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Stand Out: Youth led LGBT+ heritage

Funded on Spacehive 28 April 2023 Delivered 28 September 2023

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Stand Out: Youth led LGBT+ heritage

Blaze Arts By Blaze Arts

Supporting young people in East Lancashire to explore and celebrate their area's LGBT+ heritage through creative activities.

Burnley Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 28 Apr 2023!

In 2022 Blaze supported a group of young people (aged 13 - 25) in Burnley to explore their local LGBT+ heritage. The group recorded oral histories from the community, produced their own exhibition that toured libraries in East Lancashire, published zines (self published magazines) and organised public events. Through the project, the group developed confidence, skills and their wellbeing improved as a result of connecting with their heritage. The Burnley Young Producers have big ambitions and want to deliver a Pride event in 2023. Young people in other areas of East Lancashire have told us that they want similar opportunities to connect with their heritage, contribute to their community and gain new skills and experience from working with professional creatives. With your support we will support more young people in Burnley, Rossendale, Accrington and Pendle to document and celebrate East Lancashire's diverse histories and promote inclusivity.

What we'll deliver:

  • At least forty workshops for youth groups in Accrington, Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale.
  • Recruit freelance creative practitioners to work with young people and make their ideas a reality.
  • Support young people to research their heritage and record oral histories.
  • A Pride event in Burnley in summer 2023.
  • Take young people on research trips to gain inspiration and broaden their horizons.
  • At least 3 'Find Out More' events for the local community in each area (all ages welcome!)

Why it's a great idea:

We’ve spoken to young LGBT+ people currently accessing youth services in East Lancashire who have told us that ‘people need to be educated’ and ‘we need more visibility in our community'. This project will respond to these needs, giving young people the opportunity to engage with their community in positive ways. Young participants will gain confidence and feel more connected to their local community. They will have the opportunity to make new friends in a safe space and benefit from working as part of a team. In our last project a member of the community who saw the Young Producer's exhibition said ‘In a small town you don’t really hear much about gay + lesbian history so reading all this makes me feel accepted.’ The project will unearth and document heritage that is at risk whilst supporting the LGBT+ community. Stand Out provides an opportunity to challenge perceptions and promote East Lancashire's diverse and radical heritage.

Steps to get it done:

  • Recruit a project manager.
  • Deliver Find Out More events for the community and to connect generations and
  • Research local LGBT+ heritage and record oral histories
  • Recruit artists and creative practitioners to work with young people to creatively respond to the heritage
  • Share creative outputs of the project with the public
  • Deliver a Pride event in Burnley

Location Burnley

About the space

Accrington, Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale.


Burnley Borough Council

How will the money be spent?Total £34,562

Artist Fees - £12,000 (35%)
Project Manager - £3,600 (10%)
Budget for Burnley Pride Event - £3,000 (9%)
Director - £2,250 (7%)
Historian - £2,000 (6%)
Photography/ Digital Documentation - £2,000 (6%)
Young Facilitator - £1,800 (5%)
Marketing, Design and Branding - £1,750 (5%)
Travel (Trips and Reimbursing Participants Travel Expenses - £1,050 (3%)
Contribution to Blaze's Core Costs - £905 (3%)
Other - £4,207 (12%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Artist Fees
Project Manager
Budget for Burnley Pride Event
Photography/ Digital Documentation
Young Facilitator
Marketing, Design and Branding
Travel (Trips and Reimbursing Participants Travel Expenses
Contribution to Blaze's Core Costs
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Materials and Equipment
  • Training Budget for Young Producers
  • VAT
  • 3 x Find Out More Events
  • Guest Speaker Fees
  • Refreshments for participants
  • Transaction fees


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Contingency for the project to protect against price fluctuation
  • More events and activities for the local community
  • Printing of more zines

Total £34,562

Our Volunteer List

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