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Let Artists Be Artists: end of year review

A one-hour session to see what actually does happen when you pay artists to just…be artists for a year

🗓 11am-12 noon Wednesday 27th April
📌 Via Zoom (the session will be captioned)
🎟 Free – but please book your place in advance


Almost TWO years ago, we had this idea:

And then, almost ONE year ago, this happened:

Now, after a year of trialling our ‘Let Artists Be Artists’ experiment in the real world, working with three brilliant artists, it’s time to look back and see what the process has uncovered.


Come along and hear from the artists involved about:

  • their experience of the year
  • what was different for them being part of the LABA programme
  • what comes next
  • how this programme might help or support other organisations to try out similar things

You might also want to read our 9-month review session: lessons learned – how to change the way we work with artists.

We’re planning to continue with the Let Artists Be Artists programme, possibly moving to 2-year posts, and we are having conversations with partners who are keen to stay involved.

If you’re interested in this scheme, please do come along!

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 Gloucestershire | GL4 | Gloucester Culture Trust | Jerwood Arts | MAYK | Pound Arts | Theatre Bristol | Theatre Orchard | Travelling Light Theatre Company | Trinity Bristol

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GL4 Artist Associate

Are you a creative practitioner with strong relationships in your local community, and a passion for engaging with people across cultures?  This could be the opportunity for you! 👇

🔥Connection to a national network
🔥 Fee of £2,250, based on 15 days of work
🔥 April – September 2022
🔥 Deadline for applications 28 March, 5pm

GL4 is looking for an Artistic Associate (ideally local to Gloucestershire) to work alongside Lead Artist John Pfumojena, and an ensemble of global majority performers, as part of a national project produced by the Collaborative Touring Network in 2022. 

Do you have skills in leading artistic workshops in any of the following disciplines?

  • Singing
  • Music 
  • Acting
  • Dance/movement
  • Devising 
  • Creative writing, script, poetry

Do you have an interest in non-conventional storytelling, multidisciplinary artforms and improvisation? 

Do you have a strong relationship with communities around you and experience in devising work with the people in your place?

If so, we’d love to hear from you.

Full Associate Artist Brief

You can hear more about the project and the role, directly from the lead artist John Pfumojena:


Dates & Details

  • Fee of £2,250, based on 15 days of work @ £150 p/day between April – September 2022, broken down according to the following schedule of work:
ActivityNo. DaysDates
Preparation & Evaluation 2April & Sept 2022
Equivalent hours spread over days in these months; participating in meetings, workshop prep, evaluation sessions etc. 
Workshops with Lead Artist & Ensemble3April 2022
3 consecutive days of workshops, start of collaboration between John Pfumojena and Associate Artist. Community members joining. 
Leading workshops and devising with community members5April-August 2022
Flexible schedule to be devised by Associate Artist in partnership with GL4, considering needs of community. Could be an intensive week, multiple weekends, or a series of weekly sessions.
Production week; integrating, rehearsing, and performing Bunker of Zion5August/September 2022
5 consecutive days including rehearsals and up to 3 performances 

You will also get:

  • Support and space to develop your work from GL4. The Associate Artist will have regular support meetings with staff members at GL4, will be offered space to run workshops, and will be supported to connect with members of the community with whom you want to collaborate.
  • Connection to a national network of 8 Associate Artists, each working in their own local areas on this project (areas include Wigan, Peterborough, Medway, Thanet, Torbay, Gloucester). Regular check-in meetings as a network, and, if desired, expenses covered to travel to other locations to meet other Associates in person and see the work in other locations. 

How to apply

To apply please send the below to to Naomi at GL4 naomidraper@gl4.org.uk

  • a short video (no more than 4 minutes) explaining why you are interested in this role
  • examples of your work

If you would like to apply via a different format please get in touch with Naomi to arrange this.

Deadline for applications Monday 28th March, 5pm

If you have any questions please get in touch with GL4 – naomidraper@gl4.org.uk


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Join our Board!

