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 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 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.
Click HERE to see a list of current and previous LeftCoast Express recipients.
The application deadline for LeftCoast Express round 6 is 10am on Monday 22 October. Shortlisted applicants should be available for interview on Tuesday 6 November 2018.
Please talk through your application with Alexis Johnson, LeftCoast’s Creative Development Manager before you apply – regular surgery slots are available to book, or contact Alexis via firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘LeftCoast Express’ in the subject line. 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.