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Artist callout: paid project in Gloucester

We’re looking for a brilliant artist to work alongside Gloucester residents over the course of a year

The brief
• £5,500 fee
• 36 days spread over 1 year
• For an embedded artist to work with residents in Westgate Street, Gloucester

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about the role
details and FAQs
how to apply

What are we looking for?

A brilliant artist to embed in the Westgate Street community in Gloucester, finding and amplifying stories in the area.

You’ll work alongside residents, a community producer and a local artist to uncover the stories of Westgate Street – historic, social and lived – to celebrate the role and importance of this historic area.

We want you to listen and respond to the needs of the community, and to engage and inspire people through the arts.

Who should apply?

This project will be a good fit for you if you:

  • work in artforms that are well-suited to a collaborative process, both in the creation and sharing
  • have a clear idea of who your work speaks to, is for or is created with
  • are interested in working with communities as part of your work
  • work in a self-directed way, create your own projects and have a clear creative vision and practice
  • have something to say – and particularly if you are are under-heard or under-represented in the industry
  • feel that Strike A Light’s 7 principles are a good fit with your own ethos, values and way of working

Details and FAQs

What’s the project that this role is part of?

You’ll be working as part of the High Street Heritage Action Zone (!) project in Gloucester – basically, an effort to revitalise the Westgate area of the city through its heritage.

Westgate is one of the oldest and best preserved areas of Gloucester and the main commercial route linking the cathedral to the rest of the city. One of four original Roman routes, Westgate links the spectacular medieval cathedral to the rest of the city. Its array of stunning historic buildings includes the 15th century timber-framed Fleece Inn and Judges’ Lodgings. 

Following a successful bid to Historic England, a local consortium of organisations – Cathedral Quarter Gloucester (CQG) – is developing and delivering schemes transforming and restoring disused and dilapidated buildings into new homes, shops, workplaces, restoring local historic character and improving public spaces.

The residency programme has been established as part of High Street Heritage Action Zone programme to increase the range and number of Gloucester residents engaging with artistic and creative activities inspired by the heritage of the area.

Westgate Street, Gloucester

How long is the contract for?

You’ll spend 36 days on this project, starting as soon as possible after November 2021 and running over the course of a year. 

It’s up to you exactly how this time is spent. It could be 1 day a week or be more concentrated over particular months or around activities you plan.

What’s the fee?

£5,500

All staff working on the project – the artist in residence, local artist, community producer etc – will be paid at the same rate.

We have a budget of £2,000 to support any events or activities you might want to organise. There will also be additional budget from the wider project that may be made available to you – exact amounts and details are yet to be agreed.


What do you want me to make? 

There are no specific outcomes that have been decided. You don’t have to do a specific number of projects or shows and can choose how you create with the community. 

How do you want me to work?

In a co-created way that shifts the balance of power and listens and responds to the needs of the community.

The Cathedral Quarter HQ, a former shop unit at 21 Westgate Street, will be available as a base for you to work from and there are other community spaces within the zone that can be utilised for activities and events such as ‘The Folk of Gloucester’ building.

What outcomes are you hoping for? 

We would love to see:

  • you as an artist get to make something that you’re excited about and proud of!
  • residents – including those who have not engaged with the work of Strike A Light before and who are not regular arts attenders – are excited about the project
  • local communities engage with Westgate and celebrate the role and importance of this historic area
  • you using your knowledge and creativity to make the best use of pop-up cultural spaces on Westgate, contributing to the increase in the footfall
  • Westgate residents building civic pride, better wellbeing, more confidence and new skills
  • work happening in partnership with local organisations and across different disciplines (arts, heritage, regeneration, communities, economic development)

Who will I be working with

Most importantly, the community of Westgate Street in Gloucester.

Many of the people you’ll be working with are adults in challenging situations, or with additional needs – so it’s important that you’re able to work in a way that’s suitable to their circumstances.

Of course, there are lots of different groups you might want to connect with – such as elderly residents, or local independent businesses. If you want to understand more about the area and the people you might want to include in your work, get in touch with us and we’ll happily chat things through with you.

You’ll also collaborate with the Community Producer and a local artist. They’ll work alongside you, providing additional capacity, local knowledge and their own practice.

What do you mean by a Community Producer?

A Community Producer is a local resident willing to take on paid creative and organisational tasks regarding the co-creational activities. The Community Producer initiates and delivers creative projects in collaboration with the local community and with professional support from SAL.

What do you mean by a local artist?

Just what it sounds like! A creative practitioner based in or near Gloucester. Of course, both residency roles can absolutely be for local artists – but we have made sure that at least one is ringfenced specifically for practitioners based in or near Gloucester.


If you have more questions, please contact our producer Milan Govedarica: producer@strikealightfestival.org.uk 


How to apply

We think carefully about how our application processes work. There are two things that are really important to us in this one:

  1. we want to make job applications better for artists – easier to do, fairer and less stressful!
  2. we want to devolve decision-making power over to the residents and communities who you’ll be working with

We have tried to create this recruitment process with that in mind:

Stage 1: written application

Simply tell us: 

  • Very briefly about you, your work and the way you like to work
  • Which of Strike A Light’s 7 principles do you particularly connect with and why?
  • What interests you about the Westgate Street residency? 
  • Your proposed approach and what might you offer local residents during your time in Gloucester?

And send us 3 links to your work – this could be a website, gallery or video.

Share your answers and links with us in:

  • No more than 1,000 words
  • Maximum 6 minute video or audio file 

The deadline for applications is 31 October 2021

Stage 2: a day in Gloucester (paid)

3 artists will be selected for Stage 2: a paid invitation to spend a day in Gloucester walking, talking and eating with residents and partners.

If you are selected for stage 2, you will:

  1. Arrive on the previous evening or first thing in the morning
  2. Get a tour of the area
  3. Meet key partners and have a conversation about the project and about Gloucester
  4. Meet community members and talk about you, the way you work and your ideas for the residency. You’ll eat food together and exchange ideas.

We’ll pay you for your time: £250, plus overnight accommodation and £100 toward travel.

This will take place 16-18 November 2021.

If you would like to apply via a different format, please get in touch to arrange this.