Job opportunity: Community Engagement & Volunteer Officer

As part of Gloucester’s Great Place scheme, we are working with Gloucester Cathedral to recruit a Community Engagement & Volunteer Officer. The role will:

  • Support the running and development of the city’s festivals and events;
  • Provide wider access to and engagement with heritage buildings and spaces;
  • Facilitate the development of a local list and record of buildings and heritage assets which have particular relevance to Gloucester residents

Full details are available on the Cathedral website:

FREE teaching pack for local schools

We are working with partners across Gloucester to create a FREE schools’ pack all about the life of Aethelflaed and the Anglo-Saxons.

Alyson Meredith, teacher at Kingsholm Primary School, is creating the content for the pack which will be linked to the KS2 curriculum and filled with pictures drawn by award-winning illustrator, Kate Sheppard.

If you are a local teacher and interested in the schools’ pack, please email us  You can find out more information about the pack and what it involves by clicking here.

This is part of a city-wide programme of activities taking place 8th – 12th June to celebrate the 1,100th anniversary of Aethelflaed’s death.  Information on other activities to follow soon!

Aethelflaed 2018: open call out for artists & creatives

Help Gloucester celebrate one of its most influential historical figures

2018 marks 1,100 years since the death of Aethelflaed, the most powerful woman of the Anglo-Saxon era, whose remains are buried at St Oswald’s Priory in Gloucester. Gloucester Culture Trust and Marketing Gloucester are looking for artists & creatives to help us celebrate this anniversary.

We have up to £5,000 available and hope to offer at least 2 commissions. You might create a public performance, installation or participatory event. It could involve theatre, music, storytelling or art…. If it entertains & engages a diverse range of the public, is imaginative and shares the story of Aethelflaed – we want to hear from you!

This is part of a wider ‘Aethelflaed 2018’ programme of activities being delivered in Gloucester throughout June and funded by Great Place, Gloucester City Council & Gloucester BID. Please download the brief below to find out more.

Closing date: 5pm, 22nd Feb 2018

Activities to take place between 8th and 12th June 2018

To download the full brief and proposal form, click here.

Image: © Jack Fayter

Gloucester Culture Trust announces major creative partnership with the Roundhouse, London

Gloucester Culture Trust today announces a new partnership between the city of Gloucester and the Roundhouse, the iconic London venue and charity renowned for transforming young lives through creativity.

Through the Gloucester Roundhouse Exchange, three arts organisations: Gloucester Guildhall, The Music Works and Strike A Light, will work together with the team from the Roundhouse in an exchange of ideas, talent and exceptional creative programming to help put Gloucester on the cultural map.

A recent Gloucester visit to The Roundhouse, London

Over the next two years, this Exchange will enable more young people than ever before to take part in music, dance, theatre and circus in Gloucester. It will bring together creatives from both cities in inspiring partnerships, providing engagement and performance opportunities and bringing high quality new work to audiences in Gloucester. It will also develop vital ‘behind-the-scenes’ skills, such as music creation and producing, programming and arts management.

Young people will be at the heart of everything. The Exchange aims to increase young people’s skills, confidence and aspirations as the creative leaders of the future.

The collaboration will also enable strategic development of all the organisations taking part, through a process of shared learning, to ensure Gloucester’s independent creative sector goes from strength to strength. Over time, more arts organisations from Gloucester will also be involved.

The partnership is funded by a grant from Paul Hamlyn Foundation and via Gloucester’s Great Place project, supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Activities will include:

  • Weekly classes, workshops and drop-in sessions, open to all but targeted to young people and communities who don’t currently tend to take part
  • Residencies in Gloucestershire for emerging artists to collaborate and make new work
  • Masterclasses about creative careers
  • Exchange visits between Gloucester and London
  • Summer performance seasons in Gloucester, bringing outstanding new work to audiences and providing platforms for young people to perform and participate

Hollie Smith-Charles, Director, Gloucester Culture Trust said:
“Investing in Gloucester’s budding creative talent is vital if our city is to thrive into the future. It’s not just about developing star performers. Creative skills can be applied in all parts of our society and economy and they will be in demand in the future. Working with the Roundhouse will help accelerate the development of Gloucester’s emerging creative scene, offering exceptional creative opportunities, both in Gloucester and London. At its heart, the Gloucester Roundhouse Exchange is a way for the young people of Gloucester to realise their ambitions for the future of the city, and to see that they have a place in it.”

