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LeftCoast is an exciting and ambitious Arts Council England Creative People & Places programme to develop arts engagement across Blackpool and Wyre. The programme is part of a major national

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LeftCoast is an exciting and ambitious Arts Council England Creative People & Places programme to develop arts engagement across Blackpool and Wyre. The programme is part of a major national initiative by Arts Council England to engage people in the arts that don’t currently do so.

We’ve got an ambitious and exciting few years coming up – where else can you work on developing a disused hotel into an artist designed B&B one day and a re-imagining of King Kong the next?

A key aspect to Creative People and Places is the empowerment of the local community to take the lead in developing arts programmes in the areas in which they live. Within its first three years of existence, LeftCoast has been a significant catalyst for change, accelerating cultural momentum across Blackpool and Wyre. It’s a tough job and that’s why we need the best candidate to join us in delivering our work.

We are looking for an experienced Programme Manager to lead LeftCoast and its dedicated team during the delivery and evaluation stages of this programme.

Based in Blackpool, this role carries responsibility for effective programme management, leading the delivery team and a complex range of projects spanning all art forms from small grassroots workshops to major international artists. You will be an excellent collaborator, experienced at generating momentum, realising ambition and following through to fruition.

LeftCoast’s programme is managed by a consortium comprising of Blackpool Council Cultural Services, Wyre Council, Merlin (The Tower), Blackpool Grand Theatre, Jobs Friends and Houses and Blackpool Coastal Housing the latter being the lead consortium partner and host organisaton.

Please see our LeftCoast Programme Manager Job Pack for full details.

If you would like an informal chat about the role or want to find out more please contact: Maggie Saxon, Interim Director, LeftCoast:  maggie.saxon@leftcoast.org.uk

For an application form please click HERE

Closing date: noon on Friday 29th July 2016

Interview dates: Thursday 4th August, Thursday 11th August (second interviews)

Volunteer with us at the Mount Pavilion, Fleetwood

If you are interested in volunteering opportunities then join us for a Mount Tea Party on Thursday 7th July, 2pm-5pm at the Mount Pavilion, Fleetwood. Due to the success of

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If you are interested in volunteering opportunities then join us for a Mount Tea Party on Thursday 7th July, 2pm-5pm at the Mount Pavilion, Fleetwood.

Due to the success of our exceptional and exciting arts and creativity workshop programme, which runs throughout the year including school holidays, we are on the lookout for volunteer workshop assistants.

You don’t need to have any prior experience but you do need to be over the age of 18. You may be a parent or grandparent who already attends our workshops, or you may be looking for some hands on experience to boost your career (and your CV!)

With superb views, reaching as far as the Lake District on a clear day, the Mount is a spectacular and beloved landmark of the North West coastline. After being closed to the public for many years, LeftCoast has reopened and reanimated the space, utilising the building as a creative hub for children and young people.

The Mount is currently undergoing a revival as Wyre Council restores the seaward side of the Grade II registered gardens to their original 19th century design. A bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund to transform the landward side including pavilion, rose garden and gate lodge is also being developed. Find out more at wyre.gov.uk/themount

If you are interested in volunteering with us, or if you would just like to find out more about LeftCoast, join us at a pop up tea party in the Mount on Thursday July 7th, 2pm to 5pm. There is no need to RSVP, just pop in, we would love to see you.

ABSENT

Take a journey through the hidden spaces of Blackpool’s iconic Winter Gardens to explore the bygone splendour of its glorious past before it is redeveloped by a modern property company.

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EXPERIENCE A SHOW LIKE NO OTHER

Take a journey through the hidden spaces of Blackpool’s iconic Winter Gardens to explore the bygone splendour of its glorious past before it is redeveloped by a modern property development company.

In 1958 a young woman wins the jackpot on the Premium Bonds and celebrates by checking into the exclusive Pavilion Suite at the fashionable Winter Gardens Hotel.

Over 50 years later, she is still living there.

Now the new owners of the building say they are redeveloping the hotel to make it more affordable for working people, creating jobs and prosperity. They have a reputation to maintain and they want her out.

But what are they really up to? What’s really going on inside the once darkened corridors and faded interiors of this mysterious hotel?

Above all, who is this enigmatic woman and why has she been there for so long?

Travelling in small groups at your own pace, ABSENT takes you on a theatrical journey along a maze of rooms and corridors that are inexplicably transforming before your very eyes. Mixing film, architecture and vast model-making installations with a haunting soundtrack, you will enter a kaleidoscopic world that shifts between Blackpool’s past, present and future to create a beautiful and unforgettable experience.

