Joined-Up: co-creation in our area (Gloucestershire & BANES)

πŸ—“ Tuesday 8 December, 5-7pm
πŸ“Œ LIVE, in-person at Knowle West Media Centre, Bristol, BS4 1NL
AND πŸ’» join online
🎟 FREE


Location

This will be a hybrid live and online event at Knowle West Media Centre; there will be 10 live spaces.


What to expect

Join Knowle West Media Centre and Strike A Light on 17 November between 5-7pm for a hybrid live and online event at Knowle West Media Centre.

We’d like to find out who is co-creating in our area, share stories of brilliant people working together creating positive social change and start to build a network of allies and co-creators in our region.

What you can expect:

  • a warm welcome
  • a live discussion around what is co-creation from KWMC and SAL with examples of what has worked and also what hasn’t
  • 4 x artists and community members sharing their stories of co-creation 
  • time to ask questions and share what you are working on
  • find out who else is co-creating in our region
  • have some soup (if you’re there live)
  • space to explore next steps, might this be the start of a regional network of co-creators, what might that look like?

The event is free and we have some bursaries to support travel/access/childcare. You need to book a ticket either to attend in person or digitally as places are limited.

We look forward to seeing you there.

KWMC and SAL

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Opportunities

Training and funding empowering women to be leaders in the arts


Women Leaders South West
Empowering Women of all Backgrounds to be Leaders in the Arts

Are you interested in the arts? Do you enjoy problem-solving or making things happen? We’re inviting 16 women to take part in a paid leadership programme that includes work placements, mentoring and training.


BSL: Women Leaders South West Call Out

The challenge

Women are under-represented at a leadership level across all art forms – in theatres, festivals, galleries, and museums. Racism, ableism, transphobia, homophobia, economic constraints and caring responsibilities also create barriers to career development and leadership opportunities. The Women Leaders South West programme aims to understand these barriers, develop tools to tackle them and remove some of the obstacles women face in becoming leaders in the arts. We want to challenge people’s ideas of what a leader is, support new ideas and voices, bring excellence, excitement and strength to the arts and learn together with women from all backgrounds.

The opportunity

We’re working with 8 other organisations across the South West to offer training and funding for women to take part in a leadership training programme.

Together, we’re looking for 16 women associates who we can support on their leadership journeys.

Photo of Kalkidan Legesse, founder of Sancho’s, at the Slow Fashion Show. Photographer: Emma Booth.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for 16 women associates. You may have creative ideas that you want to see happen for yourself or your community.

The programme as a whole is looking for applicants who are:

  • Passionate about arts and culture
  • Over 21 years old
  • Based in the South West region (Bournemouth, Christchurch Poole, Plymouth, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, Southampton, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Somerset, Gloucestershire, BANES & Bristol)
  • Rooted in their local community
  • Interested in developing new skills

You do not need a higher education qualification. You do need to have at least 2 years’ work experience (this does not have to have been in the arts).

We are particularly interested in working with women from groups who are most underrepresented at leadership level in the cultural sector, including disabled women. At Strike A Light specifically, we are especially keen to hear from women based in Gloucester from Black, Asian and Ethnically diverse backgrounds.

What can we offer?

  • A relationship with one of the partner arts organisations – to involve you in workplace experiences
  • Mentoring – a learning exchange with women associates and hosts
  • A Living Allowance/training bursary of Β£12,000 to cover ten months of training, paid in ten monthly instalments (or in line with your bespoke programme)
  • Additional support to meet your individual needs across the whole programme e.g. childcare, BSL interpretation, support worker, travel costs
  • Online and face-to-face training and career development opportunities with Southampton Business School
  • Connection with women from across the world through the WOW Foundation and Jude Kelly who started the organisation

What will you do?

Together we will design a flexible training programme equivalent to 10 months. You will either work intensively over a concentrated period, or you will work less intensively over an extended period.

Host organisation programme
You will be paired with one partner organisation who will be your host, but you will have the opportunity to work with the seven other arts organisations where possible.


During your time with a host you might:

  • shadow or work with existing women leaders
  • work on an existing project with your host or one of the other arts organisations
  • create your own arts project using our team as support, for example, an event, a workshop, a talk series
  • identify a need and work with us to create a new initiative
  • bring support and challenge to our team – helping us reflect and plan
  • enable someone else or a community to achieve something

Residencies and international symposium
You will need to attend one 3-day and one 2-day residency to research and learn about leadership. You will meet the other women leaders of the 8 host arts organisations. You will be part of an International Symposium. All of your costs to attend these events are paid for by the programme.

Online and face-to-face training with Southampton Business School
You will attend a series of seminars and lectures on topics such
as business planning, marketing and income generation. These will be online and face-to-face and will be timetabled between January 2021 and June 2022.

