Spring Bank Holiday At The Mount

FREE, fun and creative activities return to the Mount Pavilion in Fleetwood. This beautiful building hosts a week of wonderment during May Spring Bank Holiday, starting on Saturday 28th May.

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FREE, fun and creative activities return to the Mount Pavilion in Fleetwood. This beautiful building hosts a week of wonderment during May Spring Bank Holiday, starting on Saturday 28th May.

Workshops range from kaleidoscopes to paper kittens; this varied programme of children’s workshops will be an opportunity to be creative, not to be missed!

LeftCoast is a not for profit organisation dedicated to bringing amazing arts to Blackpool and Wyre. We work hard to secure funding to bring workshops to The Mount, but we need your help to make sure that these can continue.  Although the workshops are free, a donation from you will help us to develop and continue to bring great creative activities to Fleetwood.

< Saturday May 28

Whippersnapper Photography Workshop // 1-4pm

Learn the basic features and functions of a modern day camera and find out how to get that perfect shot!  Try your hand behind the lens with help from professional photographers Jill Reidy. You are encouraged to bring your own camera if possible but a limited selection will be available for loan on the day.

Recommended age: 7 – 14 years

Two 75 minute sessions: starting at 1pm & 2.30pm prompt

Please note: this workshop has limited numbers of 8 places per session

 

<Monday May 30

Felt Monster Workshop   // 1-4pm

Aunty Social return with their highly popular felt monsters. Create your very own scary monsters to take home, using pre- prepared patterns, googly eyes and felt.  Be crafty and create some crazy creatures!

The workshop is suitable for all age groups and abilities.

Two 75 minute sessions: starting at 1pm & 2.30pm prompt

 

< Tuesday May 31

Abstract Adventures Art Workshop //1-4pm

Explore new and exciting ways to make abstract art with this swirly twirly mark making workshop. There are lots of different materials to experiment with so it may get a bit messy!

The workshop is suitable for all age groups and abilities.

Two 75 minute sessions: starting at 1pm & 2.30pm prompt

Please note: this workshop may get messy!

 

 

<Wednesday June 1

Animal Book Folding Workshop // 1-4pm

Come and create your very own cheeky puppy complete with lead or how about a cute kitten with a big bow all created from recycled books. What will you name your new pet?

Recommended age: 5 years +

Two 75 minute sessions: starting at 1pm & 2.30pm prompt

Please note: younger children may need some assistance with this activity

 

 

< Thursday June 2

Urban Dance Workshop   //1-4pm

Show off your creative side and express those dance moves as Skool of Street bring it to the Mount with their workshop on all things urban. Focusing on urban theatre, drama and hip hop dance, this will get you ready to hit the streets.
Suitable for ages and abilities.

Due to high demand there will be two 75 minute sessions: starting at 1pm & 2.30pm prompt

Please bring a drink with you to this session

 

< Friday June 3

Scopeo Kaleidoscope //1-4pm

Inspired by the magic of the kaleidoscope, artist Angie Thompson invites you to play with pattern and watch colours collide!

Explore the maths of mandalas, examine your design through the Skopeo kaleidoscope, and take home a wonderful artwork!

Recommended age: 3+ years

Two 75 minute sessions: starting at 1pm & 2.30pm prompt

 

< Saturday June 4

Light Catcher Workshop  //1-4pm

Be inspired by the seaside as we explore colour-mixing, mark-making and collaging different materials to create colourful transparent artworks that come to life in the light. Join artist Michiko Fujii in this cheerful exploration of colour, light, and transparency as we brighten up the Mount with our awesome artworks. A perfect way to colour in a grey or rainy day!

NOTE: recommended age 3+ years. Two sessions with times 1pm and 2.30pm start

 

Volunteer at Showzam! 2016

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

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

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

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

 

Legendary French show Bivouac to invade streets of Blackpool

Blue-painted men and a fire-breathing dog are heading to Blackpool for Showzam! – the resort’s annual festival of circus and performance.

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Blue-painted men and a fire-breathing dog are heading to Blackpool for Showzam! – the resort’s annual festival of circus and performance.

Bivouac, one of Europe’s most legendary and talked about outdoor performances, will hit the streets in February for a jaw-dropping piece of roaming theatre that will see the town centre transformed into a stage of light, music, smoke and flame.

