Devoted and Disgruntled – discussing the future of puppetry
The Puppet Centre has been successfully delivering a programme of mentoring, workshops, networking events and residencies, as well as Animations Online, our online magazine, for the last few years . We’re currently excited about drawing up future plans in new and uncharted waters. How work is made is changing, along with the way it is funded.
What we do is not for our benefit but for the benefit of artists who use or would like to use puppetry in their work. The upcoming Devoted and Disgruntled open space event at Battersea Arts Centre will be a brilliant chance to hear what you think will be useful in developing your creativity, skills and networking in your work.
This event is one of these rare chances to think outside the box – to have time to do some blue sky thinking without the barriers or restrictions of the day-to-day grind. We need ‘thinking time’; time to hear ideas and aspirations about the art form from our audiences and stakeholders.
This open space event is really that – a place where the participants form the agenda for the evening. What issues do you want to air? What are your aspirations for puppetry in the next five years? How can Puppet Centre help you in these ambitions?
I always remember when I worked as Drama Officer for South East Arts, now Arts Council England. We were setting up a three year plan for the future of street arts in the early 1990s with representatives from the sector and local authorities, not knowing if it was achievable. It was magic, it all fell into place and the South East led on street arts through the 1990s. I hope one of the outcomes of the event on 11 December will allow me to draw up an informed plan for the Puppet Centre’s work over the next three years.
At Devoted and Disgruntled we want to hear what you love and hate about puppetry. From your valued input we will be able to think about how Puppet Centre can continue to be at the forefront of innovation in the art form, providing you with worthwhile experiences and activities.
Apart from hearing all your ambitions and concerns, the event on the 11 December will also provide us with an opportunity to meet up with friends, colleagues and network with artists from a wide range of puppetry. It is a good chance to have our annual Christmas gathering at BAC. There will be a bar and lots of chatting and networking. See you there!