“At LeftCoast, we commission and produce work that is congruent with the identity of Blackpool and Wyre and play with those fair / unfair perceptions of ‘place’ from different perspectives (e.g. residents, partners, visitors). As an organisation, we enjoy bringing people together to make work and explore collective skills, talents and ideas. In the process, we definitely don’t take ourselves too seriously, but we are very serious about what we are funded to do and we appreciate the sustained level of commitment and resource that has been awarded to us by partners and funders since 2013. “
Tina Redford, LeftCoast Artistic Director
LeftCoast has a small team of friendly and experienced arts professionals who are all committed to using the arts as a route to develop peoples identity, creativity and learning.
The mission we have set ourselves is:
To bring people together (audience, participants and partners) through our work as creative disrupters and joy makers, placing art and making, at the centre of all our activity
Essentially, we like and value people and view our participant groups as resourceful agents who can be mobilised to tackle or prevent some of the social problems and inequality in our local communities. To help us achieve our goals as an organisation, we work with an array of artistic, commercial, educational and public sector partners who have the needs of Blackpool and Wyre at the centre of what they do too.
LeftCoast is a programme of arts, culture and creative activity happening across Blackpool and Wyre on the Fylde Coast.
Our vision is that Blackpool and Wyre is strengthened by communities that share their talents, feel connected to each other and are confident to ‘have a say’ in the matters that effect their daily lives.
LeftCoast are all about creating amazing art on your doorstep. From jaw-dropping spectacle to intimate experiences in your neighbourhood. In the process we hope to inspire and support creatives who live, work and study here.
We champion socially engaged arts practice and we have a set of of commissioning principles that we use to help us decide what work we want to commission. We use any art form which involves people and communities in debate, collaboration or social interaction. The participatory element is key and so are the artworks created – having equal importance to the collaborative act of making/producing them.
We want you to be part of the art transformation happening in your area. You could help shape your neighbourhood through our community activities, get support to develop your skills or become a volunteer in our LeftCoast MAKER programme.
“I think I’ve learnt something new on each project I’ve been involved in. It’s been brilliant to learn new skills and brush up on some old skills too.”
Every three years our external evaluators write a report on our programme delivery, a summary of the Jan 2020 report can be found HERE.
“LeftCoast constantly think outside the box in terms of challenging what the arts mean to local people.”
RUSH audience feedback
Partners & FUNDERS
LeftCoast was brought together by a local partnership of organisations including Blackpool Coastal Housing, Blackpool Council, Wyre Council, Blackpool Grand Theatre and Blackpool & The Fylde College. Established as part of the Arts Council’s Creative People and Places programme.
We could not deliver our programme without the support of local organisations and projects which include, Regenda, Boston Way community centre, Mereside MAFIA, Lightworks, Art B&B, Abingdon Studios, Fleetwood Festival of Transport, Blackpool Carers, Princes Trust, Groundwork, Electric Sunshine Company, The Hive, Wyre Arts partnership, The Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Johnstones Paint, Creative Lancashire and many more.
Funding from Arts Council England and the National Lottery Community Fund enables us to work with many communities across Blackpool and Wyre This is supported with additional funding and resources from Blackpool Coastal Housing, Blackpool Council and Wyre Council.
“Artists working with LeftCoast certainly agreed that it brought ambition and quality to the area; responding to the survey 68% said it was ‘ambitious’, and a further 25% said that it was ‘completely ambitious’”
LeftCoast: Final report phase 2
Over the years we have worked with a number of creative delivery partners including the Without Walls Touring Network, XTRAX, Sea Change Arts, London International Festival of Theatre, Activate productions, Blackpool & The Fylde College and UCLAN.
We have worked collaboratively with many organisations and individual artists to deliver creative community engagement activities and professional development opportunities across Blackpool and Wyre. You can find a list of artists and creative organisations who we have supported and or commissioned over the years HERE.
“Blackpool is a funny place… Much derided but it’s what you make of it and for me, Blackpool is the place to make creative dreams a reality.”
Local artist involved in LeftCoast talent development