Film Commission Opportunity

Left Coast is looking to commission a film maker to make a series of short films both documenting and in one case creating the final outcome of 3 locally based

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Left Coast is looking to commission a film maker to make a series of short films both documenting and in one case creating the final outcome of 3 locally based artist projects we have commissioned on the theme of loneliness.

Background & Brief

LeftCoast have commissioned 3 locally based artists to create new artworks on the theme of loneliness.

The artists selected are all taking very different approaches to that theme and therefore will all require a different documentation approach to capture the outcomes of their work.

  1. Skool of Street will make a dance piece that follows the journey of a single lonely girl living in Blackpool as she traverses the town and expresses her loneliness through dance – in particular the dance style of Krump, exploring the contrasting images of the busy seaside resort bustling with so many people and the place we know where it is so easy to feel isolated and alone in a crowd.
  2. Buzz Bury, will work with a group of volunteers who have travelled from all over the world to work at the Streetlife charity which works with young homeless people in the Town. Buzz will explore ideas around the loneliness of arrival in a new place where people and language is unfamiliar. The project will involve workshop activities with participant volunteers and a final outcome of a temporary beach installation of written phrases and words collected from the participants and washed away by the tide.
  3. Tina Dempsey will explore words of hope and affirmation, working with communities and groups affected by loneliness to write postcards to other people suffering the same, and passing on thoughts about ways to feel better and connect, phrases to build hope and feel less alone. These postcards will be exhibited at locations throughout the town and in window based vinyl art works.

Our vision is to work with 1 film maker or film company to capture all 3 projects and create 3 distinctive short films that still hang together as a collection and can be viewed together or separately.

In particular the Skool of Street project was envisaged as a dance film, so the filmic element is particularly important in the final realisation/outcome of the work. Buzz’s piece also had a film element in the capturing of the final beach installation, documenting its creation and ultimate destruction by the sea, which he hoped to realise using a drone camera.

We want add a professional support strand as part of our LeftCoast Studio scheme, by connecting the commissioned film maker with a less experienced person, looking to gain professional experience in this area. This will provide some additional hands on support to the delivery of the project, but would require a degree of mentoring and support from our commissioned practitioner.

We are keen to work with a locally based film maker, who can respond to each of these 3 projects and offer some professional development support as outlined.

Timelines

Timelines for delivery of this project will begin in winter 2017 and continue until summer 2018.

The final films should be available by end June 2018.

Applications

Please send us an expression of interest that includes:

  • What interests you about this commission & why you feel you are the right person/organisation for the commission? (500 words)
  • Your CV
  • Links to your film show reel – with suggestions of previous projects that you think are relevant to this commission.
  • Cost breakdown – see below.
  • to jenny.rutter@leftcoast.org.uk

Timeframe

  • Closing date for applications is Weds 25th October at 5pm
  • Interviews are to be held in November

Budget

There as a budget of up to £1500 for this film commission. This needs to include all costs, fees, materials and travel.

Please provide a breakdown of your costs and how you would utilise the available budget as part of your application.

Contact

Any further questions can be sent to LeftCoast Creative Development Manager, Jenny Rutter jenny.rutter@leftcoast.org.uk  tel: 01253 477973.

Larkholme Grasslands – Student Engagement Workshops Opportunity

Wyre Borough Council Arts Service are looking for a poetry/creative writing artist and creative artist to carry out workshops with the students of Larkholme Primary.  Their vision is to create a new ‘mythic

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Wyre Borough Council Arts Service are looking for a poetry/creative writing artist and creative artist to carry out workshops with the students of Larkholme Primary. 

Their vision is to create a new ‘mythic coast’ narrative for Larkholme Grasslands. For more information on the Mythic Coast Artwork Trail please click HERE.

Artist Stephen Broadbent together with a local author or poet and the ranger service will undertake workshops with local students to create a poem or story which can then be translated into the environment of the park. Text will then be carved inlayed or coated into seats, bridges, walls, wind shelters etc. The narrative will help tie the project into the Mythic Coast, allowing a new story to be heard for this unique place.

Stephen is intrigued by the simple notion that if you ‘build a habitat they will come’ – can this green space become a good home to a diverse and interdependent range of marine species? Can the complexity be created? Is it as simple as building houses or are we in fact more than simply our homes?

The challenge to the community is to think about how we can build and maintain a safe place not just for our homes but the wider maritime eco-system.

This new public space is going to be a valuable asset to the local community and it is key that the younger population can become engaged with both the importance of this space, as a recreation facility and also as a place of ecological significance.

