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Zine Artist Call Out

Strike A Light are seeking an artist to create a ZINE sharing the story of the making of and impact of our new show I stand for what I stand on.

🔥 Create a Zine
🔥 £1500 set fee
🔥 Immediate start

I stand for what I stand on is a live show performed by four young climate activists from Gloucester and a global digital cast. It is touring nationally in October/ November 2021. The show is performed directly to each audience member through headphones with original sound and digital design. Drawing on autobiographical experiences, a love of Harry Styles and Abba, an extraordinary understanding of the climate crisis and using cardboard protest signs,

I stand for what I stand on shares the young international cast’s thoughts and fears about the impending climate crisis and explores the reality of being a teenager and growing up in the shadow of the climate emergency.

Why a zine?

At Strike a Light we are thinking about how we evaluate our work and want to think about how we embed artists in that process. We want to have something that we can share with others that charts the process and tells the story of a project from an artist’s perspective.

What are we looking for?

An experienced zine maker, who can work independently and ideally has some knowledge of the climate emergency and why young people are rising up and speaking out.

We would like someone to attend some rehearsals as an onlooker, attend the show, speak to the cast, speak to some audience members and create a zine that we can share with funders, arts organisations and the public that tells the story of how this show was made and what impact it has had.

When is this happening?

We are looking for someone to make an immediate start! Rehearsals are taking place 6, 7, 8 October with the tour taking place throughout October (You will need to attend some of the rehearsals and one performance on the tour).

We have a set fee of £1500 for this role.

How do I apply?

Please send examples of your work to Sarah Blowers at hello@strikealightfestival.org.uk by Wednesday 29 September.

If you’ve got any questions please get in touch.

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All opportunities Training and support

Joined Up 2: South West Co-creators get together

Joined Up 2: South West Co-creators get together.
A meeting for artists, practitioners and organisations who are co-creating in the South West to meet one another, share practice and shape a network.

Last year nearly 100 people from across the South West met and talked about what co-creation is and what a South West network for co-creation could look like. 

If you want to catch up on what happened at the first meeting you can watch the recording.

The number 1 thing people wanted was a chance to share practice, learn about each other’s projects and meet others who are co-creating. Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC) and Strike A Light invite you to do just that.

The event will be an opportunity to:

  • Find out who else is actively working on co-creation in the South West
  • Hear about different projects
  • Have more in depth conversations sharing what’s worked and what hasn’t
  • Develop the ideas suggested at the last event for what a SW network could look like

This online event is for anyone who is already working with co-created practice, free to attend and will be captioned. 

🗓 Thursday 4 November, 11am-1pm
🎟 FREE online event (via Zoom)


We have some bursaries to support access and childcare.

We also have up to 10 bursaries of £50 each for freelancers to attend the meeting.

Email info@strikealightfestival.org.uk to let us know what you need.


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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 is NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS.

Key dates:
5 July 2021: Applications open
20 Sep 2021, 9am: Applications close
Week commencing 4October 2021: Interviews
Oct/Nov 2021: Up Next Executive Director 12 month p/t contract

How to apply

  1. You must be a member of ADF to apply. It’s completely free to join.

2. Complete the application documents


3. Email your completed documents to admin@adofthefuture.com, for the attention of Sandra Thompson-Quartey


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

The programme is NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS.

Key dates:
5 July 2021: Applications open
20 Sep 2021, 9am: Applications close
Week commencing 4 October 2021: Interviews
Oct/Nov 2021: Up Next Executive Director 12 month p/t contract

How to apply

  1. You must be a member of ADF to apply. It’s completely free to join.

2. Complete the application documents


3. Email your completed documents to admin@adofthefuture.com, for the attention of Sandra Thompson-Quartey

Deadline for applications extended: Closing Monday 20 September, 9am

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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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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: info@strikealightfestival.org.uk.

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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 info@strikealightfestival.org.uk