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Applications 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. Thanks for your interest!

Are you interested in our work at Strike A Light? Do you want to be part of helping us to succeed?

Maybe you could be one of our new board members!

We have a board of trustees that works closely with our core team. The board’s job is to work with us, support us, challenge us and make sure that we’re doing the things we’re supposed to be doing.

This might be especially exciting if you’re interested in:

🌎 changing how organisations respond to the climate crisis
🎉 shaping the future of Gloucester’s vibe and scene
🚨 shaking up arts leadership

or if you just want to be part of the Strike A Light gang! 🤗

We’ve now got an opportunity for some new trustees to join Strike A Light. Could you be one of them?!

Full details


About the role

Being a trustee is a voluntary role, that typically takes up about 1 day of your time every couple of months (6-8 days per year altogether).

If you join the Strike A Light board at the moment, you could support us with things like: 

We’re not expecting you to do all of these things – but if there is anything on that list that speaks to you or sparks your interest, we would love to hear from you! 

Specific roles/specialisms

In particular, we’re looking for people who’d be great at helping us with the following things:

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Secretary to the Board

This is a paid role: up to 8 days/year, £150/day

The board requires someone in the official capacity of secretary.

It’s a great fit for anyone interested in setting up your own organisation, or undertaking a paid role within a board or charity. It would suit someone with strong admin skills.

See the full duties/responsibilities

The Secretary is our Charity Commission Correspondent, meaning you’ll be in charge of:

  • Updating the record of Trustee appointments 
  • Liaising with the Commission on any proposed constitutional changes
  • Submitting Annual Report and annual return by the due dates

In board meetings, it’s your job to:

  • Prepare the agenda with the Chairperson
  • Circulate the agenda and any other papers
  • Check that meetings are quorate
  • Take minutes (see below)
  • Type up and circulate minutes as soon as possible after the meeting

Minutes should include:

  • Name of the organisation
  • What type of meeting (e.g. board meeting, AGM or sub-committee)
  • Date, time and venue
  • List of board members present and other people in attendance, such as staff 
  • Apologies for absence
  • Confirmation that the previous meeting minutes are a true record
  • Matters arising from the previous meetings minutes
  • Separate minute for each item discussed
  • Date, time and venue of next meeting

Because we are able to offer a fee for this role in particular, we’d love for it to be filled by an artist or creative freelancer (though that’s not obligatory, of course).

We want more artists as part of our board decision making – but we know how hard it is for artists to volunteer unpaid time. This role gives us a chance to solve that problem!

We’d recommend attending one of our info sessions to find out what’s involved or email kadisha@strikealightfestival.org.uk for more info

Could be you? Apply!

Climate justice/environmental change

Rapid climate change needs urgent and drastic responses. We want to be doing as much as we can, as fast as we can – we’re talking systemic change, not just ‘recycle old flyers’.

Do you have specialist knowledge, passion or expertise in this area? Apply!

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Gloucester resident/local knowledge (young person?)

Gloucester is at the heart of what we do. We exist to serve the city. That means understanding what makes it unique, what is needed and what the people who live here want to see happen.

We’d especially love to know more about what it’s like to grow up here, and to hear more young people’s voices on our board.

Do you have specialist knowledge, passion or expertise in this area? Apply!

Senior leadership

Leadership in the arts needs to be more equitable, diverse and representative. That’s why we’ve recently started a one-year scheme, hosting an ‘Executive Director of the Future’ (Kadisha Williams).

That means we’ve currently got an Executive Director at the beginning of her career in senior leadership.

Kadisha is keen to have support, guidance and mentoring assistance from the board. So, during this period of diversifying our leadership model, we want to work with someone with leadership experience in an established arts organisation and/or charity. 

Do you have specialist knowledge, passion or expertise in this area? Apply!

Other

If you’ve read through all of those and feel like you definitely want to work with us but you’re not sure you fit one of those specialisms exactly… don’t worry, you can still apply!

We know that all of us have different experiences from many walks of life. We’re open to hearing and feel like there is so much that would be beneficial for us to learn from.  

