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.

Recruiting for trustees

Want to make a difference to the future of Gloucester?

At Gloucester Culture Trust we are looking for people to join our board and help deliver the city’s cultural vision. We want to hear from artists, young people, community leaders and business people.

We particularly need people with skills or experience in:

Finance & accountancy
Digital marketing, social media and other IT

We want a Board that is truly representative of the diverse communities within the City and are keen to hear from people aged 18-25.

If you’re passionate about Gloucester and the positive impact arts and culture can have on people’s lives, then you can download the info pack here


The equal opportunities monitoring form to accompany any applications can be downloaded here.


The closing date for applications is Friday 16 June 2017.

Hot tickets: The National Theatre comes to Gloucester

Last night, the National Theatre came to Gloucester for the first time ever.  They brought their UK touring show, My Country, to the Guildhall for three sell-out performances. Gloucester was their only stop in the South-West and the Guildhall was the smallest of all the many prestigious venues taking part. Hot tickets, indeed!

The production was created in collaboration with Strike A Light, a Gloucester-based contemporary performance organisation that grows in strength and ambition every year. Their Artistic Directors, Sarah and Emma-Jane, jumped at the chance to be a partner in this project and this week, that creative risk paid off.

These things don’t happen overnight, and the opportunity to work with the National and to be a host venue on this tour are the result of years of partnership working and nurturing of artists. It’s a great endorsement of Strike A Light’s work both in the city centre with the Guildhall, but also throughout Gloucester – in communities like Matson, for example, where they have helped local people to set up the GL4 Festival.

By interviewing local people (on Brexit – the highly contentious theme of the play), not only did we have the nation’s theatre here in Gloucester, but Gloucester’s views and voices will be heard at theatres across the nation.

Last night was therefore a great opportunity to take a moment to celebrate the many creative activities already happening right here in Gloucester.

It was also a chance to look to the future. So much of the My Country project embodies what we’re trying to achieve with Gloucester’s 10-year Cultural Strategy: partnership working, strengthening local arts organisations, developing talent, listening to local voices, bringing the world’s best ‘art’ to Gloucester and taking Gloucester’s brightest and best out to the world.

… but it’s only the beginning of a long and exciting journey. Stay tuned!



Event: Sharing updates on creative Gloucester

We are working with Strike A Light, Theatre Gloucestershire and Discover DeCrypt to host an event, Food for Thought: sharing updates and ideas on creative activity in Gloucester.

An open, informal event for artists and cultural organisations working in Gloucester to come together over lunch for a catch up. Bring your sandwiches and bring something to share, whether that’s information about your latest project, some cake, or both!

Thur 1 June 2017
St Mary de Crypt Church in Gloucester city centre
Entrance with small step on Southgate St.
Flat level/ ramped entrance on Greyfriars St.

We’d love to see you there. You can register your interest or invite friends to come along on our Facebook event here.

Great Place: £1.49million awarded to Gloucester

We are thrilled to announce that Gloucester City Council – along with partners including Gloucester Culture Trust (that’s us!), University of Gloucestershire, the NHS, Create Gloucestershire, Gloucester Cathedral and many others – has been awarded £1.49million for a three-year investment in the city’s heritage and arts activity and infrastructure.

Through this work, we aim to ensure that investment in arts and culture also has the biggest possible impact on local economies, jobs, education, community cohesion and health and wellbeing.

The Great Place Scheme is a joint initiative by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England, using funds raised from the National Lottery.

Gloucester is one of 16 places across England that will collectively receive £20 million to put arts and culture at the heart of our communities.