Arts Council England

arts council logo

This year Fuse Performance are delighted to be supported by Arts Council England for the artistic programme bringing extraordinary acts to Somerfest 2017.

Arts Council England will be supporting: Somerfest Artist’s Commissions,  Pocket Fluff, Zoie Logic Dance Theatre, Bingo Lingo, The Strong Lady, Lords of Strutt, Hotch Potch Performance, Olu Taiwo and Fusion FX.

We would like to thank  Arts Council England, Taunton Deane Borough Council, Orchard Centre and sponsors  for supporting Somerfest 2017 and the dedicated Fuse team, festival makers who work hard behind the scenes making the festival happen.

Somerfest Commission

With the support of the Arts Council of England, Fuseperformance is offering three commissions to emergent artists or groups to produce outdoor art works at Somerfest in four public spaces in the centre of Taunton: High St, Castle Green, Goodland Garden and Somerset Square.The theme of the Festival is FEAST, evoking a time of plenty and celebration, with an abundance of different experiences, playful interchanges, tastes/flavours. With this theme in mind, Fuse want to create and produce performances, visual environments and interactive sites of play that especially celebrate diversity as part of Somerset’s cultural life.Drawing from the theme of FEAST, the briefs for these three works are to create:

  1. An interactive and participatory children’s/family installation / activity
  2. A visual trail from one public space of the Festival to the next
  3. An interactive site of play and games

The artists/group would be expected to work with the Artistic Director of Somerfest in the context and development of their work. Each artist/group would be awarded £700.

Fuse is particularly interested in inviting artists to apply that have visual arts and/or performing arts / street arts backgrounds and that are interested in making work for public spaces.

If you would like 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 has been extended to 5pm April 10th 2017

Emergent: 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, companies, festivals, theaters, museums or galleries.

Please send your application to – /

Some comments from last years arts awards


“Since working with Somerfest I have performed and created work to be performed at many festivals and event’s including Hat Fair fringe I am working at Newbury’s 101 creation space alongside Pan.Oktium on a outdoor performance project called crossing lines”


“I felt extremely well supported as an artist making new work for the festival.  I felt it was a fantastic day – I have been inspired by this experience to keep up with my public interactive installations and have found this  really helpful!  I had a walk around the festival and the atmosphere was buzzing”

PrintFuse Performance

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s