a sea monster from the depths of the ocean and the Bullzini Family’s 8m high wire spectacle which will close the day’s events in Memorial Park at 4:30pm.

See our full programme here – https://issuu.com/leftcoastuk/docs/spareparts_full_proof/1

 

Julia Turpin, LeftCoast’s Executive Director said, “We are absolutely delighted to be part of Tram Sunday again this year, it is a great partnership between all involved including LeftCoast, Fleetwood Festival of Transport, Arts Council England, Wyre Borough Council, Regenda, sponsors and of course our local community.

“We have been blown away by our inspiring volunteers again this year, without whom we wouldn’t be able to put on SpareParts at the level of activity we do. We have also worked with hundreds of local participants in workshops leading up to SpareParts, making pieces for the Super Scrap Race and learning new skills.

“We have an ambitious arts programme with even more acts than before, there is such a wide variety of artists and performances ranging from street theatre and spray painting to acrobatics in Memorial Park. We are looking forward to the future and working with our partners on making this exciting event continue as a flagship event on Fleetwood’s calendar.”

Adam McGuigan, SpareParts Festival Director, said, “I am delighted to have been able to work on such an exciting project, it really is a unique festival. I am inspired to see we have been able to work creatively with partners to bring a high quality range of performances, all with a transport theme, to the Festival and in particular the SpareParts Super Scrap Race!

“The Festival has had two successful years and Ive really enjoyed working with the Festival committee to make this year’s SpareParts even better than before!”

This year we have five exciting ‘zones’ for you to immerse yourself, try a new skill or sit in awe:

The Junkyard (Memorial Park) –

The SpareParts village, where audiences can experience a wide range of performances to transport them from Tram Sunday into a wild world of motion, mayhem and fun. Activities happening all day from 11am until the final performance at 4:30pm  

Zone 2 (Lord Street and Warrenhurst Road) –

A brand new stage has been erected in Lord Street (near Warrenhurst Road). All day there will be a continual display of local musical talents. Local bands, singers and performers will be on The Garage Band Stand showing the best of Fleetwood’s bands.

Zone 3 (Lord Street) –

All along Lord Street we will have some of the most colourful characters entertaining the crowds all day. From the curvaceous Boom Booms to skating bees and the infamous Lollipop Ladies, the town will come alive with these mesmerising visitors.

Zone 4 –

A stage has been erected on Pharos Place where audiences will be treated to a mixture of local, national and international performances remembering our most memorable journeys. A wild mix of performers will keep audiences entertained at ‘The Pitt Stop’. Come and take a break and let our performers do the work.

Off the Rails – Kid’s Station (Euston Gardens) –

A first for Tram Sunday ‘Off the Rails’ takes over Euston Gardens to create a space exclusively for the under 10’s. Circus, Dance, Craft and Drumming workshops will be ongoing throughout the day. This is also the place to hear the famous story of the last mermaid in Fleetwood. ‘Off The Rails’ will also host ‘Planes, Trains and Rubber Rings’ an interactive adventure for the imaginative under 10’s.

Finally don’t miss the SpareParts Super Scrap Race at 3:30pm, described as Wacky Races meets The Tour de France, where a varied array of transport contraptions, characters and collaborations vie to win the first ever Super Scrap Race starting from Euston Gardens at 3:30pm to Memorial Park. Join the end of the race and witness who wins first prize.

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

 

THE ALTERNATIVE GUIDE TO SOUTH BEACH

Meet ‘Miss Inform’, hostess and guide for the most extraordinary tour of South Beach Blackpool you can imagine. Part of a programme of arts activity commissioned by community neighbourhood groups

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Meet ‘Miss Inform’, hostess and guide for the most extraordinary tour of South Beach Blackpool you can imagine.

Part of a programme of arts activity commissioned by community neighbourhood groups across Blackpool and Wyre in partnership with Leftcoast, this artist commission has been developed by the South Beach Beacons.

Miss Inform is a highly visible and entertaining character, offering you an alternative view of Blackpool’s local history and urban myths.

By explaining to you her ‘true facts’ about South Beach, the people that have lived there, past and present, the buildings and landmarks, the stories and sayings, Miss Inform encourages you to see the place differently, ask questions and find out the truth behind the mis-information she is providing.

Outlandish and outrageous, look out for her passing through, chat to her at the Miss Inform-ation point on the Promenade at the corner of Waterloo Road, or sign up for a free guided walk and receive a free badge for joining her marvellous tour.

Miss Inform is performed by Jenny Wilson for Irregular Arts. Her script has been devised specifically for South Beach, Blackpool, in dialogue with local people.  Whilst this performance is not created specifically for children, it is suitable for all ages.

