Creative callout: opportunities & commissions for August

A round-up of opportunities available to creatives based on the Fylde Coast in August 2023.

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

DIGILAB BLACKPOOL 2023 with Lightpool and Imitating The Dog

A free workshop week for anyone who wants to develop skills in projection mapping, led by imitating the dog.


Mon 20th – Fri 24th Nov 2023 (inclusive)

10am – 5pm


Lightworks, Blackpool, FY4 2RL


DigiLab is a free workshop week (5 days) for anyone who wants to develop skills in projection mapping.

Participants will learn about imitating the dog’s approach to site-specific projection-mapped installations, from storyboarding through to basic animation and mapping techniques.

Together we’ll be making a short piece of work using software such as After Effects, Photoshop, Isadora and QLab, to be projected indoors onto a model building.

The group will work with imitating the dog artists to learn about storytelling through projection mapping, developing techniques and putting them into practice to create a piece of work together.


Early career / developing artists and creative people who want to learn about projection mapping. You might be a visual artist who hasn’t done any projection mapping before, you might be into film or photography or another artform and keen to learn some new techniques, or you might be a lighting or theatre technician looking to expand your creative skills.

We actively encourage submissions from creatives currently under-represented in the light festival sector including people from Black, Asian and ethnically diverse backgrounds and those who identify as neurodiverse or disabled.

Priority will be given to people based on the Fylde Coast and wider Lancashire area.


Complete the short application questionnaire HERE by 5pm on Friday 1st September. We would be grateful if you would also complete our Equality & Diversity Monitoring form HERE but this is not mandatory for your application.

Successful applicants will be notified by 5pm on Monday 18th September.


The workshop week is FREE but numbers are strictly limited. All places must be confirmed in advance.

Find out more and book your place here

Job Opportunity: Granthams Ltd/ ARTdiscount

Full and part time positions … order packing/ picking/ checking. 

Applicants should have some knowledge/ experience of ART/ GRAPHICS processes and materials.

Good rates of pay depending on experience … Free staff parking.
Apply by e-mail along with cv attachment.

Please submit your CV to [email protected] 

Job Opportunity: Lightpool Community Engagement Producer

Title: Community Engagement Producer for the Lightpool Programme

Reports to: Artistic Director for Lightpool

Responsible for: Commissioned artists, volunteers

Located at: Peripatetic across Blackpool so some travel; access to hot desk facilities at Lightworks, Shorebury Point, Amy Johnson Way, South Shore FY4 2RL (home of Blackpool Illuminations Team)

The Community Engagement Producer will lead, develop and deliver a new innovative creative community programme of workshops, events and projects; engaging with our local community, third sector organisations and business partners and developing projects with our local creatives and cultural sector organisations. The Community Engagement Producer will target groups who do not usually engage with the Lightpool Festival and break down barriers to increase cultural participation and create long term relationships.

Terms of Freelance Contract

The Fee is £5,850; daily rate £195 per day for 30 days (Rising to 45days for Year 2)

► Travel and subsistence allowance of up to £500

► Fixed Term for 12 months with opportunity to extend for further 12 months

You will be required to enter into a formal freelance services contract with Blackpool Council

► You must have a Unique Tax Reference Number

You must have your own public liability to the value of £10million and professional indemnity insurance to the value of £5million


If you would like to speak informally about this role, please contact Phil Holmes, Artistic Director for Lightpool on 07713 554905 or email [email protected]

See full job information

Young Poets Network

Illuminations Poetry
Illuminations Poetry

Throughout August, Young Poets Network (The Poetry Society’s global online platform for poets aged 25 and younger) is partnering with Borneo Bengkel and Wordsmiths of Kuching, two multidisciplinary writing and artistic collectives based in Malaysian Borneo. This international programme will see young poets from across the globe take part in writing activities and learn more about what it’s like to be a poet in Malaysian Borneo.

Over August, they will be creating:

  •      Saturday 5 August – An online writing workshop for 14-25s on the Malaysian poetic form of the pantun, and the European version of the pantoum – sign up here
  •      Saturday 19 August – An online writing workshop for 14-25s on visual and collage poetry, inspired by Malaysian motifs – sign up here

Open to: Participation is free and open to young poets based all over the world, though young poets in Malaysia are particularly encouraged to take part.

Deadline: Various workshops throughout August

Job Opportunity: Fundraising and Development Officer @ The Harris

Preston City Council’s Cultural Service is seeking to recruit an experienced Fundraising and Development Officer to develop our fundraising strategy for the Harris Museum, Art Gallery and Library, with a particular focus on individual giving, corporate sponsorship and trust and foundation support. The postholder will work as part of the Business Development Team reporting to the Business Development Manager. This role will lead on and manage all aspects of fundraising for the Harris from developing and maintaining relationships with key funders, partners and stakeholders to growing individual giving, corporate sponsorship and trust fundraising income streams. Working with the Harris marketing team, you will develop an engaging supporter journey encouraging long term support for the Harris.