Produced by French artists Générik Vapeur – and featuring pyrotechnics, a rock soundtrack and a weird and wonderful cast of blue figures – the “vibrant and anarchic” street procession includes 102 oil drums, a flame-breathing mechanical pooch, abseiling and a suitably surreal storyline.

The free and interactive performancefrom 5.15pm on Saturday February 13 starts and finishes in St John’s Square and takes in a route that includes such famous landmarks as the Winter Gardens, Promenade and The Blackpool Tower as it moves around town.

Michael Trainor, Artistic Director of LeftCoast which is organising this year’s Showzam! festival, said:“Bivouac is a legendary street show that has lit up cities across Europe over the past 20 years.

“It will take over the town centre in a huge piece of nomadic theatre which will see 30 blue figures turn streets and buildings into a stage of smoke and flame.

“It is fully interactive, indeed the audience is very much part of the show as all manner of unusual and out of this world sights and sounds go on around them.

“Blackpool has seen nothing like this before and Bivouac will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of both Showzam! and 2016.”

The 90 minute long show – which will feature students from Blackpool and The Fylde College in a specially commissioned section unique to Blackpool – will follow a prearranged route. It will turn buildings and structures along the way into performance stages, before a spectacular climax in St John’s Square.

Michael added: “This is going to be an event that will live long in the memory.

“Générik Vapeur are renowned as one of the finest street arts organisations in Europe so this really is a massive coup for Blackpool and Showzam! We can’t wait for the big night.”

Showzam! has become a firm favourite in Blackpool’s annual entertainment calendar. Last year’s festival attracted more than 25,000 visitors, boosting the town’s economy by an estimated £2m.

Showzam! 2016 will be staged from February 13-20. Among the highlights will the annual Carnival Ball at The Blackpool Tower Ballroom on Saturday February 13, starring host Abigail Collins, electro-swing band Electric Swing Circus and a host of top class performers from across Europe.

A week of circus fun, live performance and street theatre will follow during the half-term break at Showzam! Central – based at the Winter Gardens. The full programme for Showzam! Central will be released tomorrow (January 14).

Showzam! 2016 also boasts the UK debut of French circus company Akoreacro which will perform a week-long series of shows at the Tower Circus beginning on February 13.

For more information visit www.showzam.co.uk or call 01253 477973.

Showzam! 2016 Blackpool’s Got Strictly X Factor Talent

Do you have what it takes to be a cutting edge cabaret star? Would you like the chance to develop your act with professionals and perform live in the UK’s

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Do you have what it takes to be a cutting edge cabaret star?

Would you like the chance to develop your act with professionals and perform live in the UK’s home of variety during Showzam! – Blackpool’s annual festival of circus and performance?

Well, your chance is here!

LeftCoast, the organisers of Showzam! –  which presents some of the world’s most original cabaret and new variety artists – today launched a talent search with a difference.

Blackpool’s Got Strictly X Factor Talent is a five-day informative and talent development programme that will not only hone stagecraft and performance skills but offer the chance to be a star of Showzam!

Taking place during Showzam! 2016, the search for a star will see performers take part in a series of workshops before performing at Blackpool’s Bootleg Social club on Thursday 18 and Friday 19 February in front of a live audience and a panel of expert judges.

The winner will win a coveted spot at Showzam! Carnival Ball 2017 plus a stunning prize package which boasts all the tools you need to make it as a top cabaret act .

So if you’re aged between 16 and 106, have a talent or an idea you would like to grow in the world of live performing arts and variety – from music to poetry, ballet to breakdancing, clowning to extreme ironing and stand-up comedy, or maybe something completely new – LeftCoast want to hear from you.

Michael Trainor, LeftCoast’s Artistic Director, said: “Whether you’re just starting your career, trying to reboot it or have never been on stage in your life, Blackpool’s Got Strictly X Factor Talent has something to offer you.

“In three workshops mentors Abi Collins and Rod Laver will take you through the process of creating a short act for cabaret and theatre, from conception to performance. Also covered will be vital practical aspects, including how not to sacrifice your art while still running yourself as a small business – successfully!

“With more than 40 years of expertise in performing arts between them, Rod and Abi will pack everything they know into this five-day ‘How To’ crash course, culminating in a two-night cabaret showcase at the Bootleg Social before a panel of experts and a hugely supportive audience.

“The overall winner of the public and jury vote will receive a professional prize package including all the tools they need to make it as a top cabaret act, plus the chance to perform at the Showzam! Carnival Ball 2017.”