It will take many years for Larkholme Grasslands to become the rich environment we all envisage, so during this time of growth it is important to start marking these important stages of environmental development and keep re-telling it’s ‘story’.

This opportunity will entail working together with the students at Larkholme Primary School, Wyre Countryside Rangers and Arts team, other local artists, poets and film-makers. A diverse engagement process is to be developed to embed the narrative within the community through workshops held at the school.

It is hoped that the immediate workshops with the students can produce work that can be integrated into the fabric of the landscape – a narrative text can be carved or inlayed into seats, bridges & wind-shelters.   The narrative will help tie the project into the Mythic Coast, allowing a new story to be heard for this unique place.

Students can also help to determine those special species which are to be depicted within the imagery on the large entrance ‘grasses’, or carved into the various timber structures.

It’s important for the young people to have a sense of ownership of this new space and integrating their work within the hard landscaping can go a long way to start this process.

Possible First Year Events

Poetry / narrative sessions

Documenting the creation of the environment

Understanding the plant and wildlife through research, drawings, talks etc

Species count

Time Frame

Narrative – November 2017

Species for integrated artworks November 2017

Fee
1 day workshop at £250 per artist
Materials will be provided

If you are interested in this opportunity please submit a short proposal with examples of your illustrative work or creative writing by Wednesday 20th September 2017 to rebecca.thornton@wyre.gov.uk

Art B&B Associate Artist scheme

We are looking for locally based artists to be part of the new Art B&B Associate Artist programme, who want to develop their professional arts practice/careers, by developing work within

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We are looking for locally based artists to be part of the new Art B&B Associate Artist programme, who want to develop their professional arts practice/careers, by developing work within the context of our ground breaking and exciting Art B&B.

The first phase of associate artist placements will take place during the renovation and opening phase of the project. So it’s a great opportunity for artists who want to get involved at the early stages of our development and create work that can help inform and shape the programme as it emerges.

Becoming an Art B&B Associate artist does not mean that we expect all of your practice to focus on the Art B&B project all of the time. Rather that you work alongside us and are able to integrate & build on your existing practice through the opportunities provided.

The Art B&B Associate Artist scheme aims to:

  • Connect more people with Arts & Culture
  • Explore alternative spaces for art to exist
  • Develop the artistic talent on our doorstep
  • Promote artist profiles within a critically engaged national context
  • Reward ambitious, risk taking practice and approaches to making art

Successful applicants will benefit from 18 months of benefits including:

  • Mentoring & 1 to 1 guidance and support from the LeftCoast and Art B&B team
  • Peer Group development sessions
  • Connections to and opportunities to work alongside established Art B&B commissioned artists
  • Access to a collaborative workspace and initial exhibition opportunities at our partner venue Abingdon Studios
  • A £1000 Express Professional Development grant that can be spent on a personalised programme of courses, conferences, travel to exhibitions and events, and meeting the people who can really help you develop your ideas and practice.
  • Up to £2000 towards match funding to allow you to bid for an Arts Council G4A grant to realise some of your project ideas.
  • Space to exhibit the outcomes of your activity within the Art B&B ongoing programme of activity, once the building is open.

This is an interdisciplinary opportunity, and artists working across all disciplines are encouraged to apply. We want to see evidence of a pro-active working practice, recent exhibitions, projects, performances and work in development etc.

If you are an artist who is actively working in their field of practice, and can demonstrate a desire to make artistic practice their full time occupation. Please see our guidelines –  A B&B Associate Artist Scheme Guidelines

LeftCoast Studio – Assistant Curator Opportunity

LeftCoast Studio – Assistant Curator Opportunity Seaside Towns out of Season Exhibition Artist: Jill Reidy Time: 5 days LeftCoast are working with local Photographer and Artist Jill Reidy, to create

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LeftCoast Studio – Assistant Curator Opportunity Seaside Towns out of Season Exhibition

Artist: Jill Reidy

Time: 5 days

LeftCoast are working with local Photographer and Artist Jill Reidy, to create an opportunity for an aspiring Curator, to support her in the selection & presentation of works for her forthcoming exhibition, Seaside Towns out of Season at Abingdon Studios in late September 2017.

LeftCoast Studio offers professional practice development opportunities at three levels – Associate, Assistant and Placement – this is an assistant level role and as such is not paid but the person selected will have all travel and subsistence expenses covered for their time working with us.  For more information about the LeftCoast Studio scheme please visit Studio

This Assistant Curator role is expected to involve approximately five days work and will involve:

  • Supporting Jill to curate a suitable selection of works from her recent photography road trip around seaside towns throughout England.
  • Helping to design the exhibition format and presentation of works.
  • Assisting with the hanging of works for the exhibition.
  • Attending & helping at the private view opening event

This is an opportunity to gain experience assisting a local artist who is developing an exciting new exhibition and presenting work funded through a highly successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign.

