Fleetwood Tram Sunday - SpareParts Arts

SpareParts Arts Festival

The Fleetwood Festival of Transport Committee have worked with arts organisation LeftCoast for several years to add a different dimension to Tram Sunday, through arts and arts participation. 

The SpareParts Arts Parade made its first appearance in 2014, the same year that dancing diggers appeared on Fleetwood beach!

With continuing support from Arts Council the SpareParts Festival is now a regular feature of Tram Sunday. Look out for workshops and local community participation, and on the day itself.  

Artists Call Out: SpareParts Festival 2018

SpareParts Festival is on the lookout for fantastic acts, performances and artists for their three 2018 festivals.

All SpareParts contributors must be art, performance and spectacle that is on, about or utilises transport and travel in creative ways.

This year we will particularly welcome work that can encompass our ‘ACCELERATION’ theme, reflecting the role transport has had in moving society forward.

What we are looking for:

1. The SpareParts Parade – Artist designed vehicles, bicycles, mobile installations that can take art in the Great SpareParts Parade (existing or new commissions)

2. SpareParts Village – Static installations and performances in, on and around vehicles that can form part of the Spare Parts ‘Junk Yard’ Village.

3. SparePartists – Strolling or mobile performers, especially with a ‘Acceleration’ transport or travel theme, to perform throughout the day and take part in the Parade

4. SpareParticipation –Freelance artists, organisations or participatory arts companies who can help communities develop their own content (vehicles and moving installations) for the festival.

Although not mandatory, we welcome artists that are interested in taking part in all 3 festivals.

Thursday 28th February at 5pm 


SpareParts Artist Brief and Call Out

BIG Funding News for SpareParts Festival

The SpareParts Festival, pioneered by Fleetwood Festival of Transport, is to receive a three-year investment thanks to Arts Council England.

SpareParts parade at Fleetwood Tram Sunday

The investment will see the hugely popular transport themed art festival ‘accelerate’ to three northern transport events this year, increasing to five by 2020, and ensuring its spectacular programming can reach new audiences.

Read more about the SpareParts grant award here

SpareParts – the UK’s Festival of Art, Performance and Spectacle – dedicated to transport, travel and motion

Have a look at what happened at SpareParts in 2016 here –

SpareParts Highlights – 2016


The Great SpareParts Arts Parade
A sight to be seen – a grand participatory parade of artist designed or decorated cars, bikes, rickshaws, trucks, vans and other forms of transport which processed through the huge Tram Sunday crowds in mid-afternoon.

Spare Parts Arts Parade

Artists and arts companies created unusual and weird vehicles to display during the day and joined the parade through an audience of tens of thousands of admirers. 

SpareParts Village
Static installations and performances in, on and around vehicles formed part of the SpareParts Village in Memorial Park.

SpareParts Arts Parade setting off from Memorial ParkPhoto: Craig Shaw Photography

Timed performances and sideshows took place in Memorial Park in and around interesting vehicles, trailers, caravans and other travel/transport related structures.

Strolling and mobile performers, with a transport or travel theme, were performing throughout the day.

Rimskis Piano at Tram Sunday 2015Photo: Craig Shaw Photography

Local creative groups helped by participatory arts companies helped Communities to develop their own content for SpareParts 2016.

Tram Sunday float made by primary school children
Tram Sunday float made by local primary school children
Photo: Craig Shaw Photography

SpareParts Festival – 2015

Over thirty companies performed across the day with arts activities taking place at Marine Hall, The Esplanade, Euston Gardens, Adelaide Street and Fisherman’s Walk tram stop.

Spare Parts Arts Parade at Fleetwood Tram Sunday

SPAREPARTS ARTS PARADE wound its way through Fleetwood from 3pm – watch these two clips of the fabulous parade!

Rag and Bone were leading the way with their collection of crazy vehicles, joined by creative creations made by Handmade Parade and members of the community, plus artist Jon Large and the new Scenic~O~Sonic Sound System float.

Spare Parts Arts Parade at Fleetwood Tram Sunday

The parade started at Memorial Park and followed Lord Street, Bold Street, Mount Road, The Esplanade to finish at Marine Hall.

Spare Parts Arts Parade at Fleetwood Tram Sunday

‘SCENE~O~SONIC SOUND SYSTEM’ was made with the help of the community by artist Jon Large from Manchester – an exciting and original new float for the SpareParts Arts Parade, based on an early 20th century fairground organ using its traditional shape, with a Fleetwood inspired contemporary twist – it was towed behind ‘Tonefloat’ – a musical milk float also taking part in the parade.

Interactive shows and performances included The Insect Circus, housed within a vintage Bedford TK Beetlebox lorry. The Travelling Treasury invited you to enter a beautifully transformed caravan for a magical storytelling experience.

Wandering the streets of Fleetwood were strolling shows including Granny Tourismo (below), three raucous grandmothers who burn rubber and make up the first and only shopping trolley dance display team. Watch the great video clip too!

Granny Tourismo at Tram Sunday 2015

Granny Tourismo perform at Spare Parts Arts at Fleetwood Tram Sunday

The Sauruses stalked the streets with a deafening roar, looking for food to calm their prehistoric hunger – plus The Lollipop Patrol (below) were the luminous hand of the law.

Lollipop Patrol part of Spare Parts Arts Parade at Fleetwood Tram Sunday

Blackpool based artist Infected by Design taught children skills using graffiti, stickers and acrylic makers to create a one of a kind piece of urban art; while Sarah Hicks helped kids create their own vehicle from recycled materials to take home or contribute to a large collaborative art piece.

EXTRAORDINARY BODIES presented their new show Weighting at Marine Hall Gardens. Weighting told the story of an extraordinary family who make new discoveries in the face of love and loss. The show celebrated risk-taking and the right time to let go. 

Weighting performed by Extraordinary Bodies at Tram Sunday

EXTRAORDINARY BODIES SUPER CHOIR was a ‘super choir’ of existing choirs, individual singers and those who just wanted to give it a go. Cleveleys based ‘Dream Team’ singers were part of it and performed live as the finale of the show ‘Weighting’ as part of SpareParts.

“I’M GLAD YOU’RE HERE” was a welcome with a difference from artist Lowri Evans as part of the SpareParts Arts element of the festival. Originally premiered at Preston Train Station in April, at Fisherman’s Walk Street tram stop visitors got their own personalised filmic welcome as they stepped onto the platform.

I'm Glad You're Here

BAYBEAT STREETBAND were looking for: People who can bang a drum, People who can play the saxophone, People who blow their own trumpet, People with an ukelele of their own, to form a street band to play at the event.

YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHERS were invited to take part in a series of workshops and be commissioned to photograph the SpareParts Arts Programme. Young people aged between 13 and 19 were able to work with professional Blackpool based photographers Claire Griffiths and Jill Reidy to develop their skills. 

SpareParts Arts Parade – 2014

Rag and Bone parade

Boom Bikes

The Lollipop Patrol

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Spare Parts Arts Parade at Tram Sunday 2015

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Spare Parts Arts Parade at Tram Sunday 2015

SpareParts Arts Festival at Tram Sunday 2014

SpareParts Arts Festival at Tram Sunday 2014

SpareParts Arts Festival at Tram Sunday 2014

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