Meetings
You will attend 4 face-to-face meetings with other women in the cohort (16 women in total across the region).

When will you do it?

Your training programme will be scheduled between January 2021 and June 2022. We will be as flexible as we can to fit around your
commitments. We will work with you to design a programme and timeline that works best for you and your host partner.


Spring 2021 Residency at Dartington Hall in Devon
January 2021 – June 2022 Host Organisation Programme (equivalent of 10 months’ training, at any time in this 18-month period)
January 2021 – June 2022 Flexible learning delivered by Southampton Business School
January 2022 Evaluation residency (2 days)
Spring 2022 International Symposium (2 days)

How do I apply or nominate someone else?

We understand that people might not recognise their own leadership
potential so you can apply for yourself or you can nominate someone else or the programme. You MUST have permission from the person you are nominating.


Whether you are making an application for yourself or on behalf of
someone else, thank you for your interest and thank you for spreading the word about this opportunity.


You can apply directly to the programme via one of the hosts’ websites. You MUST name your preferred host organisation on the application form.


You can choose a host because a) they’re nearest to you b) because you share their vision or c) because you like their work.

Before you apply


Please check out our Frequently Asked Questions which we will update regularly and the full call out.

You can also contact one of the arts organisations via the contact information on their websites. Please include ‘Women Leaders South West’ in the subject of your email.


This call-out is available in BSL, large print and Audio versions.

BSL: Women Leaders South West Programme FAQs

Information Sessions
We are holding two information sessions for you to find out more about the programme, what we are looking for, how to apply and to ask any questions you might have.

Friday 6 November: 1pm
Tuesday 10 November: 6pm

These information sessions will be hosted via Zoom.

The other host organisations will also be holding information sessions – look out for dates on the organisation’s websites or sign up to the Women Leaders South West mailing list.

How to Apply

You must apply by the deadline of Monday 16th November 2020 at 9am.

You can apply in writing via the online form below or you can send us a video/ audio link that answers the application questions.

Click here to make an application
Click here to nominate someone else

You cannot save and return to the online form. We suggest completing the application questions in this word document in advance and pasting them into the form.

You must complete a very short and confidential monitoring form.

For video and audio applications complete your personal information on the forms above and paste a link to your video or audio file.


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Autumn 2020 distanced Coming up Events Lockdown

Of Earth And Sky

Of Earth and Sky has arrived in Gloucester!

Check out the full map of locations – all the places around Gloucester to find the giant letters, words and poems.

Keep an eye on #OfEarthAndSky to see people’s photos!


Large white letters saying Of Earth and Sky in a field with views over Gloucestershire.

πŸ—“ from 24 August
πŸ“ various outdoor locations across Gloucester (socially distanced)
🎟 FREE!

A brand new creation from Luke Jerram – the artist behind the giant moon at Gloucester Cathedral



Sneak peeks

See what the people of Gloucester have got to say – written out in giant letters across 20+ locations!


What to expect

From early September, huge words will appear in more than 20 different outdoor spaces across Gloucester.

The giant letters will spell out individual words, short sentences and poems sent in by Gloucester residents – and picked out by Luke Jerram and local spoken word performer JPDL.

Some of the words will be chalked into the landscape (Cerne Abbas Giant-style). Others will be more like the Hollywood sign – tall, white letters standing in parks, fields and hillsides around the city.

The locations have been selected to ensure social distancing is possible at all times!


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Delivered by:

In partnership with:

Supported by:

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Autumn 2020 distanced Events

Gloucester presents: White City x Conrad Murray x Lucy Wilcox

πŸ—“ August-November 2020

What happens when you team up a group of local residents with a pair of incredible artists (one from Gloucester, one touring)? That’s what ‘Gloucester presents…’ will find out!

We put a community producer and two brilliant artists in a room together, with some money and some time, and asked them to dream up some creative events or activities that local residents would love. They’re making plans right now, and we’re excited to see what they come up with!

Who’s involved?

Dawn and Caroline from The Venture

Community producers: Dawn and Caroline

Dawn and Caroline have worked in their community for a combined total of 44 years. They co-manage The Venture: White City – a community-based adventure playground that supports local children and families. The Venture has a culture of community engagement and active participation from people of all ages.

Gloucester artist: Lucy Wilcox

Lucy is a fantastic choir leader based in Gloucester.

Conrad Murray leant against a wooden box wearing a red and white baseball jacket and red cap.

Touring artist: Conrad Murray

Conrad is an actor, writer, director, rapper, beatboxer, singer and theatre-maker, who has led the BAC Beatbox Academy since 2008 and made a host of five-star shows. Conrad has a long history with Gloucester: he was instrumental in setting up Beats in GL4; his shows Denmarked and High Rise eState of Mind have come to Matson, and Frankenstein raised the roof at the Rooftop Festival.