About you

The board is a really important part of how Strike A Light works – so we want it to be full of fantastic people!

People can be fantastic in all kinds of ways and for all sorts of reasons. We’re excited to hear about what makes you great and how your voice can add to our leadership.

That could be about your professional CV – but it really doesn’t have to be. We’re just as interested in your character, life experience and passions.


The application process/timeline

If you’d like to chat to us about the role before applying, or if you’ve got any other questions, we’re running 2 short, informal info sessions via Zoom. These are a great chance to get to know us a bit better and decide if this is for you!

These will take place at 1pm and 6pm on Thursday 24 March.

Recording of the info session led by our Executive Director Kadisha.

If you are interested in joining the board, just submit a short application (~up to 2 pages of A4, or send us your answers in video/audio form).

There are only 2 questions at this stage:

  1. What excites you about being part of the Strike A Light board? What would YOU get out of it?
  2. Why would you be a great addition to our board?

Finally, there’ll be a brief interview via Zoom. We’ll provide you with all the questions in advance!

If you have any particular access needs, or would prefer to apply via a different format, please do get in touch with us: info@strikealightfestival.org.uk

🗓 Key dates

  • Info sessions: Thursday 24 March, 1pm and 6pm
  • Application deadline: Monday 4 April, 9am
  • Interviews: Monday 25 or Tuesday 26 April

Fancy being part of team Strike A Light?

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Get involved – King’s Square Launch

A quick taste of Avant Garde’s fantastic dance skills

We’re looking for people to join us in an exciting dance project over the next couple of months.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • work alongside an amazing professional dance company, Avant Garde
  • learn a unique dance routine
  • be part of a public performance at the King’s Square launch

– all for FREE!

Rehearsals start in March, for a performance date of Saturday 30 April


How to get involved

There are various different groups you can join, let us know if you’re interested and we’ll find a group for you to slot in to. Minimum age – 10.

To sign up or find out more email Charlene: charlene@strikealightfestival.org.uk

Spaces are limited – so sign up now to avoid disappointment!


Who are Avant Garde Dance?

Avant Garde are at the forefront of London’s Hip Hop/Contemporary dance scene, and have gained extensive experience and performed internationally at many venues and festivals. Their dynamic performances explore many styles, themes and media while embracing different genres and forms of music, dance, literature, circus and digital work. 


  • 6 individual hour long sessions
  • Be taught awesome choreography
  • 100+ other dancers! 
  • No skills needed!
  • Performance will be filmed

Rehearsals start in March, for a performance date of 30 April.

Spaces are limited – so sign up now to avoid disappointment!

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Gloucester Future Producers 2022

🔥 Ever wanted to run your own events or set up a festival?
🔥 Interested in being part of the scene making exciting stuff happen in Gloucester?
🔥 Fancy some FREE training that can boost your career?


Sign up for a free place on our 2022 Future Producers course (ages 18+)

“I feel like being part of Future producers has been a turning point for me in my career, and so many opportunities have opened up for me. I really am so glad I applied!”

2020 Participant

What is it?

Gloucester Future Producers is a chance to develop your skills in, and learn more about:

  • Touring shows
  • Creating events
  • Promoting gigs
  • Producing festivals

Over 10 weeks you’ll work with other aspiring producers, meet and hear from different festivals and events professionals to build your network. We’ll look at different areas of producing including:

  • Managing live events
  • Marketing and promotion
  • Programming and booking performers
  • Fundraising and managing budgets

You will have the opportunity to produce events in Gloucester with an allocated budget and to undertake a work placement in the industry.

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.

We’re looking for people excited to collaborate with others and with a passion & drive to make exciting events happen in the city.

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 an evening, or take on a role in a festival team for a couple of weeks. 

When and where is it?

  • Sessions take place on Thursdays, 6:30pm-8pm
  • The programme will run between 21 April & 23 June (you will be expected to attend the majority of the sessions)
  • Sessions will take place at JOLT in Gloucester city Centre. It is less than five minutes from the train and bus station.There is also parking nearby which is free after 6pm.

