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ACE Emergency Response Fund: for individuals

Arts Council England have released information about their emergency response fund. We have compiled some of the information about the funding for individuals below but we would definitely recommend reading the full guidance before applying.

If you have any questions about the guidance, need support to write your application or need assistance with using grantium then do get in touch.

We can answer questions over email or offer 1 to 1 advice sessions over the phone or zoom/skype. We are here to help so please don’t hesitate to contact us!!


Arts Council England Emergency Response Fund: For individuals 

Who can apply?

The funding will directly support freelance creative practitioners who have a track record of working in the publicly funded culture sector in England and whose main work is focused on particular artforms and disciplines:

• Combined arts 

• Dance 

• Libraries (activity that helps deliver the Universal Library Offers) 

• Literature 

• Museums 

• Music

• Theatre 

• Visual arts

Each practitioner can apply for funding of up to £2,500.

If you have additional costs relating to a disability, you can apply for up to £3,000 in total.

What can they support?

If the Covid-19 emergency has affected your work and has resulted in a loss of income, additional costs and financial challenge, they can support:

•       Activity and/or equipment that will help you to sustain your practice and support you in continuing with your work

•       Time to stabilise, think and plan for the future

There will be two rounds of this fund.  

You can apply to only one of these rounds. If you apply to the first round you will not be able to apply to the second round, even if you are not offered a grant in the first round.

The budget will be split equally across both rounds.

 Round oneRound two
Portal opens for applications Thursday 9 April 2020Thursday 16 April 2020
Portal closes for applications Thursday 16 April 2020 (12pm midday)Thursday 30 April 2020 (12pm midday)

ACE aim to start notifying applicants of the outcome of their applications to Round one by the end of April.

If you don’t already have a Grantium* profile, register by Monday 13 April 2020 for the first round, or your profile may not be validated in time. Check out the ACE guidance on setting up a profile to help you.

We would recommend setting up a Granitum profile ASAP!

*Arts Council England’s online application portal

How do I apply?

You will need to apply via Grantium & provide certain information:

1.    To identify the work you have had cancelled or curtailed due to the Covid-19 emergency and the income you have lost or costs you have incurred, up to the value of £2,500 (you may need to provide evidence of this at a later date).

2.    To tell them about your practice and your track record working in the publicly funded culture sector. This means that you have experience of making and delivering work directly or indirectly supported by funds from arm’s length bodies (such as the Arts Council, National Lottery Heritage Fund, or the National Lottery Community Fund), local authorities, universities, other public sector bodies or trusts and foundations.

3.    To tell them how you will use the time this funding affords you to stabilise, think and plan for the future.

You don’t need to have any income from other sources (or ‘match funding’) to apply to this programme.

Download the application questions (word document).

How will ACE make their decisions?

“We will use our expertise and judgment to make decisions based on the answers to the questions we ask in the application form and information from your applicant profile. We know we will receive a high number of deserving applications and, unfortunately, we won’t be able to give funding to everyone who applies. 

We will think about the range and balance of different applications we’re supporting. We want to support a diverse range of applicants that work in a broad range of artforms and disciplines and geographical areas. We need to think about our investment in areas of least engagement with arts and culture.

We will prioritise applications that demonstrate how funding could help to sustain the applicant’s practice and allow them to continue working in the future.

We will also consider whether applicants identify as a D/deaf or disabled person, have a long-term health condition or are from an under-represented protected characteristic group (based on the information collected on protected characteristics in their applicant profile on Grantium), to make sure our funding goes to those who may be most vulnerable at the moment and that we support artists and creative practitioners who are representative of this country and who can best continue to contribute to our Creative Case for Diversity

We may also consider whether you have any other open grants from Arts Council England that have not been used in full, and whether those already-awarded funds could be or have been repurposed.”

ACE have also released information about their funds for organisations outside of their National Portfolio. There will also be two rounds with the same deadline dates as those for individual applications. Organisations can apply for up to £35k.

If you have any questions or need any support in applying please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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Artist Call Out: Finding creativity and connection in a time of crisis

This is our first, short term response to an evolving situation where we – collectively and individually – are navigating immense change.  This will not be our only response.  Our overriding aim is to listen and see what is possible at a time when a lot is impossible.  We are testing this approach to understand if it’s useful.  We hope it will be the right response for some, but recognise it may not be for everyone.  Either way, let us know.


