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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.


Communities and Artists - Get Creative and Think Big!

LeftCoast has announced round four of its mini commission schemes for artists and communities to help them realise their artistic ambitions.

Artist Adrian Pritchard - previous recipient of Future Popular commission
Artist Adrian Pritchard - previous recipient of Future Popular commission

The LeftCoast Express bursary gives artists the opportunity to refine their own skills while Future Popular allows artists or community groups the opportunity to deliver an arts project.

LeftCoast Express is a  fast track learning programme with the aim of enabling artists or arts organisations to develop the gaps in their knowledge by going to see and shadow arts professionals in other areas of the country and bring that knowledge back to progress their own work. The programme offers up to £1,500 over a six month period which can be spent on travel, accommodation or other costs incurred while taking part.

In this round there is also the opportunity for artists to apply for the Trans-Euro Express giving artists an additional £750 on top of their standard bursary to allow visits to European organisations and bring that knowledge back to the Fylde Coast.

Future Popular commissions of up to £5,000 over six months are also available to either community groups or artists who want to realise an artistic project they’ve always wanted to do. Projects have to be brand new and explore the crossover between entertainment and art with the aim of getting people engaged in arts for the first time. A selection panel made up of members of the LeftCoast team, artists and local citizens will decide on successful applications and competition is tough so ambitious and high quality ideas are encouraged.

Julia Turpin, Executive Director of LeftCoast, said:

“We want to grow our arts and creative ambitions in Blackpool and we see these opportunities as a way to do just that. We’ve seen some real successes over the past two years with many of our LeftCoast Express and Future Popular recipients going on to receive further investment from directly from Arts Council England.”

“This time round for Future Popular we’re especially keen to hear from communities and organisations who want to run arts projects but maybe haven’t had the support available to do so before. People are encouraged to get creative and think big in terms of what is possible and we can help facilitate relationships with artists to help it happen.”

The deadline for applications for LeftCoast Express and Future Popular is midnight on Monday 5 October. For more information or to download an application pack visit www.leftcoast.org.uk or call 01253 477973 and speak to Kerenza.


'Future Popular' Mini Commissions

LeftCoast has lent its support to three exciting new arts projects as part of its ‘Future Popular’ mini commissions programme with the aim of inspiring communities through creative activities. The programme, which seeks to explore the cross over between entertainment, popular culture and art, will see friendly artists work with communities to enable them to be creative and try out new ways of expressing themselves.

Future Popular, Whippersnappers Project

Blackpool based photographers Claire Griffiths and Jill Reidy have been commissioned to run workshops in four children’s centres with their Whippersnappers project. The workshops will teach children about some of the key skills and techniques needed to take a good photograph. The project will culminate with an exhibition of some of the images where friends and family can come along and see what has been produced. Throughout their project Claire and Jill will be telling their story through a specially created blog at whippersnappersphotographyworkshops.wordpress.com

Artist Linzi Cason has teamed up with sisters Helen and Elizabeth Wewiora (WewioraProjects) to create Blackpool Art Carbooty, a touring version of Northern Art Carbooty - a one day event supported by Arts Council England. Alongside the event LeftCoast have supported a performance by Blackpool based Harry Clayton-Wright and Manchester based Richard Sheilds who will recreate themes of the Royal Variety Show which took place at the Winter Gardens in 2009 and give members of the audience the chance to appear in it via green screen technology. Linzi will also be working with young people from Blackpool Boys & Girls Club to use screen printing to create the publicity materials over the summer and the public will be able to see the performance in and around the Winter Gardens on Halloween - Saturday 31 October 12-4pm.

Ladies acapella chorus, the Soundwaves, will be exploring how singing can benefit people living with dementia after one of their members was diagnosed with the condition. The group will be working alongside a musical director to create a series of medleys of songs from the 1950s, 60s and 70s which will be performed in residential homes to explore the therapeutic benefits of music to dementia sufferers.

Michael Trainor, artistic director of LeftCoast, said “The diversity of ideas coming from artists and creative groups across Blackpool and Wyre is really exciting and inspiring and it’s great to see them thinking about how they can involve communities with their work – sharing great creative ideas and inspiring others is what it is all about.”

“We see ‘Future Popular’ as a way of helping artists and communities to experiment with new project ideas together. These commissions are a vital way of resourcing and making projects like this happen in difficult times.”


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.

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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.

Book your time slot and come along.

