• £5,500 fee
• 36 days spread over 1 year
• For an artist based in or near Gloucester to work with residents in Westgate Street
• Application deadline: Monday 10 January 2022
What are we looking for?
A brilliant artist (based in or near Gloucester) 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 another 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:
- are based in or near Gloucester, know the area and have good local connections
- 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.
How long is the contract for?
You’ll spend 36 days on this project, starting as soon as possible after February 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?
All staff working on the project – both artists, 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.
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 collaborate with the Community Producer and other 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.
How do you want me to work with the other artist on the project?
You’ll be one of two professional artists involved in the project. Precisely how you collaborate will be up to you to decide – how you feel happy working, what suits you etc – but your creative practice will run alongside the other artist’s creative practice to create something exciting with the residents in the area.
Artist RM Sánchez-Camus has recently been appointed as the other artist. His practice incorporates community co-authorship into installation, performance, and text with a focus on co-creation, participation, psychogeography, and community wellbeing.
Why is it only open to artists based in or near Gloucester?
There are two artist roles as part of this project. We felt it was important to ensure one of these roles was specifically ring-fenced for an artist with local knowledge and connections.
If you have more questions, please contact our producer Milan Govedarica: firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
- we want to make job applications better for artists – easier to do, fairer and less stressful!
- 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:
Step 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?
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 Monday 10 January 2022
Step 2: a day in Gloucester (paid)
3 artists will be selected for step 2: a paid invitation to spend a day in Gloucester walking, talking and eating with residents and partners.
If you are selected for step 2, you will:
- Arrive first thing in the morning
- Get a tour of the area
- Interview with key partners to tell them about your work and experience and ask any questions you may have. Plus an ‘artist freestyle’ (see below).
- Interview with community members to talk about you, the way you work and your ideas over lunch and a repeat of the ‘artist freestyle’.
Artist Freestyle – up to 15 mins
Share something that gives an insight into your practice and you as an artist. It can be as creative as you want – a talk, an exercise, a play, a film – just something that helps us connect with you and your practice.
We’ll pay you for your time: £250, plus a contribution toward travel.
This will take place 1 – 3 February 2022.
If you would like to apply via a different format, please get in touch to arrange this.