CALLOUT: ARTISTS/MAKERS NEEDED

Create Gloucestershire is co-ordinating resources to support Gloucestershire and South West based artists/makers who have ideas to create work in any art form that responds to and connects individuals, sectors and communities in this time of crisis.  

This call out is in partnership with Strike A Light who have invested funding alongside ours. We hope in the coming days to add other partners and resources into our collective pot and will therefore be updating this opportunity on a regular basis.

We have re-channelled some of our resources into a new programme of grants for artists & makers to develop creative ideas that can be “home delivered” to people who are self-isolating. We want to encourage physical distancing AND social solidarity; window sill art galleries, digital shed music, letterbox puppet shows, garden dance.

Our goal is to test ideas in Gloucestershire that, if successful, could be replicated in towns and villages across the South West.
We are looking for ideas that:

• can comfort, connect, entertain and inspire

• are of high artistic quality

• respond to the breadth and diversity of individuals, sectors and communities in the region

• are safe and can be delivered in line with current government guidelines as they emerge and evolve

If you have a proposal we would like to hear from you as soon as possible. We have grants from £200 to £1500 available and a total pot, currently, of £6000. While this is a limited pot at the moment we are doing our best to grow it.


Please submit 2 sides of A4 detailing:

• your idea and approach to the project

• where it will take place

• how it will be delivered

• more about you and your experience

• and in addition, please attach an outline budget

We will also accept filmed proposals. These should address the information above and be no longer than 4 mins.

Please send your proposal to hello@creategloucestershire.co.uk and fill in our Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form by following this link.

Closing dates for proposals
Closing date 1: 12 noon 3rd April 2020
Closing date 2: 12 noon 17th April 2020

You may only apply once. Successful applicants will be notified asap.

Get in touch
If you would like to talk through your idea with us at any stage, we would welcome that conversation; email hello@creategloucestershire.co.uk and one the CG or SAL team will contact you.

We have tried to turn this programme around as quickly as possible and will take on board feedback as we go to continue to grow and improve our response.

Credit to Farnham Maltings for inspiring our action.

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Coming up Events

COVID-19 UPDATE

(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 can credit your customer account and you can then book using this credit in future.
  • You can choose to donate your ticket to Strike A Light we will contribute your donation to our ticket campaign so that in future a child in Gloucester can see a show for free.
  • If you do not want to do any of the options above then we can offer a refund for your ticket.

    To arrange this please contact info@strikealightfestival.org.uk with the name your tickets were booked under, the event name, the number of tickets and what you’d like to do.

Behind the scenes we’re working together with artists, companies & tutors and keeping up to date on the latest guidance. We’ll post updates on our social media. 

Thank you for your support in these unprecedented times.

We believe that with the combined creativity of the Strike A Light family we can find some ingenious ways to keep you entertained over the following months.

Keep in touch & stay safe!

Lots of love from the Strike A Light team 🔥


Audio Coronavirus Update
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News

Coronavirus Update

(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 can credit your customer account and you can then book using this credit in future.
  • You can choose to donate your ticket to Strike A Light we will contribute your donation to our ticket campaign so that in future a child in Gloucester can see a show for free.
  • If you do not want to do any of the options above then we can offer a refund for your ticket.

    To arrange this please contact info@strikealightfestival.org.uk with the name your tickets were booked under, the event name, the number of tickets and what you’d like to do.

Behind the scenes we’re working together with artists, companies & tutors and keeping up to date on the latest guidance. We’ll post updates on our social media.

Thank you for your support in these unprecedented times.

We believe that with the combined creativity of the Strike A Light family we can find some ingenious ways to keep you entertained over the following months.

Keep in touch & stay safe!

Lots of love from the Strike A Light team 🔥

Audio Coronavirus update: 17 March

(Updated 16 March- 3pm)

To our brilliant Strike A Light audiences,

We’re looking forward to seeing you at our events this week and wanted to check in and let you know that we’re still going ahead as planned. We’re keeping a very close eye on government updates regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and will share updates about future events via our social media channels and direct to ticket bookers via email.

We understand that everyone’s experiences and responses to something like this are different and so if you don’t feel you want to attend or are self isolating then we can offer the following options:

  • You can choose to swap your ticket to a future Strike A Light event- we can credit your customer account and you can then book using this credit in future
  • You can choose to donate your ticket to Strike A Light we will contribute your donation to our ticket campaign so that in future a child in Gloucester can see a show for free.
  • If you are ill or self-isolating and do not want to do any of the options above then we can offer a refund for your ticket.To arrange this please contact info@strikealightfestival.org.uk with the name your tickets were booked under, the event name, the number of tickets and what you’d like to do.

