Strike A Light: Let Artists Be Artists Recruitment Call Out

Earlier this year Strike A Light put a proposal out there – what happens if you employ an artist for a year, to just be an artist?

The pandemic has highlighted the inequalities and challenges that artists face. We don’t want to go ‘back to normal’ and so we’re proposing a different way of working.

What would happen or change if you were employed for a year? If you were trusted to lead your own creative work, and have paid time to think, have conversations and create if you want? If you could get off the project treadmill for a bit and explore what being an artist means in this COVID/ post-COVID world?

What is the offer?

One full time and one part time role, on a year long contract at £27,000 salary (pro rata for the part time role). The roles would be PAYE so would include paid holiday, sick pay, pension, Christmas party- all the benefits that someone normally employed through an organisation would have.

We would provide support as you shape your year of work but what you do in that year 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.

Start date in March/ April 2021 to be agreed with the artist.

Who is it for?

- Artists who are excited about the possibility of developing their work in this brave new world, embrace change and would relish the chance to have a year to explore what works and what doesn’t
- Artists who work in artforms that lend themselves well to a collaborative process, both in the creation and sharing
- Artists who 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.
- Artists who want to base their work in Gloucester and/or Bristol. This does not mean that the artists cannot work elsewhere or work nationally over the year, but this opportunity is for artists who are excited about working in these places and want to focus their work there
- Artists who 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 year will be driven by the artist
- Artists who have something to say, and particularly those who are under-heard and under-represented in the industry
- Artists who 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)
- Artists who want to use this year to build things which can support the sustainability of their career in future
- Artists who feel that Strike A Light’s 7 principles are a good fit with their own ethos, values and way of working

What if you had time for meaningful conversations instead of having to sell sell sell?! 

How do I find out more?

You can read more about how this idea has developed and more detail about what the offer is and how it could work. 

You can read the FAQs & find out more here.

We are holding informal information sessions on

Thursday 7 January 2021 – 1pm & 6:30pm
Tuesday 12 January 2021 – 11am & 6:30pm

You will be able to find out more about the opportunity and ask any questions you might have.


How do I apply?

Please read the FAQs at the bottom of this page before applying.

Stage 1 is a quick expression of interest or hello. Please let us know:

Which of Strike A Light’s 7 principles do you particularly connect with and why?
One link to your work – could be a website, gallery or video

You can share this with us in

- No more than half a page of writing
- Maximum 90 second video or audio file


If this doesn’t work for you please contact us to negotiate a different way.

Deadline: Sunday 24 January 2021 (midnight)

We will let you know by 28th January if you have been invited on to stage 2 of the application process. 

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