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.
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.
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