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General Manager

Strike A Light are looking for someone to join us as General Manager, one day a week. If you’re enthusiastic about beautifully organised admin, like being the go-to person in a small team and enjoy setting up systems to get stuff done, we’d love to hear from you. 

About you

You might not have worked in the arts before but may have worked in a similar role in a small business, a charity or voluntary organisation. We’re looking for people who:

  • Have a solid understanding of finance, HR and admin processes for smaller scale organisations
  • Are excited by Strike A Light’s work and want to help make it happen
  • Are keen to be part of a small team where you can shape and set up working processes 
  • Can use their initiative, put in ideas and manage their own workload

Salary and contract

The role is offered on a 1 day a week basis, £27,000 pro rata (0.2 FTE). We’re happy to discuss flexible working arrangements e.g. whether this work is carried out on the same day each week or split over 2-3 days to fit around other commitments. The majority of the Strike A Light team work Tuesday-Thursday and so working time on at least one of these days would be ideal. 

Remote working is definitely possible- the Strike A Light team works mostly from home- but some time with the staff team and in the office would be useful, for example joining away days or planning meetings, and can be mutually agreed.

This is a new post so the role is offered on a one year contract initially and then will be reviewed with the post-holder as the organisation develops to ensure it’s still the right structure, number of days etc.

Working at Strike A Light


The general manager will be reporting to and supported by the Executive Director, Christina, as well as working with the wider team. We’ve been lucky to have Emma working with us over the last 6 months offering general management support, setting up systems and helping define this role. Emma will also be offering several days of handover for the new person in post.

Gloucester is a diverse city and we value having a range of experiences and perspectives to make things better. We want our staff team to be reflective of Gloucester’s diversity and welcome applications from Black, Asian and ethnically diverse candidates. 

All the Strike A Light team are dedicated and passionate about their work but we understand that work is only part of who you are, so we are flexible about working patterns and ask questions about how we do things, to try and make the best working environment we can. As this post is part time it may be that you’re returning to work or balancing it with caring commitments. We’d like you to feel you can have conversations with us about what you’d need to make this work for you.


Deadline for applications Wednesday 21 April

To apply please send your CV, monitoring form and a cover letter (maximum 2 sides of A4) to info@strikealightfestival.org.uk.

(Please include your full name in the attachment file names).

If you would like to apply via a different format (e.g audio or video) please get in touch to arrange this info@strikealightfestival.org.uk.

Please complete the above monitoring form and send it with your CV and cover letter. This information will be separated from your application and is used for monitoring purposes only, not as part of the shortlisting process.

Interviews will take place on Tuesday 4 May

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Marketing and Admin Assistant: Internship

Are you interested in shows, festivals or events?
Do you enjoy meeting new people?
Would you like to work in marketing or the arts?

We’re looking for an intern to work with and support our team to contribute to effective marketing and the smooth running of projects, shows and other events. The internship will also provide you with the opportunity to develop skills and learn more about marketing & administration and other job roles within festivals and events, to support your future career.

The internship is offered as a part time role (3 days a week) for one year.

Rate of pay: £8.91 per hour.

This is an internship position and so you do not have to have lots of experience or have worked in this kind of job before. The aim of the internship is to provide an opportunity to develop your skills and help you in your future career, whilst supporting the work of Strike A Light.

Ellie Maynard (previous Marketing and Admin Intern) talks about her experience of the internship. Ellie had a particular interest in dance so had the opportunity to expand her role to include experience in facilitating dance classes.

If you do have voluntary or paid experience doing any of the tasks listed in the job description above, even better. Let us know about this in your application.

Apply now

If you would like to apply via a different format (e.g video/audio) please get in touch info@strikealightfestival.org.uk

Closing date: Monday 26 April 2021

Interviews: Thursday 6 May


This post is funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund.

