For Artists

Over the last few years we have worked with more than 300 artists, offering support from a one-off advice session to producing national tours. You can find out about our current opportunities, learn more about how we programme and read about the artists we are currently working with.


COVID-19 Update

Our most immediate priority right now is to find ways we can support artists and all the amazing people without whom we wouldn’t have any awesome events and experiences to share in the first place. Check out our opportunities page or sign up to our artist mailing list to find out what support we can offer.

We are genuinely here for you so if you need an extra pair of eyes on an emergency funding application, want a 1 to 1 chat about your work or have a suggestion of how best we can support artists at this time then please do get in touch.


Opportunities

If you are an artist, producer or other performance creative, or are starting out in your career then we offer a range of support which is open to anyone.

We send out a monthly email where we share our current opportunities and also those from other organisations across the country. If you’d like to sign up please click here.

We run a programme of low cost workshops and training sessions which cover topics such as project management, fundraising and finance, as well as opportunities to develop your performance skills.

You can search for current workshops on our Coming Up or Opportunities pages.

In addition we offer residencies, rehearsal space, commissions and other types of support. If you’d like to book a one to one advice session or chat through a project and use us to bounce ideas off then please contact us.

You can search for current opportunities in our Coming Up section.


Programming

Artists, not shows

For 2021, and possibly for 2022, we will programme artists rather than shows. We want to focus on giving artists paid time and space to work alongside communities to develop creative projects – and to explore how they can make and create in a COVID/ post-COVID world. 

We will not predetermine the outputs of this work – our focus will be on the ‘how’, not the ‘what’. This means that our programme in 2021-22 is likely to include a broader range of artforms than in previous years.

Engaging high quality artists is key to this work. We value artists’ creative thinking and their ability to shift perceptions and bring us out of the everyday. Artist involvement builds on the assets within communities and increases the impact for participants. 

We may programme performance-based work if it meets one or more of the following criteria:

  • Artists with whom we have an existing relationship, and where we have been supporting the development of the work
  • It is selected by and delivered in collaboration with community members
  • It is a unique opportunity with clear synergy with our organisational aims for the year

Spectacle in Public Spaces

We will programme and commission events people could never have imagined coming to their city. The focus will be on spectacle, on large scale and usually outdoor work, staged with local and sometimes national partners. These events will enable residents to:

  • see the city in a new light
  • be uplifted 
  • feel more positive about where they live
  • bring about a shift in perceptions and different ways of thinking

It brings visibility and a broad reach, meaning we can engage significant numbers of people from across the city and beyond, in contrast to our often hyperlocal co-created programmes. 

This strand of work creates the space for things people didn’t know they needed until they saw it.


Who we’re working with

We work more closely with a small number of artists, supporting them as they develop new projects and producing their work ready to tour. These artists bring new ideas and exciting and underrepresented voices to the stage and our support is usually as a result of seeing their work at an early stage and building a relationship over a period of time.

Vinnie Heaven

Vinnie is a theatre maker, puppeteer and youth theatre facilitator. Their current creative practice is inspired by their experiences as a non-binary trans performer and gives a voice to gender queer issues.

Strike A Light recently produced the national tour of their solo show She’s A Good Boy which was accompanied by safe space workshops for young people.

vinnieheaven.com

JPDL

We are working with JPDL on the development of a new show.

JPDL works with verse; writing, rapping spoken word.

Check his pages out to learn, about his different streams of work.

Too many projects for this blurb, to do the justice they deserve.

So hit the link and check his words, Strike A Light think that it’s worth it.

facebook.com/jpdl2

Viv Gordon

Viv Gordon is a theatre maker and arts & mental health campaigner. She is currently developing new projects that continue to explore the creative articulation of trauma.

Strike A Light have produced several of Viv’s shows and projects, including the national tour of I am Joan and most recently the tour of Oral.

vivgordon.com


Conrad Murray

Conrad Murray is an actor, writer, director, rapper, beatboxer, singer and theatre maker who has performed around the UK, including at Battersea Arts Centre, Tate Britain and Southbank Centre as well as having his music showcased on the BBC Asia Network.

We recently produced the the tour of Conrad’s High Rise Estate of Mind, combining theatre with grime, beatbox and looping.

conradmurray.org

Raised Eyebrows Theatre

Raised Eyebrows Theatre are a Gloucestershire based theatre company who produce norm-challenging work for families.

Strike A Light supported the development and upcoming tour of Charmane. Using puppetry and live music this piece seeks to challenge gender norms and empower children, encouraging audiences to find their inner roar.

raisedeyebrowstheatre.com

Jonny Fluffypunk

Jonny Fluffypunk is a poet and sustainable nihilist who began his career spitting vicious political verse between bands at punk gigs. As well as writing poetry he performs across the country, runs workshops and creates spoken word shows, performing in venues from Glastonbury Festival to a garden shed.

We are working with Jonny on his new project for families, End of The Pier Show.

jonnyfluffypunk.co.uk