From performers to musicians to digital artists, our Associates are a diverse group of artists with varied practices, all of who share our ethos and values.
Fauve Alice is a performance maker working in theatre and performance art. She joined Spare Tyre in 2014 and has since worked on The Garden, and created the performance Nights at the Circus exploring themes on sex and sexuality in collaboration with Spare Tyre Artists Ellie and David. Through her practice she creates provocative and sensual performance pieces which question normative social values. Her work is performed across London and Europe.
Yolande is a socially engaged theatre practitioner specialising in sensory, visual, and physical performance approaches. She has toured The Garden with Spare Tyre and facilitated the Blue Skies and My Voice My Words My Sound projects. She also works with Kidstime Foundation, the School of Confidence and is a dancer in ‘Ambient Jam’ with Entelechy Arts. Driven by the connection between people beyond cultural and generational norms, Yolande hopes to help build people's self-confidence, resilience, and expression, through creative play and non-verbal communication.
Nick is a multi-instrumentalist who grew up in Belgium, where he played rock and jazz on electric double bass. He is one of the founder members of the Bollywood Brass Band and started playing in London in the socialist big band called The Happy End, playing Baritone and Soprano Sax with Pan Pipes and Arabic Bagpipes. Nick played with the London School of Samba then created Crocodile Style, a world music street band with Emergency Exit Arts, where he also worked as an Art & Music workshop leader. Nick builds bespoke tuned percussion, Marimbas and Harps, as well as other musical creations; he also teaches children and adults how to do this. With Spare Tyre, Nick particularly works with older people and people with dementia. He was lead artist with the Spare Tyre Band and has performed in The Garden.
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Maria is a dancer, choreographer and educator working through multidisciplinary techniques from around the world to develop Intercultural Awareness Performance. She was in the original cast of The Lion King and has worked with Kokuma Dance Company, Jeanette Brooks, the BBC’s Mighty Boosh, Border Crossings and Eldarin Yeong Studio. Maria is a recipient of The Trailblazers Fellowship, ADAD/Dance UK and was shortlisted for the Place Prize, 2004. Recent awards include One Dance UK’s Dance Teaching Mentorship and Dancers Career Development Retraining Grant, 2016. Her most recent project with Spare Tyre is A Tree without Leaves.
Image by Foteini, costume by Nuri Na
Caroline works with Spare Tyre as a trainer and performer on our dementia programme. She has been training marginalised groups for eighteen years including delivery of drama and theatre programmes for: Charlton Athletic Race Equality, The Park Theatre; and Second Wave For Youth Arts.
With a masters in arts in therapy and education, Caroline is an Arts Award moderator and consultant for Trinity Guildhall, an annual reviewer for Stagecoach and an artistic and quality assessor for Arts Council England. Caroline worked for five years as head of participative arts development at Watermans arts centre 2013-17.
Ellie is a London based actor/performer. She has a physical disability, uses a wheelchair and has a mild learning disability. Ellie has performed in Spare Tyre productions for over 15 years including Pieces of Ourselves, Feeble Minds, Ridiculous Recipes, Tempest and most recently, Nights at The Circus which premiered at New Diorama Theatre, toured to six London venues and enjoyed a two week run at Zoo Venues, Edinburgh Fringe 2019. In 2017, Ellie won the Sexual Freedom Award for her role in Nights at the Circus, a provocative and daring performance exploring sex, desire and disability.
Ellie regularly appears on TV as a background artist and featured in BBC drama Silent Witness alongside Liz Carr, who is also a wheelchair user. Ellie has modelled for Disability Now magazine and is passionate about promoting positive representation of disabled people in theatre and the media, aiming to bring about change in these industries. Ellie sings in the Going Choral disability choir based in Stratford, London.
Genetic Moo is a collaboration between Nicola Schauerman and Tim Pickup who are based in Margate. They work all over the UK and abroad with digital arts organisations. Genetic Moo build living installations in pixels and light. In dark spaces you can interact with fantastical creatures or immerse yourself in ever-changing digital ecosystems - which they call Microworlds, a current focus.
Genetic Moo have shown extensively, including at: The Wellcome Collection, Old Vic Tunnels, Watermans, D'Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum (Dundee), Glastonbury, The Singapore Science Centre and The Open Sky Gallery, Hong Kong. Working closely with the Lumen Prize, they are currently running a 6 month show at Eureka! Halifax. Genetic Moo have worked on a number of projects with Spare Tyre including Once Upon a Time and The Garden.
