About Us

Mission Statement

Fusion Arts is a catalyst for creativity in Oxford, and beyond. Since 1977 we have connected artists with communities, and inspired hundreds of bespoke creative projects.

Through the transformational power of the arts, we respond to challenging social circumstances by delivering meaningful and inclusive artistic experiences.

History

Fusion Arts is an Oxford-based charity that devises and delivers creative projects in the local and wider community. We work in partnership with other creative and non-creative organizations, artists and people from all walks of life. Why not take a look at our current community projects

Formerly known as Bloomin’ Arts, Fusion has been operating from our base on the corner of Princes St and the Cowley Road in the heart of the artistic East Oxford community since March 1977. Fusion's projects reach across Oxfordshire and beyond, working within communities in public and environmental art, participatory art projects and high profile public events such as Cowley Road Carnival, WinterLight festival and In-tent-city - have you seen the bronze ingots on Cowley road? Well, that was a Fusion "Insite" project! View our past community projects.

Our offices are based at Fusion Arts Centre where we also have two large workshop spaces, from which we deliver a thriving programme of arts activities for adults, children and special interest groups. Please see What's On for current event listings and to pick a class that suits you.

We also hire these spaces out to local arts professionals at a low cost rate, and are always happy to talk to you if you have ideas for classes, exhibitions and events. If you'd like to use our space for a special event or to set up a new class please see our hire page for more information.


Our dedicated staff are constantly fundraising for new projects for continued work with diverse community groups. If you have any ideas for creative projects that we could help with and work in partnership with you on, then please get in touch!

Funding

Fusion Arts gratefully acknowledges our core funders, Oxford City Council and all the various trusts and foundations that support our work, past and present: The Tolkien Trust, Lankelly Chase Foundation, Arts Council England, Youth Music, Heritage Lottery Fund, BBC Children in Need, MINI Plant Oxford, Lloyds TSB, Awards For All, First Light, Oxfordshire County Council, West Oxfordshire District Council, South Oxfordshire District Council, Cherwell District Council, Oxford Brookes University, The Chill Out Fund, Oxfordshire Community Foundation, Youth Opportunities Fund, Local Network Fund, The Carnegie UK Trust, East Oxford Action, Emma's Trust, The Henley Festival, vinvolved team, Mr and Mrs Pye, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Barrett Homes. We are also grateful to the support found through our many community partnerships.

Our Team

Tara Stewart - Artistic Director
Lizzy McBain - Project Development Officer
Sarah Burrows - Administrator and Finance Officer


Fusion's Artistic Policy

  • delivers high quality, participatory arts in partnership with the communities we serve
  • initiates inspiring and innovative arts projects that support social inclusion
  • provides access to a wide range of expertise, facilities and resources
  • acts as an advocate for creative excellence

We prioritise those who otherwise would not access the arts, including:

  • Vulnerable young people
  • People from culturally diverse backgrounds
  • The homeless & those vulnerably housed
  • Asylum seekers and refugees
  • The economically disadvantaged
  • Those with physical, learning or mental health difficulties
  • The elderly

We also support artists in furthering their community arts skills.

We believe the arts

  • Enables communities to explore issues, communicate ideas and celebrate their identity
  • Offers opportunities for self expression and skills development
  • Contributes to personal, social and economic growth

All our projects work towards reaching these goals.

Fusion Arts is a Registered Charity (1070805) and Company Limited by Guarantee (2089425)

Core funded by

Oxford City Council

Thanks also to

Arts Council EnglandLottery fundedTolkien TrustOxfordshire County Council