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

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

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

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

How to apply:

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

Roles available –

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

£10 per hour

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

£10 per hour

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

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

Artist Call Out for King Edward Avenue

PLEASE NOTE THE EMAIL ON THE ORIGINAL ADVERT WAS INCORRECT – PLEASE CAN YOU RESUBMIT PROPOSALS TO laura.jamieson@leftcoast.org.uk by the 29th April 2016. We are looking to commission an artist or artists

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PLEASE NOTE THE EMAIL ON THE ORIGINAL ADVERT WAS INCORRECT – PLEASE CAN YOU RESUBMIT PROPOSALS TO laura.jamieson@leftcoast.org.uk by the 29th April 2016.

We are looking to commission an artist or artists to work on an exciting new creative festival being developed with the hotel owners and residents of King Edward Ave, North Shore, Blackpool. This is an opportunity to help the group creatively explore what a festival of wind related activity could look like.

What we are commissioning…

The group that are commissioning this work are looking to develop an annual festival that celebrates wind. The group are keen to transform the perceived negative of wind and the environment into a positive. They would like the festival to be a creative engagement tool, to connect with their neighbours, the larger Blackpool community, visitors staying in Blackpool and to celebrate the close community of this North Shore street.

We are interested to hear from artists across all art forms whose practice relates to wind. This could be as wide and varied as a visual piece that reacts to the change in wind, performance work that is powered by the weather, wind powered light installations or work that explores how the wind shapes the way we use our environment. We are keen to be as experimental as possible and to really explore how innovative a festival of wind could be.

The festival will take place over one weekend, potentially in Sept to tie in with the firework World Championships that take place on North Pier.

How to apply:

There are three ways that you can apply for this commission:

  • Lead Commission- one proposal that will use the entire budget
  • Part of the commission. If you have an idea for a smaller proposal, we will consider commissioning a series of artists to produce different works for the festival.
  • Existing work that could be loaned/ installed and made appropriate for this site.

The work should have a positive legacy. The group hopes to develop and grow the festival of wind as an annual event and this commission will act as a pilot for that.

Please click here to download the full brief
Please send your applications to laura.jamieson@leftcoast.org.uk by the 29th April 2016.

Artist Call out for Mereside at Play

We are looking to recruit a pool of artists to work on our ‘Mereside at Play’ programme of activity over the next 12 months. We would like to hear from

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We are looking to recruit a pool of artists to work on our ‘Mereside at Play’ programme of activity over the next 12 months.

We would like to hear from artists who have a specific interest in play, early years development and open spaces who can deliver workshops and projects.

What we are looking for:

This is a general call out to build up a resource base of artists who we can work with on a paid basis to deliver workshops and projects for the Mereside at Play programme in Blackpool.

We are very interested to hear from artists who have specific experience and interest in working with early years children, concepts of play or exploring green spaces in different ways.

The Mereside at Play programme of activity has been developing over the past two years and artist led sessions have been delivered looking at activities such as area mapping, den building, food and nutrition and growing. We are now entering a 12 month intensive research period that will inform a plan for the development of green spaces on Mereside to be funded through Better Start.

Click here to download the full brief and requirments

How to apply:

To express your interest to be involved in this programme, please send us one document that includes:

• Why you would like to be involved in the Mereside at Play programme (150 word limit)
• How your practice reflects the objectives outlined above (200 word limit)
• Three examples of your work that you feel are relevant (300 word limit, please include images or web links)
• A CV
• Your workshop and daily rate
(Files should be no larger the 5MB)
To laura.jamieson@leftcoast.org.uk By the 22nd of April 2016

From this call out we will develop a pool of artists that can be called on to deliver workshops and projects over the next 12 months. We will invite shortlisted artists to come and meet with us and discuss their practice.

Neighbourhood Commissions Photography Brief

This year LeftCoast have commissioned a number of artists to produce artwork in a variety of different art forms as part of the ‘Neighbourhood Commission’ strand of work. The projects

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This year LeftCoast have commissioned a number of artists to produce artwork in a variety of different art forms as part of the ‘Neighbourhood Commission’ strand of work. The projects are taking place in the following areas: South Shore, Kind Edward Avenue, Claremont and Rossall Beach. The artworks range from digital installations to creative workshops and a festival of wind.

