We are Recruiting – Operations Manager

LeftCoast is six years into an ACE-funded Creative People and Places Programme and we are about to roll out year one of our Big Lottery Funded Reaching Communities Programme. With

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LeftCoast is six years into an ACE-funded Creative People and Places Programme and we are about to roll out year one of our Big Lottery Funded Reaching Communities Programme. With a budget of just over £1m for the next four years, we are looking for a smart and experienced Operations Manager to ensure our day to day business responsibilities (and grant funding conditions) are executed effectively.

LeftCoast is at a genuinely interesting stage of its development as a progressive arts organisation with a growing reputation for its socially-engaged practice. In sector-speak : LeftCoast works with local people to generate high-quality artistic outputs that serve well-being and social impact outcomes. We work with residents across the Fylde Coast alongside experienced artists, producers and partners to create alternative perceptions of Blackpool and Wyre and help to tell the stories of the people that live here.

To get the cut of our jib; our last production, ‘RUSH’, engaged 108 local participants in a contemporary dance piece devised with Southpaw Dance Company. We projected 80ft images onto the former police station building at Bonny Street, Blackpool for an audience of 1600 people

See the film here: https://www.leftcoast.org.uk/showstoppers/rush/                              

You are a highly-organised, strategic thinker who has a fondness for systems and attention to detail. We need your sharp management skills and your facilitative management style.

Alongside the Artistic Director you will:

  • Business Plan for the next 5 -10 years of LeftCoast
  • Manage all things financial, HR and ICT (we are a small team of 4.3 FTE)
  • Ensure the fulfillment of Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting requisites for grant funded programmes and be the first point of contact for Funders and Evaluation teams
  • Support fundraising, income generation and business development strategies

This role requires a straight head in an organisation that has a track record of taking risks and doing things somewhat differently. We are a high trust/high challenge team, we care about our work and your fit will be important to us.

If you are interested in applying download the Recruitment Pack and Application Form below.

Then send your application to wendy.lee@leftcoast.org.uk

Closing Date: 12 noon Thursday 28 March

 

 

Join LeftCoast Board

We are looking for skilled individuals with the energy and expertise to help us consolidate our strengths as an organisation and explore new development opportunities. You will help take forward an

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We are looking for skilled individuals with the energy and expertise to help us consolidate our strengths as an organisation and explore new development opportunities. You will help take forward an ambitious programme of work that includes: activating local communities through shared arts and cultural activities, developing artistic talent and commissioning high-quality artistic work.

LeftCoast has recently been awarded extension funding for it’s Creative People and Places programme by Arts Council England, (2019 –2022). In addition
we have a significant National Lottery Community Fund (formerly Big Lottery Fund) grant so that LeftCoast can continue to deepen engagement with our
communities and deliver meaningful experiences that impact positively on peoples lives.

If you think you could help us achieve our goals please download the Information Pack for more information and how to apply – we’d love to hear from you.

Applications close on 13 March 2019 and short two-way interviews will be held on 22 March 2019.

Please view our information pack – Board recruitment pack 2019

Please download our Board recruitment Application Form 2019 if you would like to apply.

Opportunity – AB&B Bedroom Artwork Open Call

An opportunity for Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre based artists who work across 2D mediums: photography, printmaking, mixed media and painting.with Art Bed and Breakfast (A B&B CIC). Art B&B is seeking proposals

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An opportunity for Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre based artists who work across 2D mediums: photography, printmaking, mixed media and painting.with Art Bed and Breakfast (A B&B CIC). Art B&B is seeking proposals for the presentation of artwork within 2 bedrooms (1 family room and 1 bunk room).

Art B&B is an ambitious re imagining of a disused hotel on Blackpool’s world-famous promenade. The completely refurbished B&B, incorporating as many artist commissions as possible into the
fabric and operation of the building, will re-open as a fully functioning hotel on a permanent basis for staying guests and local user groups – like an art centre but in a B&B! The project is being
created by Art B&B CIC and all profits will be re-invested in further art commissioning, a creative training and development programme and community projects.

This opportunity is just for artists living or working in Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde.

Commission Budget: £1000 per bedroom. Inclusive of all fees, materials and installation costs.

For more details and how to apply please download the ABB Open call commissioning brief Feb 19.

Submission deadline 13 Mar 2019, 10am.

