Left Behind 2018
In November 2017 the Financial Times published the article ‘Left Behind: Can anyone save the towns the economy forgot?’ Centered on Blackpool as the cheapest place in the UK to rent, the article provoked a strong local response. We felt as an arts organisation in the town already working in partnership with residents, artists and agencies, we were in a unique position to facilitate a response to the article. Our aim for the programme is not necessarily to de-bunk the statements made in the Financial Times article, but to provide a nuanced and thoughtful counter position that perhaps speaks to both the difficult subjects and the positive work going on here and some of the joyful and creative elements of this place.
After a national call out for proposals, a local commissioning panel of ten residents, artists, academics and business owners commissioned five proposals in May 2018. Each commission serves as an open invitation to residents, artists, public offices, policy makers and the private sector to engage with us in a conversation about how we might come together to re frame some of Blackpool’s most enduring social issues in a different and considered way.
After living on the streets for 10 years Patricia has recovered from drug addiction through finding unexpected support from a stranger.
The film explores a sense of togetherness and care from being absorbed into a community and re-frames Blackpool’s coastline as a landscape for change.
Bella Riza and Emily Briselden-Waters