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LeftCoast's Pioneering Arts Programme Awarded Three More Years

LeftCoast is delighted to have secured continued investment from Arts Council England as part of their Creative People and Places scheme.

The decision gives LeftCoast a further three years working across both Blackpool and Wyre from October 2016 when the programme was originally due to end.

The investment is a massive vote of confidence in the programme which has, since 2013, delivered a wide variety of projects from meaningful creative experiences in communities to show stopping events and festivals attracting large audiences.

Underpinning the programme is a swathe of talent and professional development opportunities for the local arts sector alongside a series of events, talks and innovative art commissioning projects aimed at inspiring and empowering communities to take the lead.

During the past two years LeftCoast has developed partnerships between communities and artists including ‘SpareParts’ - a first of its kind co-created transport and arts themed festival in conjunction with Fleetwood Festival of Transport. It has also pioneered arts engagement projects on larger housing estates with creative approaches to play, food and growing activity with Blackpool Coastal Housing tenants.  Communities have also been encouraged to take the lead with over twenty small commissioning awards being offered and two large scale commissions taking place with Rossall Beach and Claremont residents.  Spectacle and international quality work has been a big part of the programme wowing audiences across the Fylde Coast with Wired Aerial Theatre’s As The World Tipped presented at Blackpool Cricket Club for two special free performances in September of 2014, alongside Colombian circus company Circolombia selling out to audiences as part of the annual Showzam! circus festival.

LeftCoast has also been integral to helping local organisations secure investment for other creative projects. Earlier in the year LeftCoast invested in Blackpool Council’s Illuminations bid to help secure the £2million Coastal Communities Fund for the Lightpool project to creatively rejuvenate the 103 year old lights. Grassroots organisations Must Die Records and Jobs, Friends and Houses have also benefitted from the support of the team, both securing their first ‘Grants for the Arts’ awards from Arts Council England to create a new experimental music festival and develop photography skills with people in recovery from addiction.

The success allows LeftCoast to further develop its initiatives with communities, with an emphasis on involvement in decision making and empowering them to create and deliver their own projects. LeftCoast will also continue to work with its partners – Blackpool Coastal Housing, Wyre Council, Blackpool Council, Merlin and Blackpool Grand Theatre – to sustain and increase the arts and cultural offer across Blackpool and Wyre as part of a new cultural vision for the area.

Julia Turpin, Executive Director of LeftCoast, said “We’re incredibly pleased that Arts Council England have decided to continue their investment in the area. This is a huge vote of confidence not just in LeftCoast but in Blackpool and Wyre as a place where great art can be developed and engaged with. This support will ensure that we are able to continue the work we have been doing to build demand for high quality creative product and to use the arts as a catalyst for change.”

For more information about LeftCoast visit www.leftcoast.org.uk, call 01253 477973 or email info@leftcoast.org.uk (Please mention this website, thanks!)


Arts Council Support for Abingdon Studios

Abingdon Studios, Blackpool’s newest contemporary artists’ studio space, has secured vital support from Arts Council England to develop its investment in artists and creativity in its key town centre location (above the famous market place). 

Abingdon Street Market and Studios

The investment will strengthen the activities of the fledgling arts organisation and help secure its long term future as part of Blackpool’s growing arts economy.

The investment will provide a ‘residency’ programme bringing eight artists for short periods to create new work in the town. The artists will be selected through a national call out in order to attract the most talented and innovative from across the UK. The Grundy Art Gallery is a key partner and it is envisaged that some of the residencies could lead to exhibitions or performances there, as well as at the Studios.

The aim is to further develop learning and professional practice with residency artists sharing their knowledge with aspiring creatives in Blackpool. Through its existing relationship with Blackpool and the Fylde College, Abingdon Studios will also invite over one hundred art students into the space to take advantage of these professional development opportunities.

Five Blackpool-based artists who currently have studios at Abingdon will also visit other similar studios across the region to explore new ways to develop their own artistic programme in the space. Through the visits, the Abingdon Studios hopes to place itself within the wider arts scene at a regional level and to develop into a sustainable model for contemporary art production in the heart of Blackpool.

