Strike A Light: Let’s Create

This page summarises our current and upcoming activity and how it fits with the ‘Let’s Create’ Outcomes and Investment Principles. You can filter down to specific things you want to see by using the category buttons.

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New Programming Approach

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.

2020 Year in Review

A year of community x creative collaborations

Why a programme to empower female arts leaders is so important

Last week I made a list of people to set up meetings with for a project. Because those meetings were with leaders of organisations, *there were more people called Richard on that list than there were women* It’s time for a new way of working.

Gloucester Presents… SheSpoke

A small group of women took part in writing workshops to express themselves in poetry – which was then turned into a hand-sewn textile banner 🔥

Gloucester Presents… Fashion Show

Local residents teamed up with amazing artists to produce their own choreographed fashion show 🔥

7 Principles for Great Cultural Events

Since 2013, we’ve been working in Gloucester to create great cultural events and experiences that can bring communities together, make life vibrant and exciting – and change things for the better. In that time, we’ve learned loads about what works and what doesn’t.


Since 2016, Strike A Light and GL4 have worked in partnership to support the engagement of new audiences and regeneration in the community.

Dani Harris-Walters: Nanny

Programming artists instead of shows: Dani is working alongside Gloucester community members to choreograph the fashion show, undertaking a residency, developing a new project here and developing his current work, Nanny.

Artist Support

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.

Artists on lockdown: Viv Gordon

A conversation with theatre-maker, survivor activist & arts and mental health campaigner Viv Gordon

Joined-Up: Exploring Co-Creation Practice in Bristol, Gloucestershire and Somerset

An online event to find out who is co-creating in our area and to share stories of brilliant people working together creating positive social change

Artist Support Sessions

We offer one-to-one support sessions for artists & producers at any stage in their career.

Producer (co-created programme) Call Out

We’re looking for an experienced producer to join our team and lead on our co-created programme of work.

Leading as a Woman of Colour

A Workshop on the Tools for Resilience Needed by Women of Colour in Leadership.

Let Artists Be Artists

For too long, there have been massive inequalities in terms of who benefits from ‘The Arts’ – both as audiences and professionals. Artists go underpaid, under-heard and under-supported. And it’s not truly open to everyone. We want to change that.

Artists on lockdown: Conrad Murray

A conversation with actor, writer, director, rapper, beatboxer, singer and theatre-maker Conrad Murray

Gloucester presents: White City x Conrad Murray x Lucy Wilcox

What happens when you team up a group of local residents with a pair of incredible artists?

Exec Directors of the Future

We believe that to affect real change in the industry, leadership needs to change. We are working with Artistic Directors of the Future to develop an Up Next Exec Director role at Strike A Light. Similar to their previous programmes it will be a paid leadership role in the organisation for someone from a Black, Asian or ethnically diverse background.

Gloucester Presents… Communities in Conversation

A filmed panel discussion, where the guests are all Gloucester residents – sharing their stories of life in the city 🔥

Making the arts better – for artists and communities

We want to see a world where EVERYONE can access high quality cultural events that are relevant and enriching to them. A world where the systems are fair, adventurous and open to everyone.

Artist Residencies

About three years ago, Alicia from Hawkwood and Emma Jane, our Co-Artistic Director, cooked up a cunning plan to offer artist residencies in the beautiful setting of Hawkwood, with producer support from Strike A Light.

Women Leaders South West

Shenice Ellis and Halima Malek: Gloucester women join arts industry leadership scheme

Changing Charity Leadership #1: Activism, The Arts And Politics

This is the first of a short series of rants and resolutions about why charity boards/governance structures are often a pale imitation of what they should be, and what we intend to do to change that.

Freelance task force: an open letter to theatre and performance makers

We’re joining more than 100 other arts organisations across the UK to help establish a ‘freelance task force’ – one way of supporting freelancers working in the arts while in-person events can’t happen.