We need a person with a pro-active attitude who is happy to be flexible in their approach to supporting the project. This is an ideal opportunity for a recent graduate or current student at HE undergraduate or post graduate level who is interested in gaining experience and a better understanding of what a curatorial role in the arts involves. Jill is excited to work with someone who can bring their creative ideas and enthusiasm to help her edit 2000 images down to the 20 that really tell the story of her adventure and explore the inherent split personality of seaside towns.

How to Apply:

To apply for this opportunity please email jenny.rutter@leftcoast.org.uk with the answers to the following questions (no more than 400 words in total) by Sunday 13th August at 5pm.

  1. What interests you about this opportunity?
  2. What do you feel you could bring to this project?
  3. What would you hope to gain from this experience?

Please also tell us…

  1. a) Your name
  2. b) Your contact email & telephone
  3. c) Your address & Postcode.

 

More about Jill Reidy & Seaside Towns out of Season:

A Solo Photographic Road Trip had been on my bucket list for a long time.

Originally a Londoner, I’ve lived in Blackpool for the past forty years, and loved (nearly) every minute of it. As a photographer, this town is a dream. I turned sixty five this year and the time had come to step out of my comfort zone and drive off into the wilderness (well, first stop Whitley Bay…) in my little Smart Car, armed only with a SatNav, a bag of cameras, the odd change of clothes and enough energy, grit, determination and petrol to visit seven or eight seaside towns in just over a week.

I was interested in what makes these towns tick out of season.  I love to find the unusual, the quirky side of places I visit, and this is what I was looking for along the way.  As I travelled around I realised there were two sides to every town:  the rundown/quirky; and the beautiful seascapes and sunsets.   I’ve tried to include both sides in the final project.  I’ve held several exhibitions over the last few years, but never one that depicted so many destinations.  My stops were:  Whitley Bay, Whitby, Scarborough, Great Yarmouth, Southend, Margate, Brighton.  I also visited Exeter and Exmouth on a separate trip, with the aim of shooting images along the same theme.  And, of course, no project about seaside towns would be complete without including Blackpool and Fleetwood.

I’m a writer/storyteller as well as a photographer and I loved hearing personal stories about the towns. I’ve already collated many of the images and produced a 100 page photo book.  Now I’m working towards an exhibition in Blackpool in late September.

It would be great to have some help with curating the exhibition. I’m notoriously bad at making decisions, so choosing 20 images out of about 2000 is my idea of a nightmare.

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DEADLINE EXTENDED LeftCoast Studio – Assistant Producer Opportunity

King Edward Avenue Co-commission Artist: Dan Fox Time: 6 days Expenses: an allowance of £50 per day LeftCoast have created an Assistant Producer role as part of LeftCoast Studio. To

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King Edward Avenue Co-commission

Artist: Dan Fox

Time: 6 days

Expenses: an allowance of £50 per day

LeftCoast have created an Assistant Producer role as part of LeftCoast Studio. To fill this role, we are looking for a person to develop their skills by assisting lead artist Dan Fox , LeftCoast and King Edward Residents group to realise their vision for a new interactive light commission in October 2017.

As part of LeftCoast Studio we offer professional practice development opportunities at 3 levels Associate, Assistant and Placement – this is an assistant level role and as such is not paid but the person selected will have all travel and subsistence expenses covered for their time working with us. For more information about the LeftCoast Studio scheme please visit HERE.

This is an opportunity to gain experience assisting innovative artists who are creating a new site specific work, bespoke to the North Shore area of Blackpool.

The role will include supporting the artists and project partners as they develop, create and stage the new work which will be presented at a one day event in October. You will be needed for a total of 6 days during the summer and autumn leading up to & including the event.

The new work includes elements of light, projection, outdoor art and heritage, so if these are areas you are interested in, this might be the opportunity for you.