Marcus Davey OBE, Chief Executive & Artistic Director, Roundhouse said:
“At the Roundhouse, we passionately believe in the potential of the arts to enhance young lives. We have been a cultural venue for 50 years and a charity for over ten, and during this time we have tried and tested many ideas. We are excited to embark on this new, national partnership, not only to share what we’ve learnt, but also to learn from another city. The Gloucester Roundhouse Exchange feels like a potential game-changer for how arts organisations can work together.”

Malaki Patterson, The Music Works

Malaki Patterson, Creative Director, The Music Works said:
“This is just what we’ve been waiting for. Gloucester has always had a strong music scene across many genres, but it’s lacked support. This is changing, and it feels good to be working with all these partners, and many others across the city, who are as committed as we are to putting young people at the centre, transforming lives in actions and not just words, with work that’s really rooted in Gloucester.”

Gloucester Creatives: Your Feedback Wanted!

Gloucester Culture Trust is currently reviewing all the major cultural Festivals & Events that take place throughout the year in Gloucester.

We have spent the past few months having a big conversation with event organisers, visitors and non-visitors to understand their views.

We also want to get feedback from YOU, local creative professionals, about what you think the city’s Festivals & Events offer should and could be – what have you enjoyed in 2017, how do you feel about our city’s events and what could be improved in future?

We recognise that the views of the ‘sector’ – people with a professional interest in the arts, heritage, events and other creative industries – might be different from those of the general public. This questionnaire is therefore more detailed than our general feedback and provides a platform to share your in depth views.

If you have visited any of Gloucester’s key cultural events in 2017, we would love to hear your thoughts.
Please click here to fill in the questionnaire

Deadline for submissions: Friday 10 November

Creative Consultation: Artist Commissions Announced

Gloucester Culture Trust and Festivals and Events International recently  asked artists and creatives, who know and love Gloucester, to apply for three Artist Commissions of £1,000.

We received over twenty applications through our open call  with ideas and suggestions to creatively engage the public.

The Artist Commissions are part of our Big Conversation to develop a plan for Gloucester’s Festivals and Events and making Gloucester a great place to live, work and play.

We are delighted to announce that our three commissions have been awarded to:

Christine Felce & Beth Jenkins; Gloucestershire Printmaking Co-op
Jacqui Grange; Creative Solutions
Joshua Patel; The Fabularium

About the artists:

Christine Felce and Beth Jenkins are members of Gloucestershire Printmaking Co-op. For Gloucester Culture’s Big Conversation they will be staging a printmaking workshop using letterpress and monoprinted images that will form a mini forest of words and opinions expressing and encouraging people’s stories and opinions about Gloucester’s festivals and events. Everyone will be able to take away a copy of their own print as a souvenir.
Creative Solutions’ Jacqui Grange commission is called: ‘Does that look like me?’ ‘Face in the hole’ billboards that are illustrative and humorous, some inspired by workshops with specific groups will be displayed at various public locations and events. The public will be encouraged to interact with the billboards, taking selfies and talking about how they feel they fit, or don’t fit, into Gloucester’s festivals and events.
Joshua Patel from The Fabularium, who specialise in self-contained, exciting outdoor performance for families, will be located down in Gloucester Quays at the Canal Boat Café. Based on the idea of trading, the public will be invited to ‘trade’ tales of their favourite experiences in Gloucester in return for a tale from the performer in the installation.


