Future Popular May 2017

Future Popular was 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.

Along with LeftCoast’s development priorities & those of our partner project AB&B; we needed to make sure that artists and arts organisations in Blackpool & Wyre were prepared and ready to make successful applications to Arts Council England and other national funders, rather than providing whole project funding ourselves. However, we knew that it is hard to meet the requirements of these funders, in particular the 10% minimum cash match funding required by some.

Future Popular provided support in the following ways

Creatives could apply to us for up to 10% of the overall costs of a project they wanted to deliver. If successful in their Future Popular application they could then include our contribution as confirmed cash match within their application to Arts Council, Heritage Lottery Fund or other funder. We also offered our help and guidance in making those applications and then if they were successful in raising all the money for their project, we released our 10% contribution.

LeftCoast was 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 was open to any art form. Artists needed to specify what art form and which community setting/s they wanted to work in within their application.

Future Popular was an open application process, there were no deadlines, but we did have a finite pot of money to award.


If artists were successful in their application to us, there was a 6 month period allowed for them to raise the additional funds for their project, or their money would be returned to the pot and awarded to other applicants. (The LeftCoast team supported artists throughout that process.)

-Artists could only apply for one Future Popular project at any time

-The scheme could be suspended at any time if all monies had been allocated

-Artists needed to be able to demonstrate that they could successfully plan and deliver their project to time and to budget

All applicants were offered support through LeftCoast’s Creative Development Manager before they submitted their application and encouraged to attend one of our regular surgery slots to talk through their application. Applicants were much more likely to be successful in their application if they had been able to talk over their ideas with our team in advance.

Archived Future Popular Guidelines, Application Form and Budget Tool are available to download for reference only.

You can see a list of previous Future Popular recipients here.