I Stand For What I Stand On

Strike A Light are seeking an experienced director/writer/theatre maker to collaborate with an amazing group of young climate activists from Gloucester, to create a new piece of work.

The project will explore their relationship to the climate, their fears for the impending crisis and their place in the world as young activists.The journey to making this would connect with other young activists from across the globe, linking up and sharing fears, concerns and activism, as well as curating a collective voice.

The global pandemic, the fact we want to engage young people from around the world and the negative environmental impact of traditional touring theatre, means that we’d like to work with someone who has experience in using digital media and online tools creatively and is excited to explore different formats for performance and touring.

We want to explore lots of questions:

  • Can we create something with a live audience which still responds to social distancing guidelines?
  • Can we integrate in person and digital performance and audiences?
  • Can we create a format which can be shared or replicated by other groups of young people? 

We would like the piece, (working title I Stand For What I Stand On), to preview in October underneath Gaia in Gloucester.

Due to the changing nature of all of our working patterns at the moment we are flexible as to how this work is made and open to new ideas. SAL are firmly committed to the young climate activists in Gloucester and their strong will to change legislations and ultimately help save the planet.They fear for their future and we believe we should listen to them.

What are are looking for

A creative or company who:

  • is good at and likes working with young people
  • makes extraordinary work
  • understands digital stuff and is excited about the potential of it
  • is an activist and has a deep understanding of the issues that the work is about
  • wants to change the world through performance
  • can lift up under-represented voices in the climate debate
  • can work with us during these times and support an amazing group of young people to make a life-changing piece of theatre that will help them feel better about their future.

How to apply

Please send no more than 2 x pages of A4 ( or a video) with information about a piece of work you have made that you feel has a similar approach, and how you might approach this project.

Please also include a CV or link to a bio or similar online.

Email your application to

Fee: £8,000 (based on the project proposal we will work with the successful applicant to develop a role description to clarify what is expected within this fee. Due to the nature of the project the role will combine developing, writing and directing).

Initial timeframe: July-October 2020
Closing date: Monday 13 July 9am 

If you have any questions or want to chat to someone about the project please contact

We welcome applications from individuals from communities who are under-represented both in the arts and in climate conversations, particularly Black, Asian and minority ethnic/POC creatives. 


Gloucester Looking Up: Digital Commissions

A fantastic opportunity from Gloucester History Festival to create digital projects as part of their City Voices programme, including commissions to support local artists to create accessible programmes of activities to develop audiences and bring Gloucester’s heritage sites to life.

Gloucester Looking Up is a city-wide heritage venue response to Covid-19 inspiring new communities to look up at the buildings, look up online, look up their heritage and ensuring the city’s built and lived heritage is part of our shared recovery. It is funded by Historic England.

This brief details the first stage of this process, commissioning a range of digital outputs that will be hosted by the new Gloucester History Festival website (currently in development, to be launched in July 2020) as part of our community education programme City Voices. A second phase of creative commissions will be advertised in July, for projects which are not exclusively digital, and can be accessed within social distancing guidelines across the city.

Gloucester History Festival (GHF), run by the Gloucester History Trust, is a flagship festival for a city rich with high-profile heritage venues. City Voices is a key part of our programme, working with local communities, artists and historians to engage new audiences to explore the rich social history in the city. GHF is a key member of Gloucester’s Heritage Forum (HF) which includes Gloucester Cathedral, Llanthony Secunda Priory, St Mary de Crypt, the museums and other heritage sites. GHF and HF are collaboratively tackling the impacts of the current crisis by:

  • Providing an immediate city-wide response working with the community to provide virtual access to our venues
  • Providing a relevant, innovative activity programme, bringing together heritage and cultural sectors, attracting new, younger and diverse audiences
  • Building capacity and resilience by embedding collaborative partnership working at our core, working with our communities to make heritage part of everyday lives
  • Raising the profile of our organisations and city as having some of the richest heritage buildings in the UK

We will be programming 3 interconnecting activity strands which will directly respond to the current crisis and contribute to the recovery of the heritage sector.
1. Digital Map – providing virtual tours of venues across the city
2. Living History – working with communities to capture history being lived right now
3. Cultural Commissions – supporting local artists to create accessible programmes of activities, developing audiences and bringing heritage sites to life

This first series of commissions is for digital artists, illustrators, graphic designers and filmmakers to create product which is hosted on the GHF website initially and also on a Visit Gloucester website when that has been revised. The product will be accessed through an interactive map that is designed for this project.

The map should represent modern Gloucester in scale and layout, it may be helpful to have a full city with wards, as well as a detailed city centre map. The heritage buildings below should be represented as a minimum requirement, with further selections from the list on the right, reference to sites outside the centre, and travel links indicated.