Showzam! has become a firm favourite in Blackpool’s annual entertainment offering. Last year the festival attracted more than 25,000 visitors to Blackpool, boosting the town’s economy by an estimated £2m.

It has built a renowned reputation for presenting some of the world’s most cutting edge cabaret and new variety artists including Amy Lame, La Clique, and Miss Behave.

Showzam! 2016 will be staged from February 13-20. It begins on Saturday February 13 with the annual Carnival Ball, at Blackpool Tower Ballroom, starring host Abigail Collins, electro-swing band Electric Swing Circus and a host of top class performers from across Europe.

A week of circus fun, live performance and street theatre will follow during the half-term break. One of the highlights of Showzam! 2016 will undoubtedly be the UK debut of French circus company Akoreacro which is currently touring Europe to sell-out crowds.

The closing date for applications to enter Blackpool’s Got Strictly X Factor Talent is January 31, 2016. For more information or to receive an application form simply visit www.showzam.co.uk or call LeftCoast on 01253 477973.

Tickets for Showzam! events – including Carnival Ball and Akoreacro at The Tower Circus – are available to buy now on the Showzam! website www.showzam.co.uk

Business sponsorship packages are available. For more information contact Helen Frost, Audience Development Officer, on 01253 477973.

 

 

Blackpool Creative Christmas Trail

The Blackpool arts scene is coming together with six exhibitions and creative shops to delight late night shoppers on Thursday 10 December. Blott Artist Studios (South King St) are opening

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The Blackpool arts scene is coming together with six exhibitions and creative shops to delight late night shoppers on Thursday 10 December.

Blott Artist Studios (South King St) are opening their Christmas shop until 8pm with a range of high quality items created and designed by artists. The shop has a range of original drawings, limited edition prints plus a wide selection of vintage Blackpool designs on ceramic and china mugs, cotton tote bags, postcards and T-shirts. All proceeds from Blott’s Christmas shop will be going towards the studio’s next contemporary art exhibition.

Independent retailer Charabanc (Coronation St) will be throwing open their doors for a Christmas Shopping Party with free festive refreshments from 6-9pm and a plethora of handmade and locally produced gifts. With products from over twenty five designers and makers they have something to suit even the trickiest of people to buy for including jewellery, homewares, clothing and accessories.

The Grundy Art Gallery (Queen St) are holding a festive reception from 5-7.30pm giving people the chance to see their new exhibitions Ben Cain: Companions and Civic Photography. Companions sees contemporary artist Ben Cain undertake a new commission involving and responding to the Grundy Collection. Alongside this there will be paintings including the work of artists and craftspeople in the North West. Civic Photography is a group exhibition exploring notions of community-minded photography and features work by photographers living or working in Blackpool.  Those looking for a stocking filler can also browse the new selections in the Grundy shop.

Artists collective Arrested ReDevelopment will be opening their pop up art show entitled Herrods (St John’s Sq) from 6-9pm. Herrods will feature a range of work for sale from Blackpool based artists including Bertia Pottery, Dawn Mander Photography, Elizabeth Ward, The Old Rock Factory and The Tangerine Art Company. The pop up will be open right up until Christmas and is headed up by creatives Robin Ross and John Marc Allen.

Blackpool based artist Sam Simpson presents a new hip-hop inspired exhibition at Café Fresch (Victoria St) from 5.30-8pm. Sam collaborated with local dance troop FY Wingz to gain inspiration for the exhibition, which is an exciting fusion of art and dance. The exhibition opening will be complimented on the night by hip-hop music and grooves and there will be original artwork and prints available for purchase.

From 6-8pm Abingdon Studios (Abingdon St) will host TestBed, an exhibition as part of global festival ArtCOP which focuses on climate change. The exhibition has been organised by studio artist Ann Carragher and will showcase a variety of work, submitted through an open call, reflecting the ethos of the wider festival.

Duncan Hodgson, Marketing & Audience Development Manager at LeftCoast, said: “It’s great to see the arts scene coming together in this way to provide late night shoppers in Blackpool a creative contrast to the traditional high street offer. There is a wealth of artistic talent right on our doorstep here in Blackpool and these events demonstrate that beautifully.”

Those wanting to visit on the night can also take advantage of parking for just £1 between 5pm and midnight at the Hounds Hill Multi Story, West Street, Central, Talbot Multi Story and East Topping Street car parks.

