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In addition to the four main national membership organisations there are several other active puppetry organisations who support PuppeteersUK
Puppet Animation ScotlandPuppet Animation Scotland is dedicated to the advocacy for and the development and celebration of the artforms of puppetry and animation in Scotland. PAS runs the annual Puppet Animation Festival every Easter, it is the oldest and largest performing arts event for children and young people in the UK. In addition to this, PAS has developed a new international object theatre festival – Manipulate – which will take place in partnership with Dundee Rep. PAS provide a range of on-going CPD opportunities for Scottish practitioners, who have provided work for over 1 million people in the UK in the last seven years. Puppet Animation Scotland is a Scottish Arts Council foundation funded organisation.Contact:
Puppet Centre TrustThe Puppet Centre Trust, founded in 1974, is a development
agency for puppetry working at a national level.
The overall mission for the Puppet Centre Trust is ‘to develop and promote the art form of puppetry within the context of contemporary performance practice.’
In 2009 the organisation won a major award from Arts Council London to invest in the re-organisation of the business. This activity will enable the Puppet Centre Trust to continue to re-shape its role to meet the needs of the fast developing puppetry sector.
In particular in 2009/ 2010 the Puppet Centre Trust will be
• Organising master classes with highly regarded visiting foreign practitioners
• Offering training and travel funds by competitive applications for practitioners at every stage of their careers
• Mentoring up to three emerging companies or artists on a one to one basis
• Organising open access industry/ business development days following consultations with artists and the sector
• Continuing the highly successful Graduate Residency Scheme in partnership with the Centre for Excellence in Theatre Training based at the Central School of Speech and Drama
• Continuing to produce Animations on Line and Animations in Print to support and engage with artists through successful publications with a relevant editorial content for the puppetry constituency, wider theatrical practitioners and educationalists.
• Working in partnership with theatres and development organizations to deliver projects nationally e.g . In 2010 the Puppet Centre Trust will organise, promote and deliver a large scale conference.
Puppet PlacePuppet Place is the artform support organisation in the South West. Newly reformed, the organisation was publically re-launched at the Bristol Festival of Puppetry in 2009. We provide practical and strategic support to artists including rehearsal, workshop and shared office space at our base in Bristol, professional workshops and networking opportunities and advocacy for the artform. We try to reflect the broad range of media and contexts in which puppeteers work including: schools, theatres, TV and film. Puppet Place is run by and for puppeteers and we are committed to building a strong, supportive community in the South West. If you would like to get involved, meet other like minded folk or just ask a question please do get in touch.
Albion Dockside Estate,
Bristol, BS1 6UT
Tel 0117 929 3593
Scottish Mask & Puppet CentreSMPC was founded in 1981 by Malcolm Knight and is a national and international resource to promote and advance the art of puppets, masks and performing objects. It functions as an independent arts centre with its own studio theatre, library and multimedia room, display gallery, cafe, mask studio, puppet-making/carving workshops and office complex. The Centre also offers a two year full-time training course for adults, the HND in Puppet Theatre Arts, in partnership with Anniesland College. SMPC currently offers two national touring exhibitions to museums and art galleries - The Magic of Masks and Puppets and Behind The Mask. The Centre has an on-going Cultural Diversity Programme and hosts and promotes intercultural companies and exchanges from overseas as well as en education outreach programme to schools, community and voluntary organisations. Masterclasses are offered twice yearly in April and June, and an Annual Puppeteers Day is held on the first Sunday in June. The Puppeteers in Scotland Saturday Programme hosts visiting companies on a weekly basis combined with birthday party workshops. The Centre is also home to Grant Mason Make-Up Effects which provides a wide range of services to film and television. Tel: 0141-339 6185 Fax: 0141-357 4484. Contact:
8-10 Balcarres Avenue
The Punch and Judy ClubEst 2015
The Custodians of Mr Punch’s heritage
Despite its youth the pedigree of the Club cannot be questioned as its members are an elite group of Punch and Judy performers from the UK and abroad who are among the very best you will ever see. Their aim is to ensure Mr Punch’s future is as bright and jolly as his centuries old tradition demands.
As Custodian’s of Mr Punch’s Heritage these performers know that Mr Punch’s future is quite literally in their hands. If you see one of their shows at festivals at home or abroad you are always in for a treat.
As performers the Club members always Stick Up for Mr Punch aiming to promote Old Red Nose and his merry band of wooden headed misfits in the best possible light by performing shows of the highest quality.
The Club’s members not only perform Punch and Judy to the highest level, but between them are also some of the world’s most sought after carvers and makers of both puppets and theatres. Club members are some of the last remaining regular seaside performers, have an unrivalled collection of historic and contemporary Punch and Judy puppets, a comprehensive archive and library, and a wealth of knowledge and experience.
Currently Club membership is by invitation only, but do have a look at our website where you will find more information and a wealth of wonderful firstname.lastname@example.org