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?
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?
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:
Preparation & Evaluation
April & Sept 2022 Equivalent hours spread over days in these months; participating in meetings, workshop prep, evaluation sessions etc.
Workshops with Lead Artist & Ensemble
April 2022 3 consecutive days of workshops, start of collaboration between John Pfumojena and Associate Artist. Community members joining.
Leading workshops and devising with community members
April-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 Zion
August/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.
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!
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.
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.
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:
What excites you about being part of the Strike A Light board? What would YOU get out of it?
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!
Gloucester Future Producers is a chance to develop your skills in, and learn more about:
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.
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.
🔥 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.
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.
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
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.
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?
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.
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.
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:
Arrive first thing in the morning
Get a tour of the area
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).
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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
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:
an Equal Opportunities monitoring form
and an Expression of Interest (maximum 2 sides of A4) covering the following information:
What experience do you have within the creative sector, through education, clubs or voluntary activities?
What excites you about your work?
Why do you think you are the person we are looking for to undertake this role?
What do you expect to be the challenges of this work?
“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.
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.