  • Gloucester Cathedral St Michaels Tower
  • Llanthony Secunda Priory Olympus Theatre
  • Museum of Gloucester National Waterways Museum
  • St Mary DeCrypt church Robinswood Hill- Wildlife Trust
  • Gloucestershire Heritage Hub Gloucester Guildhall
  • Westgate Street/ The Folk Soldiers of Gloucester Museum
  • Blackfriars Priory Mariners Church
  • Kingsholm Stadium Alney Island

There is a maximum budget of £1,500 for this element

2. Film ‘tours’ of heritage venues/ areas. We are particularly interested in receiving film proposals that use different narratives and community voices. We will be able to support filmmakers in contacts with the venues and their volunteers

There is a budget of £500 – £2,000 for this element per film. Given the range of locations we are keen to explore, an exceptional application may identify several films that link together, to a maximum budget of £7,500.

3. Digital Content. We are interested in receiving applications that explore Gloucester heritage in innovative ways that can be shared via the website platform. This could include, but is not limited to, resources that are downloadable and support individual exploration of the City.

There is a budget of £500 – £1,500 for this element

All commissions will need to be completed and uploaded to website by 1 September 2020

Application process
To apply please submit your CV, and a proposal no longer than 2 sides of A4 which includes:
– Which commission(s) you are applying for
– A proposal detailing how you would run the project, including how you would engage
with the community and your ideas for style and content
– A budget breakdown
– Links to relevant previous work, website or social media
– Anything else you may feel relevant to support or add value to your application

For further information or queries please call Jacqui Grange, Project Manager on 01452 840565, or email

Please send completed applications to Kim Kenny, by Monday 6 July 2020

Shortlisted applicants may be invited to interview via Zoom


Gloucester Future Producers

These sessions will be taking place online while lockdown is in effect. You can still apply to join and be part of the group!

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

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. These events and work placements are currently planned for Autumn 2020.

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.  We will assist you to find a work placement opportunity.

When and where is it?

Sessions will take place on Wednesdays, 6:30pm-8:30pm

From 3 June – 15 July

These sessions are currently planned to take place online (via zoom).

More session dates will be announced asap. These follow up sessions will allow participants to work together to use what they have learnt to produce an event of their own in Gloucester.

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 18 May 2020

Some of the 2019 Future Producers at Gloucester Rooftop Festival

What if I have questions?

Check out these FAQs

Email or message Strike A Light via Instagram or Facebook.

Will the COVID-19 situation affect the delivery of the course?

Some adjustments have been made due to the COVID-19 situation. We have updated the timeline so the first round of sessions will now take place between 3 June & 15 July. These sessions will be held online (via zoom or similar). There will be a second round of sessions at some point this autumn (providing it is safe to do so) for participants to work together to produce their own events. We will be monitoring the situation and updating the delivery and timeline accordingly. 

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

Supported by The Music Works, Paul Hamlyn Foundation & Great Place.


Emergency Funding Support

Both rounds of applications for Arts Council England’s emergency funds for individuals and organisations have now closed. However there are other emergency funds available. ACE are contributing to a number of benevolent funds for artists and have compiled a list of other emergency funding available.

Some fantastic artist led funding appeals have also been created including:

We’re genuinely here to help! If you need someone to chat to about which funds might be best for you or to read over applications then please do get in touch.

ACE emergency response funds for individuals and organisations are now closed. Information on their future funding support will be released soon.

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).

There is information on access, easy read guidance and BSL guidance videos available.

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!


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.

(Due to the COVID-19 pandemic these sessions will be offered via online video chats or phone for the foreseeable future).

To find out more or to book an artist support session get in touch:


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.

A big thank you to everyone who applied for this opportunity. Both rounds have now closed but watch this space for updates!

🔥 UPDATE 🔥We have been inundated by applications from artists looking to develop ideas that can be delivered in a physical ‘creative box’.

In order to harness this energy and the huge variety of brilliant ideas we’ve heard about, Create Gloucestershire have hosted conversations with artists. If you would like to find out more about this conversation or how to get involved email


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

• will benefit from the connection with Create Glos/Strike A Light

• 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 £7000. 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 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 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.


Training and funding empowering women to be leaders in the arts


We have been monitoring the situation regarding Covid19 and its potential impact on the Women Leaders South West programme. We want this programme to have maximum impact and to be ambitious and have therefore decided to postpone recruitment until the end of 2020. We hope this will give people time to focus on getting through this current crisis and enable them to come to the programme fresh in early 2021 with energy and ideas, in what may well be a changed cultural landscape. It goes without saying that we are all hugely disappointed not to keep the momentum going – but we will return!

What next?

We will release a new Call Out with a revised timeline towards the end of 2020. There will also be a series of Open Days and Information Sessions where we can meet each other and offer support with your application.