Garth Gratrix, Places for Art Project Manager, said “Securing the funding from Arts Council England is a huge vote of confidence in the model we’re developing at Abingdon Studios. It will enable us to grow the skills and knowledge of the artists who are currently in the space and offer learning opportunities to local students that they wouldn’t otherwise have.”

“It's an investment in the future of art production in the town – retaining and developing talent is key to a brighter and more creative future in Blackpool. We have a highly respected and nationally recognised gallery in the Grundy and now we have the some seed investment to ensure that an equally high standard of production can take place just a stone’s throw from its door.”

For more information about Abingdon Studios visit www.abingdonstudios.org.uk. You can also like Abingdon Studios on Facebook at www.facebook.com/abingdonstudios or follow them on Twitter @AbingdonStudios.


So What is LeftCoast?

LeftCoast is an ambitious new programme of arts and cultural activity across Blackpool and Wyre to enrich the lives of those who live, work and visit here.

Created by an innovative public/private partnership, LeftCoast is a one of 21 Creative People and Places programmes supported by Arts Council England.

This pioneering initiative is designed to get more people involved in arts activities in areas of low engagement.

Over the coming years LeftCoast will be developing extraordinary ideas in extraordinary places with extraordinary people.

We are currently working with a wide range of partners and supporters including Fleetwood Festival of Transport, Pride, Without Walls, The Grand Theatre, Blackpool Arts Service, Wyre Council, Promenart, Creative and Cultural Skills, Blackpool Coastal Housing and Merlin Entertainments.

If you would like to get involved as a volunteer, partner, sponsor or funder - please get in touch by contacting Julia.turpin@leftcoast.org.uk.

The rules change by the coast. You can experiment and be free to express yourself. The coast does not hem you in – it connects you to the rest of the world. There is a creative license here you just don’t get in other places. Blackpool and Wyre are not the same as anywhere else.

Michael Trainor, LeftCoast Artistic Director

Whether you are a first time audience member or would like to participate in the creation of inspirational art, events and performances, LeftCoast invites you to be part of it.

Here is what we are all about:

  • Engaging more people with arts and culture.
  • Developing the arts and cultural sector in Blackpool and the Wyre.
  • Creating, generating, importing and exporting great art.
  • Changing internal and external perceptions of Blackpool and Wyre
  • LeftCoast is a Creative People and Places project*

Creative People and Places is a new initiative supported by Arts Council England. It aims for more people to experience and be inspired by the arts, irrespective of where they live or their social, educational or financial circumstances.

LeftCoast is pleased to have the support of our partners and funders Arts Council England, Blackpool Coastal Housing, Blackpool Council, Wyre Council, Merlin Entertainments, Grand Theatre Blackpool, Without Walls Associated Touring Network and Creative & Cultural Skills.


#wearehere Ghost Soldiers

LeftCoast took part in 14-18 NOW’s UK-wide work by Jeremy Deller to commemorate the centenary of the Somme

#wearehere ghost soldiers commemorate Battle of the Somme
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LeftCoast are proud to be part of a project that involved hundreds of volunteers in the North West.

#wearehere ghost soldiers commemorate Battle of the Somme
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Led by the ROYAL EXCHANGE THEATRE, partner organisations LeftCoast (Blackpool), Bolton Octagon, Oldham Coliseum and Storyhouse (Chester) were part of a UK-wide event that took place on 1 July 2016, as a modern memorial to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

#wearehere ghost soldiers commemorate Battle of the Somme
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Commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, the work was conceived and created by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller in collaboration with Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre.

#wearehere ghost soldiers commemorate Battle of the Somme
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The specially commissioned event saw around 1500 voluntary participants dressed in First World War uniform appear unexpectedly in locations across the UK. The Royal Exchange was one of 27 organisations which collaborated on the work, called ‘we’re here because we’re here’.

