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Artist Residencies

University of Gloucestershire in partnership with Strike A Light are offering free rehearsal space in their beautiful Performing Arts Centre studios this summer.

What’s on offer?

  • Free rehearsal space in purpose built studios at University of Gloucestershire’s Performing Arts Centre, Oxstalls Campus, Gloucester for one week
  • Free on campus accommodation
  • Working alongside other artists, companies and students
  • Opportunity to build a relationship with Strike A Light

When does it take place?

Rehearsal space available between: 10am & 5pm

  • Monday 9 August – Friday 13 August
  • Monday 16 August – Friday 20 August
  • Tuesday 31 August – Friday 3 September

What are we looking for?

  • Professional companies/artists who make contemporary performance (dance, theatre, spoken word, puppetry etc).
  • Artists who are open to a University student spending time in the room observing your process.

You could be rehearsing a show, developing something new or just using the time and space to test ideas.

You must have your own public liability insurance.

If you’ve got any questions check out the FAQS below and then contact us.

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 21 July, 10am

If you would like to apply via a different format please email Jess on info@strikealightfestival.org.uk.


FAQS

What are the studio spaces like?

  • Studio spaces vary but all have dance lino or wooden dance floors and white and mirrored walls and/ or black curtains.
  • All spaces are a suitable size for group rehearsals (ranging from 90m2 – 145 m2).
  • All the ground floor spaces are wheelchair accessible. The first floor spaces are also wheelchair accessible however the lift is not to be used during a fire evacuation. In the unlikely event of a fire any wheelchair users would need to evacuate using evacuation chairs.
  • The space will be exclusively yours for the week and will be available for you to use between 10am & 5pm. Equipment/set can be left in the studios over night but is at your own risk.
  • Use of technical equipment (lighting/sound etc) not included.
  • Virtual tours of the performing arts centre and dance & performance studio.

Is it easy to get there?

  • There is parking on site and good public transport links by train and bus. The campus is a 25 minute walk from Gloucester train station.

What is the accommodation like?

  • The accommodation available is in the University halls on campus.
  • Each room has a single bed and a private ensuite.
  • There is a shared kitchen in each flat.
  • There is internet access.
  • There are accessible flats available.
  • You may be sharing a flat with other artists on residency.
  • Virtual tour of some of the on campus accommodation.

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Spoken Word Artist call out

We are looking for an enthusiastic and dynamic freelance spoken word artist / poet to work with us on our next ‘Hear Me Out’ project. 

You will be working with a group of around 8 young women aged 14-18, via Zoom during a period between 16 September and 18 November. A total of 1 introductory and 8 working sessions, each up to 90 minutes.

The aim of the post is to encourage and develop the group’s confidence to talk about different types of poetry and spoken word and encourage them to develop and write their own work. We’d like to help them use critical thinking skills, as well as attending events such as poetry slams, spoken word shows etc. There will be a level of autonomy in terms of the direction the group wants to take in their learning. 

You will be fully supported by members of the Strike A Light team.

This is a freelance role with a fee of £1,000 to include planning, preparation and delivery of one introductory and 8 x 1.5 hour sessions, to take place on Thursday evenings (excluding half-terms) starting on September 16.

Deadline for applications Monday 19 July 2021

To apply please send a CV and cover letter (minimum 1 page of A4) or a video (maximum 3 minutes) about why you are interested in this role to Milan on producer@strikealightfestival.org.uk.

(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.

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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 FREE writing 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.

🗓 Every Thursday between 16 Sep & 18 Nov 2021
6pm – 7:30pm
💰 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! 🙌