Vital Spark Associate Artists

Artists are at the centre of Vital Spark. It's with them that we are able to make a shift towards a sector that is more relevant to and representative of all children and young people.

We work with artists through development, commissioning and producing opportunities and they become a part of the Vital Spark Associate Artists network. Click on the artists photo/name for more information about them and their work.


Mellow Baku - a multidisciplinary artist, specialising in music with over 15 years' experience as a live performer. She draws on her cultural heritage and jazz improvisation, combining acoustic guitar and electro loops to produce soundscapes, songs and spoken word.
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Chad Taylor - an established Dancer and Choreographer specialising in areas of Commercial Dance and Hip Hop Theatre for the past 10 years. Chad is interested in altering perceptions of Hip Hop and making work that tackles every day social issues.
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Takeshi Matsumoto - a Japanese inclusive dance artist, dance movement psychotherapist and choreographer. Growing up in Japan, his practice both in life and performing art is influenced by 'Wa', harmony, peacefulness, quiet and contentment: ways of living and balancing with others and environment.
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gobscure / burn - writing as burn, making sound-art-performances as gobscure, a multiaward-winning composer and visual artist exhibiting internationally.
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Ashokkumar Mistry - A multi-disciplinary artist based in Leicester,  Mistry's work draws together video, digital and performance art to question and mirror contemporary society.
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Shamser Sinha - A Playwright based in Ipswich,  Sinha' s work has a diverse and political edge; often telling stories about people on the wrong side of money, fortune and the wars we fight. 
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Glenys Xavier - A  Theatre Performer and  Facilitator based in Leicester, for many years Xavier has worked with adults and children on the Autism Spectrum and with multiple learning difficulties  through organisations like Bamboozle Theatre Company.
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Jackie Hagan -  A  Poet, Playwright, Comedian, and Activist based in Manchester,  Hagan  is committed to finding new and original ways of creating spaces for people to feel empathy for people and ideas they might otherwise have vilified.
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Lucy Hayward - a Playwright and Theatre Maker creating  and developing scripts which are inclusive of blind and visually impaired audiences.
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Sameena Khan - a Theatre Director, Drama Practitioner and Performer who has worked almost exclusively with children and families for the last 13 years.
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In addition to these artists, we are always keen to develop and spark new relationships with artists who are already working in or keen to enter into the Performance for Young Audiences (PYA) sector.

If you are an artist who would like to learn more about the opportunities within Vital Spark or The Spark Arts for Children, here are some ways you can do so…

  • Join the  Vital Spark Artist Community  on Facebook – click here
  • Sign up to the Industry and/or  Vital Spark newsletter  – click here
  • Introduce yourself  by email to our Creative Producer
    (Artist Development & Commissioning), Tara Lopez – tara@thesparkarts.co.uk