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

Dates and time
13.12.2016 - 3:00 pm / 6:00 pm

Entry cost: FREE

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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.

LeftCoast Academy Workshops

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 jenny@jcrcreative.co.uk prior to booking a place.

You can book on the whole Academy programme or ‘Pick ‘n’ Mix’ from our menu of workshops, which will all be delivered as practical hands on sessions, designed to help you move on to the next step in your creative career.

Workshops will be held in accessible venues across Blackpool and Wyre and we plan to repeat sessions again throughout the programme. If you cannot make a particular date let us know and we will alert you when new dates are announced.

All workshops are full day sessions – 10am – 5pm – however this is the maximum length and some sessions may run slightly shorter. Once places are confirmed we will confirm with more exact timings.

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.

Please register your interest for one of our workshops below on our Eventbrite page

You can register for all workshops or choose the ones you want to attend.

Creative Ownership

Monday 12th December 2016 at FY Creatives, 154-158 Church Street, Blackpool, FY1 3PS

Ever wondered who owns your designs or artwork when you have been commissioned to create something? Have you ever felt short changed by clients or partners when working collaboratively? Do you always feel like you have to accept the terms and conditions offered to you by your client when they don’t seem that good? This workshop explores your relationship with Intellectual Property, what are you generating, how can you protect it, how you can license it to others to make money, as well as how to develop your own contracts to ensure you are setting the terms and conditions under which you operate.

Delivered by world renowned Creative Industries Guru – David Parrish author of T-Shirts & Suits & Chase One Rabbit.

Developing Great Proposals

Wednesday 11th January 2016. Venue: to be confirmed

This workshop uses real world examples of successful & unsuccessful proposals – and aims to unpick exactly what made them good, bad or ugly! Exploring the importance of imagery and language in proposal development and putting your budgeting skills to good use, you will work within the session to develop proposal concepts to respond to a live brief. Attendees of this workshop will be invited to submit a proposal for a dedicated mini commission, with real money attached for the successful applicant.

Delivered by LeftCoast’s Artistic Director Michael Trainor & Creative Development lead, Jenny Rutter

Social Media Marketing & Promotion

Tuesday 17th January 2016. Venue: to be confirmed

How can you harness the power of social media to promote yourself, your work and develop new audiences? Do you find the world of social media a scary and mind boggling place, or are you as at home on Snapchat, Instagram and Periscope as you are on Facebook and Twitter? What are they all for, which ones should you use, how do you make them work for you and how do you get people to care about what you post? This workshop will explore all of the above – so whether you’re a novice or a pro, there will be lessons to learn about how the social media force can be with you!

Delivered by LeftCoast’s own social media marketing yoda Helen Clay & the Jedi force of 3 Man Factory –http://3manfactory.co.uk/

Show me the Money

Tuesday 31st January 2017. Venue: to be confirmed

A one stop shop day of practical learning about applying for grants. Our friends from the Arts Council will join us to talk about their Grants 4 the Arts funding programme & we’ll introduce other options for funding through trusts & foundations and other potential commissioning streams. Then we will have a go at turning your ideas into bids – help shape the language, avoid the pitfalls and learn how to read between the lines of the questions being asked by funders to make sure your project proposal will make them take notice.

Delivered by LeftCoast’s Jenny Rutter & Ayla Suveren of GobSquad fame with a guest appearance from the Arts Council.

Communicating with Confidence

Febuary 6th 2017. Venue: to be confirmed

Do you struggle to get your point across effectively in groups or meetings? Do you have trouble influencing decisions to go your way? Are you nervous speaking in front of others or doing presentations? Or would you just appreciate a bit of fine tuning of your communication style to make sure you’re the best you, you can be? Delivered by the wonderful Rivca Rubin – whose areas of expertise are in communication and leadership development, conflict resolution and change management, creative thinking and future visioning, this workshop will help you develop the authentic you within professional settings, to become well prepared and resourceful and to speak & listen effectively to inspire others to ask you what you want them to know.

Delivered by Rivca Rubin

The Creative Essentials

Monday 20th February 2016. Venue: to be confirmed

Insurance, tax returns, bank accounts, risk assessments, evaluation and monitoring forms etc. There are just some bits of being a professional artist that quite frankly are not very interesting, but we know we need to do them. So if we’re going to do it, we might as well know as much about it as possible, so we can get it over and done with quickly – and actually we might learn some stuff that makes some of the boring bits quite useful and important in our creative practice in the future!

