LeftCoast Commissioning Principles

  • High Quality
  • Innovation and Distinctiveness (often achieved through co-creation with local people).
  • New ways to experience familiar places – i.e. re-imagining or re-framing ’place’ – e.g. Stanley Park as a theatre space or the Beach as a play space for residents not just visitors. Essentially, finding a ‘new way of seeing’… creating the unfamiliar in the familiar.
  • Experiencing the reality of place in a fantastical way – e.g. the Miss Inform tour guide turning the local wool shop into the secret HQ of an international spy agency or the SpareParts festival introducing imagination and a new aesthetic to an existing community of interest event (the Fleetwood Festival of Transport).
  • Being site responsive to make art and build relationships – e.g. the Mereside Estate residents and Police commission ‘We all make Mistakes’ – a message to the Police from the Community and from the Police to the Community.
  • Finding alternative ways to tell stories – non-artform specific but fitting with the ‘cultural DNA’ of the place (e.g. Showzam, LightPool)
  • Doing show off things (spectacle) to ‘ join the noise’ of Blackpool – showing art and culture can compete with entertainment for the attention of primarily residents and, then, visitors in Blackpool. However, LeftCoast will also do the small, community-led, pieces of work riding the coat tails of the big unmissable thing… making something more personal and meaningful e.g. King Edward Avenue projecting Landlord/Landlady’s stories on the walls of the boarding houses during 2017’s Illumination programme
  • 360 involvement– does our commissioning do something for local people? (participation), local artists? (talent and sector development) CPP objectives? (purpose), spectacle? (audience), partners and the Town? (brand). We may not tick all these boxes but we should be ticking most of them
  • Supported by strong relationships and meaningful partnerships – i.e. working with partners sharing similar CPP principles or place-based attributes/characteristics e.g. Torbay have just received their Great Places award so LeftCoast are starting a seaside conversation with them. In phase 2, there is a will to find these partners in other sectors, such as Health (Wyre). This will also diversify fund raising as LeftCoast can apply to organisations such as the Welcome Trust and/or CCGs for programme support.
  • Ticketed where possible with targeted concessions – both DEPART (Circa) and Rear View (IOU) ticket sales have demonstrated LeftCoast can commission with the intention of charging those that will pay/can pay and offering free tickets or significant concessions (i.e. just paying the £2.50 booking fee) to those that do not usually attend arts and cultural events.