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It was produced by Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the National Theatre, working in close collaboration with partners including: Lyric Theatre Belfast, National Theatre of Scotland, National Theatre Wales, Northern Stage, Playhouse Derry-Londonderry, Salisbury Playhouse, Sheffield Theatres and Theatre Royal Plymouth.

The project breaks new ground in terms of its scale, breadth, reach and the number of partners and participants involved. This is the first time three national theatres have worked together on a joint project, and the first time so many theatres have worked together on a UK-wide participation project.

#wearehere ghost soldiers commemorate Battle of the Somme
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The participants who walked the streets on 1 July were a reminder of the 19,240 men who were killed on 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme.  Each participant represented an individual soldier who was killed that day. The work is partly inspired by tales of sightings during and after the First World War by people who believed they had seen a dead loved one.

#wearehere ghost soldiers commemorate Battle of the Somme
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The participants wore historically accurate uniforms, representing 15 of the regiments that suffered losses in the first day of the Battle. The soldiers did not speak, but at points throughout the day would sing the song ‘we’re here because we’re here’, which was sung in the trenches during the First World War. They handed out cards to members of the public with the name and regiment of the soldier they represented, and, where known, the age of the soldier when he died on 1 July 1916.

The daylong work ran from 7am to 7pm and covered the width and breadth of the UK, from Shetland to Penzance.  Sites they visited included shopping centres, train stations, beaches, car parks and high streets – taking the memorial to contemporary Britain and bringing an intervention into people’s daily lives where it was least expected.

The volunteers were men aged between 16-52, reflecting the men who would have fought in the Somme. They were not trained actors but come from a range of professions, including a sheep farmer, flight attendant, doctor, lawyer, social worker, shop assistant, portrait artist and GCSE student. They came together to rehearse in theatres across the UK over a month-long period in the run-up to the performance.  ‘we’re here because we’re here’ is one of the largest arts participation projects ever staged in the UK, with hundreds of additional volunteers working behind the scenes.

Jeremy Deller said: "I wanted to make a contemporary memorial to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, one that moved around the UK with an unpredictability in which the participants took the work directly to the public.”

Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre, said: “This work by Jeremy Deller is a truly national piece of theatre and is a powerful way to remember the men who went off to fight 100 years ago. I also hope it will serve as a catalyst to strengthen ties with theatres and communities across the UK.”

Jenny Waldman, Director of 14-18 NOW, said: "1 July 1916 saw 57,470 casualties on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, of whom nearly 20,000 died: it was the bloodiest day in British military history. Taking part in 'we're here because we're here' has given hundreds of young people across the UK the chance to find out more about the Somme, and in some cases discover the stories of family members who fought in the war.  Working alongside brilliant artists, directors and theatres on this astonishing project will be an experience they will never forget."

Sarah Frankcom, Artistic Director Royal Exchange Theatre, said: “When I was asked if the Exchange wanted to be involved in this project the answer was easy – Yes. Jeremy Deller has created a powerful and provocative performance which the whole of the UK can experience together in a single day. It has been an incredible opportunity for our participants and an extraordinary way for them to find out more about the Somme and to share it with people across the whole of the North West. It has also been a great way to cement relationships with arts organisations across the country.”

Julia Turpin, Executive Director at LeftCoast said: “LeftCoast is delighted to have been a part of 'we're here because we're here' working with Jeremy Deller and some of the country’s leading arts organisations.  It has been a totally unique opportunity for men in Blackpool to have been involved in this living memorial – their generosity and commitment to this project has been outstanding”

The project was supported by: Aberystwyth Arts Centre, The Belgrade Theatre, Bolton Octagon, Bristol Old Vic, Storyhouse, Left Coast, Leicester Curve, Nuffield Theatre, Oldham Coliseum, Pontio, Shetland Arts, Sutton Coldfield College BMet, The Artrix Bromsgrove, The Garrick Lichfield and Volcano.

