The archive page is being updated with an extensive body of work incorporating performance and installation works from John Lee and Sally Mann co-directors of Fuseperformance.
Somerfest is a mid summer festival celebrating arts and culture in Somerset. Fuse are proud to be the artistic directors of this dynamic growing festival based in Somerset’s county town Taunton. Fuse have worked as part of a collaborative partnership with local organisations and Taunton Deane Borough Council to support the development for the festival since 2012.
Taunton Winter Lights Events 2015
Fuse Performance were commissioned by Taunton Deane Borough Council to imagine and create a series of events. Sally Mann Artistic Director created Taunton Winter Lights festival events involving fire and light as a main theme and speciality for Castle Green one of Taunton’s unique heritage sites and including a children’s Christmas parade. Events involved 100’s of local people as well as artists based in the southern region of the UK.
Visit FB: Taunton Winter Lights where you can find photos and film links
Dunster By Candlelight
Fuse Performance are proud to be the artistic directors of Dunster by Candlelight. A unique West Somerset medieval village. The Castle is illuminated with lights, performances and activities free for the public to enjoy. 2016 is the 30th celebration of Dunster by Candlelight and we look forward to animating and curating Dunster’s unique heritage sites.
Conference of the Birds (2014)
A performance project supported by Arts Council England inspired from a poem by Farid Ud-Din Attar. Information to follow
I Scream Van Cinema (2011 – current)
The I Scream Van was commissioned for the B-Side Multi Media festival creating site specific films and sound sculptures. The I Scream Van also performed as part of the National Theatre Watch This Space, Manchester Xtrax, Salisbury International Festival and at other festivals and events in the UK.
International Street Arts Festival 2011
The festival was funded by Arts Council England and Taunton Deane Borough Council. The festival included an extensive regional workshop programme through Fuse Performance Creative Hubs. Local and national street artists took part animating Taunton’s public spaces. Circus, parkour, dancers, music, graffiti, film, visual arts and a small cinema in an ice cream van. International workshop leaders created new work for the festival and offered support and training for emergent artists. These took place in the Fuse Creative Hubs in both Taunton and Winchester. Local art works were created with international and local artists based within the community and with young people from Streetlinkz in Halcon, Taunton
This was an award winning project LOCOG 2012.
A residency was held in Catalonia at Fira Tarrega with the University of Winchester BA Hons Street Arts, including associate lecturer and Fuse artistic director Sally Mann. The project researched the theme Guernica and produced an installation performance
Cafe Lente was commissioned by Appledore Visual Arts Festival in North Devon and the Anti Static Festival of Live Art, Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton. The cafe was a performance installation and a ‘real’ cafe that involved sound installations, films, performance and miniature sound art installations. Time stood still as the past was reflected in the present as waiters served you coffee at a very very slow pace.
Roots Routes Roots
A Millennium funded project documenting journeys across Sedgemoor by boat, by foot, by cycle using local stories and history to inform sound art, film, sculpture and drawings. Artists Sally Mann and John Lee produced an exhibition for the Bridgwater Arts Centre.
A table for two, a Rendezvous supported by Caffe Nero. Two people meet in a city or town in a cafe. They are guided around the city with head phones experiencing the spaces as an immersive sonic guided walk. Initially created for Dartington Hall and Somerset College Fine Art degree programme and installed in Caffe Nero.
Celebrating 150 years of Arts in Taunton
Village Fete (2010 – 13)
The Village fete portrays the archetypal characters in a village and produces a ‘real’ village fete including staged acts and a mystery celebrity guest. Fetes have been themed to suit wildlife themes, festival productions at Larmer Tree, Kingsbury Episcopi May Fair and Watchet Carnival Village Fete. We had the pleasure of Jonnie Walker from Radio Caroline open the Village Fete at Larmer Tree festival.
The Caravan Show
Arts Council England, Year of the Artist award winning project. As Big Brother was streaming for the first time in 2001 Fuse and Fish Productions produced the Caravan Show, a live performance that was viewed and interacted with online. Audiences travelled to the Test Valley Festival in Romsey in Kent to see the show.
Photograph Hugo Glendinning
Artist in Residence BCFC
Arts Council England, Year of the Artist award winning project. Sally Mann was artist in residence at Bristol City Football Club producing performances for an audience of 40,000 football fans.
The company has built a strong knowledge of Street Arts practice that includes the development of a number of productions and events: Village Fete (2010-13), I Scream Van (2011-12), Streetjam (2011) the first South West International Street Arts festival, Somerfest (2013), performances at the London Olympic and Paralympic (2012), Cultural Olympiad projects in Somerset, Misguided Tours (2010-12), Guernica (2011) , Out of Place (2012) Emerge (2013), Platform (2013)
These activities have won the following awards: Anne Frank Award (2013), two Inspire Marks (LOCOG2012) (2012), nomination of the Most Innovative Degree in the UK (2011), University of Winchester Chancellors Award (2013)