You’ll never look at the Winter Gardens in the same way again; you’ll never look at Blackpool in the same way again.

“Beautiful and unbearably heart rendering” The Telegraph

”  A singular experience” The New York Times

Taking place on the following dates:

20 to 25 August

12-16 September

25 to 29 September

 12:00 to 21:45

Tours £17.50

Call Winter Gardens Hotel on 01253 74 33 44 or visit wintergardenshotel.co.uk

#wintergardenshotel

Freelance stage craft opportunities for a whole range of disciplines in Blackpool this summer

We have lots of opportunities for stage crafts available this summer in Blackpool.

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We have lots of opportunities for stage crafts available this summer in Blackpool. Come and join internationally acclaimed dreamthinkspeak who are creating an ambitious and intriguing performance work, ABSENT, in a secret location in Blackpool during August and September. The project is commissioned by Blackpool Grand Theatre and LeftCoast.

There are several freelance opportunities available, from production carpenters to sound and lighting technicians and from stage managers to scenic artists.

How to apply:

Please email a CV and cover letter, with the role you are interested in within the subject line to nataliew@blackpoolgrand.co.uk by Monday 6th June, interviews will take place on Thursday 9th June.

Roles available –

Production Carpenters
5th JULY – 18th AUG
(probable 6 day week)
£150 per day (negotiable upward according to exp)

Experience of set-building; able to work to a clean and precise finish; own tools; ability to build from drawings.

LX Technician
JULY: up to 6 days, flexible
AUG: 11th – 20th
£115 per day plus overtime (mainly AUG 11th – AUG 19)

Able to work independently + closely with artistic director on lighting plan and levels.

Sound Technician
JULY: up to 4 days, flexible
AUG: 9th – 20th
£115 per day plus overtime
(mainly AUG 9th – AUG 19)

Able to work independently + closely with artistic director on layout of speakers and sound levels; experience of Q-lab.

Video Technician
JULY: up to 8 days, flexible
AUG: 9th – 20th
£150 per day plus overtime
(mainly AUG 9th – AUG 19)

Able to work independently and problem-solve; logistical skills to plan and deliver complex, multiple video streams;

Company Stage Manager
11TH JULY – 25th AUG
12th SEPT – 16th SEPT
25th SEPT – 4th OCT
£550 per week basic plus overtime (mainly between AUG 9th – SEPT 25th)

Multi-tasking role, running from ASM, DSM to CSM duties;
Excellent org & comms skills; calm; able to direct crew in turnarounds; scenic skills desirable; basic technical show ops
Stage Manager
11TH JULY – 25th AUG
12th SEPT – 16th SEPT
25th SEPT – 4th OCT
£450 per week basic plus overtime (mainly between AUG 9th – SEPT 25th)

Multi-tasking role; excellent org & comms skills; propping; set-dressing; show-running; basic technical show operation; able to handle large number of performers; calm.
Show Technician
1st AUG – 25th AUG
12th SEPT – 16th SEPT
25th SEPT – 4th OCT
£450 per week basic plus overtime (mainly between AUG 9th – SEPT 25th)

Resourceful all-rounder with working knowledge of LX, sound, visual operation and trouble-shooting; able to work independently and calmly.

Scenic Artist
JULY 12th – AUG 19th
£650 per week

Experience and skill at creating new / clean or old / degraded scenic finishes; able to effectively manage a team of scenic painters and volunteers; good organizational skills.
Scenic Painters x4
JULY 11th – AUG 19th
£500 per week

Solid painting skills to clean and precise finish; some set dressing required.

Crew 1 4 – 8 required on various dates
JUNE: 7th
JULY: up 6 days (dates TBC)
AUG: 8th – 19th (6 – 12 days TBC)
SEPT: 12th, 16th, 25th
SEPT 29th – OCT 4th (2 – 6 days)

£10 per hour

Strong, reliable, hard-working crew for lifting and carrying scenery and props; rigging & de-rigging of scenery.
Crew 2 Set dressing crew 4 – 8 required on various dates
AUG 16th, 18th, 25th
SEPT: 12th, 16th, 25th, 29th

£10 per hour

Scenic dressing and prop rigging / de-rigging; precise and able to work to time constraints; work under SM team
Costume Designer
Completely flexible

£2500
Very coordinative role; excellent comms + logistical skills for planning multiple costuming scenarios, including for up to 150 volunteers; confident to coordinated teams of costume + hair and make-up assistants.

