Puppet Place is the UK’s hub for puppetry and animation. Our building, Unit 18, is full of brilliant artists and creatives working in live puppetry, animation, film, visual arts, theatre, outdoor arts and creative technologies. You can find out more about them by looking at our Residents page. We are your one-stop shop for all things animated. If you have a question drop us a line or give us a call.

What Is Puppetry? 

We define puppetry as follows: Bringing Life to the Inanimate.

Puppetry is an artform that strides across boundaries and gets under your skin. It is a powerful tool for self-expression and reconciliation and a vibrant performing artform. Its origins are ancient, often enshrined in religious ritual, yet its tendrils reach into the latest robotics and AI research.

We recognise these myriad forms in our work and artist support. This means we include stop-frame animation, filmed puppetry, object manipulation as well as bunraku-style, string and rod marionette, shadow puppetry, ventriloquism, glove puppetry, automata and robotics within the puppetry family.


Support Puppet Place with a one-off or regular donation today. Your support can help us maintain our unique fabrication space, rehearsal studio and meeting room and support the development of independent makers, puppeteers and puppetry companies.

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Puppet Place is dedicated to supporting artists and professionals wishing to include puppetry and animation as part of their work. This support is both practical and developmental.

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Puppet Place would not exist without the goodwill of our volunteers. Our volunteers are an important part of our community, helping us to develop the organisation and bringing valuable skills and knowledge. Find out more about volunteering, job opportunities and work placements here.

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