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poetry and spoken word
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Artsadmin E-digest
Guardian Jobs North West
UK Theatre Jobs
CVS Blackpool

Directing opportunities

Regional Young Directors’ Scheme


Artsadmin E-Digest
Live Art Development Agency
Critical Network

Support for theatre/performance artists in the North West

HOME Manchester runs an annual festival of new northern work, and workshops/activities throughout the year.
Royal Exchange Manchester programmes contemporary work in the Studio
Sick Festival Manchester – work in progress opportunities
Flare Festival – Manchester – work in progress opportunities
Live Art Bistro – Leeds – work in progress opportunities and artist support
Form – Blackpool – work in progress opportunities and artist development
Dance Manchester
Word of Warning – work in progress opportunities and mentoring

New Writing North – open calls, writing development
Electric Sunshine Project – Blackpool – writing for theatre courses 

Arc Stockton – various open calls, work in progress, artist development
Royal Court – rolling script reading service (plays)
Mothers Ruin – queer artist development

Annual/periodic opportunities

Summerhall Edinburgh Fringe open call (contemporary theatre)
Vault Festival annual open call (contemporary & fringe theatre)
Bruntwood Prize (plays/theatre)
Verity Bargate Award (plays/theatre)
Jerwood Performing Arts Micro Bursary artists/producers/individuals
Word of Warning – Emergency work in progress event in Manchester, takes place in October
The Lowry – Manchester venue – artist development schemes
Artist International Development Fund
The Yard – London – open calls for new work
British Council
Edinburgh Fringe Emerging Producers’ Programme  



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Useful documents 

Applying for Grants for Arts funding – guide
Venues North – Routes In – a guide to getting programmed in the North
Arts Council England – Information Sheets on how to apply for Arts Council funding
VIDEO: Artists answer the question ‘What does it take to write a successful arts application’
by Paula Varjack
Producer Gathering (example arts funding applications, budgets etc. Can’t see them? Try using Chrome)
How to Make an Online Portfolio


Mothers who Make
Form Blackpool
Manchester Independent Jobs Network
UK Theatre Producers Network

Leadership & Advice

Clore Leadership Programme
Independent Theatre Council
(north west)

Contemporary arts organisations in Blackpool

Grundy Art Gallery (visual art)
Abingdon Studios (visual art)
Form Blackpool (performance & theatre)
LeftCoast (mixed arts)
Grand Theatre (dance: has a contemporary dance programme and NPO status for it, besides a traditional theatre programme)
Fylde Coast Youth Dance (young people)
Supercollidor (visual art)
Art B and B (visual art)
Bootleg Social (music)
UNIT (visual art)

Poetry and spoken word in Blackpool
Pub Poets

Lancashire Dead Good Poets

More arts organisations in Blackpool

Altruism (creative social network)
Winter Gardens Film Festival

Aunty Social
Alt Blackpool (culltural magazine)

Blackpool Libraries
Electric Sunshine Project (community theatre)

Blackpool University (university of creative arts)
Phil Winston’s Theatreworks (dance & musical theatre, commercial training)
Musica Lirica Opera
Blott Studios (visual art)
Blackpool Speakeasy
CVS (support to community, voluntary and faith organisations)
Blackpool Museum (coming soon)
Rock Hard Music Studios
Skool of Street (dance)
Tramshed (theatre company, satellite of Chickenshed)
ICAN Independent Creative Artists Network
The Old Rock Factory (screen printing workshop & artist studios)
Heritage Blackpool
Blackpool Civic Trust (heritage and civic activities)
Funny Girls (burlesque cabaret showbar)