The Puppet Place community is a diverse group of individuals and companies. Many come from the worlds of live puppetry and animation. However, there are others who work within the creative sector but share our collective belief that puppetry and animation are artforms that have a unique ability to bring people together and communicate ideas in ways that have the power to be transformative and empowering. On this page you can find out more about our resident artists at Unit 18.



Dik Downey & Vicky Andrews


Formed in 2000, Pickled Image specializes in puppetry for live performance and theatre. Since its inception the company has gained international recognition and numerous awards for their darkly humorous visual productions.


Chris Pirie

Green Ginger creates award-winning theatre & films featuring puppetry. The company operates from two production bases, one in France and one in the UK. Green Ginger UK acts as an umbrella organisation under which freelance theatre makers work together to write, design, teach and perform.

David McGoran & Roseanne Wakely

Rusty Squid are robotic artists and designers exploring primal emotions and embodied machines. Through the art of puppetry, the technology of robotics and beautifully crafted materials the team bring to life objects and environments that awaken the human animal.

Artist & Filmmaker

Joe is an award-winning UK artist and filmmaker. He has been a regular contributor of images to a range of international publications such as The Guardian, Time Magazine, New York Times and Newsweek – having upwards of two thousand images published. For several years he has been engaged in a series of collaborations with celebrated British comedic performer and actor Bill Bailey including films, large-scale video art and interactive multimedia works.

Animator & Teacher

Mary is an experienced animator and teacher of animation. She has designed and run a number of animation programmes and is currently employed as Senior Technical Instructor to the animation courses at the Bristol School of Animation at the University of the West of England.


Artist & Designer

Becca is an artist, designer and educator. She makes playful work at the intersection of folk-art, storytelling, and creative-technology, and also designs and facilitates creative learning experiences. Becca is a lecturer on the Creative Media Design degree at UWE.


Creative Producer

Fiona is a founder member of and Creative Producer for The Theatre Orchard, a performing arts charity that produces new performance, and tours professional theatre to diverse places and spaces – making live performance part of day-to-day life. The company’s principle focus is North Somerset but work is also toured regionally and nationally. Theatre Orchard’s project is ‘Theatre Shop’, a formerly empty retail unit in Clevedon that has been transformed into theatre venue and bar. Fiona also works as an independent producer with companies such as Living Spit and Company of Angels.


Animator & Puppet Maker


Theatre Designer

Max trained in theatre design at Bristol Old Vic theatre school. As well as set and costume design he creates miniatures and other artworks. His designs have been nominated for the Off West End awards 6 times, as well as the UK Theatre Awards. He was resident associate designer at the RSC in 2013, during which time he was also a Linbury Prize Finalist.


Filmmaker & Cinematography

BLACK CAT FILMS is the moving image work of Adam Laity, Cinematographer, Photographer, Director, Writer and Editor



Lucy is a collaborative live artist, project manager and event facilitator.

Working largely with Time To Change, Liz Clarke & Company and Bath Spa Live. Lucy has a particular interest in improving mental health and wellbeing through public engagement.


Animator & Filmmaker

White Rabbit Animation

With a passion for the Gothic, the macabre and the downright odd, Emma is an animator and designer, online and onscreen. Her true love is for stop-motion animation. Emma has a Masters from Bristol School of Animation and has several animated shorts in her storybox. She is also the Editor of Puppet Place Newsletter


Puppeteer/ puppet maker/ performer

Catherine is the founder of Muddy Duck, a multidisciplinary performance company that creates and brings to life puppets and characters for the stage and beyond. Exploring new worlds and the limits of our own, Muddy Duck build, develop and perform fantastical creatures, who delight and entertain children and adults alike.


Multi-disciplinary artist

Beki has dabbled in almost anything and everything  from music events, photography, design and theatre stuff. She’ll never say no but has come to the realisation that working for free, low pay doesn’t make her  kids or the bank very happy.  These days you’ll mostly find her with a paintbrush in hand,  struggling with complicated, multilayered macabre and slightly off paintings. A life long devotee of rare soul music, science fiction and obscure horror films of the 70s and 80s. Nice.



Remi is a stop motion artist, specializing in claymotion, and lighting . During six years in Paris, he managed to work on different projects including feature films, music video and commercials as a lighting technician and animator. Living in Bristol now, he’s looking for new partners to create and explore the animation world. Please find his eclectic universe on his website

We have one space going for a resident artist – could this be you? Contact Rachel McNally to find out more


Our Associate Artists are part of our wider community of puppeteers, puppet makers, model makers, animators in the UK. They work in a variety of settings from community arts to the animation industry. For further information on Associate Artists click here