Open Call to Artists: Seed Funding for Scratch

Strike A Light are working to support and develop the exciting energy and vision of artists making live performance in the South West.

We are looking for artists based in the region to present work in progress at Strike A Light Festival, Monday 25 April 2016. We will offer two South-West based companies/artists £200 seed funding each to develop a new idea for presentation.

Some things to think about:
We are interested in performance that is contemporary, exciting, and has the potential to develop into a finished piece.
This process is to develop new work, so the performance must not have had significant public exposure prior to its Gloucester presentation.
If you have a piece in development or a new idea you would like to share, please get in touch.
Send us a CV and a side of A4 outlining:
What your performance would be
How you would spend the seed funding
Who you will work with
What your professional aspirations are and how being part of Strike A Light Festival will help you achieve them.
Send it to ellie@strikealightfestival.org.uk by no later than Tuesday 1 March, 5pm
Successful applicants will be notified by Monday 7 March
(Please note, submissions received after the deadline will not be considered).
If you have any further questions, please check the FAQ’s below. If you can’t find the answer there, please email your question to ellie@strikealightfestival.org.uk and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.


Q: I’m not Gloucestershire based. Can I still apply?
A: Yes. This year we are widening our search for artists and companies who are creating work in the South West of England.

Q: What does “South-West based” mean?
A: The applicant has to be living in the South West of England or carry out the majority of their work in the South West.

Q: Can I send supporting material alongside my proposal?
A: You do not need to send us anything other than your CV, proposal and budget. Please do NOT send us DVDs of your work – we will not have the time to look through these.

Q: Do I have to apply with a written proposal or can I use an alternative format?
A: In order to keep the selection as fair as possible, we would like all applicants to submit a written proposal. If you have a disability which makes this difficult, please get in touch with us so we can agree a suitable alternative.

Q: What can I spend the seed funding on?
A: Artists fees, rehearsal space, materials for example.

Q: How long should the Scratch presentation be?
A: It needs to be between 2 and 20 minutes in total. We’re interested in the seed of an idea so show us what you’ve got.