We’re absolutely delighted to announce that we’re working with renowned participatory theatre company, Spare Tyre!

Over July and August Spare Tyre will be delivering a digital residency with us at Ashcroft Arts as part of their current project, We Will be Happy Here. Activities include a series of online multi-sensory workshops for local learning disabled adults alongside two free professional development sessions, the first for families and support workers and the second for local artists wishing to develop their practice.

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Workshop series:

Local learning disabled adults will be invited to take part in a series of engaging multi-sensory, digital workshops. Because the workshops will be personalised to individuals attending, participants will be invited to a taster session ahead of workshops starting so we can make sure the activity is tailored to our group.


Professional development opportunities - Introduction to sensory arts practice: 

Are you interested in learning how you can use sensory techniques to create engaging artistic experiences for learning disabled people, people living with dementias and others who enjoy activities based around non-verbal communication? If so, join participatory theatre company Spare Tyre for one of two online workshops exploring the sensory approach. 

You don’t need to have previous experience in sensory work. These workshops are introductions to the sensory practice and how it can be employed both online and offline in our uncertain COVID future.


join us:

With more than 40 years’ experience, Spare Tyre is a leading participatory theatre company that creates theatre experience with and by people that are under-represented in arts and culture and society’s decision-making at large. These workshops will be led by Spare Tyre Associate Artist Lisa Muten, an established participatory artist who has extensive experience working with learning disabled people and people living with dementias.

Workshop for families, carers and support workers: Thursday 29 July, 10am to 11am, online.

Workshop for artists and practitioners: Thursday 29 July, 11.30am to 12.30pm, online.

To book a space contact Amy.Whittlesea@hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk.


About Spare Tyre:

We create theatre with people that are under-represented in arts and culture and society’s decision making at large. Built on more than 40 years experience, our work is participatory, collaborative, immersive, taboo-busting and above all responsive to the passions and talents of the people who make it.

Our projects visit traditional arts venues, community centres, care homes and online spaces. Meanwhile, we run and amplify creative campaigns that reflect the values and passions of our artists and participants.

In the 2020s, we will work with more people to create theatre exploring the pressing issues of our time, such as the climate crisis, disability rights and social justice.

We’re interested in working with, supporting and training people who want to change the world with us.  

To see some of Spare Tyre’s sensory videos created during lockdown, visit their YouTube channel.

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