Sir Nicholas Serota visits Gloucester

We were delighted to welcome Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair of Arts Council England, to Gloucester on Monday – alongside our creative partners across the City.

His visit began at Matson Library where he met with Create Gloucestershire, GL4 Festival, Strike A Light and the many other organisations of Culture Matson.  He then joined us and our Great Place project partners at Gloucester Cathedral, home of Project Pilgrim (pictured below)

Photo of Nicholas Serota & Gloucester organisations
Photo credit: Gloucester City Council

We shared with him our exciting and ambitious plans the future of Gloucester and our progress so far.  Phil Gibby, South West Director for Arts Council England, was also there;  he tweeted about how there is ‘so much momentum emerging’ in our city.

Sir Nicholas Serota commented on Arts Council England deepened investment in Gloucestershire, evidenced by the recent 15% increase in funding.  “The city of Gloucester is quietly but powerfully beginning to emerge as a cultural centre, stemming from its diverse and community based sector.”

We are extremely proud to part of hosting his visit and sharing with him what Gloucester is all about!

Creative Takeovers

Free weekly co-working space

Introducing Creative Takeovers, a new way for creative people to work in the city with free pop up co-working space. A great way to work alongside other creatives, share ideas and make new contacts.

We want to provide more opportunities for creative people to work alongside each other and build a creative community in the city.

We will provide the space, WiFi and bring the coffee and tea. All you need to do is bring a laptop and follow the house rules:

  • 11 spaces available, no pre-bookings taken
  • Sign in when you arrive and tell us what you do
  • Be approachable, maybe you will make a useful contact
  • 3pm-5pm drop in creative business surgery sessions
  • Be respectful and clear up after yourself
  • Make sure you tell us any way we can make this better

Thanks to the University of Gloucestershire and The Growth Hub for helping us set this up. Working in partnership to support creative businesses.

Blackfriars Inn Enterprise Hub
Kimbrose Triangle
Commercial Road
Gloucester GL1 2EA

Every Wednesday 10am-5pm

Warrior Queen Festival 2018

Aethelflaed logo

In six weeks time the city will be celebrating the life of Gloucester’s very own Warrior Queen 1,110 years after her death.  The festival gives you the chance to find out all about Aethelflaed and how she influenced the design of the city at we know it today.

With activities for all ages and interests, here are some of the things you can involved in from 8th – 12th June:

  • Living history at St Oswald’s Priory
  • Performances & workshops by local commissioned artists
  • Walks and talks
  • Living Museum Exhibition….the list goes on!

Check out the full programme here.

 

 

Creative Takeovers

Free weekly co-working space

Introducing Creative Takeovers, a new way for creative people to work in the city with free pop up co-working space. A great way to work alongside other creatives, share ideas and make new contacts.

We want to provide more opportunities for creative people to work alongside each other and build a creative community in the city.

We will provide the space, WiFi and bring the coffee and tea. All you need to do is bring a laptop and follow the house rules:

  • 10am-4pm every Friday
  • 11 spaces available, no pre-bookings taken
  • Sign in when you arrive and tell us what you do
  • Be approachable, maybe you will make a useful contact
  • Be respectful and clear up after yourself
  • Make sure you tell us any way we can make this better

Thanks to the University of Gloucestershire and The Growth Hub for helping us set this up. Working in partnership to support creative businesses.

Blackfriars Inn Enterprise Hub
Kimbrose Triangle
Commercial Road
Gloucester GL1 2EA

Every Friday 10am-4pm

Creative Takeover Infographic

Recruiting for a Chair

Gloucester Culture Trust are on a mission to put art and culture at the heart of Gloucester for the good of all.  We are now seeking to appoint a Chair to join us and lead our ambition to be a credible candidate for UK City of Culture 2025.

The Chair will take the lead on strategy, governance and finances and be an active advocate for the Gloucester Culture Trust.  This is an exciting opportunity for an individual to lead the Gloucester Culture Trust in its role as a key player, advocate and innovator in Gloucester.

If you are looking to make a real difference to the future of Gloucester and relish the challenge of working across the city and with stakeholders to realise our artistic, creative and cultural potential – we want to hear from you!

Download the full brief and information about how to apply here.  

Download the equal opportunities form here.

Deadline for applications:  Thursday 28th June, 12 noon

Aethelflaed 2018 – Artist Commissions Announced

Gloucester Culture Trust is delighted to announce four commissions to Gloucestershire-based creatives.

Gloucester Culture Trust recently had an Open Call Out for artists, asking them to help Gloucester celebrate the 1,100 anniversary of the death of Aethelflaed, an Anglo Saxon warrior queen buried in St Oswald’s priory.

We received twenty-six inspiring and imaginative applications and are delighted to announce that we have awarded four commissions, ranging from theatre, music, visual arts and storytelling:

Grove & JPDL; Aethelflaed: Founding Mother on a Chessboard of Kings
George Moorey; Spaces
Shirley Halse; Storytelling workshops
Spaniel in the Works; The Ballad of Aethelflaed

Stay tuned for more information about these artists, their commissions and the wider celebration programme – coming soon!  Dates: 7th-12th June 2018.

Job opportunity: Strategic Producer – Festivals & Events

As part of Gloucester’s Cultural Strategy and its aspiration to be a UK City of Culture, we are seeking a freelance Producer to lead the strategic development of Gloucester’s Festivals & Events.  Suited to an dynamic, inspirational leader who shares our passion for arts & culture in Gloucester, the role will:

  • Develop Gloucester’s infrastructure to deliver high-quality Festvals & Events
  • Invest in and grow the city’s Signature and Growth events
  • Commission the development of a new Outdoor Arts Festival
  • Create an innovation/commissioning fund for Festivals & Events
  • Develop fundraising and audience development strategies

Deadline for applications: 9am, Tuesday 8th May 2018

Download the full brief and find out how to apply here.

Aethelflaed – Educational Resource Pack

Illustration by Kate Sheppard ©

The Aethelflaed Educational Resource Pack is finally here; available as a hard-copy and downloadable PDF.

Aimed at upper KS2, the pack includes resources and activities all about Gloucester’s Anglo-Saxon Warrior Queen.   It has been written by local teacher, Alyson Meredith, and illustrated by Kate Sheppard.

We have already distributed 45 copies to Gloucestershire teachers and libraries and more are on the way!  If you would like to request a hard-copy, please email us at michelle@gloucesterculture.org.uk

We will soon be releasing the full programme of city-wide activities taking place 7th – 12th June, all to celebrate the life of this influential but often overlooked female leader.  Website coming soon!

To find out more, contact admin@gloucesterhistoryfestival.co.uk

 

PechaKucha Nights Gloucester

PechaKucha is coming to Gloucester. A series of quick-fire talks that explore & celebrate the creative talent of Gloucester. It’s a fun and informal evening with 8 different speakers presenting their creative passions. Each speaker only gets 20 slides for only 20 seconds a slide with no words allowed on the slides. Timing is automatic so not keeping to time is not an option. In between talks there will be plenty of time to grab a drink at the bar and talk to each other and the speakers. A great way to make new contacts and have fun at the same time.

Gloucester’s first PechaKucha Night is coming to Dr Fosters Bar at Gloucester Docks!
Join us on Wednesday 28th March, 6-8pm

Come along for free to watch these fun and informal talks or let us know if you would like to be a speaker yourself.
Bought to you by Hannah Brady, supported by Gloucester Culture Trust.
Visit the website for more details and line up. http://www.pechakucha.org/cities/glocuester

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:

http://www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk/community/job-vacancies/community-engagement-and-volunteer-officer-.php