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Striking Spaces

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 from around our City!

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.


 

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Creative Community Activists: Call Out

Applications are now closed.
We’re very excited to be working with 4 Creative Community Activists to create experiences for those in lockdown over the next couple of months.
More updates coming soon!

Are you aged between 18-30 and based in Gloucester?

Are you an emerging artist 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?

Do you have a creative idea that would support your community during Lockdown 3 with a particular focus on vulnerable people, that you’d like to be paid for to develop and deliver?

The word lockdown spelled out in scrabble tiles against a white background.

What is it?

Strike A Light would like to support 4 young emerging artists/creatives, based in Gloucester between February – March 2021 to develop and deliver a creative idea that offers support and hope to people who are isolated and vulnerable during this latest lockdown. We are particularly interested in creative ideas that are not just digital, we know that many people are tired of interacting online or simply don’t have the technology to allow them to do that.

Do you have an idea that we could support you to make a reality that will develop you as a creative community activist and bring some joy to others in your community?

  • It could be a letter writing scheme
  • Deliver a painting to your neighbour
  • A pavement concert
  • A dance in the street 

What we really want are your ideas, they’ll probably be much better!!!

What we will offer:

  • A fee of £1920, based on £120 a day for 16 days through February and March.
  • A budget of up to £200 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.
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How do you apply?

Share your ideas with us. Please let us know:

  • What you want to do?
  • Who is it for?
  • What you need to make it happen?
  • How and when will it happen?
  • What positive outcome you hope it will make?

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 events@strikealightfestival.org.uk to arrange an alternative.

Please send your ideas to us by Wednesday 27 January 2021.

We will let you know whether your idea has been successful by the 3 February and you will have February and March to deliver your project (ideally starting week beginning 8 February).

We particularly welcome applications from those from under-represented groups in the creative sector or those who have experienced racism or discrimination.

Please send your application via email to Hannah at events@strikealightfestival.org.uk with the subject line ‘Community Activist Application’.


Awesome people making this project happen! 🙏🎉

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


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Gloucestershire Arts Award Discover at Home

Check out our second digital arts award challenge from Strike A Light dance facilitator Ellie who will lead you in a Christmas dance challenge to the brilliant ‘Sparkle and Shine’ from the film Nativity.

Discover at Home is a special on-line version of Arts Award Discover, the first level of Arts Award and is aimed at children aged 11 and under. Arts Award is a set of awards for children and young people that gets them involved in and excited about arts and culture and celebrates their creative achievements.

Usually children are supported to achieve Arts Award by a trained Arts Award adviser. However, during the coronavirus pandemic, Arts Award Discover at Home has been designed to keep children engaged in the arts and creative while they are at home.

This resource is open to parents and carers, as well as schools and groups and can be delivered as part of a home-school partnership.

Discover at Home encourages children to:

  • develop a basic understanding of the arts
  • take part in arts activities
  • develop a basic understanding of communication

The structure of Arts Award Discover at Home

Children do this by completing all three parts:

  • Part A: take part in creative or arts activities and discover different types of ‘art’
  • Part B: find out about at least one artist and their work
  • Part C: share with others what they enjoyed and learned through doing the award

Thank you so much for taking part! If you’ve enjoyed this why not join our Youth Theatre or Youth Dance Company?

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Let Artists Be Artists: Recruitment Call Out

Applications for Stage 1 have now closed. You can still read over the information on this page for reference but the deadline for expressions of interest has now passed. You can follow the rest of the process as it unfolds on our Updates page. Thanks for your interest!

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Call Out for Artists

Earlier this year we put a proposal out there– what happens if you employ an artist for a year, to just be an artist?

The pandemic has highlighted the inequalities and challenges that artists face. We don’t want to go ‘back to normal’ and so we’re proposing a different way of working.

What would happen or change if you were employed for a year? If you were trusted to lead your own creative work, and have paid time to think, have conversations and create if you want? If you could get off the project treadmill for a bit and explore what being an artist means in this COVID/ post-COVID world?

What is the offer?

One full time and one part time role, on a year long contract at £27,000 salary (pro rata for the part time role). The roles would be PAYE so would include paid holiday, sick pay, pension, Christmas party- all the benefits that someone normally employed through an organisation would have.

We would provide support as you shape your year of work but what you do in that year is up to you. It’s about your creative practice, what you want to explore and develop. There is no pressure to create specific projects or shows. It is not an artist in residence role – you don’t have to deliver on Strike A Light programmes or work to particular themes.

Start date in March/ April 2021 to be agreed with the artist.

Who is it 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
What if you had time for meaningful conversations instead of having to sell sell sell?!
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How do I find out more?