Media partner: BBC ‘we’re here because we’re here’ was made possible by an Ambition for Excellence Award from Arts Council England, with additional support from Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Creative Scotland and Art Fund. 14-18 NOW is principally funded by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England, and by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport

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Grants for the Arts Workshop

LeftCoast Academy

Have you been inspired hearing about the successful arts applications announced by Arts Council England? Are you interested in submitting your own application for arts funding? Or perhaps you have submitted in the past but been unsuccessful?

If so then the latest LeftCoast workshop may be just for you - Monday 10th July at FYC, CHURCH STREET, BLACKPOOL, FY1 3PS

Hear directly from Arts Council officers about what makes a successful bid and then go through each question on the form with Jenny Rutter, LeftCoast’s Creative Development Manager.

Bookable 30 minute 1 to 1 sessions are also available on a first come first served basis with ACE officers.

For more information and how to book please visit www.leftcoast.org.uk, call 01253 477973 or email jenny.rutter@leftcoast.org.uk (and please say that you saw it here!)


LeftCoast presents Rear View by IOU

Climb aboard IOU’s custom-made double decker theatre bus in July for their new interactive show Rear View - an unforgettable adventure where Blackpool becomes the stage.

RearView by IOU comes to Blackpool with LeftCoast

Opening to rave reviews in Norwich in May, LeftCoast are delighted to present Rear View in Blackpool from 13-15 July with shows in the afternoon and evening. The show was awarded four stars by The Stage where they said:

“A profound, perception-altering, poetic experience on the streets of central Norwich” The Stage

‘If at 65 you could say something to yourself at 23, what would it be?’ Expect the unexpected and a few twists and turns along the way as Rear View takes you on a trip to our future, our past and asks us to revisit the choices we made, and to reflect on the past, present and future.

The streets of Blackpool become the stage as IOU’s new location-specific production Rear View takes to the road.

Take a trip aboard IOU’s custom-made open top bus for an unforgettable journey that begins in a life-drawing class and quickly becomes a moving story about a woman’s life. Led by performance poets Cecilia Knapp and Jemima Foxtrot, Rear View brings together reflections, predictions and observations that blur the line between reality and fiction.

Michael Trainor, LeftCoast’s Artistic Director, said, “Rear View is a great example of bringing unique experiences into an unusual location. Following on from the great success of DEPART, which we presented in Stanley Park, this is another show that will highlight Blackpool as a place to experience the very best of art and culture in the U.K.

“What makes this show really exciting is the use of pioneering technology where the audience wear headphones and experience the sound of the show in a whole new way. The ambient soundscape and poetic narrative are experienced through 360-degree positional sound, that really feels like it’s happening inside in your own head, different sounds will also be triggered by certain locations as they travel through the streets creating a truly unique experience.”

IOU has a 40-year tradition of creating work that combines many art forms presented in unusual indoor and outdoor spaces and festivals. This unique interactive experience is devised and directed by IOU’s Artistic Director, David Wheeler, written and performed by Cecilia Knapp and Jemima Foxtrot with an original ambient soundscape created by Monty Adkins and Susie Green.

Rear View will be performed at Blackpool on 13-15 July
Created with Yorkshire-based international theatre company IOU
For more information and to book please visit www.leftcoast.org.uk/buytickets

Rear View is funded by Arts Council England. Co-commissioned and presented by Batley Festival, Festival of Thrift, Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, LeftCoast, Blackpool; Fleetwood Festival of Transport featuring SpareParts, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Out There Festival, The Piece Hall, SO Festival and Stockton International Riverside Festival. R&D supported by Without Walls.


For more information about LeftCoast visit www.leftcoast.org.uk, call 01253 477973 or email info@leftcoast.org.uk


Future Popular is Back!

Future Popular supports artists and arts organisations in Blackpool and Wyre in making successful applications to Arts Council England and other national funding bodies.

LeftCoast Future Popular

Future Popular is an opportunity for artists, arts organisations, producers and existing or new collectives based in Blackpool and Wyre, to contribute to LeftCoast’s ambition to find new audiences and explore the space between entertainment/popular culture and art in order to find out what is… the Future Popular.

