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About Upfront Arts

Upfront Arts Ltd. was established in 2003 as a without­ profit company, to promote the arts of puppetry, mask and mime, and the performing arts.

The work of Upfront Arts has been nurtured with the support of workshop space and office space provided by Upfront Gallery.

Upfront Puppet Theatre has been creating performances for the last seven years in it’s own intimate 80- seat venue. Details of these shows are archived under the puppet theatre section of this web site under “past productions”

The company was formed by John Parkinson who initially trained as a theatre designer with the English National Opera design School London, now the Motley Design School in Drury Lane. John is passionate about the art form and history of puppets of all types and included puppets in many of his mainstream theatre productions.

Upfront Arts provide workshops in schools throughout Cumbria and beyond. Annual Christmas shows are well supported by schools. The after show “meet the puppet and puppeteers” sessions are very successful. For many of the young audience members it has become one of their first experiences of a live theatre show. Schools interested in booking workshops are invited to apply for further details in the contact area of the general website.

Upfront Arts also have become the owners of a historically important collection of trick marionette puppets, made by Stan Parker of Carlisle. (www.stanparkerpuppets.co.uk) A Heritage Lottery grant was given to purchase the puppets and a yellow and white framed “circus” tent. The company have re-staged Stanelli’s Super Circus in a new setting and it appears in festivals throughout the year.

In 2008 the circus was invited to perform at an international puppet festival in Slupske in Poland and the company have been invited to return to the festival in 2012.  During 2009 the company performed in Barrow at “Zircus Festival” for Kendal Arts International, Dent Folk Festival and at Skipton International Puppet Festival.  In 2010 the company were invited to Mistlebach International Puppet Festival as well as doing puppet making workshops for Kendal Arts International  in Penrith and performing at Carlisle Fire Show.  Upfront Arts commissioned Stephen Mottram to perform his show, "The Seed Carriers" in Penrith along with a workshop exploring puppet manipulation aimed at puppeers in the north of England.

For  the 2011 Skipton International Puppet Festival, the company were invited to take four days of community and school workshops in carnival puppet making for the parade, followed by two days of children's puppet making workshops during the festival. 

A new independent website for Upfront Arts is under construction. This will promote all of the work and activities of the company in it's own theatre, the community and  in schools.

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