Hi, David Munns here.
Writer, Actor and Illusionologist, also occasionally designer too. On the writing side it is mostly scripts, I have written quite a bit of comedy but there has been some drama too. I have written short dramas like Another day and Morgan’s Lake for radio and co-wrote Edinburgh Fringe show Nights at the Circus (in which I played not one but two different roles). I have a few projects in the works right now.
As an actor I have appeared in many Spare Tyre productions including Dark Inc, Ridiculous Recipes, Tempest, Feeble Minds both reinterpretations of Shakespeare) and SAFE. I’ve been interested in the art of illusion since I first saw David Nixon on TV at the tender age of six and have been in love with magic ever since. My tastes in magic have changed over the years and recently I have become interested in magic of the mind.
Lisa is a visual artist who has been working as an artist facilitator and tutor since 2008. She has worked with Spare Tyre on the Just Westminster and Blue Skies projects and was co-lead on the Together project at the Haynes Dementia Hub.
Lisa works with Action Space in their Central London Studio Project where she supports adult artists with Learning Disabilities through their creative processes and professional practice. She also works on a partnership project for Action Space at a SEND school in East London, leading weekly art sessions with students and supporting them through their arts awards.
In between, Lisa continues to develop her own art practice, predominantly through painting, drawing and installation.
Jo is an artist and scenographer for theatre and dance, with an MA in Scenography from Trinity Laban Conservatoire. Her art work has been exhibited UK wide and her designs from the Edinburgh Fringe to the Royal Opera House. She has designed and facilitated for Spare Tyre, Candoco, Graeae, Fingersmiths, Shed Films (‘Cabbage' - Bafta Nominated Short Film) and East London Dance. Current projects include costume design for the Extraordinary Bodies show ‘What Am I Worth' (Diverse City and Cirque Bijou), and PLATFORM Shift + with Emergency Exit Arts. As a woman, as an artist and as a disabled person, Spare Tyre’s mission reflects Jo’s belief in celebrating equality and empowerment in a discriminating society.
Victor is an actor, theatre artist and filmmaker who has collaborated with: OvalHouse Paper Project, Counterpoint Arts Eyes with No Barriers, Maya productions Super Heroes and Heroins of the South River and Spare Tyre as Project Manager for Over The Road. Victor performed in Don't Close The Door, which he wrote, and directed at the Barons Court Theatre, The Wedding Pact Diamond Award - Indonesia Film Festival (main role), and the Short film The Longest Night. Victor’s filmmaking company Three Blokes Productions makes films for artistic and commercial purposes, and runs participatory arts projects. Victor is currently working on the ST40 project, collecting and editing the history of the company through video interviews.
SilverSage are a group of artists aged 60+ who met through working on Spare Tyre projects. In 2017 they decided to form their own company, and in February 2018 debuted The Promise, a play about assisted suicide based on a true story, which happened in Camden in the 1980s. The play was produced by Spare Tyre. SilverSage developed the script through a year of meticulous research into the police interviews, transcripts and press reports from the arrest of Charlotte Hough, who was prosecuted for her part in the death of an elderly neighbour. Spare Tyre’s Associate Director Isaac Ngugi and Artist Rajha Shakiry, worked with the group to realise the production. SilverSage are Sieska Cowdrey, Vicky Lee, Linda Long, Cordelia Mayfield and Rick Perrins.
Filipe is a UK based Portuguese pianist, composer, and workshop leader who specialises in collaborative and participatory work. He has written for theatre, film, dance, installations, and music ensembles including a number of collaborations with choreographers and visual artists. Filipe is a regular leader at Create Arts. He founded Quest Ensemble, a contemporary classical piano trio, and teaches at Trinity Laban Conservatoire and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Filipe is currently working on the ST40 oral history project.
Alice is a visual artist that develops multifaceted installations which incorporate sculpture, music, performance and video and is also a member the Art-Rock trio Ravioli Me Away. Her work explores the spectrum of acting and performance present in our everyday lives and the essence of drama and reality when representing complex human themes such as love, mental health, freedom, memory and doubt. Alice has exhibited and performed internationally including at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims; Chisenhale Gallery, London; ICA, Singapore and Art Basel, Miami. Most recently for Spare Tyre she designed The Garden.