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
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 email@example.com 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.
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
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
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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
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.