LET ARTISTS BE ARTISTS- 2.5 years’ paid employment to develop your practice in Gloucester

2.5 years’ paid employment 
£30k per year (pro rata) 

What would happen or change if you were employed for 2.5 years – if you could get off the project treadmill for a bit and pursue your artistic curiosity with more security and less pressure? If you were trusted to lead your own creative work – with paid time to think, have conversations and create?

Strike A Light will provide support as you shape your work over the 2.5 years but what you do in that time is up to you. It’s about your creative practice, what you want to explore and develop. There is no pressure to create specific projects or shows. It is not an artist-in-residence role – you don’t have to deliver on Strike A Light programmes or work to particular themes.

These roles will be PAYE, so will include paid holiday, sick pay, pension, Christmas party – all the benefits that someone normally employed through an organisation would have.

Start date: to be agreed with the artists, but from November 2023 onwards.



  • Exciting artists – people making contemporary theatre, dance, performance – who are excited about working with community members in Gloucester as part of the development of their own work.
  • Artists who:
    • are excited about the possibility of developing their work in a fast-changing world – who embrace experimentation and would relish the chance to have 2.5 years to explore what works and what doesn’t
    • would be excited about making brilliant contemporary theatre, dance or performance
    • work in artforms that lend themselves well to a collaborative process, both in the creation and sharing
    • have an idea of who their work speaks to, is for or is created with. Artists who are interested in working with communities as part of their work. This can be communities of geography, interest or other common factors and how, when and why this engagement happens is decided by the artist.
    • want to base their work in Gloucester. This does not mean that the artists cannot work elsewhere or work nationally over the 2.5 years, but this opportunity is for artists who are excited about working in Gloucester and want to focus their work here
    • work in a self-directed way, create their own projects and have a clear creative vision and practice. This vision and practice can still be developing but the artistic work of the 2.5 years will be driven by the artist
    • have something to say, and particularly those who are under-heard and under-represented in the industry
    • are happy to share and articulate their experiences to support the research/documentation aspect of the process. (We are sharing this idea as it develops with the wider industry)
    • want to use this time to build things which can support the sustainability of their career in future
    • feel that Strike A Light’s 7 principles are a good fit with their own ethos, values and way of working


Strike A Light are holding 4 informal, online information sessions on 2 dates:

  • Monday 3 July, 1pm & 6pm: Information Session with Emma-Jane (Co-Artistic Director), Lynette (Executive Director) & Flo (LABA Year 1 Artist)
  • Monday 10 July, 1pm & 6pm: Information Session with Emma-Jane (Co-Artistic Director), Lynette (Executive Director) & Tom (LABA Year 1 Artist). Both sessions on Monday 10 July will be captioned.


Stage 1 deadline:

Tuesday 18 July 2023, 23:59

They will let you know by Tuesday 9 August if you have been invited on to Stage 2 of the application process.

* Please note, due to the volume of applications, they unfortunately won’t be able to give personalised feedback on Stage 1 applications – although they will provide general feedback to all applicants.



Published on:
27 Jun 2023
Opportunity deadline:
18 Jun 2023


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