Scottish Mask & Puppet Centre

Scottish Mask & Puppet Centre

8-10 Balcarres Avenue, Kelvindale, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, G12 OQF [ Map ]

Tel: 0141 339 6185 | Fax: 0141 339 8021 | Email: Click here | Web:


The Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre is a combination of theatre, museum, educational institute and a lead agency for the development and promotion of mask and puppet theatre in Scotland. Founded in 1981 by professional puppeteer, Malcolm Knight, it became a Charity Registered in Scotland in 1985 (SCO14379). SMPC houses a permanent exhibition of masks and puppets from its collections in the foyer and cafe area together with a reference library, audio-visual collection, book and gift shop. It also contains a series of production and design workshops including: Malcolm Knight's mask studio and puppet workshop; Grant Mason's film and special effects studio; and Kate Robinson's professional sculpture workshop; Sarah Lee's textile design room. There is also an educational training room and a dedicated woodcarving shop and store for masterclasses,courses and workshops for use by professionals, teachers and students.

The Centre offers the following services:
- year-round programme of Saturday Shows for visiting companies
- on site workshops and birthday parties for children and families
- professional touring exhibitions to UK and Ireland museums and galleries
- outreach workshops for schools, educational institutions, community organisations
- puppet therapy services to hospitals,social work venues, prisons and day-care centres
- professional craft commissions for theatres, films and television companies
- organises a bi-annual festival of European Folk Puppets
- supports and mentors new mask and puppet projects by Scottish companies

The Centre is also home to Personae-Mask and Puppet Books, an on-line web site with its own catalogue supplying publications to puppet centres, puppet festivals, puppetry training courses and puppet enthusiasts around the world: SMPC also publishes its own books and articles and is increasingly involved in the business of publication and research.

This specialist arts centre is unique in the UK and renowned for its "hands-on" approach to creative projects and is dedicated to the promotion of mask and puppetry as an art form in its own right. It is a Council Member of Puppeteers UK, regional co-ordinator of the British Puppet & Model Theatre Guild, host to various Bristish UNIMA events, and holds the Presidency of The International Federation of Centres for Puppetry Arts.

Hours of Business

10am-5pm, Mon-Sat. Closed Sundays.

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