Are you an Artist, creative or arts organisation on the Fylde Coast?
If so, this is your chance to take part in new research to inform Blackpool Council’s Heritage Action Zone.
The research aims to understand what creative skills and resources are available in the area and ensure that artists don’t miss out on opportunities to be commissioned as part of the project.
We’re leading the research on behalf of the council along with our partners Abingdon Studios and are encouraging as many people as possible to take part.
Everyone who takes part in the survey will have the option to opt in to a draw to win one of three £100 cash prizes.
The survey takes around 15-20 minutes to complete and is open for responses until Sunday February 28.
Following the survey, we will will carry out detailed interviews with some local artists & creatives to take a closer look at their needs and finally provide a report to the council.
The Blackpool Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) is a £1m project funded jointly by Blackpool Council, Historic England and the Department of Culture Media and Sport focused specifically on using built and cultural heritage to revitalise the high street.
The first strand of the project is all about improving streetscapes through improving the condition of historic buildings. This part of the HAZ builds on the success of the ongoing Quality Corridors project, which has focused on new pavements and road surfaces as well as a £1.5m shopfront replacement scheme on Deansgate, Topping Street and Edward Street. As part of this we’ll be restoring some if the Victorian shopfronts to the church street elevation of the Winter Gardens, putting back the Art Deco frontage of 28 Topping Street and restoring part of the Former Black’s building on Edward Street. In partnership with the Quality Corridors project, we’ll also be creating a creative cooperative hub at No. 28 Topping Street to provide local artists and creatives with a place to sell their work and run workshops and events. The work at the former Blacks building on Edward Street will also form the first phase of creating live/work units for creatives.
The second strand of the project is a bid for £120k to create a programme of cultural events to bring new offers to the high street and new reasons to visit it. Blackpool’s bid contains proposals for street markets (crafts/farmers/flea/specialist) using empty shops for film screening and performances well as heritage events and walks.