It's often hard to meet the requirements of these funders, in particular the 10% minimum cash match funding which is required by some, which is where Future Popular comes in -

You can apply to LeftCoast for up to 10% of the overall costs of a project you want to deliver. If successful in your Future Popular application you can then include our contribution as confirmed cash match within your application to Arts Council, Heritage Lottery Fund or another funder. We will offer our help and guidance in making those applications and then if you are successful in raising all the money for your project, we will release our 10% contribution.

LeftCoast is looking for dynamic, innovative and sustainable proposals from Blackpool and Wyre based artists to develop and present a project for the people who live and work here and explore how creativity can play a central part in the future of Blackpool and Wyre.

Future Popular is open to any art form. You will need to specify what art form and which community setting/s you want to work in within your application.

Future Popular is an open application process, there are no deadlines, but we do have a finite pot of money to award.

Find out more about Future Popular and how to apply here


LeftCoast Express

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.

You can apply for up to £1000 or funding and the help of a dedicated coach to support the development of your creative practice over a 12 month period, to help you identify gaps in your knowledge or experience and increase your skills and understanding.

It aims to build capacity amongst arts professionals in Blackpool and Wyre and help you to develop your organisation, 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 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.

The application deadline for LeftCoast Express round 5 is 5pm on Weds 21st June.

Shortlisted applicants should be available for interview on Monday 3rd July.

Find out more about LeftCoast Express and how to apply here


Do you want to be a LeftCoast Maker?

LeftCoast Maker is the new volunteering scheme, offering creative, making, and welcome team opportunities across our programme of arts events, festivals & exhibitions taking place all over Blackpool & Wyre.

LeftCoast Maker

We now have over 30 dedicated and wonderful LeftCoast Makers taking part in our up and coming events across Blackpool & Wyre.

The doors are still open for people still interested in joining the team.
To become a LeftCoast Maker, please email your interest to Kay at kay.trayford@leftcoast.org.uk (and please mention you saw it here!) 

LeftCoast Makers are the people we couldn’t do it without, the people who offer their time, skills and enthusiasm to help us bring the best arts offer with a big Blackpool welcome, right to your doorstep.

Whether it’s being part of our welcome team, helping visitors and audiences to have the best time at our events and festivals, or taking a more hands on back stage role, building sets and making costumes, or even performing within one of the shows! We need you!

This summer we'll be running big projects - there's Spare Parts, Circa, IOU and our big home grown production, Kong Live!

If you sign up we’ll keep you posted about all the ongoing opportunities within our events programme but also as part of our more regular activities including our new and very exciting Art B&B venue opening in 2018! And of course we’ll be happy to reward your efforts with a range of treats and perks only available to our LeftCoast Maker team.


LeftCoast Surgery

LeftCoast Surgery is for artists and creatives looking for professional development support or if you just want to talk about your creative ideas and how to put them into action.

LeftCoast Surgery

LeftCoast Surgery is a chance for you to speak one to one with a member of the team. Whether you’ve got questions or ideas that you’d like to discuss this is the perfect chance for you to do just that. We can offer advice on how to apply for funding and build the right network of contacts to get your projects underway.

Sessions will be 45 minutes long & usually with our Creative Development Manager Jenny Rutter.

Slots are available on a first come first served basis at 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm. Book your time slot and come along.

19 June
17 July
18 September
16 October
20 November
11 December

FYCreatives, 154-158 Church Street, Blackpool, FY1 3PS

Entry cost: FREE

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LeftCoast Studio - Artist Development Programme

LeftCoast Studio is our new artist development programme.

LeftCoast Studio Artist Development Programme

To progress in any career in any industry you'll need a mixture of learning and practical experience, and LeftCoast Studio aims to provide both!

LeftCoast Studio will create connections between local creative talent and LeftCoast’s commissioned arts organisations, production teams and all the creative professionals that will be delivering our major, ambitious projects over the coming years.