📸 Cover photo: Stig Godding

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Wellbeing Activities Assistant: Internship

Do you like sports, dance or outdoor activities?
Do you have an interest in cooking, baking or healthy eating?
Do you enjoy working with people, especially children and young people?

We’re looking for an intern to work with The Venture team in White City to support their activities to improve the health and wellbeing of young people in their local community. The internship will also provide you with the opportunity to develop skills and learn more about leading participatory activities and other job roles to support your future career.

This internship is offered by Strike A Light and The Venture who work in close partnership together.

The Venture provide free, open access play sessions and activities for children and young people in White City. They aim to raise the aspirations of young people in the local community, giving them opportunities to try new things to help show them what they can achieve in life. The intern will be hosted and managed by The Venture.

The internship is offered as a part time role (3 days a week) for one year and will be based at The Venture.

Rate of pay: £8.91 per hour.

Primary Purpose

Working under the general direction of the Play Co-ordinator at The Venture to assist in the planning and delivery of after school, weekend and school holiday activities for children and young people with a particular focus on developing and delivering a regular programme of health and wellbeing activities and opportunities.

This is an internship position and so you do not have to have lots of experience or have worked in this kind of job before. The aim of the internship is to provide an opportunity to develop your skills and help you in your future career, whilst supporting the work of The Venture. 

If you do have voluntary or paid experience doing any of the tasks listed in the job description above, even better. Let us know about this in your application.

We are particularly keen to hear from people local to Matson, Robinswood and White City.

Apply now

If you would like to apply via a different format (e.g video/audio) please get in touch info@strikealightfestival.org.uk

Closing date: Monday 26 April

Interviews: Thursday 6 May

All roles within Strike A Light and The Venture that undertake working with children, young people or vulnerable adults will need to complete a DBS check.


This post is funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund.

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‘In Solidarity’ – Organiser Call Out

In February 2021, Rt Hon Oliver Dowden MP (Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport) invited 25 of the country’s leading heritage bodies and charities to a meeting to tell them “to defend our culture and history from the noisy minority of activists constantly trying to do Britain down”. Arm’s length bodies are being given specific policies from central government on how they should manage their collections and deal with ‘contested heritage’.

This is the latest in a series of similar messages from government departments, The Charity Commission and MPs which present equality work and anti-racist work as pandering to a dangerous “woke minority”.

We held an open meeting to see if our concern was shared and in just a few days over 600 people signed up to attend the meeting or be kept up to date.

What now?

This issue is much bigger than just the arts or heritage. We are convening a cross-sector, and beyond-sector conversation to share responses and discuss action. The event, In Solidarity, will bring together people from across the political spectrum, from the arts, heritage, academia, the charity sector and others.

Event organiser role

We are seeking a confident event organiser, producer or campaigner with excellent communication skills, to work with us to make this meeting happen.

We would love to hear from you if you have:

  • A good knowledge of the issues and current situation which make this meeting vital
  • An understanding of networking in, and ideally relevant contacts in, one or more of the sectors above
  • Strong writing and research skills
  • Organisational skills and attention to detail
  • Experience organising digital events e.g. on zoom

This is a freelance role with a fee of £750, to support the Strike A Light team to research and invite attendees and then coordinate the online event on the day. We anticipate this role taking 3-5 days of work, spread out over several weeks. Our intention is to host the meeting online in May/June 2021. 

To apply


Please send a CV with a covering email about why you are interested in the role to info@strikealightfestival.org.uk.

(Please include your full name in the attachment file names).

If you would like to apply via a different format (e.g audio or video) please get in touch to arrange this info@strikealightfestival.org.uk.

Deadline for applications midnight Wednesday 14 April.

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Hear Me Out: Young Writers

> Are you a young woman aged 14 – 18?
> Do you like writing?
> Maybe spoken-word, rap, poetry?


Join our new group!!

Maybe you’ve written some of your own stuff – or have always wanted to but not felt confident?

