Explore the impact our work has with diverse communities.

Spare Tyre’s shows have changed over the years, along with society as a whole and the concerns of majority and minority communities.

Francois Matarasso

Watch the participants enjoying Ghyama Arts! workshops

She is sleeping better at night and sings to herself more since the project started

Family of Ghyama Arts! participant

"It’s amazing to see the effort that’s gone into keeping the work going through this awful time. I’m blown away. Thanks so much for all you’re doing in Tower Hamlets and beyond. Fantastic work!" Cllr Kevin Brady, Tower Hamlets

During the COVID pandemic we teamed up with St Margaret's House and Bangladeshi Parents & Parents Association so learning disabled people in Tower Hamlets could continue creative activities online. We ran nine online workshops between September and November 2020, helping this group of friends meet for the first time in March 2020. There were 14 participants in these workshops, which included carers, and the project created 110 opportunities for engagement

Explore the making of Spare Tyre Through Your Letterbox

"Thank you for thinking of us when none of the clubs are open. Carry on the good work."   Redbridge participants

In 2020, we sent 133 multi-sensory creative packs through the post to people living with dementias who were isolated at home. Our artists – who the participants already know – were commissioned to make interactive videos with accompanying music on a DVD, supported by paper-based activities, and materials which stimulate all the senses for people at all stages in their dementia pathway. They reached people across three London Boroughs–Haringey, Lewisham and Redbridge.

Watch our 2018 film about The Garden's impact on audiences

You could have 'The Garden' in care homes every week and people would benefit hugely.

Sam Goodey, Culture Team Leader, Redbridge

"It was a unique, multi-sensory experience. The performance was engaging and inclusive. Our members and support workers fed back that they felt they were part of the experience and never seen anything as engaging and accessible." Michelle Kitch, Kingston Mencap

The Garden is an interactive, multi-sensory theatre show performed more than 300 times between 2015 and 2019. Different versions toured for people living with dementias and learning disabled people.

Our trailer for Nights at the Circus

Fearless. Challenging. Beautiful. Mesmerising. Powerful. Sexy.

Maria Schamberger

"Spare Tyre has enabled me to think about my disability and myself in a more positive way and has given me more confidence… The staff and the other artists take me for who I am and I’ve never had people treat me like that before." Ellie Mason, Associate Artist

A show to enthrall and disrupt, Nights at the Circus explored themes of sex, desire and identity in a provocative and daring performance. The  show was conceived and directed by Fauve Alice in collaboration with learning disabled performers David Munns and Ellie Mason. After its debut at New Diorama Theatre London November 2017, Ellie won the Sexual Freedom Award for her performance.  

2020 saw Spare Tyre produce it's first made-for-digital streaming performance, as part of the national touring companies festival, Signal Fires. The live performance on 4th November 2020 was attended by audiences across the UK, Republic of Ireland, Malta, Sweden, Italy, Belgium, and the USA. 

Reaching all sections of the older population – in particular those most marginalised – might be seen as ‘unfinished business’ for the creative ageing sector. We hope that this important piece of research will be a useful resource for arts organisations and arts funders to work with communities to share the benefits that arts can bring to people living with dementia more widely.

David Cutler, Director, Baring Foundation

In 2019-20, we were supported by Baring Foundation to publish research into arts and dementias in UK South Asian diaspora. 

It shows that while there is growing awareness of the value of artistic activity for people living with dementia, it has not reached the UK's South Asian communities in any significant way. The research inspired our show, Love Unspoken.

Read our report.