We have been working to ensure that extra hygiene measures are in place for our events. In uncertain and anxious times, theatre can provide a much-needed boost and escape. We would like to thank our audiences for supporting us in this unpredictable time and for taking personal responsibility for their health and heeding hygiene advice.

We want to share again this useful government advice:

  • If you develop a fever or a new persistent cough you should stay home and self-isolate for seven days and visit 111.nhs.uk for further advice.
  • If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

We look forward to welcoming you to a Strike A Light event soon!

Jess and the Strike A Light team

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Opportunities

Gloucester Future Producers

What is it?

Gloucester Future Producers is a chance to develop your skills in and find out more about:

  • Producing festivals
  • Touring shows
  • Creating events
  • Promoting gigs

Over 12 weeks you’ll work with other aspiring producers and promoters, meet and hear from different festivals and events professionals to build your network. We’ll look at different areas of producing including:

  • Programming and booking performers
  • Marketing and promotion
  • Fundraising and managing budgets
  • Managing live events

You will have the opportunity to produce events in Gloucester with an allocated budget and to undertake a work placement.

Who is it for?

If you’re over the age of 18, live in Gloucester or want to get involved with the Gloucester events scene then this is for you. 

You could already be running your own events and want to build your network and develop your career. Or you could just be interested in festivals and events and want to find out more.

The placement you do can be tailored to suit your commitments and the opportunities you’re interested in. There’s no minimum number of hours required so you might want to shadow someone on an event for a day or two, or take on a role in a festival team for a couple of weeks. 

When and where is it?

Sessions take place in Gloucester on a Wednesday, 6:30pm-8:30pm

From 22 April – 8 July

Each session will be in a different Gloucester venue but all venues will be in the city centre and easy to get to from the train and coach station.

How do I apply?

If you’d rather talk in person or on the phone instead of applying in writing then get in touch and we can set something up.

Deadline for applications: Monday 8 April

Some of the 2019 Future Producers at Gloucester Rooftop Festival

What if I have questions?

Check out our FAQs

Email info@strikealightfestival.org.uk or message Strike A Light via Instagram or Facebook.


Gloucester Future Producers is a part of Gloucester Culture Trust’s Talent Development Programme & is delivered by Strike A Light.

Supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation & Great Place.

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Youth Arts & Activism

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 the Australian wildfire relief fund. The event was produced by the young people and they programmed some awesome musicians and spoken word artists. Alongside this they performed a ‘scratch’ of the show we have been creating with them about their climate activism. The night was a massive success and they raised over £400!

A couple of weeks ago we took the group to the Youth Arts & Activism Symposium held at Battersea Arts Centre.

(On the way to London we made a detour to see Greta Thunberg make a speech at the Bristol Youth Strike for Climate which was an amazing way to start the weekend).

The Symposium was a two day event which brought together young activists from across the entire country. There were some brilliant workshops from experienced arts activists including Viv Gordon & Richard DeDomenici. Plus workshops and a performance by the phenomenally inspiring coletivA ocupação.

A couple of members of UKSCN Gloucester talk about the Youth Arts & Activism Symposium & ‘When it Breaks it Burns’ at Battersea Arts Centre.

“I will remember this weekend forever.

People from different countries, different races, different sexualities, different religions, people with disabilities, transgender people… you could be yourself and no one would judge- you don’t get that in everyday life. 

I laughed, I cried, I danced till my body hurt, and I bonded with people I’ve never met before.”

-Member of UKSCN Gloucester

“At the symposium, there were so many people who were like me. I got to talk to so many people that I could relate to.”

-Member of UKSCN Gloucester

We’re so proud to be working with these amazing young people and are so inspired by their passion, dedication and resilience. If you’d like to support what they are doing why not join them on their next strike in Gloucester on Friday 3 April.

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Archive Events

Kaleidoscope

A GL4 event, in partnership with Strike A Light


🗓 17 March, 12pm
📍 Matson Baptist Church
🎟 Free! (SOLD OUT)

❗️CANCELLED❗️

For babies aged 6 – 18 months




What to expect

Blink. Blink again. What do you see? 

Day by day your world is filling up with colour, little one.  

Reds and blues, yellows and greens. Twinkling lights that glisten and gleam. 

Your reflection is staring back at you. Wide eyed and full of hope. Mirrors, lights, colours and sounds. The world is your Kaleidoscope. 

