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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

(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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CTN: Artist Call Out

Attention artists and companies: another fantastic, year-long, funded opportunity to pursue a project of your making. 🎉🔥

  • £72k in creative fees
  • £20k in production budget
  • Any performance form
  • With our friends at CTN

The Collaborative Touring Network is looking to work with an artist, a group of artists or a company to make and tour a live show nationally, between September 2021 and September 2022.

⏰ Expression of interest Deadline: Monday 5 July, 10am

📷 Laima Arlauskaite_(coletivA ocupação)

This callout will allow an artist, or artists, or company to spend one whole year working on developing and touring a live performance with 8 communities nationally. It’s a joint initiative between Battersea Arts Centre (Wandsworth), Doorstep Arts (Torbay),
Heads Up (Hull), Jumped Up Theatre (Peterborough), Looping the Loop (Thanet), Lyrici Arts (Medway),
The Old Courts (Wigan) & Strike a Light (Gloucester).

We’re so chuffed to see this happening! It feels like another potentially-significant shift in the way the arts industry/organisations are working with artists… 🔥

(Context: it was about this time last year that we went on a bit of a rant about some of the changes we want to see in the arts industry – specifically, around employing artists, to ‘just be artists’)

With the support of a bunch of amazing partners, we’ve recently been able to do just that, which we’re really excited about.

But/and we said right from the start that a big reason for setting up this experiment was to see what difference it would make if more arts organisations were to adopt this model – for it to be part of their ‘new normal’ as well.

So we’re extra-hyped when we see other people trying out steps in a similar sort of direction as well – testing out different models to better support artists. Specifically, funding models that are about:

  • investing in artists, giving them stability and financial security
  • stopping the endless, exhausting project/grant-chasing treadmill
  • allowing artists lots of creative freedom – without specified themes or artforms

We know that, for example, Wales Millennium Centre have done stuff like this too. We’d love to see loads more! If there’s anyone else out there working on similar initiatives or thinking similar thoughts, let us know – we wanna hear!)

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OPPORTUNITY: 1 year paid arts leadership placement – Executive Directors of the Future

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We’re delighted to be partnering with Artistic Directors of the Future to host the second instalment of the Up Next arts leadership programme – a scheme designed to hand over power and resources to visionary people of colour within established theatre organisations.

Under the scheme, one successful applicant will get a 1 year, 4 day/week placement with Strike A Light in the role of Executive Director. This will include mentoring, training and support from Strike A Light and the ADF network. 

This is a paid placement, at a rate of £35,000 per year pro rata.

Candidates must:

  • be from a Black, Asian, Middle Eastern, Pacific Islander, Indigenous, Native American, Hawaiian, Hispanic/Latinx or Mixed-Race background
  • be an ADF member (free to join)
  • be available to work in the Strike A Light office in Gloucester at least 1 day per week
  • be available to work for Strike A Light 4 days per week from October or November 2021 for 12 months

The programme opens for applications on 5 July 2021.

Strike A Light and ADF will be running free, open, online information sessions (on 29 June and 1 July) where you can find out more about the scheme before applications open.

About the scheme

Up Next is designed to hand over power and resources to visionary people of colour within established theatre organisations. The initiative is a catalyst for progressive change within organisations that participate in the programme and supports the diversity of their workforce.

This no hand-holding initiative presents a one of a kind opportunity for ADF members to take the keys, take the budgets, take the space and change the game.

Artistic Directors of the Future (ADF) launched this revolutionary leadership programme in 2017, in partnership with Battersea Arts Centre and Bush Theatre and supported by the Arts Council England Sustained Theatre Fund.

The initiative saw five ADF members from culturally diverse backgrounds take up positions of leadership – bringing change to tomorrow’s arts and cultural landscape.

 “I would never have this job if it wasn’t for ADF. There were times when I really couldn’t continue theatre and it was the great community I had through ADF that made me feel there was still a place for me in this industry. I only got this job, partly through my relationship with BAC, and the Up Next programme.”  – Tarek Iskander, Battersea Arts Centre Artistic Director and Up Next 2017 participant

This year, Up Next will offer a one-off opportunity to a candidate who will bring their perspective and lived experience as a person of colour to Strike A Light and share new ideas and strategies to shape the organisation.

The main goal of the placement is that, by the end of the year, the Up Next candidate will have gained valuable experience that can support them to demonstrate the skills, knowledge and confidence to step into a senior leadership role within the cultural sector.