 Click here to download the map.

Free family arts take over The Mount for half term

Fleetwood’s beautiful Mount Pavilion is set to host an exciting array of free arts and creative activities for families throughout half term.

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Fleetwood’s beautiful Mount Pavilion is set to host an exciting array of free arts and creative activities for families throughout half term. The programme brings together a wide selection of things to do for families with everything from crafts to photography, music to dance and more besides.

Blackpool based arts organisation Aunty Social will be kicking off the week on Saturday 24 October from 1-4pm with a felt monster workshop. Children will get to create their very own scary monster to take home with them using pre-prepared patterns, googly eyes and felt.

On Sunday 25 October from 1-4pm the Mount will be transformed into a vintage tea room with the help of Mount Pleasant Tea Rooms. People of all ages are invited to come along and enjoy afternoon tea while learning from TopStitch who will be offering sessions of crochet and needle point.

You can help save tons of unwanted books that would normally go to landfill on Monday 26 October from 1-4pm with a book folding workshop. Decorate and upcycle a paperback with craft materials and watch it come to life as a fun creature before your very eyes.

Kids can express their creativity and dance moves with Skool of Street in their workshop exploring all things urban on Tuesday 27 October from 1-4pm. Focusing on theatre skills, drama and hip hop dance, this session will get ready to hit the streets with your moves.

Back by popular demand, RaspberryPi expert and Mount favourite Les Pounder will be in the space on Wednesday 28 October from 1-4pm for an afternoon of science and space adventures. During the workshop kids will be able to create projects that might travel to space and run experiments with Astro Pi.

More Music will take over the space on Thursday 29 and Friday 30 October from 1-4pm with a duo of musical workshops. Families are invited to sing songs, play instruments and enjoy themselves with these musical maestros.

Things will get spooky on Saturday 31 October from 1-4pm with artist Sarah Hicks as the Mount is transformed into a witch’s grotto for Halloween. Work alongside Sarah using junk and scrap materials to create ghoulish decorations to take home to terrify your neighbours.

On Sunday 1 November, rounding off the week, Fleetwood Civic Society will be using the space to hold an open day from 12-4pm. Everyone is invited to come and learn about the work of the society and to explore the beautiful surroundings of the pavilion. They’ll also be on the lookout for enthusiastic locals to get involved with their activities.

LeftCoast seeks volunteers for Banquet

Artists and communities are coming together this October for a celebration of all things food in the splendour of the Pavilion Theatre in Blackpool Winter Gardens. Banquet, which runs over

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Artists and communities are coming together this October for a celebration of all things food in the splendour of the Pavilion Theatre in Blackpool Winter Gardens. Banquet, which runs over Friday 23 and Saturday 24 October, combines performances, installations, talks and shared meals which all explore food, what it means to us, where it comes from and the pleasure of eating together.

We’re looking for volunteers to help out of the day of the event.

Things you  could be  be involved in are:

  • Dressing and decorating the Winter Garden pavilion for the event
  •  Setting up market halls,
  • supporting artists and event staff,
  • Helping the public,
  • Shawdowing the artists

If you are interested in volunteers then please contact Sophie Fuce by email: sophie.fuce@leftcoast.org.uk or call 01253477973

Incredible meal promises to “Dish The Dirt” on where our food comes from

Blackpool’s famous Winter Gardens Pavilion is set to play host to a special meal with a difference on Saturday 24 October. Dishing the Dirt is a performance meal created by

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Blackpool’s famous Winter Gardens Pavilion is set to play host to a special meal with a difference on Saturday 24 October. Dishing the Dirt is a performance meal created by artist Kerry Morrison, of artist collective In-Situ, and FoodRiot chef Gill Watson, which will take audiences on a culinary adventure through sustainable food.

The meal forms part of LeftCoast’s Banquet event which aims to bring together artists and communities for a celebration of food and the joy of eating together. It combines performances, installations, talks and shared meals which all explore food, what it means to us and where it comes from

Gill and Kerry have created an ingenious seven course menu made up of mainly food that can be foraged, where every ingredient has been carefully selected to give a fascinating and thought provoking insight into food. The meal will be full of surprises and is definitely not one for the faint hearted with special contributions throughout including one from vegan taxidermist Nicola Jane Hebson, star of Channel 4’s All Creatures Great and Stuffed, plus a special appearance from soil expert Dr Charlie Clutterbuck.

