ST40 is a Heritage Lottery funded project that documents and celebrates 40 years of Spare Tyre. It is also an opportunity to examine our role within the participatory arts movement, which has often been influenced by the wider social and political climate.
The development of the participatory arts movement in the UK is linked to the feminist movement, disability rights and equality movements, the empowerment of older people, and LGBTQ+ and gender rights issues. Spare Tyre has often been at the forefront of these debates, this project allows us reflect on what we’ve achieved over our 40-year history.
We will be sharing the resources we create both physically, at the V&A Theatre & Performance Collection, and online. We hope that learning from our extensive experience working in the sector will be valuable to students, practitioners, academics and the wider public.
Identity and self-expression have been prominent themes throughout our 40-year history. Moving Portraits was a series of workshops held nationwide in 2017, providing an opportunity for learning disabled people to explore the idea of representation and control how they are seen by others.
Welcome to our online history book! Here you can explore the many projects we have produced since we started in 1979. Scroll through our interactive timeline, watch and listen to clips of songs and videos from our archive, and learn more about our journey from the beginnings to where we are today.
When looking back over our history we wanted to hear from people who have known us in various ways, at various times, during our 40 years. From Autumn 2018, full length interviews can be found by visiting our archive at the V&A Theatre & Performance Collections, and short versions can be seen and heard here!