In the meantime, if you have any queries at all you can contact

Updates will be posted on each partners website, as well as the Women Leaders South West Facebook page.

What if I have already applied?

Some people have already applied – thank you!! You can either:

1) request that we keep your application on file, and we will stay in touch with you about the new timeline.

2) withdraw your application and re-apply once the project resumes.

Please contact with your preference or with any queries.

What if I have online information sessions booked with the partner organisations?

These online or telephone sessions planned for 7thApril will still go ahead. They will still be useful as the programme content is very unlikely to change. It is also important that we meet you and hear your thoughts to help us plan and develop the programme.

Please contact with your preference or with any queries.

What if I have online information sessions booked with the partner organisations?

These online or telephone sessions planned for 31stMarch and 7thApril will still go ahead. They will still be useful as the programme content is very unlikely to change. It is also important that we meet you and hear your thoughts to help us plan and develop the programme.

Update to Timeline

We have been monitoring the situation regarding Covid19 and its potential impact on the Women Leaders South West programme. We want this programme to have maximum impact and to be ambitious and have therefore decided to postpone recruitment until the end of 2020. We hope this will give people time to focus on getting through this current crisis and enable them to come to the programme fresh in early 2021 with energy and ideas, in what may well be a changed cultural landscape. It goes without saying that we are all hugely disappointed not to keep the momentum going – but we will return!

Women Leaders South West
Empowering Women of all Backgrounds to be Leaders in the Arts

Are you interested in the arts? Do you enjoy problem-solving or making things happen? We’re inviting 16 women to take part in a paid leadership programme that includes work placements, mentoring and training.

(Postponed to 2021)

The challenge

Women are under-represented at a leadership level across all art forms – in theatres, festivals, galleries, and museums. Racism, ableism, transphobia, homophobia, economic constraints and caring responsibilities also create barriers to career development and leadership opportunities. The Women Leaders South West programme aims to understand these barriers, develop tools to tackle them and remove some of the obstacles women face in becoming leaders in the arts.

The opportunity

We’re working with 8 other organisations across the South West to offer training and funding for women to take part in a leadership training programme.

Together, we’re looking for 16 women associates who we can support on their leadership journeys.

Photo of Kalkidan Legesse, founder of Sancho’s, at the Slow Fashion Show. Photographer: Emma Booth.

About you

The programme as a whole is looking for applicants who are:

  • Passionate about arts and culture
  • Over 21 years old
  • Based in the South West region (Bournemouth, Christchurch Poole, Plymouth, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, Southampton, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Somerset, Gloucestershire, BANES & Bristol)
  • Rooted in their local community
  • Interested in developing new skills

We are particularly interested in working with women from groups who are most underrepresented at leadership level in the cultural sector, including disabled women. At Strike A Light specifically, we are especially keen to hear from women based in Gloucester from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds.

You do not need a higher education qualification, but do need to have at least two years’ work experience (this does not have to have been in the arts).

The full lowdown

More information about the programme will be released when applications re-open next year. If you have any questions before then please get in touch with the project manager


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

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Scratch night call out

Have you got an idea for a new show or something in progress you’d like to try out?

We’re inviting artists from Gloucestershire and the South West to showcase new work at one of our scratch nights.

A great opportunity to try out ideas and gain feedback from a supportive live audience. Performances can last from two to twenty minutes and our scratch nights are open to any performance discipline. We provide basic tech, facilitate feedback from the audience and can cover your travel costs.

If you have something you’re keen to share and get support on then drop us an email on so we can chat. We’ll confirm a date that works for interested artists, as part of our summer season, May-July 2020.

(Due to the current world crisis dates are a little up in the air. However if you are interested in sharing something in the future we’d still love to hear from you).


Musician Call Out

Musician Call Out January 2, 2020

Our Associate Artist’s Raised Eyebrows Theatre are looking for a musician to join them on their upcoming tour of Charmane.

Musician Call Out

Raised Eyebrows Theatre are seeking a musician to join us for our tour of Charmane beginning this month. The ideal person will be an accomplished guitar player, have a strong singing voice, be able to learn music quickly, have experience of touring, be friendly and outgoing, and work brilliantly in a small team.

Charmane is a gentle exploration in to gender identity for family audiences, using puppetry and live music. Raised Eyebrows Theatre are a Gloucestershire based company and are associate artists of Strike A Light. The show is supported by Battersea Arts Centre, The Collaborative Touring Network, Strike A Light, GL4 & Arts Council England.

You can find out more about the show and company here:

Key dates:

  • Rehearsals: 20 – 24 January
  • Tour: 25 January, 1 February, 8 February, 9 February, 13 February, 15 February, 19 February, 20 February, 21 February
  • Fee: £100 p/d

Deadline for applications: Saturday 11 January

To apply please send a CV and cover letter to