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

What we can offer artists:

We will award 5 artists from the South West region £300 of seed funding each to develop their ideas for new work.
Artists will also receive up to one week of studio space (dates to be negotiated between September-December ’16) plus all board and lodging at Hawkwood College, Stroud.

Artists will have the option to either scratch their work during their residency facilitated by Strike A Light, or companies can choose to perform at a Strike A Light Scratch Night in December ’16. This will be discussed after successful applicants have been selected.

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 and must not have had significant public exposure prior to this opportunity
The residency aims to give artists the opportunity to have time and space away from their usual environment and obligations and provide a space for reflection, research, collaboration, presentation and/or production
We are particularly interested in receiving applications from artists from diverse backgrounds
If you have a piece in development or a new idea you would like to share, please get in touch.
Send us a CV plus one side of A4 outlining:
What you want to explore during the residency
How you would spend the £300 seed funding
Who you will work with
What your professional aspirations are and how being part of this opportunity will help you achieve them.
Send it to ellie@strikealightfestival.org.uk by no later than 2 August 2016, 5pm
Successful applicants will be notified by 9 August 2016.
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, email your question to ellie@strikealightfestival.org.uk and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.


This residency is generously supported by FW Reckitt Arts Trust

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 videos 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 accessibility needs which make 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, producer support, materials for example.

Q: I am part of a company who want to apply; should it be my personal CV or the company’s CV?
A: Please send us the CV which is most relevant to your application. We will not have time to read through multiple CV’s attached to an application.

This project is supported by Strike A Light, Hawkwood College, and Arts Council England