Free, but donations welcomed

#missinformblackpool

Book on to a tour through the links below:

23 Jul  11.30 / 12.30/ 14.00/ 15.00

24 Jul 11.30 / 12.30/ 14.00/ 15.00

07 Aug 11.30 / 12.30/ 14.00/ 15.00

08 Aug 11.30 / 12.30/ 14.00/ 15.00

03 Sep 11.30 / 12.30/ 14.00/ 15.00

04 Sep 11.30 / 12.30/ 14.00/ 15.00

17 Sep 11.30 / 12.30/ 14.00/ 15.00

18 Sep 11.30 / 12.30/ 14.00/ 15.00

 

The tours will start at the Miss Inform-ation Point on The Promenade at South Beach (corner of Waterloo Road, FY4 1AF)

 

Take a look at what’s been happening at some of the tours so far! Click here

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)

we’re here because we’re here

LeftCoast takes part in 14-18 NOW’s UK-wide work by Jeremy Deller to commemorate the centenary of the Somme   LeftCoast are proud to be part of a project that involved

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LeftCoast takes part in 14-18 NOW’s UK-wide work by Jeremy Deller to commemorate the centenary of the Somme

 

LeftCoast are proud to be part of a project that involved hundreds of volunteers in the North West. Led by the ROYAL EXCHANGE THEATRE, partner organisations LeftCoast (Blackpool), Bolton Octagon, Oldham Coliseum and Storyhouse (Chester) were part of a UK-wide event that took place today, 1 July 2016, as a modern memorial to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. Commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, the work was conceived and created by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller in collaboration with Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre.

 

All photographs used in this article were taken by CJ Griffiths Photography.


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The specially commissioned event saw around 1500 voluntary participants dressed in First World War uniform appear unexpectedly in locations across the UK. The Royal Exchange was one of 27 organisations which collaborated on the work, called ‘we’re here because we’re here’. It was produced by Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the National Theatre, working in close collaboration with partners including: Lyric Theatre Belfast, National Theatre of Scotland, National Theatre Wales, Northern Stage, Playhouse Derry-Londonderry, Salisbury Playhouse, Sheffield Theatres and Theatre Royal Plymouth.

 

The project breaks new ground in terms of its scale, breadth, reach and the number of partners and participants involved. This is the first time three national theatres have worked together on a joint project, and the first time so many theatres have worked together on a UK-wide participation project.

 

The participants who walked the streets today were a reminder of the 19,240 men who were killed on 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme.  Each participant represented an individual soldier who was killed that day. The work is partly inspired by tales of sightings during and after the First World War by people who believed they had seen a dead loved one.

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The participants wore historically accurate uniforms, representing 15 of the regiments that suffered losses in the first day of the Battle. The soldiers did not speak, but at points throughout the day would sing the song ‘we’re here because we’re here’, which was sung in the trenches during the First World War. They handed out cards to members of the public with the name and regiment of the soldier they represented, and, where known, the age of the soldier when he died on 1 July 1916.

 

The daylong work ran from 7am to 7pm and covered the width and breadth of the UK, from Shetland to Penzance.  Sites they visited included shopping centres, train stations, beaches, car parks and high streets – taking the memorial to contemporary Britain and bringing an intervention into people’s daily lives where it was least expected.

 

The volunteers were men aged between 16-52, reflecting the men who would have fought in the Somme. They were not trained actors but come from a range of professions, including a sheep farmer, flight attendant, doctor, lawyer, social worker, shop assistant, portrait artist and GCSE student. They came together to rehearse in theatres across the UK over a month-long period in the run-up to the performance.  ‘we’re here because we’re here’ is one of the largest arts participation projects ever staged in the UK, with hundreds of additional volunteers working behind the scenes.

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Jeremy Deller said:

“I wanted to make a contemporary memorial to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, one that moved around the UK with an unpredictability in which the participants took the work directly to the public.”

 

Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre, said:

“This work by Jeremy Deller is a truly national piece of theatre and is a powerful way to remember the men who went off to fight 100 years ago. I also hope it will serve as a catalyst to strengthen ties with theatres and communities across the UK.”

 

Jenny Waldman, Director of 14-18 NOW, said:

“1 July 1916 saw 57,470 casualties on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, of whom nearly 20,000 died: it was the bloodiest day in British military history. Taking part in ‘we’re here because we’re here’ has given hundreds of young people across the UK the chance to find out more about the Somme, and in some cases discover the stories of family members who fought in the war.  Working alongside brilliant artists, directors and theatres on this astonishing project will be an experience they will never forget.”

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Sarah Frankcom, Artistic Director Royal Exchange Theatre, said:

“When I was asked if the Exchange wanted to be involved in this project the answer was easy – Yes. Jeremy Deller has created a powerful and provocative performance which the whole of the UK can experience together in a single day. It has been an incredible opportunity for our participants and an extraordinary way for them to find out more about the Somme and to share it with people across the whole of the North West. It has also been a great way to cement relationships with arts organisations across the country.”

 

Julia Turpin, Executive Director at LeftCoast said:

“LeftCoast is delighted to have been a part of ‘we’re here because we’re here’ working with Jeremy Deller and some of the country’s leading arts organisations.  It has been a totally unique opportunity for men in Blackpool to have been involved in this living memorial – their generosity and commitment to this project has been outstanding”

 

The project was supported by: Aberystwyth Arts Centre, The Belgrade Theatre, Bolton Octagon, Bristol Old Vic, Storyhouse, Left Coast, Leicester Curve, Nuffield Theatre, Oldham Coliseum, Pontio, Shetland Arts, Sutton Coldfield College BMet, The Artrix Bromsgrove, The Garrick Lichfield and Volcano.

