Creative Opportunities & commissions for February 2022

A round-up of opportunities available to creatives based on the Fylde Coast in February 2022.

These include grant funding, commissions, jobs, consultations, research projects and more. New opportunities will be added to this page as they arise. 

Help Musicians’ Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund 2022

The Help Musicians’ Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund has confirmed a further £1m to help musicians struggling to make ends meet.

ACE and DCMS have provided £650k of hardship funding so that Help Musicians is able to extend hardship funding into 2022, making further payments to musicians facing financial hardship due to the disruption caused by Covid. The funds available will be distributed to the musicians who need it the most. 

For those who are eligible, Help Musicians will offer a one-off payment of at least £250; the amount offered will be dependent on the financial information that you provide with your supporting documents.  Please make sure that you read the guidance notes before applying.

Deadline for applications: Monday 14 February 2022.

Find out more and apply.

Lancashire County Council - Local Member Grants Scheme

The Local Member Grants Scheme helps county councillors to support the vital work of voluntary, community and faith sector (VCFS) groups.

The grants can be used to fund projects that will directly benefit the community, from gardening workshops and knit and natter sessions, to football activities to help young people stay active.

Groups can apply to their local county councillor, who will decide which applications are accepted and award a grant from their own budget. Councillors have an initial budget of £500 for grants handed out in their electoral division between January and March 2022. From April 2022, the annual Local Member Grant budget for each county councillor will be £2,000 for each financial year.

Find out more and apply.

Blackpool Heritage Action Zone: Creative Workshop Commissions

As part of the Heritage Action Zone Cultural Programme, Blackpool Council commissioned a creative mapping exercise which brought together members of the creative community from a range of different backgrounds. Out of this work came a number of clear messages from the local creative community around willingness to share skills and knowledge and a desire to see more local commissioning. This open call is designed to capture that desire to share skills and deliver on the commitment to commission fairly and locally.

This year the HAZ wants to work with local artists and makers to deliver public workshops. They are particularly interested in:

  • Photography
  • Screen Printing
  • Textiles

Workshops need to be based upon the theme of High Street Heritage.  Workshop participants will be invited to create either a series of photographs, a screen print or a piece of textile work on the above theme. 

Commission Requirements

  • You must be able to provide all the necessary equipment to deliver the workshop
  • You must have identified a venue in which the workshop can be delivered
  • You must have all the relevant insurances (particularly public liability) in place 

Deadline: midday on Tuesday 15 February 2022.

The website for this opportunity will go live on Saturday 5 February.

Associate Creative Producer role at Lancaster Arts

Salary: £22,847 to £26,341 pro-rata
Closing Date: Sunday 06 February 2022
Interview Date: Thursday 17 February 2022
Reference: N2830

The Associate Creative Producer is a fantastic role for someone who is passionate about working with people. This role is at the centre of Lancaster Arts’ engagement which runs throughout their programme, from developing workshops in our ticketed programme, through to engagement with university colleagues and working closely with artists and a diverse range of participants within their commissions. The Associate Creative Producer will join the Programming team and support the development and delivery of commissions, working closely with the Creative Producer and Curator.

Further details:

Applying for the Associate Creative Producer Position

Complete an online application via Lancaster University HR here.

Please do not send CVs or cover letters to Lancaster Arts you must apply via Lancaster University HR.

To browse current Lancaster University job opportunities, go here

The Let’s Create Jubilee Fund

The Let’s Create Jubilee Fund is a £5 million programme, made possible thanks to National Lottery players, which is being administered by UK Community Foundations on behalf of the Arts Council.

Applicants are encouraged to partner with artists or cultural organisations who have received Arts Council funding in the last four years. In this way, we hope to create a nationwide programme giving communities across the country the chance to enjoy brilliant creative and cultural events in celebration of this historical national milestone.

Applications will open on 4 January (closing on 28 February), and organisations will be able to apply for grants of up to £10,000. The funding aims to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and is part of a programme of cultural events taking place across the UK during 2022, including the Commonwealth Games and Unboxed.

Head over to the website for more information.

Qualitative Arts Evaluator - LeftCoast

LeftCoast is looking for an external consultant with expertise in Qualitative evaluation practices to work alongside their already appointed Quantitative Evaluator. You will help them tell the human stories, and assess the human impact that their work in Blackpool has, as well as support the team to reflect on what is working and what isn’t so that we have a regular cycle of reflection built into their programme development.

The Evaluator would need to:

  • Design and implement a programme of qualitative evaluation, that provides regular feedback on project impacts. Can be fed into funding reports as well as project planning and reflection, and helps them communicate what they’re doing with people outside the organisation
  • Develop an evaluation methodology that regularly includes the voice of residents. They are keen that this is developed in a way that it becomes part of their process, utilising the team and residents in data collation and interpretation so that participants do not feel as though they’re in a goldfish bowl
  • To review their current processes and help us to refine our way of evaluating that is robust but human centred and works with our process led practice.
  • Work in partnership with their quantitative evaluator to help us tell our story robustly

Read the full brief and apply.

Deadline: 12 noon, Saturday 19 February 2022.

Photo: Claire Griffiths


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