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Paid callout: 2 artists for co-creation project in Gloucester

Applications now closed – Thanks so much to everyone who applied!

The brief
• £3,000 fee per artist – with an additional £500 each for materials
• For a suggested 15 days of work spread between July 2022 and January 2023
• For 2 artists of Bengali, Indian or Pakistani heritage to work with Gloucester residents on a new co-created project
• Application deadline: Wednesday 8 June 2022

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What are we looking for?

We’re looking for 2 brilliant artists of Bengali, Indian or Pakistani heritage to work with Gloucester residents of South Asian heritage, of all ages, reflecting on their experiences in the UK over the past 75 years.

These roles will have a lot of creative freedom, as part of a larger project called ’75 Years: Our Story’, coordinated by local Community Producer Halima Malek.

Some parts of the project are already known: Halima will be gathering stories of people’s lived experiences and working with a filmmaker to document them; Soumik Datta will be presenting a live performance in the autumn; and the ambition that there is some kind of collective experience at the project’s conclusion.

There are no predetermined outcomes to what form your final piece will take. We want you to work alongside residents, Community Producer Halima and other artists 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 an artist of Bengali, Indian or Pakistani heritage
  • work in artforms that are well-suited to a collaborative process, both in the creation and sharing
  • 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
  • feel that Strike A Light’s 7 principles are a good fit with your own ethos, values and way of working

Details and FAQs

How long is the contract for?

You’ll spend approximately 15 days on this project, starting in July 2022 and being engaged until January 2023.

It’s up to you exactly how this time is spent. It could be spread over 6 months or be more concentrated over particular periods or around activities you plan.

What’s the fee?

£3,000 plus £500 materials cost to be invoiced for separately.

Plus up to £400 per artist to support travel & accommodation.

What do you want me to make? 

There are no predetermined outcomes to what form the final product will take. The only expectation is to work collaboratively and include the local community into your project delivery. Depending on the nature of your artistic work, we would expect you to engage with the community and deliver workshops, performances or exhibitions. You would get to choose the exact format.

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 – get excited about the project
  • local communities engaged and sharing their authentic experiences

Who will I be working with

This is about working with the community of Gloucester, specifically those of South Asian heritage. We want you to meet with people from across the spectrum of ages and experiences (though you might choose to focus on one particular group or segment), hearing and reflecting their experiences, to build up a picture of life in the city over the past 75 years.

You’ll collaborate with Community Producer Halima Malek, Strike A Light producer Milan Govedarica and other artists working on the project. 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 Strike A Light (Gloucester).

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

You’ll be one of a number of professional artists involved across the project. Whether or 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 artists’ creative practice to create something exciting with the residents in the area.

Do I need to be from Gloucester to apply?

You don’t need to be Gloucester-based to apply – but you also won’t be able to do this work fully remotely. You will need to spend a significant amount of your time on the project in Gloucester, connecting with local residents. You must be of Bengali, Indian or Pakistani heritage to apply.


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


How to apply

Step 1: written application

We want to get to know you! But we also want to keep the application process as quick and easy for you as possible. So please tell us: 

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

And send us 3 links to your work – these 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 Wednesday 8 June 2022

Step 2: hour-long interview (via Zoom)

This will take the form of a 15 minute ‘artist freestyle’, followed by a more formal set of questions (which we’ll send to you in advance.)

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: £50 for an hour’s interview.

This will take place in the week of 20 June 2022.

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


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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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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.



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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.