Where’s it happening?

There are community meetings planned to take place at The Venture, White City.

Want to get involved?

If you’re a resident of White City, we’d love for you to be part of these conversations. Just drop us a line!

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Autumn 2020 distanced Events

Gloucester presents: Barton & Tredworth x Halima Malek

πŸ“… August-November 2020

What happens when you team up a group of local residents with a pair of incredible artists (one from Gloucester, one touring)? That’s what ‘Gloucester presents…’ will find out!

We put a community producer and two brilliant artists in a room together, with some money and some time, and asked them to dream up some creative events or activities that local residents would love. They’re making plans right now, and we’re excited to see what they come up with!

Who’s involved?

Community producer: Aysha Randera

Aysha is a mum of 5 who runs Barton & Tredworth’s Friendship Cafe.

Halima Malek reading

Gloucester artist: Halima Malek

Halima Malek is a Gloucester-based artist and makeup artist whose parents originated from India. She uses words and poems to heal and express herself. She was one of several women invited to read for International Women’s Day at St Mary de Crypt church. She works closely with the Indian and Muslim communities in Gloucester.

Malaika Kegode

Touring artist: Malaika Kegode

Malaika is a poet, promoter and workshop facilitator; she is assistant producer for Blahblahblah, the longstanding poetry event at Bristol Old Vic, and is founder and director of Milk Poetry. She has performed around the UK at a number of celebrated venues, festivals and poetry events, including Tongue Fu, WOMAD, Boomtown Festival and BBC at the Edinburgh Festival. Photo credit: Chelsey Cliff

Where’s it happening?

There are community meetings planned to take place at the Friendship Cafe.

Want to get involved?

If you’re a resident of Barton & Tredworth, we’d love for you to be part of these conversations. Just drop us a line!

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Autumn 2020 distanced Events

Gloucester presents: Barton & Tredworth x Valerie Simms x Yomi Sode

πŸ—“ August-October 2020

What happens when you team up a group of local residents with a pair of incredible artists (one from Gloucester, one touring)? That’s what ‘Gloucester presents…’ will find out!

We put a community producer and two brilliant artists in a room together, with some money and some time, and asked them to dream up some creative events or activities that local residents would love. They’re making plans right now, and we’re excited to see what they come up with!

Who’s involved?

Michelle Macfarlaine

Community producer: Michelle Macfarlaine

Michelle is a hairdresser based in Barton & Tredworth, where she’s also involved with the running of the fantastic All Nations Community Centre.

Gloucester artist: Valerie Simms

Valerie has worked as a fashion designer in Gloucester and Gloucestershire, organising and participating in fashion exhibitions both as a performer and as a choreographer. She has also designed costumes for a wide range of local production organisations.

Touring artist: Yomi Sode

Yomi Sode is a Nigerian British writer, performer and facilitator. Shortlisted for a Jerwood Compton 2017 Poetry Fellowship, his show Coat has been programmed at the Southbank Centre, the Roundhouse and here in Gloucester to sold-out audiences.

His writing has been published in Rialto Magazine, Bare lit and 10: Poets of the New Generation.

Where’s it happening?

There are community meetings planned to take place at the All Nations Community Centre.

Want to get involved?

If you’re a resident of Barton & Tredworth, we’d love for you to be part of these conversations. Just drop us a line!

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Autumn 2020 distanced Events

A giant, floating earth – Luke Jerram’s ‘Gaia’

πŸ—“ 13 October-1 November
πŸ“Œ Gloucester Cathedral, GL1 2LX
🎟 Day Time Tickets FREE – entry by donation
πŸ’° Evening Tickets Β£5 – all tickets need to be booked in advance


Location


Sneak peeks


What to expect

Gloucester Cathedral and Ecclesiastical Insurance Group are delighted to announce that Gaia will take up residence in the cathedral nave between Tuesday 13 October and Sunday 1 November 2020. 

A touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram, Gaia measures seven metres in diameter and features detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface offering an extraordinary opportunity to see our home planet at scale.

A specially made surround sound composition by BAFTA award winning Composer Dan Jones is played alongside the sculpture. In Greek Mythology Gaia is the personification of the Earth.

This will be the second time that Luke has exhibited at the Cathedral following last year’s hugely popular Museum of the Moon which attracted over 70,000 visitors. Luke said: β€œIt’s an honour to present my work in Gloucester Cathedral again and wonderful that we’ve been able to programme it to coincide with my the poetry installation β€˜Of Earth and Sky’ whch will be installed across the city at the same time!”