Speaking about Dishing the Dirt, Gill and Kerry said:

“Much of what people eat nowadays gets taken for granted and people just don’t know how it gets to our plates or where it comes from. Dishing the Dirt is really about tackling some of the myths and giving people an insight into sustainable food.”

“It’s not one for the faint hearted as there will be a whole host of surprises on the plates, some of which you would never expect. What we can say though is that it will change the way you think about food forever.”

Kerenza McClarnan, Creative Engagement Manager at LeftCoast, added:

“It has been great working alongside Gill and Kerry, their passion for educating people about where their food really comes from shines through. It’s a great addition to the whole Banquet event which has been created in collaboration with members of the community and I’d encourage people to come along and experience it for themselves.”

Dishing the Dirt takes place on Saturday 24 October in the Pavilion Theatre in the Winter Gardens from 12pm. Tickets are available for £8.50 by visiting www.leftcoast.org.uk or by calling the Grand Theatre box office on 01253 290190.

Unfortunately the meal cannot accommodate any special dietary requirements and will include both meat and shellfish.

Communities and artists cook up a Banquet at the Winter Gardens

Artists and communities are coming together this October for a celebration of all things food in the splendour of the Pavilion Theatre in Blackpool Winter Gardens. Banquet, which runs over

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Artists and communities are coming together this October for a celebration of all things food in the splendour of the Pavilion Theatre in Blackpool Winter Gardens. Banquet, which runs over Friday 23 and Saturday 24 October, combines performances, installations, talks and shared meals which all explore food, what it means to us, where it comes from and the pleasure of eating together.

The Friday evening will see theatre company Unfinished Business create a new show called Walk, Talk, Eat With Me in collaboration with young people from Blackpool based homeless charity Streetlife. Starting with a personal tour through the town and ending with a meal which audiences will help to create, the show aims to share stories and experiences of homelessness in Blackpool.

The Horseshoe area around the Pavilion Theatre will play host to the Banquet Food Hall organised by Sustainable Food Lancashire from 11am to 5pm on the Saturday. The food hall will play host to a delicious array of food themed stalls, installations and talks exploring all aspects of food, sustainability and health. Children will also be able to start their foodie journeys with specially created activities and, if you’re feeling peckish, you’ll be able to taste some grub from some of Lancashire’s premier food producers.

Environment artist and food activist Kerry Morrison and FoodRiot chef Gill Watson will be hosting a performance and meal combined entitled Dishing the Dirt which questions where our food comes from. Not always for the faint hearted the meal will include a host of culinary surprises as science and art collide to create an unforgettable experience for audiences from 12pm until 2pm on Saturday.

The residents of Grange Park alongside Squash Nutrition will also be coming together to create the Homestead Harvest Pancake House in the Pavilion Theatre. People are invited to come along and try a plate of tasty free pancakes with fruit fillings fresh from the harvest from 3pm on Saturday.

Kerenza McClarnan, Creative Engagement Manager at LeftCoast, said: “Banquet is the culmination of months of artist led activities in communities helping to create everything from the plates and bowls, to the table and the salt people will put on their meals. Food is such an integral part of our daily lives so it is great to be able to give people an insight into where it comes from before it lands on our plates.”

“We’re also really lucky to be able to hold Banquet in the beautiful surroundings of the Winter Gardens Pavilion Theatre, a space that many don’t get to see all that often, and one that gives a sense of grandeur to the event.”

Tickets for Walk, Talk, Eat With Me are available for £6 per person. Tickets for Dishing the Dirt are available for £8.50 per person. The Banquet Food Hall and Homestead Harvest Pancake House are both FREE to attend.

Anyone wanting to follow the development of Banquet between now and the event can visit the Banquet blog at https://banquetblog.leftcoast.org.uk to find out about the artist led activities happening across Blackpool and Wyre.

 

Life’s a stage in new programme of innovative performance

LeftCoast are launching a new programme of small scale theatre performances in unusual spaces across Blackpool and Wyre kicking off with a gripping play set in Blackpool.

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LeftCoast are launching a new programme of small scale theatre performances in unusual spaces across Blackpool and Wyre kicking off with a gripping play set in Blackpool. In a coup for the town they have teamed up with one of the country’s leading producing houses, the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, as part of a new tour of Gareth Farr’s Bruntwood Prize winning play Britannia Waves the Rules which will show at Blackpool & the Fylde College University Centre on Monday 5 October.