You can read more about how this idea has developed and more detail about what the offer is and how it could work.

You can read the FAQs at the bottom of this page.


We are holding informal information sessions on

  • Thursday 7 January 2021 – 1pm* & 6:30pm*
  • Tuesday 12 January 2021 – 11am & 6:30pm

You will be able to find out more about the opportunity and ask any questions you might have.

*Both sessions on Thursday 7 January will be live captioned.

How do I apply?

Please read the FAQs at the bottom of this page before applying.

Stage 1 is a quick expression of interest or hello. Please let us know:

  1. Which of Strike A Light’s 7 principles do you particularly connect with and why?
  2. One link to your work – could be a website, gallery or video

You can share this with us in

  • No more than half a page of writing
  • Maximum 90 second video or audio file

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

Deadline: Sunday 24 January 2021 (midnight)

We will let you know by 28th January if you have been invited on to stage 2 of the application process. 

Stage 2 will consist of online discussion workshops through which applicants can ask questions and get to know us better, followed by a written, video or audio application.

Those who are shortlisted from this will move on to Stage 3. They will be paid for their time to plan and attend a final workshop/ interview, which they can design to suit them, in order to share their work comfortably.


FAQs about the role

Where did this idea come from and who is involved?

You can read more about how this idea has developed and see a list of the partner organisations.

Why is there not a specific project brief? 

This is a conversation, and something we want to develop with you. For the artists we appoint we will work together to create a job description so you are clear about how everything will work but ultimately it’s about your creative practice, what you want to explore and develop.

What do you want me to make? 

There are no specific outcomes that have been decided. It’s a question- what happens if you employ an artist for a year? You don’t have to do a specific number of projects or shows and can choose when and how you create. 

Who’s the artist working for? What is the role of the partner organisations? 

Strike A Light will be employing the artist on a year long contract and we will be the main point of contact and support. You will not be delivering for us or for the partner organisations though. Your job is to be an artist – to think, plan, have conversations, and explore how to develop your work and create in the world in which we find ourselves. 

The partner organisations have come together to make this happen because they want to try a different way of working. They want to understand what experiences the artist has over the year, what works for them and what doesn’t, how they make work (or don’t) in a COVID/ post-COVID world. This can then support organisations to think about how they work with artists, employ, commission, programme etc in future. This is NOT about the artist providing a solution for the organisations but IS about their experiences and ideas being listened to. If you want to meet with some or all of the partners during the year then that would be great because they can provide a network of support, contacts, opportunities etc but you are not reporting to them. 

What does full time and part time mean?

Strike A Light have standard full time contracts of 37.5 hours and so would expect a full time contract to equate to 5 days per week of work and the part time contract to equate to 2.5 days per week of work. Like all Strike A Light staff you would not be expected to do timesheets. Our working relationships are based on trust, commitment and mutual respect. We don’t check up on staff or scrutinise their hours- we work to the best of our abilities and work flexibly to suit our needs (childcare, mental health, working styles etc). For these roles, as with the rest of the SAL team, your time is paid for whether that’s planning, thinking, meetings, creating or delivering. If you’ve had a busy week you take time back the next week. This is not about forcing creativity into a 9-5. If you’re in the zone at midnight on a Sunday no one is going to demand you’re sitting at a desk at 9am Monday. We will create the contract with the artists and it is not set in stone- we can definitely have conversations about how the contract works, amount of time, working patterns, structure etc. 

FAQs about the application process

What is the full application process? We worked with some brilliant artists who created a process they felt would be open and where you wouldn’t have to spend loads of time on a first stage application. You can see the full application timeline and process

In my stage 1 expression of interest, what are you looking for? We’ve asked about which of the Strike A Light principles you particularly connect to. You can choose one or more to write or talk about. This isn’t a test, there’s not a right answer. We want to see what interests or excites you about working in this way. The whole application process is designed to help us get to know you, your work and your values, and vice versa, to make sure we’re a good fit.

Who will be reading the applications? 

Applications will be shortlisted by staff from Strike A Light, representatives from the partner organisations and artists who are supporting us with the recruitment process. 

Can I chat to you about my application? 

We are holding informal information sessions on Thursday 7 and Tuesday 12 Jan 2021. You’ll be able to ask questions and hear more about the opportunity.

You can also read more about how this idea has developed and more detail about what the offer is and how it could work.

If you need to talk about a different way of applying please contact us.

Do you give feedback? For the first stage expressions of interest we will provide general feedback about the applications which we’ll share on email. For stages 2 and 3 we will give individual feedback wherever requested. 