The Fundraising and Development Officer will need prior experience of creating and delivering successful fundraising campaigns to grow income with excellent communication skills, able to speak and communicate confidently to supporters.

This role comes at an exciting time with the Harris currently closed to deliver Harris Your Place, a £16m capital project that will transform the Harris into a leading cultural venue in Preston. Supported by local, regional and national partners, and generously supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Harris Your Place is part of the city’s ambitious regeneration plans.

Preston has a dynamic and growing independent cultural sector including artist led studios, youth led arts organisations, place making experts and innovative community practice. With a partnership in place between Preston City Council, Lancashire County Council and the University of Central Lancashire, Preston is fast becoming a focal point for the arts, culture, and leisure. A bold and transformational approach is emerging, focussed upon culture and regeneration, concentrated in the Harris Quarter area of the city centre, our city’s cultural and civic heart. This will place culture firmly as a key catalyst for change in Preston, with the Harris at the heart of the Harris Quarter.

The Harris is recognised as one of the leading museums and contemporary art venues in the region. We combine working closely with our local communities with developing a national and international reputation for quality and innovative programmes. We are a major tourist attraction, welcoming over 350,000 visitors annually. The Harris is an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation, Band 1.

As an employer we like to thank our employees for their hard work and commitment by giving them the opportunity to access a range of employee benefits including flexi time, hybrid working, a minimum of 30 days’ annual leave (plus Bank Holidays), family friendly policies, access to an Employee Assistance Programme, Local Government Pension Scheme, AVC’s, life assurance scheme, payment of professional fees, discounted parking, cycle to work scheme and discounted bus and rail fares.

Interviews to be held on Monday 21 August 2023.

Location:  Harris Museum
Salary:  £32,020 to £33,820 per annum
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term – Ends 31/03/2026
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Sunday 13 August 2023


Apply here

Help Musicians: Skills and professional development fund

Help Musicians can provide up to £1,500 to help you enhance your skills or artistic practice. Whatever your circumstances and ambitions — you can apply for support that is specific to your career needs.

This can be anything from a conference to learn more about the industry, to a course to enhance your skills; from one-on-one coaching to some time with a mentor.

This support is for professional UK musicians of all genres and disciplines, with a focus on independent music creators who are controlling one or more aspects of their career.

You can be a solo artist, composer, group member, songwriter, producer or a multidisciplinary artist.

To apply, you must:

  • Deliver your supported activities within 12 months of accepting the grant. Please note, your activity should not start any earlier than three months from the submission of your application
  • Be aged over 18
  • Be in financial need without significant backing (i.e. not receiving significant financial backing from a label, publisher or private investor, and not having £16,000+ in savings)
  • Have control over one or more aspects of your career (e.g. self-managing, self-releasing or self-producing)
  • Already have an active career and be able to clearly demonstrate your work to date
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Currently be living in the UK
  • Have a UK bank account

You can apply for up to £1,500 to take up opportunities that enhance your skills, career or musical practice.

This could be a conference to learn more about the industry, an online course to enhance your performance skills, growing new abilities or perhaps some time to work with a respected peer.

Read more and apply


Unlimited: UK Open Awards

Are you a disabled artist based in England, Scotland, or Wales?
Do you work in drama, dance, music, visual arts, literature, and/or combined arts?

Made possible with the support of Arts Council England, Arts Council of Wales, and Creative Scotland, Unlimited is offering nine awards for UK-based disabled artists across England, Scotland, and Wales. These awards are open in name and open in nature to unlock and unleash your ideas. This year, they’re looking for artists who wish to create and share a new piece of work.

For artists based in England: There are six awards available: two awards of £20,000, two awards of £50,000, and two awards of £80,000.

Who can apply?

The UK Open Awards are open to:

  • professional disabled artists and/or a disabled-led companies
  • based in England, Scotland, or Wales
  • aged 18+
  • not in full-time education

What kind of work are they looking for?

For these commissions they’re looking for artists that wish to create and share a new piece of work.

Your work can fall into any of the following artforms: drama, dance, music, visual arts, literature, and/or combined arts.

The only areas that they don’t support are fashion, architecture, and film. This isn’t because they don’t value and love them, but because the conditions of their funding don’t cover these artforms.

The work should aim to be:

  • High quality
  • Disabled-led
  • Innovative and ambitious
  • The work has the potential to reach multiple, diverse venues and audiences
  • The artist and/or company has a track record of creating work and reaching audiences

This criteria is what they will use to assess your application.

Their aim is to support a range of ideas in relation to artform, diversity, scale, and location.

The application portal opens on Thursday 31 August 2023 at 10am.
The deadline will be Monday 2 October 2023, midday.

More information and to apply. 

Image: If you don’t want to by Suzie Larke


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