We need a person with a pro active attitude who is happy to be flexible in their approach to supporting the project. It would particularly suit someone who is interested in co-commissioning models, or creating work with communities. This is an ideal opportunity a recent graduate or current student at FE or HE level, or someone who has good organizational skills and is interested in trying out a creative career and wants to gain some exciting on the job experience. The opportunity might include jobs such as:

  • Checking locations
  • Liaising with community group
  • Practical support such as helping install
  • Researching local queries
  • Supporting the artists when they are on site

How to Apply:

To apply for this opportunity please email jenny.rutter@leftcoast.org.uk with the answers to the following questions (no more than 400 words in total) by Monday 26th June at 12pm:

  1. What interests you about this opportunity?
  2. What do you feel you could bring to this project?
  3. What would you hope to gain from this experience?

Please also tell us…

a) Your name

b) Your contact email & telephone

c) Your address & Postcode

LeftCoast Express – deadline extended

LeftCoast Express is a self-directed learning programme for artists, creative producers, curators and programmers living in Blackpool and Wyre aimed at developing their leadership skills in the arts. There is

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LeftCoast Express is a self-directed learning programme for artists, creative producers, curators and programmers living in Blackpool and Wyre aimed at developing their leadership skills in the arts.

There is a simple application process and funding is available for successful individuals to apply for a package of up to £1000 and a dedicated coach to support the development of your creative practice over a 12 month period.

The purpose of LeftCoast Express is to give individuals the opportunity to identify gaps in their knowledge or experience and increase their skills and understanding of the sector. It aims to build capacity amongst arts professionals in Blackpool and Wyre and help them to develop their organisations, set up and run new projects and support others in the process.

LeftCoast is passionate about strengthening arts and cultural provision to help it become more sustainable and to be a key player in Blackpool and Wyre. It is not directly about developing individual art forms (e.g. becoming a better ceramicist) but is about developing personal skills and knowledge that allow you to more effectively contribute to wider debates about the role of arts and culture and establish new ventures that benefit more people.

What is ‘self-directed’?

This means that you determine your own needs, draw up a programme of courses, conferences, coaching, mentoring or secondment (as appropriate) and organise it yourself. The programme needs to be agreed with the LeftCoast as part of the application process.

What is a ‘learning programme’?

This is not a ‘taught’ experience (like going to college for example) but the onus is on you to be pro-active in exploring and finding what you need to build confidence, knowledge and aspiration.

To help you with the process please read the Frequently Asked Questions section in our Guidelines document to find out more about what & who we want to fund.

The application deadline for LeftCoast Express round 5 is 5pm on Sunday 25th June. Shortlisted applicants should be available for interview on Monday 3rd July.

Please talk through your application with Jenny Rutter – jenny.rutter@leftcoast.org.uk  LeftCoast Creative Development Manager before you apply – regular surgery slots are available to book on our website, or contact Jenny directly to arrange a chat. You are much more likely to be successful in an application if you have been able to talk over your ideas with our team in advance.

Please download our Guidelines and Application Form here.

 

Future Popular is back!

Future Popular is an opportunity for artists, arts organisations, producers and existing or new collectives based in Blackpool and Wyre, to contribute to LeftCoast’s ambition to find new audiences and

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Future Popular is an opportunity for artists, arts organisations, producers and existing or new collectives based in Blackpool and Wyre, to contribute to LeftCoast’s ambition to find new audiences and explore the space between entertainment/popular culture and art in order to find out what is… the Future Popular.

Future Popular is back and is changing! Along with LeftCoast’s development priorities & those of our partner project A B&B; we need to make sure that artists and arts organisations in Blackpool & Wyre are prepared and ready to make successful applications to the Arts Council England and other national funders, rather than providing whole project funding ourselves…

However, we know that it is hard to meet the requirements of these funders, in particular the 10% minimum cash match funding required by some.

So from now on Future Popular will support you in the following ways. You can apply to us for up to 10% of the overall costs of a project you want to deliver. If successful in your Future Popular application you can then include our contribution as confirmed cash match within your application to Arts Council, Heritage Lottery Fund or another funder. We will offer our help and guidance in making those applications and then if you are successful in raising all the money for your project, we will release our 10% contribution.

LeftCoast is looking for dynamic, innovative and sustainable proposals from Blackpool and Wyre based artists to develop and present a project for the people who live and work here and explore how creativity can play a central part in the future of Blackpool and Wyre.

Future Popular is open to any art form. You will need to specify what art form and which community setting/s you want to work in within your application.

Future Popular is an open application process, there are no deadlines, but we do have a finite pot of money to award.

