RESIDENT ARTISTS

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.

RESIDENT ARTISTS AND COMPANIES:

PICKLED IMAGE

Vicky Andrews

www.pickledimage.co.uk

Formed in 2000, Pickled Image specialises 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.

GREEN GINGER UK

Chris Pirie

www.greenginger.net

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.

RUSTY SQUID
David McGoran

www.rustysquid.co.uk

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.

ELIZABETH JOHNSON

Animator & Puppet Maker

Elizabeth is a freelance fabricator for animation, theatre and public engagement works. Elizabeth has worked with companies such as Rusty Squid, Pickled Image and RAUCOUS.

MATT GIBBS
Writer & Editor

Matt is a WGGB Award nominated writer and editor, of games such as Battlefield 1, Total War: ROME II, and Driver San Francisco. Alongside working with games and interactive narratives, Matt works in publishing, film & TV, and comics. They’re also a Partner at Talespinners.co.uk and the Managing Editor of ImproperBooks.com.

OPPOSABLE THUMB

Dik Downey

www.opposablethumbtheatre.com

Created in 2019, oTt  specialise in subversive performance incorporating puppetry, clown, mask, mime and physical theatre.

Dik also fabricates puppets and masks to commission.

BLACK LABORATORY

Ben Mars

www.blacklaboratory.co.uk

Black Laboratory create award-winning animation and develop and supervise animation for clients.

The company also make and perform creatures and build prosthetics, puppets, props, models, masks and illusions, for their own and others’ interactive theatre, films and larp.

MAX DOREY
Theatre Designer
www.maxdorey.com

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.

KYLE HIRANI

Bio to follow

KATIE HOOD

Bio to follow

EMMA WINDSOR

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

CATHERINE ROCK

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.

BEKI WILLS

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.

HELENA HOUGHTON

Bio to follow

CHATRAPATI AKULA

Bio to follow

RICHARD HEWIS

Designer Toy Maker

As a long time collector and seller of vintage toys, I’ve always appreciated the artwork on vintage toy packaging. This along with an appreciation for the more modern items being produced in the ever growing ‘Designer Art Toy’ market I’ve decided to start creating my own toy line. Also in my spare time I enjoy painting and drawing things inspired by popular culture.

ELOISE DUNWELL (Lulibird Art) 

www.eloisedunwellart.com
Eloise is a Fine Artist and Curator based in Bristol. Growing up in Australia, the vivid colours and proximity to nature influenced her practice, which is always community-driven. Works vary from inkworks, “collected” sculptures, performance work, installations and music.

AMY BAKER

Bio to follow

If you would like to become a Puppet Place Resident please contact Eloise: info@puppetplace.org

ASSOCIATE ARTISTS:

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