Creative Opportunities & commissions for May 2022

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

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

National Lottery Heritage Fund: Helping You Apply: Grants for £3,000 - £10,000 (North)

Blackpool Pride 2014

2pm – 4pm, Wed 11 May 2022.

This informal 2 hour session will explore:

  • how heritage can be used to transform places and change lives;
  • what a well-planned project looks like and;
  • how to write a strong funding application to The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

You will also have the opportunity to share your project ideas and ask any questions you may have to our team of experts.

Who is this webinar for?
All guidance is tailored for organisations, groups and private owners of heritage based in the North of England.

This webinar will be especially helpful for first time applicants and those who are completely new to funding, who:

  • have an idea for a project that could connect people and communities to heritage?
  • need a grant of between £3,000 – £10,000 in order to get started with your project?

Engagement Managers from the National Lottery Heritage Fund

More info and tickets

Job: Casual Conservation Officer

  • Salary: £15.60 per hour (the post is Local Authority casual Grade 8 £30,095 pro-rata)
  • Casual hours per week
  • Closing date: Sunday 15th May

Lancashire Country Council (LCC)are seeking an enthusiastic individual to join our specialist teams working with Libraries, Museums, Culture and Registrars Department (LMCR).

They are looking for qualified conservators to undertake practical conservation and collection care duties in easel paintings and other specialisms for the Lancashire County Council Museum Service.

The core activities will be undertaking specific externally funded project work both at the Conservation Studios in Preston and at heritage sites across the North-West.   At present we are undertaking the conservation of decorative painting schemes at Rochdale Town Hall.

They are looking for conservators in a range of areas but especially those with specialisms in paintings, murals and decorative schemes and works of art on paper.

The post is on a casual basis as funding is related to externally generated projects.  Conservators could be asked to work from 1 day a week, to 5 days a week over a 3 to 6 month period.

For an informal discussion on this post please contact Heather Davis, Conservation & Collections Manager on 01772 534070

Interviews week beginning:  23rd May 2022.

Job Description & Person Specification

Click here to apply.

Social Works? EDI journal - Deadline extended

Axis is delighted to announce that submissions are once again open for Social Works?, the journal of social practice art. Building on their recent AHRC-funded SAFEDI project with Manchester Metropolitan University and Social Art Network, this will be a special issue on equality, diversity and inclusion in social art asking:

How social art might influence EDI policy and institutional practice, and help to change communities’ relationship to arts organisations?

They are looking for a mix of pieces of writing between 600 and 2500 words, as well as word-image pieces (e.g. comic strip, ‘zine spread, collage – max. 3 pages).

  • There are 8 bursaries available. They will pay £350 for each selected submission.
  • Deadline extended to 16 May 2022

Find out more and apply.

Commission: Showtots

Showtown is seeking a creative practitioner or designer for a project called Showtots.
When the museum opens, Showtots will be our regular baby and toddler group exploring Blackpool through a range of activities including; music, sing-alongs, dress up, stories, performance, making and play.
The creative practitioner or designer will collaborate with a group of Blackpool parents and carers (recruited through Better Start Blackpool to develop a fun and colourful pop-up space and session plans.
Closing date for application is midnight on 28 May 2022.

Let’s Get Phygital: Blended Participation Callout 2022

Calling artists interested in exploring how social engagement can happen simultaneously in blended physical and digital spaces.

Are you an artist interested in testing new approaches to working with people and technology? Are you looking to address digital poverty, online exclusion, AI racism, or any other topics that relate to accessibility, social equity and digital spaces? Maybe you want to think outside the box about how to use digital devices to facilitate collaboration in group settings?

Axis is offering 5 artists £1000 each to explore new ways of collaborative art making in a blended online and in person way. This can be an event, a workshop, a DIY making space, a community intervention, or any other idea that invites people to engage in art and technology in an accessible and meaningful way to understand: What are new ways of working together that combine the best of being in person and online? Moving into a post-pandemic future we want to help artists think of innovative ways of working that use some of the digital tools we have become accustomed to and increased accessibility for those homebound, with the need to reconnect in person and create live participatory work. How can we address both these aspects creatively?

Deadline: 22 May 2022

More info and how to apply

Residency: 20/20 Call for artists

20/20 is a national programme led by UAL Decolonising Arts Institute, who are working with 20 UK collection partners to invite 20 ethnically diverse artists to take up residencies over the next 3 years. They aim to develop stronger relationships between artists, collections and the communities they serve.
Between now and 2024, they are looking for 20 emerging artists of colour to take on 15-month paid virtual residencies at these museums, galleries and art collection partners. Each artist will produce a commissioned artwork that will become a permanent piece in their collection.
This is the first Call for Artists to take in the 20/20 programme. A second call will open in January 2023. 20/20 is led by UAL Decolonising Arts Institute and funded by Arts Council England, Freelands Foundation and UAL.

Blackpool Grand Theatre seeks new Board Members

Are you passionate about theatre, arts, education and heritage?
Could you offer your skills and experience to support the charities which own and run the Grand Theatre?
A vibrant, thriving community resource, The Grand welcomes applications from all walks of life, and you don’t have to have any previous experience, as full induction and training will be given.
It’s an important, rewarding and interesting role – a way of ‘giving back.
  • Applications close on Friday 8th July, 12-noon
  • Interviews will take place Thursday 21st July, from 1:30pm

Any questions? Contact [email protected]

To apply for this position please send your CV and a cover letter (as a word document) to [email protected] Postal applications: FAO Helen Booth, Blackpool Grand Theatre, 33 Church Street, Blackpool, Lancashire FY1 1HT.


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