LeftCoast EXPRESS – new round of applications now open

The new round of LeftCoast Express is now open for applications. The application deadline for LeftCoast Express round 6 is 10am on Monday 22nd October. Shortlisted applicants should be available for

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The new round of LeftCoast Express is now open for applications. The application deadline for LeftCoast Express round 6 is 10am on Monday 22nd October. Shortlisted applicants should be available for interview on Tuesday 6 November 2018.

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 their 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 among 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.

We strongly recommend that interested applicants talk through their application with Alexis Johnson, LeftCoast’s Creative Development Manager before you apply – regular surgery slots are available to book HERE, or contact Alexis directly to arrange a chat (via kay.trayford@leftcoast.org.uk). 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.

More information and a list of current and previous successful applicants can be found on our EXPRESS page.

Left Behind: Call for Proposals

Left Behind is a new programme of commissioned art works that are a direct response to the Financial Times article in December 2017 – ‘Left behind: Can anyone save the towns

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Left Behind is a new programme of commissioned art works that are a direct response to the Financial Times article in December 2017 – Left behind: Can anyone save the towns the economy forgot?’

LeftCoast are commissioning a series of works across art forms that will be presented as a programme throughout 2018.

We would like to commission work that explores the themes highlighted in this article. Work created can be a challenge, a comment, a provocation or an observation, we are not asking for solutions, but how, as artists, are we uniquely placed to frame a different conversation? We welcome proposals for projects of any art form that adds to this conversation. Proposals should in some way reference the personality of the town.

Proposals are welcomed from artists working in any media, working locally, nationally or internationally, ideas will be assessed on quality, relevance and potential.

Please see the full  Left Behind artists brief which outlines the programme and application process in more detail.

Time frame:

We would like these commissions to be completed between April and Dec 2018.

Budget:

We are looking for proposals from £500 to £5000. We will commission a minimum of 4 ideas, but have the potential to commission more.

Deadline:

5pm – Thursday 19 April

Left Behind #3 – Presenting the Artist Brief

Join us for Left Behind #3 our third in the series of creative conversations responding to the recent FT article about Blackpool… This is your opportunity as a locally based

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Join us for Left Behind #3 our third in the series of creative conversations responding to the recent FT article about Blackpool…

This is your opportunity as a locally based artist or creative practitioner to be the first to hear about the commission opportunities available as part of the programme, use the resources of your fellow creatives to hone, sharpen and finesse your creative responses, find people to collaborate with and creatively contribute to the debate.

After the success of our first two Left Behind conversations, we extended an open invite to ask locally based creatives to join a commissioning panel to draft the Left Behind commissioning brief. This will ultimately allow us to commission a programme of creative responses to the Financial Times article and include work by locally and nationally based artists. This panel met on 20 March 2018 to develop the brief.

The Left Behind #3 conversation will focus on supporting locally based artists who want to apply for the commissions, with the chance to discuss their ideas further, develop and shape their plans & ask any questions of the LeftCoast team and commissioning panel.

We hope you can join us.

The venue is Blackpool Catholic Club, 30 Queen Street, FY11PU. The meeting will take place from 6-9pm on Thursday 29th March, please register your attendance HERE.

Photography Brief: Before I Die

LeftCoast are working with Regenda Housing in Fleetwood and Blackpool Coastal Housing to bring Before I Die – a global community art project that invites people to reflect on their

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LeftCoast are working with Regenda Housing in Fleetwood and Blackpool Coastal Housing to bring Before I Die – a global community art project that invites people to reflect on their lives and share their personal aspirations in public.

Before I Die comprises of a ‘wall’ located within the community – the original wall was created on an abandoned house in the artist Candy Chang’s neighbourhood in New Orleans after she lost someone she loved. Since then, passionate people have created walls in their own communities and there are now over 2,000 walls in over 35 languages and over 70 countries, including China, Argentina, Italy, Iraq, Finland, India, Japan, and South Africa. The wall is a positive civic engagement project to help us restore perspective, understand our neighbours in new and enlightening ways, and improve the well-being of our communities. The project has been featured on NBC, CNN, TED, and Oprah Magazine.

Each Before I Die wall is created and maintained by an individual or group of people who are passionate about creating a space for their community to share more with one another, in this case LeftCoast. We are presenting the wall in two communities, Haweside and Flakefleet.

We would like a photographer to document the wall in each location during its four week exhibition period. The nature of the wall is that it will change from day to day. Some days it may be full, some days someone may have wiped it clean or it might rain and wipe everything off.

We require a photographer to visit each wall at different times of the day and days of the week – a minimum of four visits to each wall – to capture the different ways that it is being used.

The photographs will be the only documentation that the wall was ever installed and as such are an important legacy for taking conversation forward and profiling the work in the future.

For more information download the full brief – Before I Die – Photograhers brief FINAL.

Image Credit: Tony Antler, Newport News, USA

 

SpareParts Festival: Programme manager wanted

Do you want to press the accelerator and  help SpareParts power into the future? The SpareParts Programme Manager will have a pivotal role in the growth and development of SpareParts Festival.