About the placement

The scheme will offer one person a one-year placement with Strike A Light in Gloucester in the role of Executive Director.

The Executive Director is a key part of the Strike A Light team, working alongside the Co-Artistic Directors to lead the organisation. The role is one that holds, shapes, supports and drives the entire organisation.

Primary purpose: with the Artistic Directors, to drive the strategic and creative direction of the organisation, leading on planning, finance and organisational development of Strike A Light.

For this placement, Strike A Light are looking for someone to join the team who is excited about the organisation’s work, who understands the principles underpinning it and who wants to bring new ideas and ways of working to the organisation.

The placement will be best-suited to someone who enjoys being the go-to person in a team, and who has a broad range of experience in different areas and job roles in the arts. 

About Strike A Light

As a small charity, Strike A Light has been punching above its weight in terms of national profile and innovative thinking which is influencing the industry.

We believe that for the arts industry to change, the leadership needs to change – and that artists and communities need to be at the heart of developing cultural programmes. We use 7 Key principles for creating cultural events and these inform the whole organisation and its decision making.

Next steps

Strike A Light and ADF will be running free, open, online information sessions where you can find out more about the scheme before applications open.

These will give you an opportunity to meet the team, find out more about the Up Next programme and ask any questions you might have, before applications officially open.

You can book a place on one of these information sessions, sign up for an email reminder about the key dates (including when applications open) or just check back on this site after 5 July to apply.

Information sessions

Tues 29 June, 11am

Thurs 1 July, 6.30pm

The programme opens for applications on 5 July 2021.

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Poetry Slam Call Out

The Roundhouse Poetry Slam is back for its 15th year!

We’re very excited to be partnering with the Roundhouse on this year’s Poetry Slam. The Slam final will go ahead with a live audience this Summer after being moved online last year.

We are now in search of the next Slam champion – could you be one of this year’s finalists?

The 15th Poetry Slam final judges will include writer of the critically acclaimed Queenie, with more to be announced.

Kareem Parkins-Brown – 2019 Poetry Slam Final winner

• The chance to showcase your talent in front of live and online audiences.
• The opportunity to make industry contacts, raise your profile and network with peers and professionals in the spoken word industry.
• Have the opportunity to compete for the title of Roundhouse Slam Champion and win a cash prize if you finish in the top three or win the audience vote.
• Finalists’ performances will be professionally filmed and uploaded to the Roundhouse YouTube Channel, which has over 16,000 subscribers. Past finalist videos have been reposted by global online publications and accumulated views in excess of 5 million.
• Cash prizes for the runners up

Please note, this year the Slam Heats will be hosted online via Zoom.
We understand that for some people, travelling or being in groups for the LIVE FINAL is not feasible or safe at this time so The Roundhouse will work with each finalist to figure out the best option for them.
The Roundhouse will be able to provide financial support for finalists who need help paying for travel to London from within the UK.


1. Complete the application form on the Roundhouse website, including links to video footage of you performing a poem you have written. Deadline (extended): Thursday 24 June, Midday
2. They will invite a shortlist of poets to perform in the Slam Heats which this year will be hosted online via Zoom on 6,7,8 July 2021
3. The winner of each heat will progress directly to the Slam Final on 29th July 2021, along with the nine top scoring finalists from across all three heats.

The Roundhouse are also running two online workshops to help you prepare for the slam, led by Joelle Taylor an award-winning poet, playwright, author and editor.

Get Slam Ready: Writing Skills, 1 June
Get Slam Ready: Performance Skills, 2 June

Roundhouse Poetry Slam is in partnership with National Theatre Wales, Voice Box, Gloucester Culture Trust and Hull Truck and is generously supported by Colin and Helen David.

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Artist Support Sessions

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

These sessions can cover a range of topics including:

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

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

(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:

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Arts Council Funding Advice Sessions

Arts Council Funding Advice Sessions with Ruth Kapadia

We’re really pleased that Ruth from Arts Council England will be carrying on being in Gloucester to give face to face advice on your project and Arts Council funding. We’ve had a great response so far. Just drop in 10am-4pm on any of the dates below, to Blackfriars Enterprise Hub, 10 Commercial Road, Gloucester (next to Gloucester Bike Project).

All sessions are currently POSTPONED due to Covid-19. We hope sessions will be able to take place again soon but currently there are no dates confirmed.

If you would like to arrange an artist support session to talk about ACE funding email Jess on