Farr’s poetic portrait of Carl, a young man adrift in his home town of Blackpool, is an intense and transfixing account of a journey from the rock-filled shops of Blackpool to the mountains of Afghanistan.

There’s nowhere to go and nothing to do. Carl can’t get a job, there are no jobs to get, and even if there was he doesn’t want it.  So when the army comes calling and promises to show Carl the world he runs full-pelt out of town and into the unknown, a decision that will change him forever.

Britannia Waves the Rules was given a Judges Award in the 2011 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting and premiered at the Exchange in 2014 to great critical acclaim.

Writer Gareth Farr said: “I want to grab the audience by the scruff of the neck, drag them through the journey and have them leave feeling something strong about the world they’ve just witnessed.”

Michael Trainor, Artistic Director of LeftCoast, said: “This is a rare opportunity for people to see this award winning piece of theatre right here in Blackpool. I saw it at the Edinburgh Festival last year and it left a deep impression on me. The fact that part of the show is set in the town will only add to its impact and we’re sure that young people especially will relate to many of the feelings experienced by Carl.”

The location of the show also marks the start of an exciting new relationship between LeftCoast and Blackpool and the Fylde College with the aim of giving performing arts students as well as residents the opportunities to see a wider range of work on their doorstep. Alongside the performance a series of workshops and an after show talk will give students the chance to speak to the cast and dig a little deeper into the show.

Anthony Dalnas, Curriculum Manager at Blackpool and the Fylde College, said: “We’re very much looking forward to having Britannia Waves the Rules at the University Centre and making these opportunities from LeftCoast available to our students. It is a great thing for the town to have such high quality work being shown and with the new programming at the Grand Theatre studio as well, it’s an exciting time for small scale performance in Blackpool.”

The next show in the programme is part of LeftCoast’s Banquet event with theatre company Unfinished Business creating a new theatre piece in collaboration with young people from homeless charity Streetlife. The show entitled Walk, Talk, Eat With Me will take place in the Pavilion Theatre at the Winter Gardens on Friday 23 October. Aiming to give people an insight into what it is like to be homeless and living in the town, the show will start with a walking tour led by the young people followed by a shared meal created by the audience.

Jane Hugo, Chief Executive of Streetlife, said: “We’ve been in conversation with LeftCoast for the past twelve months and have found that their ability to connect us with artists and creative organisations has opened new doors for us.”

“Unfinished Business are going to be working intensively with eight of our young people to create this new show and help them tell their stories in their own way. We’re incredibly excited to see what they come up with.”

Tickets are available for Britannia Waves the Rules and Walk (book here), Talk, Eat With Me (book here) for just £6 each either online or by calling the Grand Theatre box office on 01253 290190.

Art Bed & Breakfast: Artist Callout

LeftCoast are pleased to announce a small initial opportunity for Blackpool & Wyre based artists to have their work featured in the early stages of the ‘Art Bed & Breakfast’

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LeftCoast are pleased to announce a small initial opportunity for Blackpool & Wyre based artists to have their work featured in the early stages of the ‘Art Bed & Breakfast’ project.

A B&B is a new concept turning an unused promenade hotel into a space where all rooms and communal areas will be commissioned by emerging and established artists. The facility will also include social space for the Fylde coast; which over time will build its own programme and exhibition opportunities. It will continually showcase local talent and invite other artists to stay and work in Blackpool as part of a developing ‘great art for residents and visitors alike’ approach.

We are currently developing the brand and website for Art Bed and Breakfast.  We want to platform Blackpool based artists on the website to help profile the project at this stage. But we need your help!

What do I have to do?

If you are interested in having your work featured, then all you need to do is take the A B & B letters and ampersand and respond/create them in your own way as an artist. All mediums are encouraged including installation, sculpture, light, dance, painting and drawing, mixed media and so on. Think big, think bold and USE CAPITALS!!!

Please note, although works can be in any medium, the final display of work must be in the form of a high res photographic image, which would act as your submission.

An honorarium of £300 will be granted to a selected winner, whose work will feature as the opening page for the website. All other submitted artworks will be acknowledged and credited on the website as part of this prestigious developing project. The winner will be selected by LeftCoast directors, Project Manager and a Jobs, Friends & Houses representative.

