Here we go – it’s actually happening! What started as a wishful idea back in summer 2020 is now a reality. Together with a group of fantastic partner organisations, we’ve been able to appoint 3 artists – 1 full-time and 2 part-time – to ‘just be artists’ for one year. It’s an experiment in a […]
We’re delighted to welcome Shenice and Halima as Associates in the Women Leaders South West scheme
We’re issuing an invitation to arts organisations and allies to meet on 23 February at 5pm to discuss the “heritage summit” called by Oliver Dowden, our potential collective response as arts organisations and to offer support if appropriate to the heritage sector.
This is the second in a short series of rants and resolutions about why charity boards/governance structures are often a pale imitation of what they should be, and what we intend to do to change that. ‘Decisions are made by those who [are able to] show up’ This time, we’ll look at how the practicalities […]
This is the first of a short series of rants and resolutions about why charity boards/governance structures are often a pale imitation of what they should be, and what we intend to do to change that. Why it matters Boards should be a big deal. In theory, they’re about the leadership of an entire organisation: […]
We’ve been working with the most *amazing* group of Youth Climate Activists over the last year or so. We went along to their Youth Strike 4 Climate and were instantly blown away by their knowledge, conviction, maturity, confidence and energy. In Gloucester they are a small but vocal minority and carry on with their protests […]
“Because if you believe in something, it’s believable”(C, aged 16) During lockdown, spring and summer 2020, we worked with a fabulous group of young people, alongside The Venture Project in White City, meeting weekly via Zoom, listening to and watching music videos together, and discussing thoughts, feelings and opinions on music, and life in general. […]
Hi, my name is Polly and I’m a 28 year old neurodiverse queer creative, community collaborator and events producer based in Gloucestershire. I’ve been working in the cultural sector for just over six years now running community programmes, workshops and events. The main artforms I produce and work within are Fine Art (especially printmaking and […]
We’ve been doing a lot of thinking and talking to people about what 2021 and beyond might look like for Strike A Light. We have spent the last few years bringing exceptional touring work to community spaces in the heart of the city and with the current situation that’s going to look different for a […]
A proposal for arts organisations to build a new normal, with artists and communities at its heart
Strike A Light’s response to #PullUpOrShutUp
We completely support the call for action for greater transparency regarding Black representation in the British Theatre industry.
We’re joining more than 100 other arts organisations across the UK to help establish a ‘freelance task force’ – one way of supporting freelancers working in the arts while in-person events can’t happen. The open letter that we’ve signed, and the support we’re giving This is a letter to self-employed and freelance theatre and performance […]
A conversation with theatre-maker, survivor activist & arts and mental health campaigner Viv Gordon
A conversation with actor, writer, director, rapper, beatboxer, singer and theatre-maker Conrad Murray
We want to hear from you about the sorts of events you’d love to see happen in Gloucester when we’re allowed back out again!
Hello lovely Strike A Light friends – hope you’re all OK. We miss seeing you! 😭 But while lockdown is in effect, we still want to find ways to share in amazing experiences with you. So here’s a quick selection of a few fantastic, free shows that you can enjoy from home this week: In […]
Since it first became apparent that the UK was not going to escape the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve felt the need to say…something about it, and about the relationship between culture and crisis. I guess we’re all – everybody – trying to orientate ourselves right now and saying stuff out loud can be part of how […]
(Updated 17 March- 11am) Following yesterday’s announcement from the government we have made the difficult decision to cancel all our shows and workshops this week. We will be contacting all audience members, participants and artists as soon as we can. You can choose to swap your ticket to a future Strike A Light event- we […]
Over the past few months we have been working with an *incredible* group of young climate activists from Gloucester who are part of ‘UKSCN Gloucester’ and organise the Youth Strikes for Climate in the City. Last month we supported the group to organise a fundraiser ‘Australia is Burning’ at Gloucester Guildhall, to raise funds for […]
Hi everyone, my name is Philippa and I am an Associate Producer for Strike A Light. I am currently working on a project called ‘co-creating change‘ which is an initiative to encourage everyone to work together to create something special for their communities. Gloucester has a thriving African and Caribbean community and as a member, […]
Last week I made a list of people to set up meetings with for a project. Because those meetings were with leaders of organisations, *there were more people called Richard on that list than there were women* It’s time for a new way of working. In the last few months two things happened. The Point […]
About three years ago, Alicia from Hawkwood and Emma Jane, our Co-Artistic Director, cooked up a cunning plan to offer artist residencies in the beautiful setting of Hawkwood, with producer support from Strike A Light. Like all residencies, working for a week at Hawkwood provides invaluable time and space for artists to develop their shows, […]
We have been working with Vinnie Heaven for the last few years and their show She’s A Good Boy began its development through a residency at Hawkwood. The show, about non-binary gender, was a reminder of the power of theatre. Young people were able to see someone like them on stage and went from thinking […]
Hello! I’m Scott and I’m the Events and Tech Intern here at Strike A Light and GL4. The job sounds like it covers a lot and that’s because it really does! I could be up scaffolding focussing a light one day and chatting to a venue manager trying to organise an event the next. I […]
Hi, I’m Ellie. Having lived in Gloucester for the majority of my life, you realise that there were very few opportunities for young creatives. So like the majority of Gloucester students at the time, I couldn’t wait to get out of here, and I packed my bags and went to London to study Professional Dance […]
Act 1. ‘There’s nothing going on in Gloucester’ Gloucester… is a dump. At least, that’s what Google’s autocomplete will tell you if you start typing in ‘Gloucester is…’ In a 2016 survey, students at the University of Gloucestershire were asked to name their single favourite thing about the city. The overwhelmingly top answer, the runaway […]
The Money by Kaleider at Gloucester Cathedral is one of those events we are definitely all going to be talking about for years to come. Eliott Sheppard was one of those lucky enough to watch as the drama of this unique, participatory show unfolded. “Bringing together a community from all different backgrounds has been something […]
Happy New Year! In 2020, we want to give you more ‘behind the scenes’ info from Strike A Light. We work with some amazing people and deliver projects which never make it onto our website pages, so “Friday Reads” is going to be a way for us to share more with you. Each Friday, we’ll […]
You’ve heard people saying the letters GDPR in hushed tones with panic stricken faces. You know it’s to do with data protection and something important you should be doing by 25 May. You may also have started reading through the ICO website and then decided at the line “standard data protection clauses in the form of template […]
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