We are seeking a photographer to document and photograph these commissions and their journey throughout the upcoming months. Specific dates are yet to be confirmed.

It is expected that several image galleries will be created for each of the different projects to showcase the development of the project and the final event or installation. We would like to capture both the residents involved in the commissioning process and the audience for the final outcomes.
It would be beneficial if some images could be made available to the LeftCoast team throughout the project so they can be uploaded to social media to further promote the workshops and events.

The photographer will grant full usage rights for the images to LeftCoast now and in perpetuity inclusive in the fee. LeftCoast will undertake to credit the photographer on each and every occasion it is used and where practicably possible.

All images will be required as high resolutions jpegs in an accessible format (through DropBox, hard drive transfer, data memory stick etc – not email) within 24 hours of the event finishing. The photographer will be requested to make a selection of their own six favourite images presented in a ready to use format with any corrections or adjustments already made.

Click here to download the full brief

Deadline: Friday 1 April 2016 at 12 noon Fee: Up to £450

To apply: Please email your proposal to info@leftcoast.org.uk and include a full quote, maximum of 5 examples of your work and a 250 word statement on why you are interested in covering this event. Please note when sending images these should be sent via Dropbox or other service – not email.

If you have already joined LeftCoast’s bank of photographers you do not need to send any samples of work.

 

South Beach Neighbourhood Commission Artist opportunity

This is an exciting opportunity for an innovative artist to work in partnership with a group of local business owners and residents in the South Beach area of Blackpool. The

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This is an exciting opportunity for an innovative artist to work in partnership with a group of local business owners and residents in the South Beach area of Blackpool. The commission has been developed through the enthusiasm of the local traders who are keen to explore the creative potential of their area, take risks and challenge people’s perception of the place that they live and work.

We are commissioning an artist to work in partnership with South Beach Trader’s community group which is made up of business owners and residents from this area which is focused around Bond Street.

We would like to use this commission as:

• A way to engage people who live there, those who live in the wider Blackpool area and visitors to the area with a high quality creative experience
• A way to raise the profile of this area
• A way to help people explore the area
• A way to inspire people to learn new and unexpected things about the area
• A way to encourage people to use the businesses on this stretch

We are not prescriptive about form; this could be anything from a guided walk or a piece of street theatre to a digital experience or a temporary space that the group could use again. We would like the work to have an interactive element to it, something that encourages people to think, can be used as an opportunity to further spread the word or pass on a positive story about the area.

The work should have a positive legacy. This might be that, for example, what is discovered inspires the commissioning group to embark on a larger project, a set of skills that are passed onto the residents or a digital archive that can continue to grow.

We are inviting proposals from interested artists who feel that their practice fits with our aims and objectives. We would like to see:
1. Information about your practice (200 words)
2. Three examples of previous work that you feel are relevant to this brief (link to websites or documents no bigger than in total than 5MB)
3. Why you are interested in this opportunity (300 words)
4. How you feel your practice would fit with the brief (150 words)
5. How you would envisage working with the South Beach business group (300 words)

The fee for this commission is £4,500. This will need to include all artist fees, travel, materials, and infrastructure.

From this call out we will invite 4 artists to interview, from which we will appoint 1.

Click here to view the full brief

Please send your applications to laura.jamieson@leftcoast.org.uk by 5pm on the 15th April.

 

Take part in the SpareParts Festival

Fleetwood Festival of Transport has received a ringing endorsement and investment from Arts Council England to further develop their arts programme SpareParts. The festival, which attracts around sixty thousand people

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Fleetwood Festival of Transport has received a ringing endorsement and investment from Arts Council England to further develop their arts programme SpareParts.

The festival, which attracts around sixty thousand people into the town, will take place on Sunday 17 July and will this year see performances taking place within Memorial Park and in the town centre streets. There will also be a new emphasis on community involvement in the SpareParts Art Parade in the afternoon which is already a firm favourite with audiences.

