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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