Volunteer at ABSENT Swop Your Time for Tickets!

We are keen to find people willing to volunteer their time to be ‘Front of House’ volunteers as part of ABSENT.

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Are you interested in seeing the outstanding production of ABSENT at the Winter Gardens but not sure you can afford the tickets?

You can now volunteer your time in exchange for an exciting opportunity with LeftCoast’s latest collaboration – ABSENT.

If you have some free time and would like to see the show and behind the scenes of this fantastic production, from theatre company dreamthinkspeak, then this is the opportunity for you!!

We are keen to find people willing to volunteer their time to be ‘Front of House’ volunteers as part of ABSENT. We are now excited to be able to offer you a discounted £5.00 Golden ticket for the show (normally £17.50) if you volunteer some of your time to be part of ABSENT.

We require volunteers for 4 hr shifts over the 3 weeks of the production. We are offering one £5.00 Golden Ticket for each 4 hour shift that you  agree to cover, up to a maximum of 4 Golden tickets. We will also cover reasonable travel expenses.

About ABSENT

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.

The Role

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 ‘Front of House Clerk’ 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
  • You must be able to attend the training session.

Show Dates

Please apply even if you can only commit to one of these weeks.

20- 25th August 2016

12-16 September 2016

25- 29 September 2016

 

To apply contact:   Kimberley Towler kimberleytowler@hotmail.com  or   07989202447 (Available Mon- Sun)

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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)

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.

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.

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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.

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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. 

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