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Long Term Socially Engaged Artist Residency We are looking to hear from artists who work in a socially responsive way that may be interested in relocating to Blackpool/ Fleetwood for

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Long Term Socially Engaged Artist Residency

We are looking to hear from artists who work in a socially responsive way that may be interested in relocating to Blackpool/ Fleetwood for a long term live/work artist residency on a local housing estate.

We are currently seeking expressions of interest from artists who would like to be on a mailing list when we release a full brief early next year. We are particularly interested to hear from artists who engage with people and place at the core of their practice. There will be specific themes that arise when the full artists brief is released next year, but we see the artists as taking on part of the identity of the estate wardens that used to live on social housing estates. We want the artists not just to work with community but be part of the community.

We are currently planning the first two residencies (there is potential for this to rise to four dependent on funding outcomes), in two different areas which have similar but distinct identities.

One artist residency will be located in Haweside, a social housing estate in Blackpool managed by Blackpool Costal Housing, a town with a unique identity known for its transient communities. Located not far from the lights and thrills of the Golden Mile, this estate shows a different side of Blackpool, where real people and their families make their homes. Not an easy place to make inroads, there are very few community assets such as libraries or children’s centres, however once you get to know the people there is a wealth of stories, hopes and ideas to work with.

One artist residency will be located in Flakefleet, a social housing estate in Fleetwood managed by Regenda. Fleetwood is 9 miles down the coast from Blackpool, a town with a strong heritage within the fishing industry that has seen a decline in recent years. The Flakefleet estate has more community assets than Haweside such as a school and a parade of shops. Again it’s an area with a rich history and families with a long connection to place.

Over the past two months we have been piloting programmes of work on the two estates through hands on making and sharing sessions that have been popping up in unusual spaces. Through this process we have been meeting people in the communities, talking about what’s important on their estate and generally getting a feel for the personalities of the locations. Through this process we are establishing welcome committees for the artists in residence to help them settle in.

Key points to consider:

  • The chosen artists will be required to relocate to Blackpool/ Fleetwood for the year of the residency
  • We are open to interest from family groups or artists that work in collaboration
  • Artists will be offered accommodation, artist fee and production budget
  • Artists will be commissioned by LeftCoast but will need to work in partnership with our partner organisations

To express your interest and be added to a mailing list for the full brief, please send:

  1. Your email address and contact details
  2. A short paragraph as to why you are interested – with links to relevant past work
  3. A link to your website

Contact: Laura Jamieson, Creative Engagement Manager – laura.jamieson@leftcoast.org.uk