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Let Artists Be Artists: Stage 2 Application

Congratulations on your successful Stage 1 Expression of Interest! Welcome to Stage 2.

Deadline: Monday 15 February 2021

Stage 2 is now closed! Thanks so much for all your interest and applications. You can still read over this page for reference but applications are now closed.

Congratulations on your successful Stage 1 Expression of Interest! Welcome to Stage 2 (the whole process has three Stages).

Stage 2 involves group online discussion workshops, followed by a written, video or audio application.

Everything you need to know about these is on this page.


Online group workshops

We’ll open up online group workshops to provide an opportunity for conversation and to support people to develop their Stage 2 application. You don’t have to join one of these sessions but we hope that doing so will help you make the strongest application you can.

The sessions will give space for discussion and questions. This is not a ‘pitch’ workshop or a presentation and will be informal in style. No preparation is required.

These group workshops will take place online (via Zoom). You only need to attend one – so just book yourself on to whichever of the 4 sessions is most convenient for you.

Don’t worry if you’re not able to make any of these times: we’ll record at least one of the sessions and share it with you to watch in your own time as well.

  • Wednesday 3 February: 1:30pm & 6:30pm
  • Thursday 4 February: 1:30pm (this session will be captioned) & 8pm

Book a slot

A recording of the Let Artists Be Artists Stage 2 workshop.

Full application process

We’ve got 5 questions we’d like to know your answers to, and we would like to see up to 3 examples of your work.

Your complete application (including answers to all 5 questions) should be no more than 7,000 characters (around 2 sides of A4, or 1,000 words), or under 5 minutes of video or audio.

You can divide up that 1,000 words/5 minutes however you like – so, for example, if you want to spend a lot of time on Question 3 but hardly any on Question 1, that’s entirely up to you.

The questions are written out below so it’s easy to see them all in one place, and then the form to submit your response is at the bottom of this page.

If this doesn’t work for you please contact us to negotiate a different way of applying.

The 5 questions

  1. What is important to your practice as an artist?
    What are your values and how do you like to work? You can use examples to illustrate this.
  2. How would you describe the work you create?
    This can be about your process, as well as telling us more about shows, exhibitions, events or projects.
  3. How would you approach this role?
    You can include any ideas for what you would want to do and how would you want to work during the year. Please include information on how you want to base your work in Gloucester and/or Bristol. You don’t have to have a full plan for the year. This is about ideas and possibilities.
  4. Please tell us about your current work or plans for the next 12 months.
    If you have projects or funding confirmed please tell us a bit about this and how you see it fitting in with the role.
  5. Full time or part time?
    Please let us know whether you’re interested in the full time or part time role, or either – with a bit of explanation as to why.
    Your preference for full-time or part-time won’t be part of the shortlisting criteria – there’s not a ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answer! It’s just so that we know which role you’re most interested in.

Up to 3 examples of your work

Please provide up to 3 links to your work
These could be links to a website, gallery, document, video or anything else you’d like to show us.

Please remember to include any information we might need to access the link (for example, the password if it’s a private video)! And it’s really appreciated if you can be specific about what you want us to see – for example, we won’t realistically be able to watch 2-hour-long shows in full so please mention any key passages or sections you want to highlight 🙏

If you want to include work that doesn’t currently exist online anywhere, please upload it to a service like Dropbox, Vimeo, Google Drive or similar and then paste in the link. If you’re unsure how to do this, let us know and we’ll help you with the process.

Deadline: Monday 15 February 2021, 11.59pm

We will let you know by Tuesday 23 February if you have been shortlisted for the final stage of the application process. The shortlisting panel will be made up of a diverse group of artistsStrike A Light staff, representatives from partner organisations and community members. 


For reference: who is this opportunity for?

