Creative Network

We hope The Old Electric will become a new home for the independent and freelance sector as well as staff from the area’s many creative organisations to come together regularly, test ideas and to build a network of creative practice.

We will be hosting a regular monthly breakfast meeting and networking opportunity open to any creative professionals living or working in Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre. 

The focus of these meetings will be to:

  • share plans & programmes in order to connect with and complement each others’ ideas
  • discuss larger funding applications and how we can offer value to each others’ bids
  • find out about ideas for positive practical solutions eg ticketing, training, work experience etc
  • network informally across organisations and individuals
  • engage with presentations about current relevant initiatives and projects
  • take inspiration from occasional inspirational speakers from artist communities & other relatable fields 
  • participate in moments of creative activity
  • explore how skills-sharing and other forms of currency can be developed in the town
  • disseminate commissioning opportunities and other information

These meetings will take place 8.30-10am the first Thursday of each month from January 2021. 

They are open to: Professional artists and arts organisations (commercial or non-profit who are formally constituted) across all art forms, who seek to be paid for their work.

They are free to attend but attendees need to register in advance – you can register below.

In registering and attending all recognise the aims of Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre Creative Network are:

  • To build a community of practice based on trust, collaboration, shared goals, mutual support and with the aim of developing ideal conditions for all where creative work can be made; to understand different experiences and viewpoints; to make positive, constructive contributions to debate, offering alternatives and solutions.
  • To support efforts to access large scale investment in our places, and to be actively involved in the planning and delivery of ambitious, strategic and risk-taking projects; to develop a diverse cultural sector that is an important part of economic and social redevelopment and result in significant future investment.
  • To create a culture of open and transparent relationships; to actively learn from ‘big name’ artists or organisations who are commissioned to work in our places; to reduce the talent drain and to build a place in which artists can survive and thrive, be self-sufficient and actively contribute.

This spirit of sharing is key to the future success of all our activity and the basis of being able to develop a creative & cultural strategy for the town.

If you’d like to present something at the next network meeting email

Meeting dates