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Road Closure

THE ROAD TO UPFRONT IS OPEN AS NORMAL AS THE CLOSURE IS FURTHER ALONG. However if travelling to Upfront from Wigton and the West Coast you will need to detour via Caldbeck or Dalston/Rose Castle.

"40 Years of Work" -

Open as Usual


Keep safe and warm.

The Big Christmas Give Funding Appeal

The Big Christmas Give

We have secured £3,000 of £100 pledges from supporters and £1,500 of champion funds from The Reed Foundation. We now need to match the £4,500 to secure the £1,500 champion funds.

This can only be done by on-line card donations between MIDDAY TUESDAY 28TH NOVEMBER and MIDDAY TUESDAY 5TH DECEMBERr.

If we succeed in this we will have raised £9,000 towards our project. Please promote this plea to anyone aware of the work of Upfront, as donations of any size will be welcome for our cause.

There is also a link to The Big Give on the front page of our website Upfront PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD! (Charity No. 1153089)

Up and coming live music gig


Upfront Arts has been accepted by ‘The Big Christmas Give’ and we are delighted to have secured interest from a donor who will match the first £1,000 pledged by you and every £100 unit raised thereafter. So if we manage to raise £3,000 with your pledges, the match donor will increase this to £6,000.

We will then enter Stage 2 of 'The Big Christmas Give'. Our ultimate target is £12,000. This will enable Upfront Puppet Theatre to establish a young people’s puppet, mask and mime company, the only one in the North of England. This will be led by professionals to provide opportunities for a new generation to develop skills in mask and puppet making, performance, set design, sound, lighting, writing and company organisation. We have a fundraising donations strategy in place for Stage 2.

We very much hope that despite the tight deadline you will consider making pledges for Stage 1 by clicking on the following link where there is a full explanation of 'The Big Give' funding charity. Click Here For Details

N.B. When you open the pledge form it explains the future calendar of events for the full funding process. Please DO NOT be misled by these dates, the CLOSING DEADLINE for pledge promises of £100 units for 'The Christmas Challenge 2017' is 31st AUGUST!

As a thank you, all Stage 1 pledges will receive the choice of a Family Ticket (for 4) to an Upfront Puppet Theatre production, or two unique limited edition prints. The drawings by Pedro Alves, former Portuguese artist in residence, depict Stan Parker’s Punch and Judy from our museum collection. The puppets originally performed in and around Carlisle. Each giclee print, on Hahnemuhle photo rag paper measures 30 x 20 cm and will be available in a choice of black and white or colour - images as below. This is quite a challenge! We have already raised £1,500 and we hope that with your support at Stage 1 we can progress our bid for match funding from ‘The Big Give’.

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD! If you feel that a £100 pledge is too great for you to consider, perhaps you can combine with others.

Punch & Judy Pencil Drawing Croc, Devil & Wolf Pencil Drawing Punch & Judy - colour Croc, Devil & Wolf - colour


2017 - Update

2017 New Years Update

With great pleasure we announce this our 20th year in business.

The new years has started with our 17th Artists Open Exhibition which is now available to view until March. We had an amazing amount of artists apply this year with a wide range of work selected for the show.

In the next few months we have some great music concerts with folk musician Steve Tilston in March and the lively Afro-Fusion band K.O.G and the Zongo Brigade in April.

We also have our run of Easter puppet shows produced by Upfront Puppet Theatre.

More details on the website under sections Events, Gallery & Puppet Theatre 

General News Update

New Courtyard Outside of Building Entrance

January at Upfront

Puppet Theatre Retractable Seating Rake New Entrance with Open Exhibition in the New Foyer/Gallery Space Open Exhibtion in the Upstairs Gallery Space Foyer Gallery

Upfront Puppet Theatre Sponsors

July up-date of theatre build

Gallery Entrance and Theatre 19th July 2012

New Puppet Theatre update

concret_going_into_the_puppeteers_pit Steelwork Arrives Posts Going In Steel Framework Almost Complete

Free WiFi at Upfront begins