Job Vacancies with Gloucester Culture Trust and Great Place

At this exciting stage of development for Gloucester Culture Trust and following the launch of our Great Place project, we are seeking people to join our team and help deliver our ambitious plans for the Trust, the Great Place project and for Gloucester.

Details of current available roles are below. The closing date for both posts is 12 noon, 15 September 2017.

Administrator and Projects Assistant

To support the Culture Trust Director in the development and smooth running of the Trust and the delivery of its projects, through providing efficient and proactive administration and project support. The role would suit a proactive, efficient person with excellent IT and communication skills, who is keen to help establish a new organisation. As GCT and Great Place get underway there will be lots of different opportunities for the Administrator and Projects Assistant and so would suit someone keen to shape and develop a role, whilst also ensuring that everything runs smoothly on a day to day basis.

To download the job description and role details click here.
To download an application form click here.

Programme Manager: Developing Cultural Entrepreneurs

To lead, manage and oversee the successful delivery of the Cultural Entrepreneurs strand of the Gloucester Great Place project. The vision is to create in Gloucester an exemplar resource for incubating new cultural talent, developing cultural entrepreneurs for a digital age. The role would suit a well networked, organised person who is passionate about making things happen and supporting people at the start of their career. Someone with experience of setting up cultural businesses and supporting creative entrepreneurs would be ideal with knowledge of talent development programmes, enterprise and/or fundraising.

To download the role description and job details click here.
To download an application form click here.

Our colleagues at Gloucester Heritage Forum and Gloucester Cathedral will soon be advertising a role as part of the Great Place project; Community Engagement & Volunteer Officer so watch this space for updates or sign up to our mailing list.


Artist Commissions: Creative Consultation

Call out for artists and creatives…

Gloucester Culture Trust and Festivals and Events International are offering three commissions of up to £1,000 each.

We’re looking for artists and creatives who know and love Gloucester, and who can engage the public in a creative activity to find out more about what events people in Gloucester enjoy, how they take part and what they would like to see more of.

It might be a pop up artwork that people contribute to. It might be a drop in workshop where the public draw, record or write their ideas, or an online project or something else entirely.

It’s all part of our Big Conversation where we’re using surveys, research and other consultation to develop a plan for Gloucester’s Festivals and Events and making Gloucester a great place to live, work and play.

Closing date: 5pm, 1st Sep 2017

Activities to take place between 17 Sept and 31 Dec 2017

To download the full brief with details of how to submit your proposal, please click here.

Gloucester Great Place Launch Event

We are hosting an event to launch our Great Place Project!

Fri 11 August 12-4
Sat 12 August 10-4
Kings Square, Gloucester

(next to Woody’s Fruit and Veg Shop- look out for the green balloons!)

A free drop in event for people who live or work in Gloucester, staff from cultural organisations, families, artists, those interested in arts or heritage, and businesses who would like to find out more.

We want to put culture at the heart of Gloucester and at the heart of making Gloucester a great place to live and work.

Come along and meet staff and trustees from Gloucester Culture Trust and our partner organisations. Find out more about the Great Place project and how you can get involved. There will be information on upcoming jobs, artist commissions, Great Place activities and how you can shape the project and share your views.

Find the event on Facebook by clicking here.

Gloucester Great Place launch event

Great Place Scheme Joint HLF-ACE logo

New Trustees Joining the Gloucester Culture Trust Board

We recently recruited for an additional three trustees to join our board, to help develop and establish Gloucester Culture Trust at this exciting stage. We were really pleased with the response to our call out and met some fascinating people during the recruitment and interviews who were passionate about Gloucester and its future.

We are pleased to announce the appointment of three new volunteer trustees to the Board. They are: Naisha Hussain, Jack Fayter and Adam Qureshi. Between them, they bring a wealth of skills, experience and local knowledge which will complement that of our other Board members. We very much look forward to welcoming them.

We’ll be updating our Trustees page soon so you can find out more about each of them.