South Beach Commission Opportunity

South Beach are commissioning an artist(s) to work with the South Beach Drop In group to create a piece of performance reflecting this unique community.

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Members of the South Beach Drop In, in partnership with St Peter’s CofE Church and the Transience Programme are seeking proposals from artists, organisations or collectives interested in creating a site-specific performance based in the South Beach area of Blackpool. We are seeking commissions from artists working in traditional or non-traditional performance who are confident in challenging perceptions and encouraging residents to view their community in a different way.

The Commission

South Beach are commissioning an artist(s) to work with the South Beach Drop In group to create a piece of performance reflecting this unique community. We welcome proposals from artists working in both traditional and non-traditional performance; we are open to new ideas so challenge us! We do, however, have a few non-negotiable:

• The artist must include the group at every stage
• We want to challenge perceptions of our area and start a new, positive conversation
• The group must have the opportunity to develop new skills
• The artist(s) must have experience of working with diverse and hard-to-engage groups
• The artist(s) must be available to deliver workshops on Fridays between 1pm-3pm
The number of workshops is to be decided by the artist and group.

Click here to download the full brief 

How to apply

Please send your applications to laura.brennan@blackpool.gov.uk by 12pm on the 10th June 2016.

If you would like to discuss this commission further please contact Laura Brennan or on 01253 476211.

Artist Call Out for King Edward Avenue

PLEASE NOTE THE EMAIL ON THE ORIGINAL ADVERT WAS INCORRECT – PLEASE CAN YOU RESUBMIT PROPOSALS TO laura.jamieson@leftcoast.org.uk by the 29th April 2016. We are looking to commission an artist or artists

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PLEASE NOTE THE EMAIL ON THE ORIGINAL ADVERT WAS INCORRECT – PLEASE CAN YOU RESUBMIT PROPOSALS TO laura.jamieson@leftcoast.org.uk by the 29th April 2016.

We are looking to commission an artist or artists to work on an exciting new creative festival being developed with the hotel owners and residents of King Edward Ave, North Shore, Blackpool. This is an opportunity to help the group creatively explore what a festival of wind related activity could look like.

What we are commissioning…

The group that are commissioning this work are looking to develop an annual festival that celebrates wind. The group are keen to transform the perceived negative of wind and the environment into a positive. They would like the festival to be a creative engagement tool, to connect with their neighbours, the larger Blackpool community, visitors staying in Blackpool and to celebrate the close community of this North Shore street.

We are interested to hear from artists across all art forms whose practice relates to wind. This could be as wide and varied as a visual piece that reacts to the change in wind, performance work that is powered by the weather, wind powered light installations or work that explores how the wind shapes the way we use our environment. We are keen to be as experimental as possible and to really explore how innovative a festival of wind could be.

The festival will take place over one weekend, potentially in Sept to tie in with the firework World Championships that take place on North Pier.

How to apply:

There are three ways that you can apply for this commission:

  • Lead Commission- one proposal that will use the entire budget
  • Part of the commission. If you have an idea for a smaller proposal, we will consider commissioning a series of artists to produce different works for the festival.
  • Existing work that could be loaned/ installed and made appropriate for this site.

The work should have a positive legacy. The group hopes to develop and grow the festival of wind as an annual event and this commission will act as a pilot for that.

Please click here to download the full brief
Please send your applications to laura.jamieson@leftcoast.org.uk by the 29th April 2016.

Artist Call out for Mereside at Play

We are looking to recruit a pool of artists to work on our ‘Mereside at Play’ programme of activity over the next 12 months. We would like to hear from

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We are looking to recruit a pool of artists to work on our ‘Mereside at Play’ programme of activity over the next 12 months.

We would like to hear from artists who have a specific interest in play, early years development and open spaces who can deliver workshops and projects.

What we are looking for:

This is a general call out to build up a resource base of artists who we can work with on a paid basis to deliver workshops and projects for the Mereside at Play programme in Blackpool.

We are very interested to hear from artists who have specific experience and interest in working with early years children, concepts of play or exploring green spaces in different ways.

The Mereside at Play programme of activity has been developing over the past two years and artist led sessions have been delivered looking at activities such as area mapping, den building, food and nutrition and growing. We are now entering a 12 month intensive research period that will inform a plan for the development of green spaces on Mereside to be funded through Better Start.

