Are you aged between 18-30 and based in Gloucester?
Are you an emerging artist/creative with an interest in making a positive impact in your community?
Would you like to take part in a new, paid, short term scheme with training, delivered by Strike A Light?
What is it?
Strike A Light would like to support 4 young emerging artists/creatives, based in Gloucester between December 2021 and March 2022 to develop and deliver a creative idea that:
helps to connect people
engages with those who may have less opportunity to get involved in creative activities
What we will offer:
A fee of £1920, based on £120 a day for 16 days.
A budget of up to £500 for materials/costs to deliver your idea
An artist mentor to support you with your idea and help make it a reality
Access to the wider Strike A Light team, helping you think about what being a community artist can do and be.
A project manager to support you through the process.
How do you apply?
Share your ideas with us. Please let us know:
What you want to do?
Who is it for?
How it will connect people?
What you need to make it happen?
This can be a written proposal (no longer than 1000 words), or a video (no longer than 3 minutes). If this application process doesn’t work for you then please email email@example.com to arrange an alternative.
Please send your ideas to us by Tuesday November 9 2021
We will let you know whether your idea has been successful by November 19 2021.
We particularly welcome applications from those from under-represented groups in the creative sector. We are also particularly interested in projects that can engage with communities in White City, Matson and Robinswood.
We’re transforming the giant sports hall at GL1 into a unique performance venue for one night only.
You’ll come in through a normal-looking leisure centre – but then our team will lead you down a side corridor, through a set of double doors…and you’ll step into a vast, dark space that will start to fill with incredible, stirring live music.
The music – called Our Future In Your Hands – will be performed by a full orchestra and will sound EPIC: big, dramatic, swelling, cinematic strings and voices that make the hair on the back of your neck stand up…
This is NOT a stuffy classical concert. The evening will be super relaxed:
the musicians perform in hoodies, jeans, trainers (not tuxedos)
you can grab a seat wherever you want – there’ll be mats down the front for kids to sit on if they want to get right up close
make as much noise as you like – clap, cheer, whistle. Dance, if you feel like it!
We’ve even managed to smuggle a bar into the sports hall. And you can eat and drink during the performance if you want.
A huge sports centre at the end of Eastgate Street. It’s only a few minutes’ walk from Gloucester Station or, if you’re driving, there’s a small car park at GL1, or there’s parking nearby in Eastgate or King’s Walk car parks. There are plenty of places to get food nearby if you want to grab dinner while you’re out.
GL1 Leisure Centre Bruton Way Gloucester, GL1 1DT
Who will enjoy it
Great for anyone who likes:
unique nights outtrying new thingsstirring musicinspirational young peopleincredibly skilled musiciansimmersive experiencesevents in unusual placesviolins?!
Freelance maternity cover January–July 2022 3 hours/week delivery, Weds evenings (excluding planning time) Rate of pay: £140/week (term time only)
We’re looking for a fantastic freelance youth theatre practitioner to help run our Youth Theatre sessions. We need a Lead Practitioner to deliver on Wednesday evenings, during term-time, for two groups of young people.
You’ll get to work with a brilliant bunch of young people and practitioners – and be part of our efforts to find different, better ways to ‘do’ the arts.
We want the young people we engage with to be the driving force behind the development of their Youth Theatre. As the Lead Youth Theatre Practitioner, you’ll play an important part in shaping this inclusive offer.
We’re looking for practitioners with a real commitment to enabling young people to fulfil their potential.
The role is offered as freelance maternity cover from January 2022-July 2022. 3 hours/week delivery (excluding planning time)
Rate of pay: £140/week (term time only)
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
Plan and deliver engaging and accessible weekly sessions on Wednesday evenings (during term time) for two groups in Gloucester
Work with young people aged 11-18 in creating new engaging and dynamic performances across the City
Help manage the space and keep young people aware of personal space/social distancing where necessary
Liaise with the participation team and assistant Youth Theatre practitioners in weekly plans and developments.
Create newsletters of Strike A Light events, monthly participation information for parents and young people.
Collate material for evaluation through different forms of media.
Work within Strike A Light policies, including Health & Safety, Child Protection and Equalities
Participate in organisation meetings and events as required
Attend relevant training as and when required
Positively represent Strike A Light at events
We are looking for someone who:
Is enthusiastic about this opportunity
Has experience in Youth Theatre participation
Is dynamic in approach to working with young people
Has a good level of written and spoken English
Is confident using a computer – in particular email, Mailchimp and social media
Is an out-of-the-box thinker
How to apply
Please send us:
an Equal Opportunities monitoring form
and an Expression of Interest (maximum 2 sides of A4) covering the following information:
What experience do you have within the creative sector, through education, clubs or voluntary activities?
What excites you about your work?
Why do you think you are the person we are looking for to undertake this role?
What do you expect to be the challenges of this work?
“In a climate emergency, what is the role of an arts organisation? How can we create an environmental responsibility policy and action plan which is meaningful?”