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Media partner: BBC

 

‘we’re here because we’re here’ was made possible by an Ambition for Excellence Award from Arts Council England, with additional support from Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Creative Scotland and Art Fund. 14-18 NOW is principally funded by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England, and by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport

 

For further press information please contact: Paula Rabbitt, Communications Manager 0161 615 6783 / paula.rabbitt@royalexchange.co.uk

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

 

‘we’re here because we’re here’ was commissioned by 14-18 NOW, and conceived and created by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller in collaboration with Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre. It was produced by Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the National Theatre with the following partners:

Lyric Theatre Belfast

Manchester Royal Exchange

National Theatre of Scotland

National Theatre Wales

Northern Stage

Playhouse Derry-Londonderry

Salisbury Playhouse

Sheffield Theatres

Theatre Royal Plymouth

 

14-18 NOW

14-18 NOW is a programme of extraordinary arts experiences connecting people with the First World War, as part of the UK’s official centenary commemorations. It aims to engage as many people as possible with the First World War, exploring how the war has impacted on the society we live in now. 14-18 NOW commissions new work by leading contemporary artists from all art forms, inspired by the period 1914-1918.  The commemorative period is marked by three key seasons – the first season centred around 4 August 2014 (Anniversary of the Declaration of War), the second is March to November 2016 (anniversary of the Battle of Jutland and the Battle of the Somme) and the last in 2018 (centenary of Armistice Day). 14-18 NOW is responsible for the UK tour of the iconic poppy sculptures by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper. 14 -18 NOW is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England, by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and by additional fundraising.  14-18 NOW has commissioned over 80 artworks to date that have been seen by over 20 million people.

 

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Birmingham Repertory Theatre is one of Britain’s leading producing theatres. Founded in 1913 by Sir Barry Jackson, Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company rapidly became one of the most famous and exciting theatre companies in the country launching the careers of an array of many great British actors including Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, Edith Evans, Paul Scofield, Derek Jacobi, Elizabeth Spriggs, Albert Finney and many more.  In 2013 the company celebrated its centenary.

 

The REP’s aim is to inspire a lifelong love of theatre in the diverse communities of Birmingham and beyond.  As well as presenting over 60 productions on its three stages every year, the theatre tours its productions nationally and internationally, showcasing theatre made in Birmingham. The commissioning and production of new work lies at the core of The REP’s programme and over the last 15 years the company has produced more than 130 new plays. The theatre’s learning and participation programme is the best of any cultural organisation in the city and in the past year The REP has engaged with 4500 young people and 2600 adults through its learning and participation programme equating to 30,000 individual educational sessions. The REP is also committed to nurturing new talent through its youth theatre groups, The Young REP, its professional artist development scheme, REP Foundry, plus a new initiative, FURNACE which offers local people opportunities to develop new talents.

 

DCMS

4 August 2014 marked 100 years since the start of the First World War. In recognition of this significant milestone the Government is leading a five-year commemorative programme of national ceremonial events, cultural and educational activity and community engagement. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport, DCMS, manages this cross government programme working with key delivery partners including Imperial War Museums, 14-18 NOW, Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic England.

 

Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about – from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife.

www.hlf.org.uk @heritagelottery #UnderstandingWW1

 

Other HLF-funded First World War projects include:

  • First World War Galleries, Imperial War Museum London – £6.5m
  • The Yorkshire Film Archive – £52,400
  • HMS Caroline, the last surviving First World War battleship – £12m
  • Herts at War –  £98,400
  • 1914 London B-type ‘Battle’ Bus, which drove out to the Western Front – £750,000

Arts Council England

Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2015 and 2018, we are investing £1.1 billion of public money from government and an estimated £700 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country. www.artscouncil.org.uk

 

First World War Centenary Partnership

2014 – 2018 marks the centenary of the First World War, a landmark anniversary for Britain and the world. IWM is marking the centenary by leading a vibrant, five-year programme of cultural activities across the world. This year is the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. For more information visit www.1914.org.

 

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Paul Hamlyn Foundation was established by Paul Hamlyn in 1987. Upon his death in 2001, he left most of his estate to the Foundation, creating one of the largest independent grant-making foundations in the UK. Our mission is to help people overcome disadvantage and lack of opportunity, so that they can realise their potential and enjoy fulfilling and creative lives. We have a particular interest in supporting young people and a strong belief in the importance of the arts in helping us address this mission.

 

Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here.  We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life.  We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit www.creativescotland.com.

Follow us @creativescots and www.facebook.com/CreativeScotland.

 

Art Fund

Art Fund is the national fundraising charity for art. In the past five years alone Art Fund has given £34 million to help museums and galleries acquire works of art. It also helps museums share their collections with wider audiences by supporting a range of tours and exhibitions, and makes additional grants to support the training and professional development of curators. Art Fund has awarded a grant to support the legacy of the extraordinary and important project we’re here because we’re here. This support is in addition to other work with 1418NOW, including funding for a forthcoming commission by Christine Borland for Glasgow Museums.

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.

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