Funders and partners

We’re so grateful to all of the organisations who are joining us to make this a reality:

Action Hero | The Arts Development Company | Bristol Ferment | Create GloucestershireGL4 | Gloucester Culture Trust | Jerwood Arts | MAYK | Pound Arts | Theatre Bristol | Theatre Orchard | Travelling Light Theatre Company | Trinity Bristol

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Let Artists Be Artists: Recruitment Process Overview

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How do I apply?

Stage 1: expression of interest/ hello

Stage 1 is a quick expression of interest or hello. Please let us know

  1. Which of Strike A Light’s 7 principles do you particularly connect with and why?
  2. One link to your work – could be a website, gallery or video

You can share this with us in

  • No more than half a page of writing
  • Maximum 90 second video or audio file

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

Please read the full call out and FAQs before applying.

Deadline: Sunday 24 January 2021 (midnight)

We will let you know by 28 January if you have been invited on to stage 2 of the application process. 


Stage 2: develop an application

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

Online workshops

The online workshops are an opportunity for conversation, to get to know everyone better and to support everyone to develop their stage 2 application. There will be lots of opportunity 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 on Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 February 2021 with time slots in the day and evening to suit availability.


We will ask you about your access needs and work with you to make sure this is a comfortable process.

Full application

Please let us know

  1. What is important to you as an artist? What are your values and how do you like to work?
  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
  4. Up to 3 links to your work – could be a website, gallery or video

You can share this with us in

  • No more than two pages of writing
  • Maximum 5 minute video or audio file

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

(If you have been invited on to stage 2 of the application process you will be sent a link to the application form directly.)

Deadline: Mon 15 February 2021 midnight

We will let you know by 23rd 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 artists, Strike A Light staff, representatives from partner organisations and community members. 


Stage 3: interviews

This final stage is the interview stage but you can design the process to suit you.

Those who are shortlisted will be paid £250 for their time to plan and attend a final ‘interview’. We anticipate this allowing for approximately a day’s worth of prep time and an ‘interview’. There will be budget available for access costs if needed and for travel.

The shortlisted artists will propose how they’re being interviewed. You can have up to a maximum of three hours with us and you can choose how you want to spend the time. You might want to:

  • have a coffee and chat
  • run a workshop 
  • give us the interview questions you want us to ask you
  • take us on a walk round a neighbourhood
  • talk on zoom
  • do a performance
  • share a meal
  • something else

It’s about how you would like to spend the time with us, whatever will make you feel most comfortable and able to share who you are as an artist. 

There’s no pressure for bells and whistles- just a chat is fine if that’s what you would prefer. The aim of this process is for you to get to know us and vice versa, getting to know your work and how you work, to see if we’re the right fit for each other. 

We will provide three prompts or conversation starters to get you going and help frame this. We can also talk through your idea beforehand to make sure we can facilitate it and provide practical support if needed e.g. arranging a meeting space.

These sessions will take place on Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th March. The shortlisting panel will be made up of a diverse group of artists, Strike A Light staff, representatives from partner organisations and community members. You will be given information about who you will meet in advance.

We will let you know the outcome as soon as possible afterwards and will provide individual feedback to everyone. 

Timeline summary

Stage 1 deadline- expression of interest: Sunday 24 January 2021 (midnight)

Stage 2 preparation workshops: Wed 3 and Thur 4 February 2021

Stage 2 deadline- application: Mon 15 February 2021 (midnight)

Interviews: Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th March 2021

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I Stand For What I Stand On

We’ve been working with the most *amazing* group of Youth Climate Activists over the last year or so. We went along to their Youth Strike 4 Climate and were instantly blown away by their knowledge, conviction, maturity, confidence and energy. In Gloucester they are a small but vocal minority and carry on with their protests in the face of aggression from adults in the street and public criticism on social media. It started us thinking about what support and resources we could offer them as an arts organisation.

Earlier this year we helped support them to produce a Fundraising event for the Australian wildfire relief funds. They brought together awesome live musicians and activists to perform at Gloucester Guildhall. They also performed a very early extract of a performance they had been developing around their climate activism – ‘I Stand For What I Stand On’.

In February we went to a Youth Arts & Activism Symposium at Battersea Arts Centre. We spent two days with other youth activists from around the country undertaking workshops with brilliant activists like Viv Gordon and Richard Dedomenici. We all then watched the incredible ‘When it breaks it burns by ColetivA Ocupação’ which was phenomenally inspiring.

We went with the group to a climate strike in Bristol to see Greta Thunberg and then went to Battersea Arts Centre for a ‘Youth Arts & Activism’ symposium.