🗓 Tuesday 2 November, 1pm 💻 Online (via Zoom)
Our board and staff team are working on our environmental responsibility plan and we want it to be more than just a policy about recycling paper in the office. We’d love to chat to other people about how they’re approaching this kind of work and hear about different, bold or experimental approaches from the arts and from other sectors.
If you have experiences, opinions or ideas you could share with us in the workshop we’d love to hear from you. You might:
be an artist or company that has navigated making carbon neutral or net zero work
have worked on a project which has done things differently when it comes to environmental responsibility
have experience or knowledge of leading an organisation through environmental sustainability or climate justice work
Why workshop sessions?
Earlier this year, we outlined our new approach to our governance: how decisions are made about how Strike A Light is run, and how we could make sure that more voices were heard in this
Like a lot of arts organisations, Strike A Light is a charity and so our board of trustees meet regularly throughout the year to oversee, advise and support the running of the organisation. We want to open up this process and have written a couple of blogs about why we think change is vital for us and across the sector.
In short, we will move the primary focus of our governance activity to workshops rather than board meetings – where artists, communities and industry work alongside board members to directly influence and support Strike A Light’s approach.
Rather than a single, static board who feel they have to drive the strategy and make decisions on every topic, this arrangement provides dynamic support and skills for the governance of Strike A Light.
We’ll be doing a workshop on a different topic every three months and each different workshop will involve quite different groups of people.
There will be a combination of trustees, freelancers, arts professionals, professionals from other industries, community members and artists.
The size, make-up and dynamics of each group will change to best reflect the workshop topic.
How does it work?
If you have knowledge, experience or a professional interest in this topic and are interested in being part of the workshop on Tuesday 2 November, then just drop us an email to let us know who you are and why you’re keen and we’ll be in touch with more details about the workshop and so you can ask any questions.
The workshop in November will take place on Zoom, will be informal discussions and last for 1 hour and 15 mins.
Workshop attendees can be paid for their time. We know there’s an issue with asking freelancers, artists etc to put in unpaid time. After the workshop you can invoice us for £75 towards your time. Alternatively you can choose to donate your time as a trustee would. You don’t need to tell us which you’re opting for – just send us an invoice afterwards, or don’t.
There’s flexibility to the time commitment. You might attend future workshops too if you feel you can contribute to several topics, but equally you might just attend the one workshop that’s your bag.
Workshop formats can vary to suit attendees and topic e.g. we can do one small group discussion or a structured activity with breakout sessions etc.
Options for digital or hybrid meetings give much greater opportunities to work with people from across the country or even internationally. We’re planning this workshop on zoom. If you’re local to Gloucester and would prefer to meet in person for a chat on the topic or would prefer a one to one phone call we can do that too.
We hope these sessions will also give people an opportunity to find out more about how the Strike A Light board works, meet trustees and demystify the governance process.
“In 2019, I was arrested as part of the October XR rebellion outside Whitehall. It was the day before my birthday. I didn’t particularly want to be arrested and I have mixed feelings about the efficacy of it as a way of protest but I felt out of options.
I’ve stood for the Green Party several times, marched, shouted, signed petitions and done some stuff; probably not enough. I often feel like I am the conscience at work and the voice of doom around climate and our behaviours. To be clear: I do not always practise what I preach, definitely not. But having some awareness of it makes for uncomfortable living.”
Since 2019, I have been lucky enough to be working with a brilliant group of young climate activists from Gloucester. I met this group of striking young climate activists shouting in the streets.
They are a small group of extraordinary young people aged 14-18. Protesting with banners and their voices and shouting for their future with words of wisdom and speeches beautifully crafted that would put many politicians to shame, they were often met with abuse.
We offered them some office space to hold their meetings in and two years later we have co-created a new live show with them co-written by them and writer/director Anna Himali Howard.
It feels more meaningful to me than being arrested and a better use of my skills. It’s going on tour in October/November this year and we’re all coming up to COP 26 to perform the show and be present for the conference.
I stand for what I stand on is a live show performed by four young climate activists from Gloucester and a global digital cast. The show is performed directly to each audience member through headphones with original sound and digital design. Drawing on autobiographical experiences, a love of Harry Styles and Abba, an extraordinary understanding of the climate crisis and using cardboard protest signs, I stand for what I stand on share’s the young international casts’ thoughts and fears about the impending climate crisis and explores the reality of being a teenager and growing up in the shadow of the climate emergency.
I read the final draft on a train journey this week and I laughed out loud and cried. I’m proud of lots of the work that I have been involved in but this is maybe the one I’m most proud of.
Apart from helping make this brilliant show, I’m not sure what else? What else to do and who else to talk to. I know that there is loads of brilliant stuff going on and I don’t want us to reinvent the wheel.
We’d like to connect with other artists/arts organisations/people in Glasgow when we’re up there. People who are thinking about their work, young people, co-creation, the climate emergency and actually what the fuck do we do?
