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LeftCoast – Blackpool and Wyre*

Lead organisation: Blackpool Coastal Housing Grant: £3,000,000 (original) + £1,000,000 (new funds)

LeftCoast aims to engage and excite audiences in Blackpool and Wyre, bringing world class arts to people living on the Fylde Coast. The project also aims to develop the skills of local artists and organisations, as well as improving the area’s arts infrastructure.

  • 25,000 audience members attended 60 events and 45 workshops
  • Two new art spaces were created
  • SpareParts, a new outdoor art festival, was created in Fleetwood (in partnership with Fleetwood Festival of Transport)

LeftCoast’s ambition with their new funds is to creatively develop the unique cultural DNA of Blackpool and Wyre – to create a place where it is possible to be yourself, to experiment and produce amazing new work. They’ve identified five areas of focus: strengthening the community’s involvement in decision-making; taking the lead in the cultural vision of organisations across the region; creating partnerships to develop the arts and culture offer in the area; commissioning world-class activities; and ensuring all of this is sustainable.

“I never thought I’d see that in Fleetwood” – Audience member at SpareParts Festival

– See more at: http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/apply-funding/funding-programmes/creative-people-and-places-fund/projects-rounds-1-and-2/#sthash.kHHoTzil.dpuf