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About Us

Fuse have produced, performed and created outdoor arts, street arts, circus and physical theatre, youth and community projects, events and festivals for over 30 years locally in Somerset, regionally, nationally and internationally. Fuse are funded by Arts Council England creating outdoor arts performances, projects, place making and street scenography and have created new work for outdoor open spaces. Fuse are a not for profit organisation based in Somerset and produce three cultural festivals and events, Somerfest in Taunton, Dunster by Candlelight and the Bridgwater Quayside Festival.  Fuse provide education and training, support emergent artists and have developed award winning youth and community projects including Streetlinkz based in Taunton, Somerset. Fuse work with the Taunton Deane Borough Council developing new work in outdoor open spaces, youth and community projects, events and outdoor arts programmes.  Fuse have developed partnerships with the Somerset Wildlife Trust supporting and creating joint initiatives’ reinstating community orchards, creating wildlife projects, events and guided walks.

Fuse have a memorandum of agreement with Taunton Deane Borough Council, memorandum of understanding with the University of Winchester and are members of EQUITY, ISAN NASA and are co- founders of EFETSA European Federation of Education and Training in Street Arts.

Fuse bring the vitality of outdoor arts inside and produce themed performances, projects, seminars, webinars, talks and training. Fuse work with diverse cultural, communities, with young people, voluntary and environmental groups and organisations to deliver projects, education, training, festivals, celebrations, community and cultural events.

Sally Mann 

Artistic Director, producer, creator of outdoor arts performances, projects, parades, installations, festivals and events. Making new work for arts and culture projects, community and cultural events, education, training, health and well being and passionate about working towards a world that is socially and environmentally engaged.

With a BA (Hons) in Performance and Art from Dartington College of Arts, recognised nationally and internationally for its radical and inventive approaches to arts pedagogy, embracing practice-based research and interdisciplinarity, and prioritising context as a core factor and ‘ material’ in art-making processes. Sally works in diverse contexts.

Sally is also an alumni of Fooltime Bristol, Britain’s first circus school (now known as Circomedia), Sally originally graduated from Somerset College with a Fine Art degree and has built a strong practice that combines fine art, digital, circus and physical theatre, dance, making new work in outdoor arts and environment projects. Sally has won awards that include two national awards by Arts Council England, Year of the Artist, Gulbenkian Foundation award, Millennium Award, National Heritage Awards, NHS, SCC Youth and Community Awards, Somerset Anne Frank Award.

Sally has built a strong reputation as a performance artist, creative producer of festivals, youth and community projects and as a creative consultant; Sally creates collaboration work with artistes, arts organisations, councils, businesses, communities, young people and with cultural organisations to produce extraordinary award winning projects. Sally has also performed extensively in the UK and abroad as a solo performance artist. Sally has taught at the University of Winchester, Bath Spa University at Weston Super-Mare, Wessex Academy, Taunton and Bridgwater College and teaches Performing Arts, Directed Performance, Business Studies, Choreography and Creative production, Circus and Physical Theatre, making and performance skills. 

Associate Artists

Fuse work with associate artists, educators and cultural planners to make new work that inspires and engages.

Fuse make work with wildlife and nature organisations, engineers, communities, businesses, theatres, young people, housing associations, charities  and individuals. Fuse  provide people who may not have the opportunity to take part in cultural and creative projects/events the opportunity to take part and be inspired.

Fuse run training and education workshops in both formal and informal education settings and offer new approaches to education, training and entrepreneurship.

Fuse has produced a variety of themed installations and performances including Cafe Lente, Village Fete, I Scream Van Cinema, Misguided Tours, Spin Circus, River of Fire, Secret Garden as well as circus and street arts shows,  productions and immersive environments.

Fuse have supported emergent artists in outdoor arts in both training and employing new work for public spaces.

Fuse works with a range of communities, businesses and charities. The company is run as a imited company and as a non profit making organisation. 

Fuse offer bespoke training and professional development for creative and cultural individuals.

What Fuse Performance  does:

     creates festivals and cultural arts events engaging large audiences and communities

     tours nationally and internationally making work that provokes, engages and challenges

     creates high quality arts engagement that has an impact on the local economy

     works with talented artists and performers

     facilitates artistic exchanges in the UK and abroad

     provides training and professional development 

     mentors and supports emergent artists and signposts further education, training and employment

     leads the University of Winchester BA Hons Street Arts Degree

     offers work experience within the outdoor arts, street arts sector and the creative industries

     offers opportunities for individuals in projects and cultural events  that contribute to community cohesion and social inclusion

The  work of the company is  informed by an extensive practice in : outdoor arts, arts events management, project management, street arts, theatre, international touring, performance, installation, directing and teaching. It has over 25 years experience working in the creative industries working in street arts, circus, fine arts, outdoor arts, street theatre and events management. Key to this work is the development of a sense of place and identity.

Some organisations we have worked with

     National Theatre Watch This Space

     British Council International Touring

     ELIA European League of International Arts

     Larmer Tree Festival

     Belfast Festival of Fools

     Elephant Fayre, Port Elliot

     Glastonbury Festival

     B-Side Festival

     Bedlam Fayre

     Fira Tarrega Spain

     La Forneau  International Street Arts Centre

     Ana Desetnica Festival Slovenia

     Covent Garden

     City of Bath Street Theatre

 

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