Click here to download the full brief and requirments

How to apply:

To express your interest to be involved in this programme, please send us one document that includes:

• Why you would like to be involved in the Mereside at Play programme (150 word limit)
• How your practice reflects the objectives outlined above (200 word limit)
• Three examples of your work that you feel are relevant (300 word limit, please include images or web links)
• A CV
• Your workshop and daily rate
(Files should be no larger the 5MB)
To laura.jamieson@leftcoast.org.uk By the 22nd of April 2016

From this call out we will develop a pool of artists that can be called on to deliver workshops and projects over the next 12 months. We will invite shortlisted artists to come and meet with us and discuss their practice.

Be part of Project Octagon

Join the next Project Octagon rehearsal on 5 June at Phil Winston’s to register and find out more. Arrive at 1.30pm for a 2pm start. LeftCoast is looking for males

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Join the next Project Octagon rehearsal on 5 June at Phil Winston’s to register and find out more. Arrive at 1.30pm for a 2pm start.

LeftCoast is looking for males between the ages of 16 and 40 to take part in an exciting, UK wide, theatre project for Summer 2016, working with partners in England, Scotland and Wales.

We are looking to recruit individuals who are dedicated and enthusiastic about taking part in a one-off, large-scale event, which will be directed by an award-winning team.

Alongside hundreds of other people you will be taking part in a performance that marks a moment of national history.

Schedule

Sunday 5 June 2016, 2pm to 5pm

Wednesday 8 June, 6pm to 9pm

Wednesday 15 June, 6pm to 9pm

Sunday 19 June, 10am to 6pm (optional)

Sunday 25 June, 10am to 5pm

Wednesday 29 June, 6pm to 9pm

Friday 1 July, all day

Most sessions will take place at Phil Winston’s TheatreWorks, 66-74 Promenade, FY1 1HB and full attendance is required. Although you will need to be comfortable performing in a public space and to have a good level of physical fitness, no performing experience is necessary.

Expenses (such as for travel) will be reimbursed up to £8 per session. If you have any questions please email info@leftcoast.org.uk or call 01253 477973.

 

We look forward to seeing you there.

 

 

Neighbourhood Commissions Photography Brief

This year LeftCoast have commissioned a number of artists to produce artwork in a variety of different art forms as part of the ‘Neighbourhood Commission’ strand of work. The projects

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This year LeftCoast have commissioned a number of artists to produce artwork in a variety of different art forms as part of the ‘Neighbourhood Commission’ strand of work. The projects are taking place in the following areas: South Shore, Kind Edward Avenue, Claremont and Rossall Beach. The artworks range from digital installations to creative workshops and a festival of wind.

We are seeking a photographer to document and photograph these commissions and their journey throughout the upcoming months. Specific dates are yet to be confirmed.

It is expected that several image galleries will be created for each of the different projects to showcase the development of the project and the final event or installation. We would like to capture both the residents involved in the commissioning process and the audience for the final outcomes.
It would be beneficial if some images could be made available to the LeftCoast team throughout the project so they can be uploaded to social media to further promote the workshops and events.

The photographer will grant full usage rights for the images to LeftCoast now and in perpetuity inclusive in the fee. LeftCoast will undertake to credit the photographer on each and every occasion it is used and where practicably possible.

All images will be required as high resolutions jpegs in an accessible format (through DropBox, hard drive transfer, data memory stick etc – not email) within 24 hours of the event finishing. The photographer will be requested to make a selection of their own six favourite images presented in a ready to use format with any corrections or adjustments already made.

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Deadline: Friday 1 April 2016 at 12 noon Fee: Up to £450

To apply: Please email your proposal to info@leftcoast.org.uk and include a full quote, maximum of 5 examples of your work and a 250 word statement on why you are interested in covering this event. Please note when sending images these should be sent via Dropbox or other service – not email.

If you have already joined LeftCoast’s bank of photographers you do not need to send any samples of work.

 

South Beach Neighbourhood Commission Artist opportunity

This is an exciting opportunity for an innovative artist to work in partnership with a group of local business owners and residents in the South Beach area of Blackpool. The

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This is an exciting opportunity for an innovative artist to work in partnership with a group of local business owners and residents in the South Beach area of Blackpool. The commission has been developed through the enthusiasm of the local traders who are keen to explore the creative potential of their area, take risks and challenge people’s perception of the place that they live and work.