The opportunity is not limited to just visual artists, but the works will be documented by photography, so do consider how a photo image best captures the work you are creating. Photographs submitted must be a minimum 300dpi and landscape in orientation.

The deadline for submissions is 21st August

Artists must submit their high res photographic image, along with their name and a description of the medium/s used to: info@leftcoast.org.uk with subject title ‘A B&B Callout Submission’

Submissions must be made by self-employed artists who have a Unique Tax Reference number (UTR).

For more information please contact A B&B Project Manager, Garth Gratrix on 01253 477971 or email garth.gratrix@leftcoast.org.uk

LeftCoast unveils programme for 2015

LeftCoast have today unveiled their programme of amazing art activities taking place across Blackpool and Wyre during the rest of 2015. From jaw-dropping spectaculars that you’ll remember forever to intimate

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LeftCoast have today unveiled their programme of amazing art activities taking place across Blackpool and Wyre during the rest of 2015. From jaw-dropping spectaculars that you’ll remember forever to intimate experiences in neighbourhoods, the programme aims to delight and excite residents and visitors alike over the coming months.

Kicking off the programme for the next six months is the SpareParts Festival taking place on Tram Sunday 19 July in partnership with Fleetwood Festival of Transport and Wyre Council. The festival has been created in partnership with community members from Fleetwood who have helped to select the performers all of which have a transport theme to their work. The highlight of the festival will be Extraordinary Bodies, a professional integrated circus company, who will present their new show Weighting on a spectacular flying staircase at 1pm and 5pm.

LeftCoast were also integral in the successful Coastal Community Fund funding secured for the world famous Blackpool Illuminations and will be programming the new elements of the project taking place at Brilliance on Birley Street. Six weekends of performance, circus and fire will take place throughout the illuminations season with some of the very best national and international companies on the streets at the early evening events.

Throughout the summer, LeftCoast will be continuing their work in communities with projects taking place across Blackpool and Wyre in your neighbourhood. Squash Nutrition will be running a series of activities focused on food and creative growing on Grange Park; while on Mereside residents with a series of events exploring green spaces and how they can be used for creative play.

The Mount Pavilion in Fleetwood will be continuing to develop as an arts hub for the town with a new ‘Shape the Space’ group advising on what activities and events will take place in the space. Residents and agencies from Fleetwood have been brought together by LeftCoast and are excited about the possibilities that the pavilion can offer to the people of Fleetwood as an arts space.

In Autumn LeftCoast in association with They Eat Culture will present Banquet, a two day event at the Winter Gardens centred on food and the rituals associated with it. Starting on Friday 23 October the event will see a performance by theatre company Unfinished Business who be creating a show alongside young people from Blackpool based homeless charity Streetlife. On Saturday 24 October a full day of activities including two specially artist created meals and a series of talks, installations and information stalls all on offer for the public.

Continuing to support the thriving arts and creative community a host of sector development opportunities are on offer as well. Golden Section, LeftCoast’s monthly creative conversations with visiting artists, has a new line up of speakers with contemporary artist Bob & Roberta Smith, Turner Prize Nominated architects Assemble, and Joss Arnott, one of the UKs top dance choreographers.

A programme of training and professional development is also available over the coming months with experts on hand to share their skills. Artists and creatives living, working or studying in Blackpool and Wyre can access the free sessions which cover everything from how to manage projects to accessing funding through trusts and foundations; monitoring and evaluation to how to find work in the art world – plus more besides.

Self-directed learning programme LeftCoast Express will return for another round of funding in September giving artists the chance to go and visit experts in their field, develop their skills and bring knowledge back to Blackpool and Wyre.

For those wanting to develop their own projects Future Popular gives artists and communities the chance to gain small commissions for arts projects. There is a simple application process and LeftCoast staff can support people with their applications, which can be submitted in September.

Julia Turpin, Executive Director at LeftCoast, said:

“We’re really pleased with the programme that has been developed for the next six months with the support of our partners. Last year was a huge success and it was really fantastic to see such a diverse range of work taking place through Blackpool and Wyre, and we’re excited to build on that this year.”

“There is a wealth of fantastic spaces and artistic talent in the area and we’re dedicated to joining the dots between those people and the communities around them. Arts and culture has the potential to be a huge catalyst for change in Blackpool and Wyre and this is an opportunity for everyone to be part of the art transformation taking place – join us and make art happen.”

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