#FlashbackFriday! Our favourite LeftCoast moments from 2021

White and Blue flags in Fleetwood against a blue sky

#FlashbackFriday is a social media craze we’ve jumped on this year. You may have seen us sharing some of our favourite projects across our channels.

But this time, we thought we’d reflect on 2021, and showcase some of the team’s most memorable moments from the past 12 months, no matter how big or small. 

Young adults dancing in Blackpool town centre
(Picture: Claire Griffiths)

Get Dancing

Get Dancing has been a joyful project from the outset – from working with the talented local partners in Showtown and House of Wingz, to reviewing the dance move submissions from around the world, I loving learning the dance created out of that. Taking workshops to doorsteps, and the streets of Blackpool, and culminating in filming 120 Blackpool dancers across nine locations in three days was full on, challenged by weather, but full of wow moments and lots of laughter. The results speak for themselves and looking forward to sharing them more in 2022.”

Helen Jones, Operations Manager

Tickets for the Bostonway film on a blue poster

Bostonway

“The first event that really opened up the Warden’s House and encouraged residents to look through its windows. The culmination of Claire Griffiths’ micro residency at Bostonway was a film projection in the house, viewed through the windows as Covid-19 restrictions were gradually starting to ease.

“An opportunity for the residents to see Claire’s work and Bostonway through the lens of her camera and cameras given to residents.

“Tickets were posted through all the doors on Bostonway, the house was decorated in bunting, tables and chairs were outside, and the sun shone. It was a good day.”

Rachel Wheble, Creative Community Activist

“I only joined the LeftCoast family late November, and I already have so many memories to choose from. One of my most memorable times however, was working with Jack Crayton (a local resident and artist in Bostonway). Watching Jack’s neighbours celebrate his first ever art exhibition at their community centre completely warmed my heart – bringing everyone together just before Christmas. I’m so proud to see what Jack has achieved and keeps on achieving through his work.”

Abigail Gillibrand, Digital Communications & Data Coordinator

White and Blue flags in Fleetwood against a blue sky
(Picture: Claire Griffiths)

Transported

“I was touched by how open and honest people were with us about how the Transported installations in Fleetwood affected them. We were told it enabled visitors to reflect on a year or two which for everyone had been challenging in lots of different ways. I knew it would be a beautiful installation, but underestimated how powerful it would be for people. The amount of thanks we got was overwhelming.”

Helen Jones, Operations Manager

A lady reading The Upside newspaper
(Picture: Claire Griffiths)

The Upside

“It was a delight to be a small window of human interaction for people just as the lockdowns were starting to lift, by hand delivering 800 artistically designed newspapers, that brought news about local people to their door, across Blackpool estates four times in three months. We were told by some that this was the first interaction they’d had in weeks and learnt about their families and pets, losses, new hobbies, and coping strategies. Working with community partners, we were able to bring in support for those who needed it too, and see the change in people as restrictions lifted the sun came out and confidence increased with going out again.”

Helen Jones, Operations Manager

A clothes rail in the middle of an empty room with orange walls

Inside Out

“As a team, we were mopping, sweeping, and scrubbing the 2nd Floor of the Old Fleetwood Hospital to get it ready for the amazing Inside Out exhibition.

“We even got in an industrial floor cleaner, which quickly became artist in residence, Gillian Wood’s new best friend!”

Rachel Wheble, Creative Community Activist

“One of my favourite memories of the last year is the moment we first looked around the old hospital building in Fleetwood last May. We had been looking for a venue to bring all the Inside Makers together for a while and the moment Gillian and I got taken up to this space we knew it would be the perfect venue to bring everyone together.”

Laura Jamieson, Creative Engagement Manager

We hope you’ve enjoyed our memories, it’s been an absolute pleasure working with different communities and we can’t wait to start back up again in the New Year. But until then, the LeftCoast team wishes you all a lovely Christmas and we’ll see you again on our return in 2022.