We are commissioning an artist to work in partnership with South Beach Trader’s community group which is made up of business owners and residents from this area which is focused around Bond Street.

We would like to use this commission as:

• A way to engage people who live there, those who live in the wider Blackpool area and visitors to the area with a high quality creative experience
• A way to raise the profile of this area
• A way to help people explore the area
• A way to inspire people to learn new and unexpected things about the area
• A way to encourage people to use the businesses on this stretch

We are not prescriptive about form; this could be anything from a guided walk or a piece of street theatre to a digital experience or a temporary space that the group could use again. We would like the work to have an interactive element to it, something that encourages people to think, can be used as an opportunity to further spread the word or pass on a positive story about the area.

The work should have a positive legacy. This might be that, for example, what is discovered inspires the commissioning group to embark on a larger project, a set of skills that are passed onto the residents or a digital archive that can continue to grow.

We are inviting proposals from interested artists who feel that their practice fits with our aims and objectives. We would like to see:
1. Information about your practice (200 words)
2. Three examples of previous work that you feel are relevant to this brief (link to websites or documents no bigger than in total than 5MB)
3. Why you are interested in this opportunity (300 words)
4. How you feel your practice would fit with the brief (150 words)
5. How you would envisage working with the South Beach business group (300 words)

The fee for this commission is £4,500. This will need to include all artist fees, travel, materials, and infrastructure.

From this call out we will invite 4 artists to interview, from which we will appoint 1.

Click here to view the full brief

Please send your applications to laura.jamieson@leftcoast.org.uk by 5pm on the 15th April.

 

Applications open for Future Popular

Future Popular is LeftCoast’s commissions programme open to artists, creative producers and arts organisations based in Blackpool and Wyre. LeftCoast is looking for dynamic, innovative and sustainable proposals from Blackpool

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Future Popular is LeftCoast’s commissions programme open to artists, creative producers and arts organisations based in Blackpool and Wyre.

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.

There are three types of funded commissions available in Round 5 and are open to any art form. You will need to specify what art form and which community setting you want to work in within our application.

The award runs for six months and you need to be able to demonstrate that you can successfully plan and deliver your project to time and to budget. All projects must have final reports submitted by mid-October.

In this round we are shaking it up a bit, adding more variety, more opportunities and challenges… there are 3 strands that individual artists, arts organisations, creative producers or collectives can apply for:

  •  Future Popular – Performs
  • Future Popular – Collective
  • Future Popular – Ambitious

For more information about each of the strands download the guidance here.

To download the Future Popular application form click here.

Please submit your application by Wednesday 13 April at 12 noon.

Interviews for shortlisted applicants will take place on Monday 25 April.

Applications can be returned via email to info@leftcoast.org.uk or by post to LeftCoast, FYCreatives, 154-158 Church Street, Blackpool, FY1 3PS

Please try to talk through your application with a member of LeftCoast staff before you apply. 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. Surgeries for these awards are available at FYCreatives on 30 March at 10am-12pm and 4pm – 6pm. At the start of each surgery there will be a fifteen minute presentation followed by Q&A plus an opportunity for one to ones. Booking is not required.

For any help or advice to applying for Future Popular please contact Jenny Rutter, our Associate Talent Development co-ordinator, who is managing Future Popular on behalf of LeftCoast at jenny@jcrcreative.co.uk.

 

Take part in the SpareParts Festival

Fleetwood Festival of Transport has received a ringing endorsement and investment from Arts Council England to further develop their arts programme SpareParts. The festival, which attracts around sixty thousand people

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Fleetwood Festival of Transport has received a ringing endorsement and investment from Arts Council England to further develop their arts programme SpareParts.

The festival, which attracts around sixty thousand people into the town, will take place on Sunday 17 July and will this year see performances taking place within Memorial Park and in the town centre streets. There will also be a new emphasis on community involvement in the SpareParts Art Parade in the afternoon which is already a firm favourite with audiences.

As part of the investment there will be a new Festival Director recruited who will have responsibility for developing the artistic programme alongside the Fleetwood Festival of Transport committee and the partners.

Click here to find out more about this position and how you can apply. Deadline for applications is 31 March 2016

The festival is also seeking artists to bring transport themed art to Fleetwood either as static installations or performances in Memorial Park, strolling shows in the town centre streets or vehicles for the art parade.

Click here to find out more information and how you can take part in the festival. Deadline for applications is Friday 8 April at 12 noon

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