This summer they started working with an *incredible* Director Anna Himali Howard to develop their performance of ‘I Stand For What I Stand On’. They met weekly on Zoom for the first couple of months and then finally in September they could meet together in person.

We were also joined by a wonderful creative team, Munotida Chinyanga (Sound Designer), Will Monks (Lighting Designer), Hannah Churchill (Director Assistant) & Ethan Hudson (Production Manager).

“It’s been so great to be able to have something consistent and certain to be working on in such unpredictable times! We’ve been able to so easily adapt through restrictions and it’s so great to see and hear from everyone weekly. I’ve been able to experience an entirely new platform for how I usually go about activism and having such an amazing group of knowledgeable people supporting us has made so much possible that we could have never done alone.”

“It was a challenge to put this show together during a pandemic, but climate change does not stop for a virus and neither do we, so we took on the challenge and after many zoom calls and social distanced meetups we were able to produce the show.”

They were working towards a scratch performance in October where they could show what they had created so far. We were very excited and grateful to be able to offer them the opportunity to perform underneath Luke Jerram’s Gaia at Gloucester Cathedral. Big shout out to Gloucester Culture Trust & Gloucester Cathedral for their support!

“Being under GAIA felt so important for us. We were able to feel as though we were actively protecting our planet as it hangs from a thread above us.”

“To tell our story as climate activists under Gaia felt amazing. The very image of the world we wish to protect was floating above our heads. This has been such a step up from our previous actions as activists and it has opened up the world of performance art to us and the power it holds to influence peoples’ minds.”

The show was live streamed so it could be watched from all around the world. They reached out to climate activists nationally and internationally and introduced them as part of the show.

“Having never done anything like this before, I don’t think any of us knew what to expect, but somehow we put together this show from scratch and people loved it. We surprised ourselves. I have never been great at performing and never thought I would be able to perform the scratch in front of an audience. However we all did it. We had so much fun in the process creating so many memories and running jokes. This show has been an opportunity for all of us to improve our confidence and continue to spread UKSCN Gloucester’s message despite the challenges faced by a global pandemic.”

Plans are in place for ‘I Stand For What I Stand On’ to be further developed and performed in 2021 and we just can’t wait!!! If you’d like to find out more about the project or are a young climate activist who would like to get involved get in touch info@strikealightfestival.org.uk.

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Hear Me Out

“Because if you believe in something, it’s believable”(C, aged 16)

During lockdown, spring and summer 2020, we worked with a fabulous group of young people, alongside The Venture Project in White City, meeting weekly via Zoom, listening to and watching music videos together, and discussing thoughts, feelings and opinions on music, and life in general. 

“People were always telling me what I should be doing, how I should be acting…when we talk it makes me think about stuff in the past…” 

Over the course of the project, 9 young people participated in 10 Zoom meetings; 2 ‘meet the artist’ sessions with Conrad Murray and Luzzey; 3 face-to-face sessions at The Venture Project; and a trip to the theatre to see ‘The Wizard of Oz’ at Painswick Rococo Gardens.

The group had the opportunity to meet Luzzey and hear all about his music.

A sense of belonging, trust, positivity and group support rang through the sessions, increasing as the weeks passed. In a world where nothing was certain, social interaction was limited and everything turned upside down, these young people came together on-line to listen, talk, socialise and share. 

They increased their confidence in expressing their thoughts, feelings and opinions in response to pieces of music; learnt to listen to others and appreciate each other’s points of view; to feel that their views were valued by other.

“It’s all the stuff I thought and felt through secondary school. I’ve never had the choice to take the easy path…”

Here is what Caroline from The Venture had to say:

“ it’s been really good to get the young people involved and giving them some structure within their lives … Some really interesting things have come out, we’ve had some sessions where we’ve laughed and laughed, and some where it’s been really emotional. We have had tears and laughter because they’ve felt in a safe place to open up and share. And the understanding which is sparked off a different conversation from another young person that might be having similar thoughts. And just sharing that ‘I’m not alone, there’s other people out there that have these fears and anxieties’.”

And Nicola from Strike a Light:

“It has been a genuine privilege getting to know this group of young people and sharing an insight into their lives and how they have been feeling through this time. The weekly meetings were a joy, and I loved the eclectic mix of music that they all brought to the table – everything from ACDC to Rick Astley, you never knew what was coming up! We had some great chats about music, how it made them feel different emotions, or reminded them of a particular time in their lives. I can’t wait to see how they get on with being involved in producing a community song, and I’m also hopeful that we can take the ‘Hear me Out’ model and work with other community groups in the future”


We are currently looking for other partner organisations to work with on ‘Hear me Out’ – if you are interested in finding out more, please email culturebank@strikealightfestival.org.uk.