As part of the investment there will be a new Festival Director recruited who will have responsibility for developing the artistic programme alongside the Fleetwood Festival of Transport committee and the partners.

Click here to find out more about this position and how you can apply. Deadline for applications is 31 March 2016

The festival is also seeking artists to bring transport themed art to Fleetwood either as static installations or performances in Memorial Park, strolling shows in the town centre streets or vehicles for the art parade.

Click here to find out more information and how you can take part in the festival. Deadline for applications is Friday 8 April at 12 noon

Artist Commission Opportunity

Members of Claremont Park Community Centre in Blackpool are seeking proposals from artists/organisations interested in creating a permanent site-specific sculpture or installation within the public space of the Community Centre.

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Members of Claremont Park Community Centre in Blackpool are seeking proposals from artists/organisations interested in creating a permanent site-specific sculpture or installation within the public space of the Community Centre.

Members of the group would like the artist to consider as many of the following objectives as possible: –
A sculpture or installation which:
– Incorporates interactivity such as light and sound
– Is able to support temporary installations on it or around (that may be created from time to time by the community centre members)
– Responds to the environment and local ecology
– Represents the local community and history of the surrounding area
– Uses reclaimed and/or recycled materials

The group would like to see as many of the following outcomes from the project as possible:
– A sculpture/installation which encourages the local community to engage with the arts
– Engages the community in their local environment
– People will learn creative skills through the process and will be able to contribute temporary work to the installation/structure
– Encourages a sense of ownership
– Develops a stronger sense of civic pride
The Space

To download the full artist brief click here

To download the application form click here

The deadline for applications is Monday 22nd February, 2016. 

Vacancy: Creative Community Engagement Officer

Blackpool Coastal Housing, LeftCoast and Better Start have formed an innovative partnership to develop a new programme of artist facilitated engagement work in Haweside and Mereside areas of Blackpool. This

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Blackpool Coastal Housing, LeftCoast and Better Start have formed an innovative partnership to develop a new programme of artist facilitated engagement work in Haweside and Mereside areas of Blackpool. This programme of work will be supported by LeftCoast and will report back to cross agency steering group. The Creative Community Engagement Officer will be funded by LeftCoast and Better Start and will be employed by Blackpool Coastal Housing for an initial 12 month contract.

Creative engagement in this role involves creating greater access to arts and culture for those that wouldn’t normally access the arts. It also aims to support people to develop a greater sense of well-being and connectivity to the places that they live in. This role will help support the leadership within communities to develop creative projects that have a lasting impact and resonance with them and their wider community. One such project will involve engaging the community in the redevelopment/new development of Parks & Opens Spaces in Mereside for early years babies and children, (0-3 years) through an innovative approach to play.

  • The contract is for a full time post initially for 12 months with the possibility of extension subject to funding.
  • Salary: £23,698 (Grade 6)

For more information contact the LeftCoast team on 01253 477973.

The deadline for applications is 18 January 2016 at 12 noon.

Click here to apply online.

Save Our Stories Freelance Learning Co-ordinator

We are seeking a highly creative individual to lead on the development and delivery of a strategic learning pilot for Save Our Stories, an exciting and innovative new storytelling and

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We are seeking a highly creative individual to lead on the development and delivery of a strategic learning pilot for Save Our Stories, an exciting and innovative new storytelling and creative writing programme for Blackpool and Wyre.

This is a role for an experienced practitioner, who has exceptional storytelling and workshop delivery skills and good project management and organisational skills.  They should have a passion for storytelling and reading, experience of leading storytelling and creative writing workshops for early years, children and young people and good knowledge of the National Curriculum English Framework for key stages 1, 2 and 3.  Experience of successful working with writers and creative organisations is essential.

The S.O.S Learning Co-ordinator will report directly to the Arts Development Officer and work closely with the S.O.S Planning Group, which is made up of representatives from Blackpool and Lancashire schools, arts and libraries, Left Coast, early years, family learning, and the Blackpool Museum Project, to benefit from their collective knowledge and experience and to ensure that sector developments in education theory and practice are actively sought and shared.