We had three brilliant away days at Strike A Light last week and we started talking about our response to the climate emergency. Frankly it was uncomfortable. Not because we don’t care – we do – but it’s overwhelming and scary and loaded with bombshells.
One of our producers said that “it feels like posh white people talk about it and it annoys me; I know that it shouldn’t but it does”.
I am definitely one of those ‘posh white people’ and I get it. I get it can be annoying and seriously depressing. At the end of the session it was suggested that we did something to cheer us all up. I said that maybe it was ok to sit with discomfort; it’s real.
We also all agreed that we felt passionately about I stand for what I stand on and the support that we want to give to the brave young people who have made this show and literally feel that they are fighting for their future. That did cheer us up.
So in summary; I don’t have any answers. I feel sad and frustrated a lot of the time. I’m bursting with pride that we have genuinely co-created a performance with some amazing young people. We’d love to meet up with you in Glasgow if you’re there. Maybe organise an event, have a conversation, share some ideas, cry together but essentially be together in this, be a community.
I’ve lifted some text from I stand for what I stand on. It says it so much better than I can.
Everyone in their lives inevitably runs into something that they can’t deal with alone, or faces an issue that is affecting many people…We realised that climate change is not an isolated issue, there are so many other factors that contribute to how heavily you are affected by it, like social class, race, gender, age. In order to tackle climate change there are so many other issues that simultaneously need to be addressed. You as individuals may have interests and goals too, issues you care about that you’d love to take action on, but on your own you don’t know where to start. You need to make connections and find people who share the same view, or even convince someone to change theirs.
A community allows you to give and receive care, to look after one another and to have people to rely on. We need these local and global communities to be stronger than ever as we face the impacts of the climate crisis. Living life only doing things for yourself is difficult and needless, and the world would be such a better place if we all communicated more and cared for each other.”
Strike A Light are seeking an artist to create a ZINE sharing the story of the making of and impact of our new show I stand for what I stand on.
🔥 Create a Zine 🔥 £1500 set fee 🔥 Immediate start
I stand for what I stand on is a live show performed by four young climate activists from Gloucester and a global digital cast. It is touring nationally in October/ November 2021. The show is performed directly to each audience member through headphones with original sound and digital design. Drawing on autobiographical experiences, a love of Harry Styles and Abba, an extraordinary understanding of the climate crisis and using cardboard protest signs,
I stand for what I stand on shares the young international cast’s thoughts and fears about the impending climate crisis and explores the reality of being a teenager and growing up in the shadow of the climate emergency.
Why a zine?
At Strike a Light we are thinking about how we evaluate our work and want to think about how we embed artists in that process. We want to have something that we can share with others that charts the process and tells the story of a project from an artist’s perspective.
What are we looking for?
An experienced zine maker, who can work independently and ideally has some knowledge of the climate emergency and why young people are rising up and speaking out.
We would like someone to attend some rehearsals as an onlooker, attend the show, speak to the cast, speak to some audience members and create a zine that we can share with funders, arts organisations and the public that tells the story of how this show was made and what impact it has had.
When is this happening?
We are looking for someone to make an immediate start! Rehearsals are taking place 6, 7, 8 October with the tour taking place throughout October (You will need to attend some of the rehearsals and one performance on the tour).
What does it feel like to march for the planet when you’re just a normal teenager?
What to expect
An intimate performance, I Stand For What I Stand On features a live cast of 4 young climate strikers from Gloucester and a digital cast of global young activists. The show is performed directly to each audience member through headphones with original sound and digital design.
Drawing on autobiographical experiences, a love of Harry Styles and ABBA, an extraordinary understanding of the climate crisis and using cardboard protest signs, I Stand For What I Stand On shares the young international cast’s thoughts and fears about the impending climate crisis and explores the reality of being a teenager and growing up in the shadow of the climate emergency.
The show is fully captioned for d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences.
Such important work and some really moving moments
Viv Gordon, theatremaker
The biggest ever congratulations!! That was so incredible – we’re absolutely blown away and so grateful that it was live streamed so we could watch it!
That was so, so powerful, thank you so much
Hetty Hodgson, theatremaker
In 2019, Strike A Light met a group of striking young climate activists from Gloucester, shouting in the streets.
They were a small group of extraordinary young people aged 14-18. Protesting with banners and their voices. Shouting for their future and shouting in the wind. Shouting to survive. Shouting words of wisdom and shouting beautifully crafted speeches that would put many politicians to shame, they were often met with abuse.
Strike A Light offered them some office space to hold their meetings and two years later, co-created a new live show with them. I Stand For What I Stand On is that show.
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
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 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?
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.
The number 1 thing people wanted was a chance to share practice, learn about each other’s projects and meet others who are co-creating. Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC) and Strike A Light invite you to do just that.
The event will be an opportunity to:
Find out who else is actively working on co-creation in the South West
Hear about different projects
Have more in depth conversations sharing what’s worked and what hasn’t
Develop the ideas suggested at the last event for what a SW network could look like
This online event is for anyone who is already working with co-created practice, free to attend and will be captioned.