Artists Commission

Somerfest Artists Commission


With the support of the Arts Council of England, FUSE is offering three commissions for circus artists/physical theatre practitioners who will be invited to create new works that use the natural environments existing in the urban outdoor public spaces.


The commissions will be developed for the festival Somerfest in three outdoor public spaces in the centre of Taunton, Somerset. in the town: Castle Green, Goodland Garden and Somerset Square. The Festival date is June 16th.2018 11am to 6pm.

The theme of the Festival is: Garden: Town: Circus and celebrates the recent designation of Taunton as a Garden Town and the 250th anniversary of circus #Circus250.


We encourage applications from emergent circus artists /circus theatre/physical theatre performers who can incorporate the themes of the commission.  The artists/group would be expected to work with the Artistic Director of Somerfest and operations team in the context and development of their work. Each artist/group would be awarded £700.



Present an idea for a new small-scale circus (street theatre) performance, installation or walkabout. The piece can be 1 or more performers (artists must be confirmed by applicant before applying). The piece needs to be performed / installed in urban and green town spaces. Specific details will be discussed upon offer or can be requested by email (

We will offer

Professional mentoring and operational support

Opportunity to perform work at Somerfest June 16th 2018.

There will be support in developing marketing materials for the commission and where possible support with rehearsal and storage space.

To apply, please send an email as an expression of interest that outlines your ideas and provides a short resume of your relevant experience with links to previous works and any supporting documentation. (File size max 2mb) The deadline for this application is April 6th.  The definition of ‘emergent’ is: in the first five years of your professional career; beginning to have work performed or exhibited professionally; working in entry level roles in outdoor arts, circus, theatre and street arts.

We look forward to hearing from you



T: 01458 259638

M: 07866 771601

Categories: Artists Commission

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