Deadline: 27/05/2019  |  Published: 15/05/2019  |  Venue: ArtB&B  |  City: Blackpool  |  Region: Lancashire  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Alexis Johnson

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LeftCoast Express 7 is a self-directed research and development programme for artists, performers, creative producers with a relationship to Blackpool and Wyre aimed at developing their creative practice. The final round of LeftCoast Express (Express 7) calls creatives interested in developing or adapting a work or programme for ArtB&B in Blackpool, a new creative space that will open in September 2019.

LeftCoast Express 7 is a self-directed research and development programme for creatives living, working or who have lived in Blackpool and Wyre aimed at developing their creative art products.

The final round of LeftCoast Express (Express 7) is now open. We are specifically interested in artists and arts collectives who would like to research and develop new work that can form part of Art B&B‘s opening artistic programme across art forms, including small scale performance, cabaret, site-specific, live arts, visual arts or combined arts. ArtB&B will launch in Autumn 2019, and we are keen to use this as a vehicle to test new work, new material, new ideas for how this space can work.

There is a simple application process and funding is available for successful individuals to apply for a package of between £500 and £700.

This Express 7 research and development period needs to be between three and six months commencing in late May/early June 2019. Successful Express 7 creative practitioners will then be eligible to apply for a small pot of delivery funding, this will be a competitive process.

Express 7 is interested in supporting local Blackpool and Wyre creative talent who have an interest in developing new work for the ArtB&B space.


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When is the deadline?
Deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 27 May 2019
What is R&D (Research & Development)?
This means that you determine your own needs, draw up a programme of the activities that you will be undertaking. The programme needs to be agreed with LeftCoast once you have been selected.

We are keen to support projects that allow artists, creatives and organisations to develop their work. R&D projects are typically where a person or group develop a new idea or explore a new way of working. An R&D project can have a significant effect on a person’s or organisation’s work. As R&D projects are usually exploratory, you might not be able to fully define what you want the outcome to be, but you would usually have a clear sense of what you want to explore and why. R&D projects can often involve other artists or practitioners, particularly when exploring new ideas or looking at shifting to a new model.

R&D projects might be self-contained, or might form part of a wider programme of work. For example, a project might start with a period of R&D that will guide the development of a script, which will then become a play.

As part of Express 7 we would like to hear how audiences or participants can get involved with your work, either as part of the project or in the future.
What is ArtB&B?
Art B&B is a boutique hotel launching in Autumn 2019 functioning as a small scale space for exhibition and performance. See https://www.abandb.co.uk
What is the expected R&D period?
Starting late May or early June 2019 for 3 to 6 months. Resulting in a proposal for a piece or programme that can be delivered from Autumn 2019 at ArtB&B.
What space is available at ArtB&B?
ArtB&B will have two ground floor rooms available for events, the rooms are interconnected. For a performance/live event they would seat 40 to 50 people. And there is a bar for evening or kitchenette for day time activity. Installation of temporary art works could be placed in this space or the common areas / art library. Plus there is the option for site-specific activity across the hotel (inside and out).
Are there payments to artists?
£500 to £700 R&D budget
Does the location have disabled access?
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
ArtB&B will promote their season to guests and wider Blackpool residents and arts community
How do you decide on proposals?
A panel make up of LeftCoast and ArtB&B will select
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
You will be contacted by LeftCoast for an initial meeting to plan next steps
What kind of proposals are you looking for?
R&D to support ArtB&B artistic programme
What are the selection criteria?
What is the level of benefit to ArtB&B?
What is the level of benefit to the artist/collective?
What is the level of benefit to Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde?
Will it engage ArtB&B guests and wider audience?
Is it an interesting and innovative idea?
Who is eligible?
Open to artists, performers, creative producers, creatives living, working or who have lived in Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde.

Not eligible to creatives who have already received previous rounds of Left Coast Express support.

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