Inspired by research into how a baby’s sense of sight develops and how they instinctively begin to categorise colour, watch as a multi-coloured Kaleidoscope is brought to life for you and your baby.

Created for babies aged 6 – 18 months


Awesome people who are making this event possible 🎉🙏


Credits

A Filskit Production supported by Arts Council England.

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Opportunities

Gloucestershire Artist Meetup Open Call

(The next artists meet up has been postponed however if you are interested in organising one in the future or online then we’d still love to hear from you).

We know people want regular chances to catch up with others working in theatre in Gloucestershire. We also know that the best way to create an artist network is for artists to lead it. The problem? Artists having to do extra work unpaid to make this happen. If you are a freelance artist or producer who’s interested in making something like this happen then we would like to support you!

We can provide the resource for the network meetings e.g. hiring a room etc and we can cover the time of the person organising it. What the events are & how they happen will be entirely up to the artists organising it.

If you are a local creative interested in leading one of these events or if you have any questions please get in touch with Jess, email info@strikealightfestival.org.uk.

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Made at Hawkwood: Friday Reads

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, write or rehearse. Unlike other residencies, it comes with the bonus of being in the beautiful Cotswold hills, and the BEST food. In fact when we’re talking to artists about how it went and how we can support the next stage of their work, we have a hard time getting them off the subject of the food. But we caught up with a few people who’ve been at Hawkwood recently to find out how it went, and- other than the daily home made cake- what their highlights were.

Vinnie Heaven

We’ve been working with the amazing Vinnie Heaven since the beginnings of Strike A Light. We like to support new ideas and new voices getting to the stage and Vinnie wanted to use their show to make a change in the world. Vinnie worked at Hawkwood with director Emma Williams to create their show She’s A Good Boy. The show then went on a very successful national tour and you can read more about that journey here.

“Your first exploration and draft is raw, its messy, frustrating, painful at times. At Hawkwood you get three meals a day at set times that force you out of your head and away from your words and allow you designated time to chat to other artists and makers. The food is phenomenal, that’s just a fact. The head space meals provide is integral. That’s a fact too.  You can sleep there! you can completely escape life and have a week in picturesque gardens and light studios to just – make!”


Dani Harris Walters

Last year we did a call out to local and national artists in partnership with Everyman Theatre and Hawkwood to commission a brand new piece of Black led theatre or dance. The recipient was the brilliant Dani Harris Walters. Dani and his team spent a week at the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham and a week at Hawkwood developing a brand new piece ‘Nanny’ before performing a scratch at the All Nations Community Centre (a highlight of our year that you can read a bit more about here). The finished show is coming to Gloucester too so watch this space.

Check out this video of Dani and the team during their residency. 👇


Saili Katebe

We regularly have open calls for artists to share work in progress at our Scratch Nights (find out more). In September 2019 we were lucky enough to have poet Saili Katebe share some of his new spoken word at our scratch night. We were really excited by Saili’s work and wanted to continue our support. Saili applied for a residency and worked at Hawkwood in December alongside other spoken word artists Sean Mahoney, Katie Greenall, JPDL & Grove.

“Day one of the residency was an amazing reminder of how much there is to pick apart and build, and what that time was able to give me to pull apart and bring back together. Having shared a scratch of my work a few times and received some notes and feedback, the time to consider the feedback allowed me to really shape and reshape the project as opposed to piling things on top of what I already had.

“I am excited about where I am with the project and hungry to tuck into it and bring it to life. I’m excited for the team to see the next sharing of the work and I look forward to sharing this creative journey with Strike A Light.


Bootworks Theatre

Bootworks’ new show NINE will star nine local nine year olds, sharing their thoughts, at the midpoint between birth and adulthood. In summer 2020 they’ll be working with young people in Matson, Gloucester, to create the show and in January 2020 had a week at Hawkwood to develop the ideas.

Here’s Andy, one of the Bootworks artistic directors, to tell you more about that week…

If you are interested in finding out more about how to apply for a future residency then you can keep an eye on our opportunities page or sign up to our artist mailing list.

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Artist Support Sessions

We offer one-to-one support sessions for artists & producers at any stage in their career.

These sessions can cover a range of topics including:

  • Funding advice
  • Promoting your work
  • Budgeting tips
  • Tour Planning
  • Developing your professional practice

Or we can just be there as a friendly sounding board for you to talk through new ideas.

(These sessions for the foreseeable future will be offered via online video chats or phone).

To find out more or to book an artist support session get in touch: info@strikealightfestival.org.uk.