Would you be interested in getting together with other young women, via Zoom to start with, to:

  • Read and talk about different types of writing
  • Have a go at writing your own stuff
  • Listen to guest performers
  • Attend such events such as poetry slams, spoken word shows & Cheltenham Literature Festival

If this sounds like you, of if you would just like to find out more, please contact Nicola at culturebank@strikealightfestival.org.uk and sign up for our introductory session.

🗓 Date TBC

💰 FREE (via Zoom)


Writing is for everyone! Don’t be scared – it’s just words, and there is no right and wrong! Why not give it a try?

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Producer (co-created programme) Call Out

UPDATE
Applications for this role have now closed. Thank you so much to everyone who applied.

We are looking for an experienced producer who believes in doing things differently. We’re looking for someone to join the Strike A Light team who knows the arts industry well but who wants to make change- who is interested in producing a programme of work that is co-created with artists and communities. Someone who doesn’t see community based work as second best or an add on, but who understands that it can be a way to make amazing creative things happen that are relevant to ethnically and culturally diverse audiences and participants. 

About the role

Over the last year we have been working with national artists, local artists and communities in Gloucester, giving them time and support to see what they create. We have re-focused our 2021 programme to continue working this way so we will be programming artists instead of shows and engaging community leaders to work as producers in Gloucester estates. We’ll team up community producers with brilliant artists to deliver a co-created programme of projects and events. This role will support those involved and project produce the co-created programme. This will include:

  • Working alongside community producers to identify local and national artists they want to work with as part of the Gloucester Presents programme
  • Bringing together local and national artists and community members and supporting them as they develop their ideas
  • Mentoring the community producers and providing practical support with aspects of producing their projects
  • Being the link between the artists and communities and Strike A Light
  • Supporting the artists engaged through our Let Artists Be Artists initiative
  • Supporting our Women Leader’s South West associates as they develop their work

You can find out more about the kind of projects and events that artists and communities have devised in Gloucester so far here.

Gloucester presents… She Spoke
Gloucester presents… Fashion Show

About you

Gloucester is an ethnically and culturally diverse city and we are working with several community leaders from Gloucester’s Caribbean and South Asian communities, and so we are particularly keen to hear from producers whose own heritage reflects the communities we are working with. 

We would also love to hear from you if you:

  • Have solid experience producing shows and/or arts projects
  • Enjoy mentoring, supporting and facilitating others to develop their leadership skills
  • Combine being efficient and capable with creativity
  • Understand when things need to be done in a certain way (e.g. for safety reasons) and when it’s good to challenge the rules of how we produce events or projects
  • Are genuinely excited about working directly with communities and artists to make things happen
  • Are friendly, resourceful and open to ideas

Contract and fee

This is an initial freelance contract for a 1 year role but the projects will continue over at least 2 years and the contract will be updated to reflect the developing projects at the end of year 1. There is potential for this role to expand during the year or develop into a longer term post. Fee of £15,000 based on £150-£200 per day.

Days/ times of work can be agreed to suit you but you will need some flexibility to be able to respond to messages during busy periods, meet with community producers at times to reflect their commitments etc.

We expect the majority of the work will be completed remotely and so you don’t need to be local to Gloucester, but where restrictions allow, face to face work with communities in Gloucester will be required. Strike A Light can cover reasonable travel/ accommodation expenses for this.

Carolyn Forsyth (previous Strike A Light Projects Producer) shares her thoughts about the role and working with Strike A Light.

Deadline for applications Tuesday 30 March, 9am

To apply please send your CV and a cover letter (maximum 2 sides of A4) to info@strikealightfestival.org.uk.

Please let us know:

  • Why you would like this role?
  • Why you think this is the role for you?

(Please include your full name in the attachment file names).

If you would like to apply via a different format please get in touch to arrange this info@strikealightfestival.org.uk.

Interviews will take place on Wednesday 14 April

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Striking Spaces

Thank you to everyone who joined in with our ‘Striking Spaces’ dance challenge!