Come armed with questions about the things you need to know, but don’t understand yet, and we’ll aim to answer all those last questions to help you move on from the academy with a spring in your step!

Delivered by LeftCoast’s Jenny Rutter who promises to make it not boring!

Life After Academy

Monday 13th March 2017. Venue: to be confirmed

Once you’ve undertaken all this learning, then you may want some support to put it all into practice, and get you over the inevitable bumps in the road that come your way. Our Action Learning set course will train you in the art of active listening, open questioning, and supportive solutions focused coaching techniques, which you will then put to use in small action learning set groups of your fellow academy participants and a trained facilitator. Action learning set sessions can then take place as often as you like, to help you take your creative practice to the next level through positive peer group support.

Delivered by Rivca Rubin

Please note: Clicking a date does not mean you have a confirmed place but tells us you have expressed an interest. We will contact you by email with actual confirmation if you have achieved a place on your chosen workshop/s or if we need to add you to a reserve list or allocate a different session.


#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
Photo: CJ Griffiths

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
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.

#wearehere ghost soldiers commemorate 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.

#wearehere ghost soldiers commemorate Battle of the Somme
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’.

#wearehere ghost soldiers commemorate Battle of the Somme
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.

#wearehere ghost soldiers commemorate Battle of the Somme
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.

#wearehere ghost soldiers commemorate Battle of the Somme
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



Experience a show like no other.

Take a journey through the hidden spaces of Blackpool’s iconic Winter Gardens to explore the bygone splendour of its glorious past before it's redeveloped by a modern property development company.

Absent at Blackpool Winter Gardens

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 takes 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 will enter a kaleidoscopic world that shifts between Blackpool’s past, present and future to create 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

Taking place on the following dates:
20 to 25 August 2016
12 to 16 September 2016
25 to 29 September 2016

Tours available from 12:00 to 21:45

Tours £17.50
NEW Book a Private Tour (Four Tickets) £60 - SAVING £10!
NEW Groups 12+ (Three tours) £12.50 per ticket

Call Winter Gardens Hotel on 01253 74 33 44 or visit wintergardenshotel.co.uk 

Originally commissioned by Shoreditch Town Hall, LIFT and LeftCoast, Absent is part of the Grand Theatre's Ambition for Excellence Award.


Arts organisation would love to meet local people for long term relationship

LeftCoast are working with research specialists Morris Hargreaves McIntyre on an exciting new project that aims to help us understand local residents more fully.

We are looking for enthusiastic people to take part in a long-term project starting immediately. We need a whole range of people to speak to, so if you’ve been to one of our events you could be just the person we’re looking for!

We are hoping to track how participants spend their spare time in Blackpool and Wyre. The project isn’t time consuming, but you would need to be available for short monthly catch-ups (about 10-15 minutes) over the phone from now until October.

We’re really excited about this project, and think it will be an interesting, engaging and fulfilling experience for those taking part. All participants will also receive a reward as a thank you for their time.

If you think you could be our perfect match, please register your details with Andrea Sandor by email to andrea.sandor@lateralthinkers.com

We will review your details, and if you are amongst the people we need to speak to, a member of the Morris Hargreaves McIntyre team will then be in touch over the next couple of weeks to talk through the project with you in a little more detail.


AB&B - Arts Bed & Breakfast 

Eagle eyed residents will have seen new branding on a fabulous sea front hotel now that LeftCoast and Blackpool Council have acquired the building for redevelopment, working with Joseph Boniface Architects, 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.


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

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

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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18th February 2017
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Nice little commission opportunity at Kendal Calling with our friends at Walk the Plank!


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**WEEKEND ACTIVITY ALERT! HAPPENING TOMORROW!** Friends of Kingscote park bring you a fun packed community action day! Tomorrow, Saturday the 18th Feb, 10:30am - 3:30pm, head on down to the Kingscote Park Rugby club for a guided walk and talk and lots of creative activities for all the family. Refreshments available at 11am and 3pm For more information, please contact Pippa Martin at pippa.martin@blackpool.gov.uk


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Award winning film from Ken Loach 'I, Daniel Blake' is being screened at Blackpool Central Library on Tuesday 28th February at 6:30pm. This is one of many film screenings being hosted by Aunty Social as part of their 'Pop-up picturehouse' programme. Blackpool Food Partnership and Fair Trade Fortnight will also be involved offering yummy food and refreshments. Tickets are available on the door on a pay-what-you-can basis (suggested donation of £4) or you can pre-reserve your donantion-on-the-door ticket via Aunty Socials website www.auntysocial.co.uk Doors open at 6pm.