It will will offer shadowing, mentoring and practical work experience opportunities to make sure that up and coming locally based creative people are given the chance to learn and develop their skills alongside world renowned artists and creative practitioners.

We want to open up the world of exciting opportunities working within the Creative Industries both in Blackpool, Wyre, the Fylde Coast and further afield.

LeftCoast Studio is open to anyone who wants to learn, develop their skills and progress their career in the arts - that could be creative students, recent graduates, people in the early stages of their creative careers, or if you're thinking about developing a creative career and are keen to take on work experience opportunities and voluntary activities.

We also want to hear from developing artists & creative practitioners who are keen to expand their skills & knowledge to build their cv’s and portfolios within small scale paid opportunities.

Find out more about LeftCoast Studio, the opportunities that are available and how you can get involved here

There are lots of exciting things coming up on the Fylde Coast - make sure you're part of it!


AB&B - Arts Bed & Breakfast 

LeftCoast and Blackpool Council have acquired the former Ocean Hotel near to the Metropole Hotel and North Pier on Blackpool Promenade.

It's going to be redeveloped into an innovative Art Bed and Breakfast - supporting the arts from the heart of Blackpool.

AB&B - LeftCoast Arts Bed & Breakfast - Coming Soon

AB&B will be a traditional Blackpool Bed and Breakfast re-imagined by artists as a small-scale space for exhibiting, developing and staging artists’ work whilst still functioning as a small hotel for paying guests.

Local, regional and international artists will soon be visiting the hotel to see the space and begin to work up proposals for how they could transform the hotel.

Keep your eyes on the AB&B website and social media channels for updates and news of when you can visit the hotel for our open events.

A B&B is set up as Community Interest Company with support from LeftCoast, Arts Council England, Clore Duffield, Blackpool Council. 

Support the arts while you sleep!


SpareParts at Fleetwood Festival of Transport

LeftCoast will once again support SpareParts at the popular Fleetwood Festival of Transport in 2017, or Tram Sunday as we all know it.

Lots of photos and video from Tram Sunday 2015 here

Spare Parts Art Parade

Schools and the community joined in to make floats for the parade including the ‘SCENE~O~SONIC SOUND SYSTEM’ for the SpareParts Art Parade (below)

Build a float to appear in the Tram Sunday parade

Artist John Large created an exciting and original new float to take part in the SpareParts arts parade during the afternoon on Tram Sunday.

Based on an early 20th century fairground organ using its traditional shape, with a Fleetwood inspired contemporary twist, to create the ‘Scene-O-Sonic Sound System’ towed behind 'Tonefloat' - a musical milk float also taking part in the parade along with all the other transport inspired creations.


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A big thank you to the community around the Haweside area today. It was lovely to meet you all, we look forward to working with you soon. Also thanks to Dan for the great book at bedtime.


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Sofa time with LeftCoast RETURNS! This thrusday from 11am, there will be a pop up event on the grassed area at the top of Loftus/ Millington Ave. Come and have a chat with us and nab yourself a sweet treat in the form of a FREE ice-cream. See poster for more details. We look forward to speaking with you. All welcome.


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Creative writers and poets! Theres a wonderful opportunity here from Wordpool visit www.wordpoolfestival.co.uk to find out more.


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A nice little commission opportunity in Wyre for the right artist...


The Arts and Events team at Wyre have recently been informed about a new public realm development opportunity taking place in the Cleveleys area. This opportunity involves the designing of one step along the Cleveleys prom just opposite the Cleveleys Plaza. The step is a curved flat structure approximately 43.76 square metres situated along the new stretch of prom which can be created into 2D art. As the Cleveleys coastline is renowned for its beautiful mythical coastline art trail we would like to incorporate this theme into the design work and final installation. We are looking for an artist to design a ‘collage’ type effect, which reflects the mythic coastline. It can incorporate both word and image. The artist will work alongside the Arts and Engineering team and the contractor to design a collage which will then be installed. All work will be credited and will have a long shelf life. The timeline for the completion of the work will be Autumn 2017. If you are interested in this commission opportunity please submit a short proposal with examples of some simple designs for this particular commission by Monday August 14th 2017. Please share this with your artist friends and contacts. Look forward to hearing from you. For more information or to submit a proposal and designs please email rebecca.thornton@wyre.gov.uk


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This looks like fun for all the family at Stanley Park!


