hits the Jackpot!
Council England has decided to make a significant new
investment in puppetry arts, through the Puppet Centre
£70 000 will be made available over the next eighteen
months from its Grants for the Arts scheme to support
creativity and professional development of puppeteers.
The grant is seen as a timely one, following the increasing
profile of puppetry in mainstream theatre and popularity
of the art form across other performance disciplines.
The grant has been awarded to the Puppet Centre Trust
to offer continuing professional development opportunities
and bursaries for puppeteers and related practitioners.
PCT will organise a workshop programme covering the north,
midlands and London aimed at skills development for puppeteers,
focusing on Vocal Skills, Movement and Education. PCT’s
programme will also feature masterclasses held at UK festivals
by internationally renowned specialists in puppetry and
The grant also allows an extension for two years of the
enormously successful Bursary programme for artists committed
to puppetry. ACE asked PCT to re-launch the bursaries
last year after a gap of more than a decade. The bursaries
play a crucial part in investing in puppet, object and
cross-over artists, granting time and funds for creative
development and experimentation.
The new investment in the art form of puppetry has emerged
as part of a review of the role of the Puppet Centre Trust,
also financed by ACE. The review has refocused our activities
and role as a development agency for the art form of puppetry
and related performance.
The grant is a fantastic birthday present for PCT, celebrating
our 30th anniversary this year. After a period of reduced
activity and uncertain future, our plans for supporting
new work using puppet and object animation and artists
across the form can now move forward. PCT Chair, Professor
Anthony Dean of University College Winchester said: "this
represents very good news for the Puppet Centre but more
importantly terrific news for the wider puppetry community.
I believe that this funding award demonstrates a clear
commitment from the Arts Council to the continued development
of puppetry and object theatre in England."
be releasing further details about the programme and how
to get involved in due course.
further details, contact the Puppet Centre Trust. Tel
020 7228 5335. e mail