Our Work


Salamanda Tandem exist to develop cutting edge participation, contemporary art and sensory performance;  to inspire and enable people from all areas of society, harness their creativity to improve their quality of life, and that of people around them.


Salamanda Tandem: Helena and Isabel Switzerland. Photo: Geoffrey Fielding

  • Thought leaders in creativity, and the engineers of participation.
  • Developers of socially engaged performance art at the cutting edge
  • An ethical organisation, committed to the realisation of wellbeing in self and others


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Salamanda Tandem: Fragile? Team of Dancers, Estonia

salamanda tandem: Dancers: Mickel, Isabel, and Victoria. Image: Richard Hughes and Geoffrey Fielding


Salamanda Tandem est. 1989, is the means by which trans-discaplinary working, free range collaboration and shared invention between people is realized. Whether inventing new artistry; changing the attitudes that disable people; or investigating how our creativity works; salamanda tandem has earned a reputation for being ahead of the game, we aim to be folks you can rely on to innovate each and every time. But you’d be mistaken if you thought this was happening in a vacuum; we need you! Making new connections between people, arts forms and across the fields of alternative health, education, philosophy, psychology, social care, yoga and the arts is our daily bread and what keeps us alive.

salamanda tandem: Dancers: Madeline, Isabel and Mickel. Image: Richard Hughes and Geoffrey Fielding

Who we are – Background

ST is a company of international collaborating artists based in Nottinghamshire in the UK. The company is directed and was co-founded in 1989 by dancer / choreographer singer composer Isabel Jones. Dedicated to an inclusive and various art, we devise work in homes, theaters, institutions and public buildings of all kinds – in which people can find a place on their own terms. We seek in particular to integrate disadvantaged or disabled people into a vision of a world where expressive potential is not constrained by social preconceptions. Equally committed to the provision of professional education, training and the documentation of our work, Salamanda Tandem aims to nurture and celebrate the deepest resources of human creativity.

Salamanda Tandem has a reputation for quality, expertise and innovation in the creation and delivery of:

  • Participatory art work with people
  • Socially Engaged Contemporary Art and Sensory Performance
  • Professional and personal development
  • Dissemination, publication and debate
  • Evaluation and Consultancy

All Salamanda Tandem’s work is established within a framework of guiding principles, values and methods developed by Artistic Director Isabel Jones through person centered practice since 1984, these tools have been carefully honed by Salamanda Tandem with the contributions of a number of talented and committed artists, friends, family and colleagues who have worked with the company for between 10 and 25 years e.g. Duncan Chapman, Tony Baker, Julie Hood, Stuart Collinson, Geoffrey Fielding, Ray Kohn, Lisa Craddock, Lewis Jones, Mickel Smithen, and Mick Wallis. We’re always open to new collaborations too and are delighted to be joined by a number of more recent artists associates: Takashi Kikuchi, Polly Wiltshire, Indra Slavena, Chemaine Cooke, Nathan Campbell, and Natalie Speake.

We learn through the creative engagement, and have reached  of more than 40,000 participants over a 20 year period.

Embedded at the heart of what we do is the desire to develop and promote ‘equality’ and ‘creativity’; we aim to learn from our own experience and from others in order to ensure that all ST’s work is of high quality and consistently enables positive development for people.

What We Do

Read our selection of detailed project blog posts on this site, for a flavor of our work in sound, words and photographs


One Reply to “Our Work”

  1. I will be attending the summer school and want to build a project based on this and want to do some research. Can you please point me to some good reading about Isabels background and influences and previous work.
    Thank you
    Julie Broadbent
    Freelance Artist

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