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 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!
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If you’re interested in continuing on your LeftCoast journey and becoming a LeftCoast Maker come along to this get-together to to find out more about our exciting summer programme of events and the opportunities to get involved.
LeftCoast Makers meeting on Wednesday 5th April at LeftCoast HQ at FY Creatives.
This is your opportunity to find out all about Spare Parts, Circa, IOU and our big home grown production, Kong Live! We will discuss the roles and opportunities available and you will have the change to be the first to sign up!
We will be holding two meetings, one from 2:00pm til 3:30pm and a later meeting time at 6:00pm til 7:30pm, please attend the time most suited to you.
To confirm, please email Kay at email@example.com (and please mention you saw it here!) with the time you would like to attend and if you wish to bring others along with you, please do so, but note that all of our Maker opportunities are only available for 18yrs and over.
Once you’ve signed up and taken part 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 Studio - Artist Development Programme
LeftCoast Studio is our new 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!
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 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.
FYCreatives, 154-158 Church Street, Blackpool, FY1 3PS
Entry cost: FREE
THE ACADEMY WORKSHOPS
An intensive course in professional creative practice – designed to support the needs of local makers, artists and generally creative folk, by giving you the fundamental building blocks upon which to build a solid professional future.
Developed by LeftCoast, and supported by Super Slow Way, Creative Scene and Heart of Glass, The Academy is open to all creative practitioners but priority will be given to practitioners from within these areas. If you are out of these areas we may still be able to offer you a place and we advise that you contact Jenny Rutter on firstname.lastname@example.org prior to booking a place.
The whole Academy programme was delivered as practical hands on sessions, designed to help you move on to the next step in your creative career, with workshops in venues across Blackpool and Wyre.
If you are from LeftCoast’s area (Blackpool and Wyre) we will be targeting future applications to our funding programmes e.g. Future Popular and LeftCoast Express, at people who have undertaken The Academy courses. Our aim is that Blackpool & Wyre based artists will be more successful with our future open commission opportunities by completing The Academy programme. Those of you with big plans can then begin the journey to become a LeftCoast Accelerator organisation.
#wearehere Ghost Soldiers
LeftCoast took part in 14-18 NOW’s UK-wide work by Jeremy Deller to commemorate the centenary of the Somme
Photo: CJ Griffiths
LeftCoast are proud to be part of a project that involved hundreds of volunteers in the North West.
Photo: CJ Griffiths
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.
Photo: CJ Griffiths
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.
Photo: CJ Griffiths
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’.
Photo: CJ Griffiths
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.
Photo: CJ Griffiths
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.
Photo: CJ Griffiths
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
Did you experience a show like no other?
ABSENT was a journey through the hidden spaces of Blackpool’s iconic Winter Gardens, exploring the bygone splendour of its glorious past before it's redeveloped by a modern property development company.
In 1958 Maggie Morgan wins the jackpot on the Premium Bonds and celebrates by checking into the exclusive Pavilion Suite at the fashionable Winter Gardens Hotel.
Travelling in small groups at your own pace, ABSENT took you on a theatrical journey along a maze of rooms and corridors that are inexplicably transforming before your very eyes. Mixing film, architecture and vast model-making installations with a haunting soundtrack, you entered a kaleidoscopic world, shifting between Blackpool’s past, present and future in a beautiful and unforgettable experience.
You'll never look at the Winter Gardens in the same way again; you'll never look at Blackpool in the same way again.
"Beautiful and unbearably heart rendering" The Telegraph
"A singular experience" The New York Times
ABSENT took place in Blackpool in August 2016. Originally commissioned by Shoreditch Town Hall, LIFT and LeftCoast, Absent was part of the Grand Theatre's Ambition for Excellence Award.
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 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.
Fleetwood Festival of Transport
LeftCoast once again support the popular Fleetwood Festival of Transport in 2016, or Tram Sunday as we all know it, with the SpareParts Parade
Lots of photos and video from Tram Sunday 2015 here
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)
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.