How do I apply?

If you would like to apply via a different format (e.g video/audio/chat) then please get in touch with Jess to arrange that info@strikealightfestival.org.uk.

Deadline for applications: Monday 14 March, 10am


FAQS

Do I need any skills or experience to take part?

You don’t need any experience or existing skills to take part. This programme is for emerging producers or those interested in finding out what producing is. We’re looking for people eager to learn, excited to collaborate with others and with a passion and drive to make exciting events happen in the city. You will be expected to be committed to the programme and work as part of a team.

Is there an age limit?

There’s no upper age limit but you will need to be over 18 to take part. You could be just out of school and looking to explore the working world, recently graduated from University and wanting to gain more experience or just eager to get involved in Gloucester’s festivals & events.

Is there a charge for the course?

The programme is completely FREE! (Thanks to funding from Gloucester Culture Trust, Paul Hamlyn Foundation & Great Place.)

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

The course is currently planned to be in person. However we will be monitoring the Covid guidance carefully and may move the sessions online via Zoom.

Who will be delivering the programme?

The course will be led by Strike A Light’s Producer. Each week, there will be guest speakers and workshops led by different producers, promoters & managers from across the arts & events sector.

How many places are there on the programme?

There are up to 15 places available. Participants will be chosen based on the information provided in their applications. If we have a particularly high volume of applications then we may invite people to meet us for a conversation in order to help us make a decision.

If you have any further questions about Gloucester Future Producers please get in touch: info@strikealightfestival.org.uk.


This is a free talent development opportunity funded by Gloucester Culture Trust and Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Delivered by Strike A Light in partnership with JOLT and The Music Works.

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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 1 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. 

The Venture in White City

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: Wednesday 2 February

Interviews: Wednesday 16 February

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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Gloucestershire Artist callout

The brief
• £5,500 fee
• 36 days spread over 1 year
• For an artist based in or near Gloucester to work with residents in Westgate Street
• Application deadline: Monday 10 January 2022

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about the role
details and FAQs
how to apply

What are we looking for?

A brilliant artist (based in or near Gloucester) to embed in the Westgate Street community in Gloucester, finding and amplifying stories in the area.

You’ll work alongside residents, a community producer and another artist to uncover the stories of Westgate Street – historic, social and lived – to celebrate the role and importance of this historic area.

We want you to listen and respond to the needs of the community, and to engage and inspire people through the arts.

Who should apply?

This project will be a good fit for you if you:

  • are based in or near Gloucester, know the area and have good local connections
  • work in artforms that are well-suited to a collaborative process, both in the creation and sharing
  • have a clear idea of who your work speaks to, is for or is created with
  • are interested in working with communities as part of your work
  • work in a self-directed way, create your own projects and have a clear creative vision and practice
  • have something to say – and particularly if you are are under-heard or under-represented in the industry
  • feel that Strike A Light’s 7 principles are a good fit with your own ethos, values and way of working

Details and FAQs

What’s the project that this role is part of?

You’ll be working as part of the High Street Heritage Action Zone (!) project in Gloucester – basically, an effort to revitalise the Westgate area of the city through its heritage.

Westgate is one of the oldest and best preserved areas of Gloucester and the main commercial route linking the cathedral to the rest of the city. One of four original Roman routes, Westgate links the spectacular medieval cathedral to the rest of the city. Its array of stunning historic buildings includes the 15th century timber-framed Fleece Inn and Judges’ Lodgings. 

Following a successful bid to Historic England, a local consortium of organisations – Cathedral Quarter Gloucester (CQG) – is developing and delivering schemes transforming and restoring disused and dilapidated buildings into new homes, shops, workplaces, restoring local historic character and improving public spaces.

The residency programme has been established as part of High Street Heritage Action Zone programme to increase the range and number of Gloucester residents engaging with artistic and creative activities inspired by the heritage of the area.

