LeftCoast Studio was our artist development programme, which created connections between local creative talent and LeftCoast’s commissioned arts organisations, production teams and all the creative professionals that deliver our creative programme.
LeftCoast Studio offered shadowing, mentoring and practical work experience opportunities across our entire programme, to make sure that up and coming locally based creative people were given the chance to learn and develop their skills alongside world renowned artists and creative practitioners. We wanted to open up the world of exciting opportunities working within the Creative Industries both in Blackpool, Wyre, the Fylde Coast and further afield.
We were interested in hearing from creative students, recent graduates, people in the early stages of their creative careers, or anyone just thinking about developing a creative career who would be keen to take on work experience opportunities and voluntary activities. Also from developing artists & creative practitioners who were keen to expand their skills & knowledge to build their CVs and portfolios within small scale paid opportunities.
Some examples of the types of opportunity we offereed included:
- Working alongside artists on commissioned projects
- Working alongside producers, curators and project managers
- Performance & Choreography
- PR, Marketing & Social Media
- Documentation, Photography & filmography
- Front of House, hospitality and audience management
- Volunteer Co-ordination
- Technical production management, staging / rigging, lighting etc
- Costume, Hair, Make Up – design & make
- Set design & build
We offered opportunities across three levels of experience:
Placements – for people who want a first taste of working on a creative project, short term and focused placements, which will give a practical insight into working in the creative sector.
Assistants – for people who wanted to test out which areas of creative work they’d be good at, and really learn on the job the skills needed to make it in the creative world. A mixture of short and longer term placements, that give you specialist mentoring from industry experts and get you directly involved in the making and delivering one of our projects.
Associates – for people who are already fairly clear about their career path and have some experience of delivering and making work happen. These will be specific job roles and will be paid, but will still offer the chance to learn on the job and provide you with specialist industry mentoring whilst you’re playing an important role in making our project happen!
If people were interested in being considered for a LeftCoast Studio opportunity we asked them to fill in a short application form to tell us a bit about themselves and attach a CV if they had one. The form is available HERE for reference only.
To find out more about past studio opportunities and our previous projects click HERE