Awesome people who are making this event possible πŸ™πŸŽ‰

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Archive Events

I Stand For What I Stand On

πŸ—“ Sat 17 October, 7:30pm
πŸ“Œ LIVE, in-person at Gloucester Cathedral, GL1 2LX
and πŸ’» LIVE-STREAMED on our YouTube channel

Booking information

🎟 In-person tickets are now SOLD OUT
but you can tune in to the livestream for free πŸ™ŒπŸŽ‰
No booking required – just keep an eye on our YouTube channel. Preview coming soon!


Location

The performance will be live-streamed on this site and on the Strike A Light YouTube channel.


Sneak peeks


What to expect

In 2019 Strike A Light met the Gloucester youth climate strikers.

We met them shouting in the streets.

They were a small group of extraordinary young people from Gloucester aged 13-17.

Protesting with banners and their voices.

Shouting for their future.

Shouting in the wind.

Shouting to survive.

Shouting words of wisdom and shouting speeches beautifully crafted that would put many politicians to shame, they were often met with abuse.

Over the last three months this small group have been meeting over Zoom and in person to create a new performance with director/writer Anna Himali Howard.

I Stand For What I Stand on.

This intimate performance, a work in progress, using ABBA, cardboard signs and their thoughts and fears about the current pandemic and the impending climate crisis will all be played out under Luke Jerram’s GAIA at Gloucester Cathedral.


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Please note:

  • This is a work-in-progress sharing and not a finished piece. We will invite you to share your thoughts with us to help with the development of the performance in the future.
  • The performance includes strong language which may not be suitable for younger children.
  • This performance will be live streamed on our YouTube channel.
  • Covid safe procedures will be in place. Further details will be sent in advance.

This event will be captioned using The Difference Engine.

Someone holding an iPad that shows the difference engine app. The screen has two options on it, captioning and DE Feedback.
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Autumn 2020 distanced Events

The World Awakens

πŸ—“ 29 October, various times
πŸ“ Gloucester Cathedral, GL1 2LX
🎟 90 spaces per performance. Tickets FREE – entry by donation (must be booked in advance)


Location


Sneak peeks

Step inside the huge hall at Gloucester Cathedral; walk underneath and stare up at a huge, floating planet Earth; then listen

The huge, floating Earth: ‘Gaia’

Car park classical music – The Multi-Story Orchestra (in pre-Covid times)


What to expect

The Multi-Story Orchestra (MSO) are famous around the world for performing beautiful, classical music…in high rise car parks around the UK.

The World Awakens is a ‘virtual performance’ of a brand new piece of music that MSO have made with pupils from schools in Gloucester.

It’s a digital orchestra – with each instrument and voice recorded separately, in people’s homes and schools, during isolation – and now all the parts are being combined together for the big finale.

Making the piece has involved The Multi-Story Orchestra, three opera soloists and a virtual choir formed of hundreds of young people and community groups from Gloucester and Southwark.

Join us on 29 October 2020 to hear the whole performance and to watch a digital animation by Mary Martins set to its soundtrack.


Credits

The World Awakens is a brand-new work by composer Kate Whitley, with text by Laura Attridge. It is the final movement of Our Future In Your Hands – commissioned by Buxton International Festival and The Royal Over-Seas League.

Composer: Kate Whitley
Text: Laura Attridge 
Animation: Mary Martins
Sound Engineer: Steve Pycroft 

Soloists
Kate Royal: soprano
Sarah-Jane Lewis: soprano
Matthew Rose: bass

Commissioned by Buxton International Festival and The Royal Over-Seas League.

Funded by: Arts Council England, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Esmee Fairburn Foundation, The Hilden Charitable Fund, John and Susan Bowers Fund, Southwark Music Service, Fitton Trust.

Participating Schools:
Highnam C of E Primary Academy, Gloucester
Newent Community School, Gloucester
St Peter’s High School, Gloucester
Harris Primary Academy Peckham Park
John Donne Primary School, Peckham
Kender Primary School Lewisham
Peckham Academy of Music
Peckham Free School
St Thomas’ the Apostle School, Peckham


Awesome people who are making this event possible πŸ™πŸŽ‰

This performance was created by The Multi-Story Orchestra in collaboration with Strike A Light – supported by Gloucester Cathedral and Gloucester Culture Trust.

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Autumn 2020 distanced Events

Fashion Show

πŸ—“ Date TBC
πŸ“Œ Venue TBC
🎟 Tickets TBC


What to expect

During October, the Co-Creating team will be producing a fashion show using dance, wearable art and music to tell a story of a journey through time. The show begins with the Windrush and ends with life as we know it today.

The show will feature work from Dani Harris-Walters (Choreographer), Gloucester-based youth dance group Ambitions, designer Valarie Simms, DJ and hairstylists Emanuel Bello and Michelle Macfarlaine – all directed and produced by Philippa Smith.

It’s a family event that will appeal to all ages. This is the group’s first ever creative fashion event and we plan to launch with a blast.


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