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Do you want to press the accelerator and  help SpareParts power into the future? The SpareParts Programme Manager will have a pivotal role in the growth and development of SpareParts Festival.

The role requires energy, initiative and strong organisation skills. It is a great opportunity for an individual to network themselves comprehensively into the Outdoor Arts circuit in the UK and build experience.

If you are passionate about helping to transform the cultural landscape in the North of England this could be the job for you.

Find out more here – SpareParts Festival Programme Manager 2018

Deadline – 5pm,  Friday 23 February

 

 

 

Artist Call out: SpareParts Festival

SpareParts Festival, an arts festival dedicated to all things transport, travel and motion, is on the lookout for fantastic acts, performances and artists for their three 2018 festivals. A firm

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SpareParts Festival, an arts festival dedicated to all things transport, travel and motion, is on the lookout for fantastic acts, performances and artists for their three 2018 festivals.

A firm favourite on the festival circuit, this year’s locations and dates are as follows:

Sandbach – 22nd April

Crewe – 7th July

Fleetwood – 15th July

If you are interested get a move on and download all the information – SpareParts 2018 Artists’ Brief final.

The brakes will be applied on the deadline of 28th February.

Programme Evaluation – consultant brief and ITT

We are seeking an external consultant with expertise in evaluation and arts engagement to:  Design and implement a whole programme evaluation for LeftCoast  Adopt an outcome focused evaluation methodology

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We are seeking an external consultant with expertise in evaluation and arts engagement to:

  •  Design and implement a whole programme evaluation for LeftCoast
  •  Adopt an outcome focused evaluation methodology
  •  Develop recommendations for LeftCoast’s governance, programming and legacy

LeftCoast is in its second phase of funding from the Arts Council – from October 2016 to October 2019. The evaluation will draw on learning from phase one and deliver a robust methodology for phase two.

If you are interested in this please view the full brief – ITT_FINAL 020218

Deadline: 23 February 2018

Join Our Team: Creative Community Activist

A great opportunity has arisen to join LeftCoast as it’s Creative Community Activist.  LeftCoast supports all the people involved in our projects to develop a greater sense of well-being and

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A great opportunity has arisen to join LeftCoast as it’s Creative Community Activist.  LeftCoast supports all the people involved in our projects to develop a greater sense of well-being and connectivity to the places that they live in. We work with individuals, organisations and whole communities to bring about positive change and improve the quality of life in local areas. For the next two years, we require a highly-motivated and people savvy individual to help deliver a dynamic programme of creative community engagement activity.

If this sounds like you or someone you know please take a look at the Creative Community Activist Job Pack and download the LeftCoast Application Form to apply.

ARTIST BRIEF: Real Estate – Long Term Socially Engaged Artist Residency

We are seeking applications from artists who work in a socially responsive way who would be interested in relocating to Blackpool or Fleetwood for a long term live/work artist residency

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We are seeking applications from artists who work in a socially responsive way who would be interested in relocating to Blackpool or Fleetwood for a long term live/work artist residency on two local housing estates.

The two live/work residency opportunities have been informed and shaped by experiences working across Blackpool and Wyre over the last four years and will be one of our longest interventions to date. They are a direct response to opportunities that have presented themselves, a wide range of partnerships and the potential to become pioneers for change in the area. They are a response to the question we often get asked when a project finishes ‘what happens next?’ They are also an experiment into what happens when artists become part of a community rather than visiting a place.

Please find out more information in the Real Estate Artist Brief.

Closing date: 5pm Tuesday 20 February

‘Left Behind #2 – Creative Conversation’

After our inspiring and positive first Left Behind… conversation – we’re inviting you to join us for a follow on discussion. Having delved deep into the issues and themes of

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After our inspiring and positive first Left Behind… conversation – we’re inviting you to join us for a follow on discussion. Having delved deep into the issues and themes of the FT article we’d like to shift the focus now to your creative project ideas…

Date: 8th Feb

Time:  5.45 (for a 6pm start) -9pm

Venue: TBC (Central Blackpool Venue)

So, we’re inviting

  1. Individual artists, creative practitioners, organisations and collaborative groups, who have formed an idea for a project response – tentative, early stage or a bit more thought through. They can be any art form, maybe a film, a journalistic piece, residency based, longer term, immediate, political, social, engaged, physical, theatrical, digital…think possibility not constraint… be bold and be brave…or gentle and meaningful… any & all ideas are welcome.
  2. Anyone who is simply keen to be part of the conversation and is willing to offer supportive and constructive critical feedback to help shape and develop others ideas.

The rules of the discussion will be as follows…

  • Whoever brings an idea will fully own that idea, and be ultimately the one who makes decisions about how it will be taken forwards beyond this event
  • All critical feedback and collaborative thinking will be offered & received with an open spirit and positive sense of shared solution focused working

At this event we would also like to share with you the work of some artists that have inspired our thinking at LeftCoast & who have created work that imaginatively makes political points and responds to community issues.

