Giant Puppet Workshops for Chapel Allerton Arts Festival

Happy May all,

I’ve recently become involved with a project that aims to get children from local primary schools and young adults from within the community to try their hand at a spot of puppet building for this year’s Chapel Allerton Arts Festival. The puppets will range from small hand held pieces to lumbering great carnival style jobbies, and are destine to form a colourful boat themed parade through Chapel Allerton’s streets to kick off the festival weekend. This year the festival is starting from Monday 30th August – Sunday 5th of September. Check out the festival web site here.

Artist Tony Wade of Yorkshire’s ‘Faceless – Access to the Arts’ ( will be leading workshops, along with volunteers. The school workshops will be starting at the end of May and carry on through out the summer.
The Community workshops taking place on Saturdays in July are aimed to teach young adults some new puppet building skills – I am really looking forward to helping out as this is something I’m really interested in, and some of the pieces proposed look like quite a challenge! A large enough location for some uber builds is being scoped out by the festival organisers this week.
I have agreed to help out with a blog documenting the ongoing workshops for the next couple of months, so stay tuned for a link/more info re: when and where you can attend the community workshops.

Also this month; check out Armley Mills – The MillSpace Residency and their open day on Saturday 22nd May

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