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

 

 

 

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.

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