Creative Practitioner Action Learning Set

We are inviting creative practitioners from across arts disciplines to apply to become part of an action learning set. The group will meet once a month, up until July 2019.

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We are inviting creative practitioners from across arts disciplines to apply to become part of an action learning set. The group will meet once a month, up until July 2019.

The purpose of an action learning set is to develop a community of support, it is a space where you share with your peers issues you may be facing in your practice. So that you and the group can find creative solutions together. Each member will have at least one opportunity to get support from their peer group this way. But will also benefit from helping and hearing peers issues, which are usually relevant and enlightening. The purpose of setting up this group is to grow a culture of creatives to support each other to achieve their creative aims.

Places are limited, please register your interest HERE.

We will be in contact to let you know if you have been successful in gaining a place. The first session will be held on 26th February 2019, 11am-12.30.

Future sessions will be on the following dates:

19th Mar, 23rd Apr, 28th May, 28th June (Fri), 23rd Jul

Creative Producer Opportunity – Wordpool Family Day Festival

Blackpool Council’s Arts and Library Services, in partnership with LeftCoast, are seeking to appoint a dynamic and experienced Creative Producer to programme, organise and deliver our Wordpool Family Day on

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Blackpool Council’s Arts and Library Services, in partnership with LeftCoast, are seeking to appoint a dynamic and experienced Creative Producer to programme, organise and deliver our Wordpool Family Day on Saturday, 6th July 2019 in Stanley Park.

Wordpool is an established programme of festivals celebrating literature, writers and words in all their many wonderful forms. The Wordpool Family Day is a highly successful annual date in the calendar at the beginning of July where up to 4000 local families enjoy arts activities, performances and storytelling across different locations in Stanley Park.

The Creative Producer will work closely with the Wordpool Steering Group of key stakeholders and committed partners. A reasonable budget for commissioning artists and performers, hiring equipment and marketing is available informed by 12 years of delivering this one-day event.

More information about Wordpool and the Family Day can be found on our dedicated website at wordpoolfestival.co.uk – in particular please see the video section.

Please see the attached brief for more information – Wordpool Creative Producer Brief

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this role please submit a letter of application no longer than 2 sides of A4 detailing your relevant experience linked to the key skills and experience we have set out in the brief. We also require you to submit an up to date curriculum vitae and two referees.

Please send this information by no later than Thursday, 7th Feb 2019 by 12 noon to wendy.lee@leftcoast.org.uk

Candidates will be notified before 5pm on Friday 8th February.

We will interview interested applicants on Monday, 11th February at FYC Creatives, Church Street, Blackpool, FY1 3PS.

ARTIST CALL OUT: SPAREPARTS FESTIVAL

Come and ‘take flight’ next year at SpareParts Festival, four arts festivals dedicated to all things transport, travel and motion. The Festival is on the lookout for fantastic acts, performances

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Come and ‘take flight’ next year at SpareParts Festival, four arts festivals dedicated to all things transport, travel and motion. The Festival is on the lookout for fantastic acts, performances and artists for their four 2019 festivals.

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

Sandbach Festival of Transport – Sunday 14th April
Oldham Classic Car Show – Saturday 8th June
trAction Festival Crewe – Saturday 6th July
Fleetwood Festival of Transport – Sunday 21st July

What we are looking for:
1. The SpareParts Parade – Artist designed vehicles, bicycles, mobile installations that can take part in the great SpareParts Parade (existing or new commissions)
2. SpareParts Village – Static installations and performances in, on and around vehicles that can form part of the SpareParts ‘Junk Yard’ Village
3. SparePartists – Strolling or mobile performers, especially with a ‘Taking Flight’, transport or travel theme, to perform throughout the day and take part in the Parade
4. SpareParticipation – Freelance artists, organisations or participatory arts companies who can help communities develop their own content (vehicles and moving installations) for the festival

If you are interested get a move on and download all the information – SpareParts 2019 call-out & artist brief

The brakes will be applied on the deadline of Monday 17th December 2018 at 5pm

REAL ESTATE: MICRO RESIDENCY BRIEF

We are looking for artists for four micro residencies from Jan 2019 – Jun 2019 The micro-residency opportunities run alongside two, one year long live/work residencies taking place as part

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We are looking for artists for four micro residencies from Jan 2019 – Jun 2019

The micro-residency opportunities run alongside two, one year long live/work residencies taking place as part of our Real Estate programme in Blackpool and Fleetwood. The micro residencies are an experimental place to test and explore ideas that fit into our overall programme approach.