This event will include lots of time to discuss & feedback on the ideas brought by the group, and by the end of the evening we hope to have gathered a sense of who wants to be part of our Left Behind… project commissioning group, as well as have a good sense of ideas that could go forward into the commissioning process, and those that can be taken forward by other means.

We hope you can join us in the continuation of this exciting process and that we can work together to make positive creative things happen, in this place that we all love so much!

If you would like to talk through your idea before the 8th please call the LeftCoast office on 01253 477973.

Please book your place at this event by clicking HERE.

FT article can be read here…

https://www.ft.com/content/b6dbf34e-c987-11e7-aa33-c63fdc9b8c6c

 

‘Left Behind – Blackpool a drop out town?’

LeftCoast are inviting the local creative community to attend ‘Left Behind – Blackpool a drop out town?’ a provocative, creative conversation in direct response to the recent Financial Times article

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LeftCoast are inviting the local creative community to attend ‘Left Behind – Blackpool a drop out town?’ a provocative, creative conversation in direct response to the recent Financial Times article by Sarah O’Connor https://www.ft.com/content/b6dbf34e-c987-11e7-aa33-c63fdc9b8c6c

Date: 18th Jan

Time:  6-9pm

Venue: TBC (Central Blackpool Venue)

Some of you have mentioned this article to us and your desire to explore it within your practice and there have been some very interesting discussions on Facebook and other social media.

So, we thought it would be useful to explore those reactions more and are hosting the conversation to pose questions such as…

“How can we as the creative community in Blackpool provide an active response to this article? Not simply to de bunk it, but to provide a nuanced and thoughtful counter position that perhaps speaks to the positive work going on here, some of the joyful and creative elements of this place?”

“Can we creatively explore in more depth the lives of the people highlighted in the article, who have come to Blackpool as a place to find solace, comfort and a home, only to feel isolated, depressed and unable to cope?”

“What is the role of art & artists, if any, in providing treatment for the ‘shit life syndrome’ so many people are suffering from here?”

Our next phase of commissioning activity will be a reply to this article, we aim to commission locally based artists as well as artists from elsewhere to provide critical reactions, as part of a national conversation, to the themes and issues highlighted. This conversation is the beginning of that process. We will share with you the draft artist brief and host a facilitated conversation that helps us to progress our thinking and yours, towards developing high quality art that says something important about Blackpool, community and culture.

We hope you can join us… Light refreshments will be provided.

Please book  your place via this Eventbrite link…

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/left-behind-blackpool-a-drop-out-town-tickets-41873966160

and please share this opportunity with anyone from the creative community who would like to join the conversation.

Real Estate – Expressions of Interest Call Out

Long Term Socially Engaged Artist Residency We are looking to hear from artists who work in a socially responsive way that may be interested in relocating to Blackpool/ Fleetwood for

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Long Term Socially Engaged Artist Residency

We are looking to hear from artists who work in a socially responsive way that may be interested in relocating to Blackpool/ Fleetwood for a long term live/work artist residency on a local housing estate.

We are currently seeking expressions of interest from artists who would like to be on a mailing list when we release a full brief early next year. We are particularly interested to hear from artists who engage with people and place at the core of their practice. There will be specific themes that arise when the full artists brief is released next year, but we see the artists as taking on part of the identity of the estate wardens that used to live on social housing estates. We want the artists not just to work with community but be part of the community.

We are currently planning the first two residencies (there is potential for this to rise to four dependent on funding outcomes), in two different areas which have similar but distinct identities.

One artist residency will be located in Haweside, a social housing estate in Blackpool managed by Blackpool Costal Housing, a town with a unique identity known for its transient communities. Located not far from the lights and thrills of the Golden Mile, this estate shows a different side of Blackpool, where real people and their families make their homes. Not an easy place to make inroads, there are very few community assets such as libraries or children’s centres, however once you get to know the people there is a wealth of stories, hopes and ideas to work with.

One artist residency will be located in Flakefleet, a social housing estate in Fleetwood managed by Regenda. Fleetwood is 9 miles down the coast from Blackpool, a town with a strong heritage within the fishing industry that has seen a decline in recent years. The Flakefleet estate has more community assets than Haweside such as a school and a parade of shops. Again it’s an area with a rich history and families with a long connection to place.

Over the past two months we have been piloting programmes of work on the two estates through hands on making and sharing sessions that have been popping up in unusual spaces. Through this process we have been meeting people in the communities, talking about what’s important on their estate and generally getting a feel for the personalities of the locations. Through this process we are establishing welcome committees for the artists in residence to help them settle in.

Key points to consider:

  • The chosen artists will be required to relocate to Blackpool/ Fleetwood for the year of the residency
  • We are open to interest from family groups or artists that work in collaboration
  • Artists will be offered accommodation, artist fee and production budget
  • Artists will be commissioned by LeftCoast but will need to work in partnership with our partner organisations

To express your interest and be added to a mailing list for the full brief, please send:

  1. Your email address and contact details
  2. A short paragraph as to why you are interested – with links to relevant past work
  3. A link to your website

Contact: Laura Jamieson, Creative Engagement Manager – laura.jamieson@leftcoast.org.uk

 

 

 

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