LeftCoast

The grassroots art project making sure Blackpool always rocks
Residents and visitors light up their dogs for LumiDogs Fashion Show on Blackpool promenade
Residents and visitors light up their dogs for LumiDogs Fashion Show on Blackpool promenade
Photo: Jill Reidy
Motionhouse’s Traction perform at Fleetwood Festival of Transport
Motionhouse’s Traction perform at Fleetwood Festival of Transport
Photo: Jill Reidy
Circolombia at The Blackpool Tower Circus for Showzam! 2015
Circolombia at The Blackpool Tower Circus for Showzam! 2015
Photo: Claire Griffiths
Growing People on the Mereside housing estate
Growing People on the Mereside housing estate
Photo: Jack Boniface
Motionhouse's Traction at Fleetwood Festival of Transport
Motionhouse's Traction at Fleetwood Festival of Transport
Photo: Jill Reidy
Skool of Street Future urban dance classes
Skool of Street Future urban dance classes
Photo: Claire Griffiths
The Sauruses invade Blackpool's streets for Showzam! 2015
The Sauruses invade Blackpool's streets for Showzam! 2015
Photo: Claire Griffiths
As The World Tipped 'Change Now'
As The World Tipped 'Change Now'
Photo: Yannick Dixon

Where: Blackpool and Wyre
With: Blackpool Coastal Housing Ltd, Grand Theatre, Merlin Entertainments, Blackpool Council, Wyre Borough Council

LeftCoast puts arts and culture at the centre of seaside regeneration, providing a mix of jaw-dropping spectaculars, community-based events and opportunities for artists and creatives to develop their skills. The project covers the legendary resort of Blackpool as well as the lesser-known area of Wyre, which incudes the fishing town of Fleetwood along with various smaller villages.

LeftCoast uses a self-directed learning programme, known as LeftCoast Express, to invest in artists as part of its wider programme.  True to the project’s aims, artists are given both the financial resources and artistic freedom to develop in their own way and at their own pace.

Many of LeftCoast’s projects now use community members to help generate ideas and influence specific programmes – one more way of involving the people that the project aims to help most.  For example, its work to develop The Mount Pavilion into an arts hub for Fleetwood is now supported by a ‘Shape the Space’ group. The group helps direct programming and will take ownership of the building when the development is complete.

Agencies partnering with LeftCoast represent a range of sectors and disciplines, from small community groups through to major organisations from its consortium. One current project sees LeftCoast working closely with Fleetwood Festival of Transport to include a powerful arts presence within this popular event – the SpareParts Festival. Another exciting initiative involves discussions with the housing associations, Blackpool Coastal Housing and Regenda, which will lead to community-based work with the residents in Fleetwood, Grange Park and Mereside.