17th February 2017
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The brilliant Aunty Social who brought you the Wintergardens film festival with WG Trust, will be hosting the film 'I, Daniel Blake' on Tuesday 28th Feb at Blackpool central Library. Head on over to their page for more details.


I, Daniel Blake is coming to Blackpool Libraries on Tuesday 28 February, kicking off the Spring season of Pop-up Picturehouse films. Admission is on a 'pay what you can' basis and there will be a collection for Blackpool Food Partnership. You can see the full event details here: Spring Screening: I, Daniel Blake (2016) “it’s a quietly fearsome piece of drama” Daily Telegraph “a celebration of the decency and kinship of (extra)ordinary people.” Mark Kermode - The Observer “A work of scalding and moving relevance” Variety


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We are so excited to be bringing the wonderful DEPART to Blackpool this summer. This astounding show is one not to be missed! For more information please visit our website http://bit.ly/2lmGPmC


We’re delighted to announce the UK tour dates for Circa Contemporary Circus' DEPART later this year. The tour kicks off in Hull’s General Cemetery 18 – 21 May, part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 then travels to Brighton’s Woodvale Cemetery 25 – 28 May, part of Brighton Festival and finishes in Blackpool’s Stanley Park 1-4 June with LeftCoast. More info >>


16th February 2017
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a-n has awarded 23 bursaries to enable artist members to attend two of this summer’s major visual art events – the 57th Venice Biennale International Art Exhibition in Italy, and Documenta 14 in Kassel, Germany. https://www.a-n.co.uk/news/a-n-bursaries-23-artists-receive-awards-to-attend-venice-biennale-and-documenta


16th February 2017
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Great to see, and hear, Grundy Art Gallery on Radio Lancashire today. Head on down to this gem in The heart of Blackpool.


Not only are we on the @BBCLancashire radio you can also watch us on their facebook page! #BlackpoolArtFayre ! https://t.co/QKeahuExFE

15th February 2017
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The spectacular Wired Aerial Theatre, who brought you 'As The World Tipped' in September 2014, is looking for a Company Manager. You must have excellent organisational and leadership skills and experience of over 5 years in the arts industry. Communication and time management skills are also a must for this fast paced and exciting company! You can download the full job description here: www.wiredaerialtheatre.com/news/company-manager-vacancy Application is by CV and cover letter to: admin@wiredaerialtheatre.com Deadline for applications is Friday 17th March 2017 As The World Tipped Photo by Warren King


14th February 2017
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Ooh what a lovely residency opportunity! Get applying artists...


Last chance to apply for our artist residency and commission opportunity at Acorn Bank NT #Cumbria with University of Cumbria, Eden Arts & support of Arts Council England. Deadline 16 February >> http://bit.ly/2iw7JEh


14th February 2017
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Anyone interested in performance - this is the event for you!


Form #10 Skill Swap hosted by Anthony Briscoe Freelance Artist. Everyone welcome. Hope you can make it! Any qs get in touch.



20th February 2017
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Had another great workshop @LeftCoastUK today. The academy has been invaluable to me this past year! Thanks team 💪… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

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Relaxin after a gr8 Academy sesh delivered by @jennyrutter Masterclass in livening up dull, full on content!… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

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A full day of learning all the business side of creative life today at @LeftCoastUK licensing… instagram.com/p/BQvSgK_lHJN/

20th February 2017
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@PollyCHamilton Kong is everywhere! Proud we led the pack ;)

18th February 2017
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Dark, Haunting, Beautiful and coming #Blackpool in June twitter.com/LIFTfestival/s…

17th February 2017
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#IDanielBlake is being screened at @BpoolLibraries Tues 28th Feb 6:30pm by @_AuntySocial_ + with @Bpl_Fairtrade &… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

16th February 2017
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Excited to have @BBCLancashire Sally Naden at the gallery this am talking about #BlackpoolArtFayre & schools exhib… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

16th February 2017
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We are delighted to bring #DEPARTcircus to #blackpool this summer. More info on our website bit.ly/2lmGPmC twitter.com/liftfestival/s…

16th February 2017
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Another great job in the arts with @wiredaerial twitter.com/leftcoastuk/st…

15th February 2017
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