Check out the film of all the entries… 👇💥

Take our ‘Striking Spaces’ dance challenge and get moving in lockdown!

🌈 Find a cool backdrop outdoors
📱 Record your moves
📧 Send us the clip by 22 Feb

And we’ll create a short video featuring you and other incredible dancers!

No age restrictions, no experience restrictions (just Covid ones so make sure you follow those).

Striking Spaces Instructions

  1. To get involved in the Striking Spaces Dance Challenge, first have a look at the dance tutorial videos below.
  2. Use the videos to learn the routines in your own time. Don’t worry if you struggle with any of the movement, you can adapt it and make it your own!
  3. Film yourself (or ask someone to film you) performing the routines, or part of them, in outside spaces. A mixture of spaces would be great (urban/industrial, green/garden). Your videos need to be no longer than one minute.
  4. Once you’re happy with your videos, email them to charlene@strikealightfestival.org.uk. Deadline Monday 22 February.
  5. The videos we receive will all be combined to create a dance film to share publicly.
  6. Join us online on Friday 5 March on Zoom for a Q&A session with professional and young dancers and to watch the finished film of all the dances.
The Warm Up!
The Routines!

Covid Safety Guidelines

  1. If someone is helping you with filming, it must be someone from your household or bubble 
  2. If you’re filming in public spaces, maintain social distancing
  3. Avoid sitting on or using surfaces e.g park benches, steps
  4. If you are feeling ill or showing any symptoms of Covid 19 (high temperature, new continuous cough, loss or change of sense of smell/taste) stay at home, do not go to public spaces to film videos
  5. Always wash your hands thoroughly when you get home

Awesome people who are making this happen! 💛

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The End of the Pier Show

💻 Available online (via youtube)
🗓 Monday 15 February (10am) – Friday 19 February (10pm)
🎟 FREE (no ticket required)

💥Written and performed by Jonny Fluffy Punk 💥
Co-presented by Strike A Light, Gloucestershire Libraries and Pound Arts.

At the end of a soon-to-be-closed-down pier in a forgotten seaside town, Pierre the pier handyman spends the last weeks as he always does: catching fish for his old bedridden mother and making strange and wonderful things from the rubbish he finds on the beach.

Then who should wash into his life but a homeless mermaid with a spiky attitude and a story to tell! And things aren’t going to be the same again… Can kindness lead to great things? Can a bit less litter make a difference? Can the world’s first human/mermaid rock ‘n’ roll band make big waves?

Renowned stand-up poet and lo-fi theatre maker Jonny Fluffypunk presents a brand spanking new little show for families, with poetry, puppetry, story, song and a healthy dose of ramshackle anarchy.

‘Acute social observation, intricate humour, surreal fantasy, sharp irony and wit… and England’s most pretentious moustache.’ – The Independent

Perfect for kids and adults alike! (Age guidance 7+)


Awesome people who have made this happen! 🙌

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Let Artists Be Artists: Stage 2 Application

Stage 2 is now closed! Thanks so much for all your interest and applications. You can still read over this page for reference but applications are now closed.

Congratulations on your successful Stage 1 Expression of Interest! Welcome to Stage 2 (the whole process has three Stages).

Stage 2 involves group online discussion workshops, followed by a written, video or audio application.

Everything you need to know about these is on this page.


Online group workshops

We’ll open up online group workshops to provide an opportunity for conversation and to support people to develop their Stage 2 application. You don’t have to join one of these sessions but we hope that doing so will help you make the strongest application you can.

The sessions will give space for discussion and questions. This is not a ‘pitch’ workshop or a presentation and will be informal in style. No preparation is required.

These group workshops will take place online (via Zoom). You only need to attend one – so just book yourself on to whichever of the 4 sessions is most convenient for you.

Don’t worry if you’re not able to make any of these times: we’ll record at least one of the sessions and share it with you to watch in your own time as well.