Westgate Street, Gloucester

How long is the contract for?

You’ll spend 36 days on this project, starting as soon as possible after February 2021 and running over the course of a year. 

It’s up to you exactly how this time is spent. It could be 1 day a week or be more concentrated over particular months or around activities you plan.

What’s the fee?

£5,500

All staff working on the project – both artists, community producer etc – will be paid at the same rate.

We have a budget of £2,000 to support any events or activities you might want to organise.


What do you want me to make? 

There are no specific outcomes that have been decided. You don’t have to do a specific number of projects or shows and can choose how you create with the community. 

How do you want me to work?

In a co-created way that shifts the balance of power and listens and responds to the needs of the community.

The Cathedral Quarter HQ, a former shop unit at 21 Westgate Street, will be available as a base for you to work from and there are other community spaces within the zone that can be utilised for activities and events such as ‘The Folk of Gloucester’ building.

Cathedral Quarter HQ on Westgate Street, Gloucester

What outcomes are you hoping for? 

We would love to see:

  • you as an artist get to make something that you’re excited about and proud of!
  • residents – including those who have not engaged with the work of Strike A Light before and who are not regular arts attenders – are excited about the project
  • local communities engage with Westgate and celebrate the role and importance of this historic area
  • you using your knowledge and creativity to make the best use of pop-up cultural spaces on Westgate, contributing to the increase in the footfall
  • Westgate residents building civic pride, better wellbeing, more confidence and new skills
  • work happening in partnership with local organisations and across different disciplines (arts, heritage, regeneration, communities, economic development)

Who will I be working with

Most importantly, the community of Westgate Street in Gloucester.

Many of the people you’ll be working with are adults in challenging situations, or with additional needs – so it’s important that you’re able to work in a way that’s suitable to their circumstances.

Of course, there are lots of different groups you might want to connect with – such as elderly residents, or local independent businesses. If you want to understand more about the area and the people you might want to include in your work, get in touch with us and we’ll happily chat things through with you.

You’ll collaborate with the Community Producer and other artist. They’ll work alongside you, providing additional capacity, local knowledge and their own practice.

What do you mean by a Community Producer?

A Community Producer is a local resident willing to take on paid creative and organisational tasks regarding the co-creational activities. The Community Producer initiates and delivers creative projects in collaboration with the local community and with professional support from SAL.

How do you want me to work with the other artist on the project?

You’ll be one of two professional artists involved in the project. Precisely how you collaborate will be up to you to decide – how you feel happy working, what suits you etc – but your creative practice will run alongside the other artist’s creative practice to create something exciting with the residents in the area.

Artist RM Sánchez-Camus has recently been appointed as the other artist. His practice incorporates community co-authorship into installation, performance, and text with a focus on co-creation, participation, psychogeography, and community wellbeing.

Why is it only open to artists based in or near Gloucester?

There are two artist roles as part of this project. We felt it was important to ensure one of these roles was specifically ring-fenced for an artist with local knowledge and connections.


If you have more questions, please contact our producer Milan Govedarica: producer@strikealightfestival.org.uk 


How to apply

We think carefully about how our application processes work. There are two things that are really important to us in this one:

  1. we want to make job applications better for artists – easier to do, fairer and less stressful!
  2. we want to devolve decision-making power over to the residents and communities who you’ll be working with

We have tried to create this recruitment process with that in mind:

Step 1: written application

Simply tell us: 

  • Very briefly about you, your work and the way you like to work
  • Which of Strike A Light’s 7 principles do you particularly connect with and why?
  • What interests you about the Westgate Street residency? 
  • Your proposed approach and what might you offer local residents?

And send us 3 links to your work – this could be a website, gallery or video.

Share your answers and links with us in:

  • No more than 1,000 words
  • Maximum 6 minute video or audio file 

The deadline for applications is Monday 10 January 2022

Step 2: a day in Gloucester (paid)

3 artists will be selected for step 2: a paid invitation to spend a day in Gloucester walking, talking and eating with residents and partners.