We absolutely love the Jurassic Kingdom In Blackpool event at Stanley Park - get up close with your favourite dinosaurs at this brilliant family attraction until 13th August! Get your tickets here: http://www.jurassickingdom.uk/blackpool/


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Limited Season of Masterclasses in Blackpool with industry experts from across the UK. 31 August 10.30am-3.30pm: Applied Theatre Techniques with Geese Artistic Director Andy Watson An experiential workshop which will offer insight into the theory, methodology, exercises and structures used when using theatre arts within Criminal Justice settings. Including: • Experiential exercises to provoke discussion and debate about particular themes • Structures for ‘processing’ exercises • Introduction to working with the mask • Working at one-step-removed The workshop would be suitable for anyone with an interest in the application of theatre to social contexts, both arts practitioners and non-arts practitioners alike. Each course is limited to 25 places. All courses take place in: Brunswick Room, Central Library, Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PX. Cost for each course is £20pp. For any questions or comments, please email Melanie on electricsunshineproject@gmail.com or call her on 07940 502450 About Andy Watson Andy is Artistic Director and CEO of Geese Theatre Company; a multi-award winning team of theatre practitioners working exclusively within prisons, secure forensic hospitals and in partnership with the National Probation Service, Community Rehabilitation Companies and third sector agencies working with people at risk. Andy joined the company in 1997 and became Artistic Director in 2003. He trained in Paris at the Lecoq School of Mime and Physical Theatre. His current work involves devising theatre performances for use in Criminal Justice settings, and developing creative projects with people in prisons, secure hospitals and in the community. He regularly delivers staff training events for professionals working with vulnerable and marginalised populations. Andy is currently the Vice Chair of the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance and an RSA Fellow and regularly provides inputs on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses in applied theatre.


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'Auditioning to be Cast' with RSC Head of Casting Hannah Miller The first 10 people to book on this course will get a 5-minute 1:1 slot, where Hannah will offer feedback on your audition piece. Please come with a less-than-2-minute piece you’ve prepared. The rest of this session will include industry insights into the auditioning and casting process and some practical group audition exercises that offer new insight into one of the world’s most prestigious theatre companies. Each course is limited to 25 places. Cost for each course is £20pp. For any questions or comments, please email Melanie on electricsunshineproject@gmail.com or call her on 07940 502450 About Hannah Miller Hannah has been the Head of Casting at the RSC since 2008. Previously Hannah was the Casting Assistant at the National Theatre, Deputy Casting Director at the RSC and Casting Director for the Birmingham Rep. She has also cast productions for Northampton Theatres, Hampstead Theatre, the Young Vic, Cardboard Citizens and Treatment Theatre. Hannah also works regularly in drama schools and with other industry organisations advising actors on professional development.


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Art B&B Associate Artist Scheme We are looking for locally based artists to be part of the new Art B&B Artist Associate programme. To find out more, head on over to our website www.leftcoast.org.uk/opportunities/art-bb-associate-artist-scheme/



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We're so lucky to have such a wonderful space for our show - a perfect fit for our opening scene @GrundyBlackpool i… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

14th July 2017
LeftCoast LeftCoastUK


Tickets released for 5.30 today! Book here bit.ly/2pZnCcP or at Grand Theatre Box Office! pic.twitter.com/Y18Y2eeexI

14th July 2017
LeftCoast LeftCoastUK


@Len_Grant Come and join us Len!

14th July 2017
LeftCoast LeftCoastUK


Friday Fiver offer for Rear View today at 12noon come to the Grundy Gallery & hop on the Rear View bus! Info:… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…