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Puppetry hits the Jackpot!

Arts Council England has decided to make a significant new investment in puppetry arts, through the Puppet Centre Trust.

Over £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 theatre.

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."

We’ll be releasing further details about the programme and how to get involved in due course.

For further details, contact the Puppet Centre Trust. Tel 020 7228 5335. e mail

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