Trio of Art Projects for Shared Creativity


LeftCoast is lending its’ support to three exciting new, hands-on arts projects as part of its’ “Future Popular” mini-commissions programme. Each project aims to inspire communities through creative activities and will explore the cross over between entertainment, popular culture and art.

Blackpool based photographers, Claire Griffiths and Jill Reidy, are running workshops in four childrens’ centres. The “Whippersnappers” initiative is teaching children some of the key skills and techniques needed to take a good photograph. The fun sessions will culminate with an exhibition of some of the images, that friends and family can view. Claire and Jill are telling their story through a specially created blog at whippersnappersphotographyworkshops.wordpress.com

Artist, Linzi Cason, has teamed up with sisters, Helen and Elizabeth Weiviora of Weiviora Projects to create “Blackpool Art Carbooty”.  This touring version of  “Northern Art Carbooty” is a one day event supported by Arts Council, England and Left Coast.  Locally based, creative vagabond, Harry Clayton-Wright and Richard Sheilds from Manchester will recreate scenes from the 2009 Royal Variety Show performance at the Winter Gardens.  Audience participation will include appearing in the show via green screen technology.

Publicity materials for this unique event will be created over the summer by Linzi and young people from Blackpool Boys and Girls Club, using screen printing techniques. The public will be able to enjoy the performance on Halloween- Saturday 31st October from 12-4, in and around the Winter Gardens.

Ladies acapella chorus, The Soundwaves will be exploring how singing can benefit people living with dementia after one of their members was diagnosed with the condition.  The group will work with a musical director to create a series of medleys of songs from the 1950s, 60s and 70s, and then tour residential homes.

Artistic director of Left Coast, Michael Trainor, said: “The diversity of ideas coming from artists and creative groups across Blackpool and Wyre is really exciting and inspiring and it’s great to see them thinking about how they can involve with their work – sharing great creative ideas and inspiring others is what it’s all about. We see “Future Popular” as a way of helping artists and communities to experiment with new project ideas together. These commissions are a vital way of resourcing and making projects like this happen in difficult times.”

The next round of Future Popular commissions will be open for applications from Monday 7th September. Visit www.leftcoast.org.uk/future-popular for more information.

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