  • Wednesday 3 February: 1:30pm & 6:30pm
  • Thursday 4 February: 1:30pm (this session will be captioned) & 8pm

Book a slot

A recording of the Let Artists Be Artists Stage 2 workshop.

Full application process

We’ve got 5 questions we’d like to know your answers to, and we would like to see up to 3 examples of your work.

Your complete application (including answers to all 5 questions) should be no more than 7,000 characters (around 2 sides of A4, or 1,000 words), or under 5 minutes of video or audio.

You can divide up that 1,000 words/5 minutes however you like – so, for example, if you want to spend a lot of time on Question 3 but hardly any on Question 1, that’s entirely up to you.

The questions are written out below so it’s easy to see them all in one place, and then the form to submit your response is at the bottom of this page.

If this doesn’t work for you please contact us to negotiate a different way of applying.

The 5 questions

  1. What is important to your practice as an artist?
    What are your values and how do you like to work? You can use examples to illustrate this.
  2. How would you describe the work you create?
    This can be about your process, as well as telling us more about shows, exhibitions, events or projects.
  3. How would you approach this role?
    You can include any ideas for what you would want to do and how would you want to work during the year. Please include information on how you want to base your work in Gloucester and/or Bristol. You don’t have to have a full plan for the year. This is about ideas and possibilities.
  4. Please tell us about your current work or plans for the next 12 months.
    If you have projects or funding confirmed please tell us a bit about this and how you see it fitting in with the role.
  5. Full time or part time?
    Please let us know whether you’re interested in the full time or part time role, or either – with a bit of explanation as to why.
    Your preference for full-time or part-time won’t be part of the shortlisting criteria – there’s not a ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answer! It’s just so that we know which role you’re most interested in.

Up to 3 examples of your work

Please provide up to 3 links to your work
These could be links to a website, gallery, document, video or anything else you’d like to show us.

Please remember to include any information we might need to access the link (for example, the password if it’s a private video)! And it’s really appreciated if you can be specific about what you want us to see – for example, we won’t realistically be able to watch 2-hour-long shows in full so please mention any key passages or sections you want to highlight 🙏

If you want to include work that doesn’t currently exist online anywhere, please upload it to a service like Dropbox, Vimeo, Google Drive or similar and then paste in the link. If you’re unsure how to do this, let us know and we’ll help you with the process.

Deadline: Monday 15 February 2021, 11.59pm

We will let you know by Tuesday 23 February if you have been shortlisted for the final stage of the application process. The shortlisting panel will be made up of a diverse group of artistsStrike A Light staff, representatives from partner organisations and community members. 


For reference: who is this opportunity for?

  • Artists who are excited about the possibility of developing their work in this brave new world, embrace change and would relish the chance to have a year to explore what works and what doesn’t
  • Artists who work in artforms that lend themselves well to a collaborative process, both in the creation and sharing
  • Artists who have an idea of who their work speaks to, is for or is created with. Artists who are interested in working with communities as part of their work. This can be communities of geography, interest or other common factors and how, when and why this engagement happens is decided by the artist.
  • Artists who want to base their work in Gloucester and/or Bristol. This does not mean that the artists cannot work elsewhere or work nationally over the year, but this opportunity is for artists who are excited about working in these places and want to focus their work there
  • Artists who work in a self-directed way, create their own projects and have a clear creative vision and practice. This vision and practice can still be developing but the artistic work of the year will be driven by the artist
  • Artists who have something to say, and particularly those who are under-heard and under-represented in the industry
  • Artists who are happy to share and articulate their experiences to support the research/ documentation aspect of the process. (We are sharing this idea as it develops with the wider industry)
  • Artists who want to use this year to build things which can support the sustainability of their career in future
  • Artists who feel that Strike A Light’s 7 principles are a good fit with their own ethos, values and way of working

For reference: the partners


For reference: the Stage 2 shortlisting criteria

The shortlisting for Stage 2 uses the same overall ideas as Stage 1 and the whole project:

  • Does this feel like a good fit for the artist and their work?
  • Would this artist and their work be a good fit for the purpose of the year e.g. are they in the right place to explore what happens if an artist has a year of paid time to lead their own creative work? To explore how that affects the work they make and the relationships they can build?
  • Does this artist’s work and values connect with the 7 principles such as ‘work with, not to’ https://strikealight.org.uk/2020/08/03/the-strike-a-light-recipe/
  • Does this artist’s work, process and plans align with the ‘Who is it for?’ information e.g. artists who want to base their work in Bristol and/or Gloucester etc. https://strikealight.org.uk/2021/01/26/let-artists-be-artists-stage-2-application/ 

The purpose of the shortlisting is to understand each artist better, what they create, how they work and what they want to do and then find the best fit with this particular project. It’s not about changing your work or plans to fit the process- it’s about finding the artists where this is the right thing for them, at the right time for them. 

For each question, the artists and partners reading your responses will be asked to consider particular things. We’ve put these below so you can see what they will be looking for when they read or watch your responses.

1. What is important to your practice as an artist?
What are your values and how do you like to work? You can use examples to illustrate this.

Shortlisting criteria will be:

  • Are there clear links between this artist’s practice and the 7 principles?
  • Does this artist’s practice demonstrate collaboration and/or community engagement?
  • Does this artist demonstrate that they have something to say and/or are underheard and under-represented in the industry?

2. How would you describe the work you create?
This can be about your process, as well as telling us more about shows, exhibitions, events or projects.

Shortlisting criteria will be:

  • Does this work excite you?
  • Are there clear links between this artist’s work and the 7 principles?
  • Does this artist’s work demonstrate potential for collaboration and/or community engagement?
  • Does this artist demonstrate that they have something to say and/or are underheard and under-represented in the industry?

3.     How would you approach this role?
You can include any ideas for what you would want to do and how you would want to work during the year. Please include information on how you want to base your work in Gloucester and/or Bristol. You don’t have to have a full plan for the year. This is about ideas and possibilities. 

Shortlisting criteria will be:

  • Can we/ the partnership support this effectively?
  • Are you excited by these possibilities?
  • Do these plans present potential for collaboration or community engagement in Bristol and/or Gloucester?
  • Do you feel the artist could confidently self direct this work?

4. Please tell us about your current work or plans for the next 12 months.
If you have projects or funding confirmed please tell us a bit about this and how you see it fitting in with the role.

Shortlisting criteria will be:

  • Do their current plans support the aim of a year of self directed creative work for an artist, to explore collaboration and working with communities in Bristol and/or Gloucester?

5. Full time or part time?
Please let us know whether you’re interested in the full time or part time role, or either – with a bit of explanation as to why.
Your preference for full-time or part-time won’t be part of the shortlisting criteria – there’s not a ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answer! It’s just so that we know which role you’re most interested in.

There isn’t a criteria for this, it’s for information.

Up to 3 examples of your work

Shortlisting criteria will be

  • Does this work excite you?
  • Are there clear links between this artist’s practice and the 7 principles?
  • Does this artist’s work demonstrate potential for collaboration and/or community engagement?
  • Do these examples back up the artist’s responses to question 2?

Full application form

Applications for Stage 2 are now closed!

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The World Awakens

The Multi Story Orchestra teamed up with pupils from schools in Gloucester to create this brand new piece of music during lockdown.

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 have been combined together to share with the world.

The creation of The World Awakens 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.

This digital recording and animation was premiered at Gloucester Cathedral in October, underneath Gaia by artist Luke Jerram.

📸 David Grange

Awesome people who made this happen 🙏💥

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

Soloists

Kate Royal – Soprano
Sarah-Jane Lewis – Soprano
Matthew Rose – Bass 

With huge thanks to the schools that made up the virtual choir:

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

Generously Supported by Arts Council England, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, The Hilden Charitable Fund and the John and Susan Bowers Fund.