This is a freelance opportunity subject to satisfactory DBS clearance checks. The relationship the Council wishes to establish with the successful candidate is a commercial contract for the provision of specific services. Applicants should be able to certify that they comply with self -employed Taxation regulations.

Project dates: 7 months from appointment

Hours: Average 22hrs per week to include some evening and weekend work.

Fee: £8,500 (1/7 fee paid each month on receipt of invoice)

Closing Date for Applications: 10.12.15

Applications to: Lynne Pattinson, Arts Development Officer, Central Library, Queen Street, Blackpool FY1 1PX or email lynne.pattinson@blackpool.gov.uk

For more information download the brief here

Download the application form here

The Save Our Stories Project is managed by Blackpool Arts Service with funding support from LeftCoast (the Arts Council England supported Creative People and Places Programme for Blackpool and Wyre).

Join the LeftCoast Steering Group

LeftCoast is looking for two new advisers to join its steering group. The LeftCoast steering group currently consists of six consortium partners and four independent members.  We are looking for

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LeftCoast is looking for two new advisers to join its steering group.

The LeftCoast steering group currently consists of six consortium partners and four independent members.  We are looking for an independent artist based in Blackpool and Wyre to join the group alongside an individual currently working in the voluntary sector.

A job description for this role can be downloaded here.  Interested applicants are invited to submit an expression of interest detailing why they are interested in this role and what they think they can bring to it.

This opportunity is a voluntary role and no payment will be received for services offered.

If you would like to informally discuss the role please call LeftCoast’s Executive Director on 01253 477973.

Deadline for Expressions of Interest is Midday 9 December.  Interviews scheduled on 16th December 2015

Please submit applications by email to julia.turpin@leftcoast.org.uk

 

Come and work on the LeftCoast

LeftCoast are currently looking for an exceptional individual to undertake a short term contract to cover maternity leave for our Creative Engagement Manager. The Creative Engagement Manager has a critical

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LeftCoast are currently looking for an exceptional individual to undertake a short term contract to cover maternity leave for our Creative Engagement Manager.

The Creative Engagement Manager has a critical role in helping us develop new audiences and increase participation levels in Blackpool and Wyre.  Key initiatives currently include developing a number of creative engagement programmes across Blackpool Coastal Housing’s estates, supporting a series of community led arts commissions and developing a pop up arts space in Fleetwood.

The ideal candidate will have significant experience of working with artists and communities, have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and have the ability to forge and maintain strong strategic and creative partnerships.

The application form can be downloaded here   For more information or for an informal discussion on the role please call Kerenza McClarnan on 01253 47793.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 4 December.  Interviews will take place on the 14 December

 

Rossall Beach Artists Commissions

We are looking for proposals from artists to create a temporary intervention in the Rossall Beach area of the Fylde Coast in North West England, in the spring of 2016.

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We are looking for proposals from artists to create a temporary intervention in the Rossall Beach area of the Fylde Coast in North West England, in the spring of 2016. The work will be commissioned by Rossal Beach Community Group, supported by LeftCoast.

We would like to commission an artist to work on the development of a new piece of work within the unique location of  of Rossal Beach. At this stage we are not being prescriptive about what form we see this commission taking, we are looking for proposals across all mediums, from sound and visual art to performance and theatre. Ultimately what we want is something that engages the people  that live here in a creative conservation and highlights the beach to both local people and those outside of the area. The work will seek to celebrate this unique area of Coast, explore its creative potential, engage a new audience and take inspiration from the community group who looks after this stretch of coast line. Although temporary the work will create a legacy which can be built on through future projects.

The work could be something on the beach, something in the sea, a new way of exploring the area, it might be an event, or a month long intervention. It will definitely be temporary but we hope the benefits are far reaching and will inspire future creative work. At our disposal we have a wealth of local knowledge, a very active community group, support from the LeftCoast team and links to the local authority, Wyre Borough Council.

The deadline for applications is the 16th October at 5pm. Please send your applications to researchingrossall@gmail.com

 

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