  • Artists who are excited about the possibility of developing their work in this brave new world, embrace change and would relish the chance to have a year to explore what works and what doesn’t
  • Artists who work in artforms that lend themselves well to a collaborative process, both in the creation and sharing
  • Artists who have an idea of who their work speaks to, is for or is created with. Artists who are interested in working with communities as part of their work. This can be communities of geography, interest or other common factors and how, when and why this engagement happens is decided by the artist.
  • Artists who want to base their work in Gloucester and/or Bristol. This does not mean that the artists cannot work elsewhere or work nationally over the year, but this opportunity is for artists who are excited about working in these places and want to focus their work there
  • Artists who work in a self-directed way, create their own projects and have a clear creative vision and practice. This vision and practice can still be developing but the artistic work of the year will be driven by the artist
  • Artists who have something to say, and particularly those who are under-heard and under-represented in the industry
  • Artists who are happy to share and articulate their experiences to support the research/ documentation aspect of the process. (We are sharing this idea as it develops with the wider industry)
  • Artists who want to use this year to build things which can support the sustainability of their career in future
  • Artists who feel that Strike A Light’s 7 principles are a good fit with their own ethos, values and way of working

For reference: the partners


For reference: the Stage 2 shortlisting criteria

The shortlisting for Stage 2 uses the same overall ideas as Stage 1 and the whole project:

  • Does this feel like a good fit for the artist and their work?
  • Would this artist and their work be a good fit for the purpose of the year e.g. are they in the right place to explore what happens if an artist has a year of paid time to lead their own creative work? To explore how that affects the work they make and the relationships they can build?
  • Does this artist’s work and values connect with the 7 principles such as ‘work with, not to’ https://strikealight.org.uk/2020/08/03/the-strike-a-light-recipe/
  • Does this artist’s work, process and plans align with the ‘Who is it for?’ information e.g. artists who want to base their work in Bristol and/or Gloucester etc. https://strikealight.org.uk/2021/01/26/let-artists-be-artists-stage-2-application/ 

The purpose of the shortlisting is to understand each artist better, what they create, how they work and what they want to do and then find the best fit with this particular project. It’s not about changing your work or plans to fit the process- it’s about finding the artists where this is the right thing for them, at the right time for them. 

For each question, the artists and partners reading your responses will be asked to consider particular things. We’ve put these below so you can see what they will be looking for when they read or watch your responses.

1. What is important to your practice as an artist?
What are your values and how do you like to work? You can use examples to illustrate this.

Shortlisting criteria will be:

  • Are there clear links between this artist’s practice and the 7 principles?
  • Does this artist’s practice demonstrate collaboration and/or community engagement?
  • Does this artist demonstrate that they have something to say and/or are underheard and under-represented in the industry?

2. How would you describe the work you create?
This can be about your process, as well as telling us more about shows, exhibitions, events or projects.

Shortlisting criteria will be:

  • Does this work excite you?
  • Are there clear links between this artist’s work and the 7 principles?
  • Does this artist’s work demonstrate potential for collaboration and/or community engagement?
  • Does this artist demonstrate that they have something to say and/or are underheard and under-represented in the industry?

3.     How would you approach this role?
You can include any ideas for what you would want to do and how you would want to work during the year. Please include information on how you want to base your work in Gloucester and/or Bristol. You don’t have to have a full plan for the year. This is about ideas and possibilities. 

Shortlisting criteria will be:

  • Can we/ the partnership support this effectively?
  • Are you excited by these possibilities?
  • Do these plans present potential for collaboration or community engagement in Bristol and/or Gloucester?
  • Do you feel the artist could confidently self direct this work?

4. Please tell us about your current work or plans for the next 12 months.
If you have projects or funding confirmed please tell us a bit about this and how you see it fitting in with the role.

Shortlisting criteria will be:

  • Do their current plans support the aim of a year of self directed creative work for an artist, to explore collaboration and working with communities in Bristol and/or Gloucester?

5. Full time or part time?
Please let us know whether you’re interested in the full time or part time role, or either – with a bit of explanation as to why.
Your preference for full-time or part-time won’t be part of the shortlisting criteria – there’s not a ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answer! It’s just so that we know which role you’re most interested in.

There isn’t a criteria for this, it’s for information.

Up to 3 examples of your work

Shortlisting criteria will be

  • Does this work excite you?
  • Are there clear links between this artist’s practice and the 7 principles?
  • Does this artist’s work demonstrate potential for collaboration and/or community engagement?
  • Do these examples back up the artist’s responses to question 2?

Full application form

Applications for Stage 2 are now closed!