Therefore:

  • If you are successful in your application to us, there will be a 6 month period allowed for you to raise the additional funds for your project, or your money will be returned to the pot and awarded to other applicants. (The LeftCoast team will support you throughout that process.)
  • You can only apply for 1 Future Popular project at any time
  • The scheme can be suspended at any time if all monies have been allocated
  • You need to be able to demonstrate that you can successfully plan and deliver your project to time and to budget

Please talk through your application with Jenny Rutter, LeftCoast’s Creative Development Manager before you apply – regular surgery slots are available to book on our website, or contact Jenny directly to arrange a chat. You are much more likely to be successful in an application if you have been able to talk over your ideas with our team in advance.

Please download our Future Popular Guidelines, Application Form and Budget Tool.

Artist Commission – Mereside (Blackpool)/ New West Division Police Headquarters

A new opportunity has arisen for an artist commission to develop a new piece of work, in partnership with the communities of Mereside, Blackpool for the new police headquarters.  LeftCoast

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A new opportunity has arisen for an artist commission to develop a new piece of work, in partnership with the communities of Mereside, Blackpool for the new police headquarters.

 LeftCoast have been working with the communities of Mereside for the past 12 months through Mereside at Play, a project to creatively explore the green spaces of the estate. This project will come to fruition in autumn 2017 through the redevelopment of one of Mereside large green spaces into a playful space designed with the under 4’s in mind. Through this consultation we have developed a partnership with the police and the new police station being built opposite the estate.

 The build of the new police station is a great opportunity for the police to work closely with the community that they will soon be part of. The developers have offered schemes such as skills open days on the site, and the police have identified the option to install a new art work, created with the surrounding community within their main entrance.

This is an exciting opportunity to create something innovative and unique that will become part of the fabric of the police station and the place, bridging the gap between community and police. 

Please see the full Mereside Artist Brief for more information.

Timeframe

  • Closing date for proposals Mon 29 May at 5pm
  • Interviews are to be held in early July
  • Work to commence mid July

 

Call for Artists and Performers: SpareParts: On the Move

SpareParts is the UK’s only Free Festival of Art, Performance and Spectacle dedicated to transport, travel and motion. For the 4th edition of SpareParts in 2017 we have partnered with Sandbach

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SpareParts is the UK’s only Free Festival of Art, Performance and Spectacle dedicated to transport, travel and motion.

For the 4th edition of SpareParts in 2017 we have partnered with Sandbach Festival of Transport, Cheshire East Council, trAction Festival Crewe, Crewe Town Council and Wyre Council to present SpareParts: On The Move, a touring festival to be featured at three transport festivals.

  • Sandbach Festival of Transport 22nd/23rd April (performance day 23rd)
  • trAction Festival Crewe 8th / 9th July (performance day 8th)
  • Tram Sunday Fleetwood 16th July

Have a look at what happened in 2016 here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l03vUQnFXMA&t=1s

THEME: All SpareParts contributors must be art, performance and spectacle that is on, about or utilises transport and travel in creative ways.

This year we will particularly welcome work that can encompass our ‘Future Journeys’ theme.

What we are looking for:

  1. The Great Spare Parts Arts Parade – Artists designed vehicles, bicycles, mobile installations that can take art in the Great Spare Parts Art Parade (existing or new commissions)
  2. Spare Parts Village – Static installations and performances in, on and around vehicles that can form part of the Spare Parts ‘Junk Yard’ Village.
  3. Spare Partists – Strolling or mobile performers, especially with a transport or travel theme, to perform throughout the day and take part in the Parade
  4. Spare Participation –Freelance artists, organisations or participatory arts companies who can help communities develop their own content (vehicles and moving installations) for the festival (especially but not exclusively to create a community designed mobile scooter display team).

See  HERE for full Brief

DEADLINE FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST: Thursday 9th March at 5pm

By email: sp.festproduction@gmail.com – Please put ‘SpareParts 2017 – Expression of Interest’ as subject header

By post: LeftCoast, FYCreatives , 154-158 Church St, Blackpool FY1 3PS

T: 01253 477973

 

Artist Commission – A B&B External Facade

A B&B are looking for proposals from artists or collectives to design and implement work for the external facades of the property. This new façade will be a key recognisable feature

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A B&B are looking for proposals from artists or collectives to design and implement work for the external facades of the property. This new façade will be a key recognisable feature for all guests looking for A B&B.

  • Deadline for submission of proposals – 7pm on Thursday 23 February
  • Shortlisting to take place w/c 13 March following discussions with the Planning Authority

We want an inspiring and engaging façade and we are not being overly prescriptive about what form we see this commission taking. We are interested in receiving proposals across all mediums, from installation and visual art to architecture, design, light and sound.

For more info and the full brief please visit –  https://abandb.wpengine.com/opportunities-for-artists/

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

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