If you are selected for step 2, you will:

  1. Arrive first thing in the morning
  2. Get a tour of the area
  3. Interview with key partners to tell them about your work and experience and ask any questions you may have. Plus an ‘artist freestyle’ (see below).
  4. Interview with community members to talk about you, the way you work and your ideas over lunch and a repeat of the ‘artist freestyle’.

Artist Freestyle – up to 15 mins
Share something that gives an insight into your practice and you as an artist. It can be as creative as you want – a talk, an exercise, a play, a film – just something that helps us connect with you and your practice. 

We’ll pay you for your time: £250, plus a contribution toward travel.

This will take place 1 – 3 February 2022.

If you would like to apply via a different format, please get in touch to arrange this.


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Creative Community Activists: Callout

  • Are you aged between 18-30 and based in Gloucester?
  • Are you an emerging artist/creative 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?

What is it?

Strike A Light would like to support 4 young emerging artists/creatives, based in Gloucester between December 2021 and March 2022 to develop and deliver a creative idea that:

  • helps to connect people
  • engages with those who may have less opportunity to get involved in creative activities

What we will offer:

  • A fee of £1920, based on £120 a day for 16 days.
  • A budget of up to £500 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.
A cute baby sloth with the words Oh Really? Tell me more.

How do you apply?

Share your ideas with us. Please let us know:

  • What you want to do?
  • Who is it for?
  • How it will connect people?
  • What you need to make it happen?

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

Please send your ideas to us by Tuesday November 9 2021

We will let you know whether your idea has been successful by November 19 2021.

We particularly welcome applications from those from under-represented groups in the creative sector. We are also particularly interested in projects that can engage with communities in White City, Matson and Robinswood.

Please send your application via email to Jess at info@strikealightfestival.org.uk with the subject line ‘Creative Community Application’.


Awesome people making this project happen! 🙏🎉

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



Cover Image: ‘Venture Through the Seasons’ – Ella Daniel Lowe

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Callout: Lead Youth Theatre Practitioner

Freelance maternity cover
January–July 2022
3 hours/week delivery, Weds evenings (excluding planning time)
Rate of pay: £140/week (term time only)

We’re looking for a fantastic freelance youth theatre practitioner to help run our Youth Theatre sessions. We need a Lead Practitioner to deliver on Wednesday evenings, during term-time, for two groups of young people.

You’ll get to work with a brilliant bunch of young people and practitioners – and be part of our efforts to find different, better ways to ‘do’ the arts.

We want the young people we engage with to be the driving force behind the development of their Youth Theatre. As the Lead Youth Theatre Practitioner, you’ll play an important part in shaping this inclusive offer.

We’re looking for practitioners with a real commitment to enabling young people to fulfil their potential.

The role is offered as freelance maternity cover from January 2022-July 2022. 3 hours/week delivery (excluding planning time)

Rate of pay: £140/week (term time only)


Specific Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Plan and deliver engaging and accessible weekly sessions on Wednesday evenings (during term time) for two groups in Gloucester
  • Work with young people aged 11-18 in creating new engaging and dynamic performances across the City
  • Help manage the space and keep young people aware of personal space/social distancing where necessary
  • Liaise with the participation team and assistant Youth Theatre practitioners in weekly plans and developments. 
  • Create newsletters of Strike A Light events, monthly participation information for parents and young people. 
  • Collate material for evaluation through different forms of media.

General 

  • Work within Strike A Light policies, including Health & Safety, Child Protection and Equalities 
  • Participate in organisation meetings and events as required 
  • Attend relevant training as and when required 
  • Positively represent Strike A Light at events 

Person Specification 

We are looking for someone who: 

  • Is enthusiastic about this opportunity 
  • Has experience in Youth Theatre participation
  • Is dynamic in approach to working with young people
  • Has a good level of written and spoken English 
  • Is confident using a computer – in particular email, Mailchimp and social media 
  • Is an out-of-the-box thinker 

How to apply 

Please send us:

  • a CV
  • an Equal Opportunities monitoring form
  • and an Expression of Interest (maximum 2 sides of A4) covering the following information: 
  1. What experience do you have within the creative sector, through education, clubs or voluntary activities?
  2. What excites you about your work? 
  3. Why do you think you are the person we are looking for to undertake this role? 
  4. What do you expect to be the challenges of this work? 

