Carnival Opportunities

Art Shape works with partners to produce inclusive carnival parade pieces and to address disability access, diversity and skills development to enhance Gloucester's annual carnival.
Even though Carnival has been cancelled for 2021, we will keep working with the City’s communities this year through the Open Road project to lift our spirits in challenging times!

Current opportunities are: 

Gloucester Carnival, Open Road and Art Shape logos. "Join us call out"


Monday 24th May 

5.00 pm

Art Shape is seeking 
disabled and non-disabled dance, drama and fashion students
and volunteer performers 
June & July 2021

 Gloucester Carnival may be cancelled this year, but you can still be part of bringing the joy of carnival to people’s doorsteps!

Develop your skills in outdoor arts through 2 intensives to create 10-20 minute ‘pop-up’ carnival performances for 2 areas of Gloucester Try out our ‘Universal Design’ informed approaches enabling a wider diversity of performers, with differing movement possibilities, to showcase their 100% on the road! 
Collaborate with renowned inclusive dance and carnival professionals from London, Brazil and Switzerland (Jürg Koch, Suzie Birchwood, Manuela  Benini, Ray Mahibir) Be part of the national ‘Open Road’ project exploring disabled people’s participation in carnivals from the Isle of Wight, to London, to Huddersfield (with New Carnival CompanyTogether 2012! and Callaloo Carnival Arts)

How to get involved:

  Criteria for Performers: 

  • Age 12 – 65+ 

  • Have performance experience and/or training (e.g. in dance, drama, circus skills, etc)  

  • Able to follow and memorize movement sequences 

  • Have an interest in processional performance / outdoor arts 

  • Happy to participate in both improvised and set movement material 

  • Comfortable with audience interaction 
  • Interested in learning new approaches, working with disabled and non-disabled peers 
  • Confident / able to rehearse in a large, indoor Covid risk-assessed space with up to 20 others. 

    Criteria for Makers: 

    • Age 12 - 65+
    • Have enthusiasim nad some skills in making/ crafting
    • Sewing experience would particulary seful as would practice skills such as woodworking etc.
    • Have an interest in carnival / outdoor arts
    • Interested in learning new aproaches, working with disabled and non-disabled peers
    • Able to attend masterclass on 9th & 10th June
    • Confident / able to participate in making in a large, indoor Covid risk-assessed Mas Camp with c.10 others             

    We would particularly welcome applications from: 

    • Performers and makers living / studying in Gloucestershire with Caribbean cultural heritage and/or interest in Caribbean Carnival Arts. 

    • Disabled performing arts / dance/ fashion/ costume students or apprentices. 

    Project background: 

    We are exploring ways of enabling a wider diversity of performers (with different movement possibilities) to access the same high-quality parade performance.  This is an exciting opportunity to work with internationally renowned professional artists including inclusive dance specialists Jürg Koch and Suzie Birchwood, Brazilian carnival choreographer Manuela  Benini and Trinidadian costume designer Ray Mahibir of Sunshine International Arts.  The production of our parade piece is part of a national project, ‘Open Road’, which is addressing the barriers disabled people face in accessing Carnival. Partners are New Carnival Company (Isle of Wight), Together 2012! (London) and Callaloo Carnival Arts (nr. Huddersfield). 

    Carnival celebrations. Performers in vibrant colourful costume, dancing.

    Key Information:

      Performers would need to be available for: Rehearsals in Gloucester (max. 6 hours per day with breaks) on: Monday 7th – Thursday 10th June 2021  Tuesday 13th - Friday 16th July 2021  2-4 performances in outdoor settings in Gloucester on Sunday 18th July.   (Additional days may be scheduled by mutual agreement)  
      Makers would need to be available for:

    Various days including masterclasses with Ray Mahibir
    9th and 10th June 2021  

    To find out more or express your interest:

    Click here to complete our Expression of Interest form. 

    Contact us or 07979 864 347 with any queries or to talk to us about different ways of expressing your interest.

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