We want to support more innovative and pioneeringparticipatory arts projects to get going. As part of our 40th birthday celebrations, Spare Tyre is supporting the development of new projects which embrace our values, led by selected Spare Tyre artists.

The projects reflect equality, diversity and accessibility – showcasing unheard voices and stories, using a range of art forms and approaches. They work with participants from one or more of the following communities: women, learning disability or older people. Artists receive up to £1,000 to develop their project, as well as mentoring by core Spare Tyre staff members. Artists can then use seed funding as leverage, and look for other sources of income.

There is an ongoing call for artists from the ‘ST family’ to propose participatory arts project they want to develop.

Here are some of the projects we are supporting so far:

Upstage led by Genetic Moo – Margate

Interactive art creators, Genetic Moo, use kinect sensors in their art pieces that can capture the silhouettes and movements of its viewers. 

With the support of Spare Tyre and Kent County Council, Genetic Moo are exploring how to adapt this program so it can be used in theatrical (and other) settings. They’ll be working with Inspiration Inclusive Theatre to explore the idea.

The project consists of two parts:

  • Experimenting with depth-mapping technology to enable performance driven projections
  • Making an intuitive and robust program that can be used by anyone

The aim is to create a tool that could be made for theatrical or non-theatrical set ups. Genetic Moo showcased the program at the Spare Tyre Artist Takeover

Nights at the Circus led by Fauve Alice – London

Nights at the Circus was developed during experimentation with artists including David Munns and Ellie Mason, two artists with learning disabilities, led and directed by Fauve Alice

This cabaret/variety style show investigates presentations of magical realism on stage, and was inspired by Angela Carter's novel of the same name. The performers explored alternate realities where fantastical identities were created.

This performance combines the mythological with the grotesque, and the funny with the provocative. It was showcased to an invited audience in April 2017 at Redbridge Drama Centre and at Oxford House in Bethnal Green, with additional support from Arts Council England. 

It went on to a six date tour of London venues, including two nights at the Spare Tyre Artist Takeover

Moving Dreams led by Ida Casilli – Peterborough

Moving Dreams is a heritage multimedia project looking at the contribution of migrants to the welfare of their host country, their settlements and experiences. It celebrates migrants’ stories from their points of view, and discovers how the past can teach us to deal with modern phenomena. 

It was developed in Peterborough, in partnership with The Fleet Italian Community Association (ICA), with additional support from Peterborough Presents small commission fund. 

A Tree without Leaves led by Maria Ghoumrassi – London

A Tree without Leaves is a dance project which explores women’s identity and what it means to be, or not to be, a mother.

A workshop at Greenwich Dance in January 2017 formed the R&D element of a major new dance project which is now in development. 

It was performed at the Invisible Women Festival in February 2018. It went on to performances as part of Fertility Fest (at Bush), at Serendipity (Curve Leicester) and Chisenhale Dance Space. 

Nights at the Circus: The Process