Please send your CV, Equal Opportunities monitoring form and Expression of Interest by email to: charlene@strikealightfestival.org.uk

Deadline for applications: Monday 8 November (12 noon)

If you would like to apply via a different format (e.g video/audio) please get in touch with Jess to arrange this: info@strikealightfestival.org.uk

Successful applicants will be invited to a stage 1 interview on Tuesday 16 November 2021  

Following Stage 1 Interviews, selected applicants will be invited for a trial delivery session, on either Tuesday 7 December or Wednesday 8 December 2021.

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Workshop board session: climate crisis and the arts

“In a climate emergency, what is the role of an arts organisation? How can we create an environmental responsibility policy and action plan which is meaningful?”

🗓 Tuesday 2 November, 1pm
💻 Online (via Zoom)


Our board and staff team are working on our environmental responsibility plan and we want it to be more than just a policy about recycling paper in the office. We’d love to chat to other people about how they’re approaching this kind of work and hear about different, bold or experimental approaches from the arts and from other sectors.

If you have experiences, opinions or ideas you could share with us in the workshop we’d love to hear from you. You might:

  • be an artist or company that has navigated making carbon neutral or net zero work
  • have worked on a project which has done things differently when it comes to environmental responsibility
  • have experience or knowledge of leading an organisation through environmental sustainability or climate justice work

Why workshop sessions? 

Earlier this year, we outlined our new approach to our governance: how decisions are made about how Strike A Light is run, and how we could make sure that more voices were heard in this

Like a lot of arts organisations, Strike A Light is a charity and so our board of trustees meet regularly throughout the year to oversee, advise and support the running of the organisation. We want to open up this process and have written a couple of blogs about why we think change is vital for us and across the sector. 

In short, we will move the primary focus of our governance activity to workshops rather than board meetings – where artists, communities and industry work alongside board members to directly influence and support Strike A Light’s approach. 

Read more about what happened in our first workshop.

Rather than a single, static board who feel they have to drive the strategy and make decisions on every topic, this arrangement provides dynamic support and skills for the governance of Strike A Light.

We’ll be doing a workshop on a different topic every three months and each different workshop will involve quite different groups of people. 

There will be a combination of trustees, freelancers, arts professionals, professionals from other industries, community members and artists.

The size, make-up and dynamics of each group will change to best reflect the workshop topic. 


How does it work?

If you have knowledge, experience or a professional interest in this topic and are interested in being part of the workshop on Tuesday 2 November, then just drop us an email to let us know who you are and why you’re keen and we’ll be in touch with more details about the workshop and so you can ask any questions. 

The workshop in November will take place on Zoom, will be informal discussions and last for 1 hour and 15 mins. 

  • Workshop attendees can be paid for their time. We know there’s an issue with asking freelancers, artists etc to put in unpaid time. After the workshop you can invoice us for £75 towards your time. Alternatively you can choose to donate your time as a trustee would. You don’t need to tell us which you’re opting for – just send us an invoice afterwards, or don’t. 
  • There’s flexibility to the time commitment. You might attend future workshops too if you feel you can contribute to several topics, but equally you might just attend the one workshop that’s your bag. 
  • Workshop formats can vary to suit attendees and topic e.g. we can do one small group discussion or a structured activity with breakout sessions etc. 
  • Options for digital or hybrid meetings give much greater opportunities to work with people from across the country or even internationally. We’re planning this workshop on zoom. If you’re local to Gloucester and would prefer to meet in person for a chat on the topic or would prefer a one to one phone call we can do that too.

We hope these sessions will also give people an opportunity to find out more about how the Strike A Light board works, meet trustees and demystify the governance process.