It's been an exciting and eventful year at Spare Tyre: our first sensory tour On The Beach for people living with dementia since 2019; the beginning of our new 3-year agreement with Arts Council England, the continuation of Covid Café; arrivals, returns and farewells of brilliant team members; our Revue and Rendez-vous gathering our newest and longest-serving collaborators launching our Crowdfunding campaign. Here is the year in pictures and quotes.  And don't forget our Crowdfunder is still running until 31st December 

December–celebrating with Ghyama! and farewelling Claude Graham our producer.

Hena and Salima have been part of the programme with Bangladeshi Parents & Carers since 2020.

November–celebrating Spare Tyre participants and freelances old & new at Hoxton Hall

Revue & Rendez-vous at Hoxton Hall 19 November 2023

October–welcoming our new Executive Producer

Welcome to Amanda our new Executive Producer. Amanda joined us in the last week of September and got settled straight in.

September–Shielders' Stage

Ali Newton is one of the participants in the Shielders' Stage which has grown out of the Covid Café a place where home-based artists can share their work.  See more from Ali here

August–welcome back, thanks and farewells

During August we welcomed the return of Rose Chorlton from maternity leave as our General Manager and said a heartfelt thanks for Adam Line who was Rose's maternity cover. We also said thanks to Rachel Harris who stepped down as our part-time Interim Executive Producer. 

July –On The Beach premiere

On The Beach a sensory show co-created with people living with dementia at Queen's Theatre Hornchurch and on tour with Havering Changing

June–On The Beach in rehearsal

Kali and Sophie practise with our mini-projectors for our sensory show whilst designer Jens Cole watches.

May–Presentation on Covid Café at Thrive London

Lara Marshall (Tech host / Access Support), Rebecca Manson Jones & Monique Jackson (lived-experience facilitators and presenters)  Rachel Harris (Interim Executive Producer). Read more here Celebrating the Covid Cafe.

April–Covid Café and start of ACE NPO 2023-2026 Let's Create

March–An Old Friend's House–Lewisham Mencap

Peter from Lewisham Mencap swims like a shark through the installation. Read more here

February–What Will Happen to the Cat? R&D

Lisa Muten working on OHP animation in development workshops for a co-created collaboration with Spare Tyre - based on lived experiences of elder abuse. 

January–Together Finale 2017–2023

After 5 years our deep collaboration with Haynes Dementia Centre and Jacksons Lane Theatre came to its close. We also held some of our co-creative work for On The Beach there and will be returning with the show in 2024.

Thank you to all our freelances, partners and funders who have made the work this year possible.

You can find more about all of them here.