Practice and ideas do not need to work directly with the permanent residency artist but we would like to encourage dialogue and exploration. As the micro residencies are short bursts of activity they can be used as a place to create a range of work from quick tests of ideas to reflective research of a place.

The permanent residency artists are geographically working in isolation and we see the micro residencies as a place to bring together creative ideas and conversations. The micro-residencies will be staying in the third room of the permanent resident artist houses.

A full brief can be found here:

Artist Brief Micro Residency Oct 18

Opportunities with Fleetwood Voices

Four opportunities are available working with Fleetwood Voices – for drama, dance, music and creative writing/poetry practitioners. Fleetwood Voice is a large scale community arts project to explore the heritage

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Four opportunities are available working with Fleetwood Voices – for drama, dance, music and creative writing/poetry practitioners.

Fleetwood Voice is a large scale community arts project to explore the heritage and identity of Fleetwood and it’s people from 1860 to the present day as part of Fleetwood’s 10 Year Vision for ‘Unlocking People and Place’. The heritage of the town including the melody and intonations of the Fleetwood voice will be used as a vehicle for unlocking the identity of the region resulting in a large multimedia composition that will ‘give a voice’ to the people and a wealth of film based community histories that will form a legacy for future generations to explore.  Community and educational workshops will use the arts to stimulate and challenge a wide range of groups including school children, the fishing community and the disaffected communities on Flakefleet and Westview estates to think about the town, it’s heritage, identity and sense of place.

The project is looking for experienced practitioners who have a passion for devising creative and collaborative projects. Practitioners will be based in a Fleetwood school and will work with a range of school children across a range of year groups. As part of the project practitioners will each support the development of two arts ambassadors who will work alongside to achieve the project aims.

Timescale:  1st November 2018 to 14th December 2018

Closing Date: 1 October 2018

Fee: £1,250.00

5 days in total:

4 days delivery

½ day planning and ½ day performance

Please see the briefs below for more information:

Fleetwood Practitioner Poetry

Fleetwood Practitioner music

Fleetwood Practitioner Drama

Fleetwood Practitioner Dance

Artist Brief – The Final Homecoming

Wyre Borough Council are looking for an artist to creatively enhance ‘The Final Homecoming’ a community parade to celebrate the Centenary of the First World War. They are looking for

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Wyre Borough Council are looking for an artist to creatively enhance ‘The Final Homecoming’ a community parade to celebrate the Centenary of the First World War.

They are looking for an artist to imagine how they could artistically enhance a community parade that is:

  • Simple, effective, striking and meaningful
  • Contemporary but respectful, tangible and sensitive to the past
  • Easy and safe to wear, hold or carry  (We are not expecting for you make something for all the parade participants)
  • A smaller or simpler adaption that can be incorporated into a teachers’ making information sheet, so that it can be made independently

Fee: £1000 inclusive of materials and expenses.

Please see the Artists Brief for more information and application procedure.

For more information about the project as a whole please see the Final Homecoming Project Brief.

CLOSING DATE 26TH SEPTEMBER

 

Real Estate – The Third Bedroom micro residency programme

Call for expressions of interest We are looking for artists for a number of micro residencies taking place from Dec 18 – Jun 19 The micro-residency opportunities run alongside our

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Call for expressions of interest

We are looking for artists for a number of micro residencies taking place from Dec 18 – Jun 19

The micro-residency opportunities run alongside our two one year long live/work residencies, as part of our Real Estate programme, in Blackpool and Fleetwood. The micro residencies are an experimental place to test and explore ideas that fit into our overall programme approach. The micro-residencies will be staying in the third room of the permanent resident artist houses.

We would like the micro residency artists to consider the communities that they are resident in. We would like to see expressions of interest from artists who respond to place and people. Depending on where in the year the micro residency falls the permanent resident artists will already be embedded, to differing degrees, within these communities and will be able to talk to the micro residency artists about what they have learnt, observed or been part of so far.

Please download the Call for Expressions of Interest for more information.

Later in the summer we will release a full brief for the micro residences which we will send directly to those who have submitted an expression of interest.

Please email expressions of interest to laura.jamieson@leftcoast.org.uk

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 average award is between £300 and £500.

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

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