Artist training & development

Throughout the year we offer puppetry master-classes for adults and professional artists, led by talented designers and puppetry artists.


Applications are now open for our Artist in Residence Program, 2024.

Our Artist in Residence program offers a two-week residency at Spare Parts Puppet Theatre in Fremantle and includes use of our studio space, technical equipment, workshop/making facilities, and support from company artistic and technical staff. We are excited by fearless and imaginative puppetry works that captivate and stimulate an audience emotionally and offer opportunities for greater participation, expression, and agency.

The program is open to independent artists working in puppetry and embraces exploration in creative practice and experimentation. Projects may be in their early stages or may have already undergone some development and can be for any audience. Spare Parts Puppet Theatre will contribute financially to the costs of the project up to $2500.

Priority will be given to Western Australian artists, and projects that show potential to be developed for presentation by Spare Parts in future will be given special consideration.

The residency program is accessed by a two-stage application process:

Stage One – written application including your CV and an Expression of Interest (2 pages max.) outlining:

  • the artistic vision for your project and how it explores puppetry
  • what you will focus on during the residency (e.g. script development, integration of puppets with other elements), and your envisaged outcomes
  • your evaluation processes
  • a simple budget – showing how you would use the contribution against costs including artist fees and/or materials

Stage Two
– shortlisted artists will discuss their project with the selection panel.

Stage One EOI closing date: 16 February 2024
Stage Two pitches: Early March 2024

The timing of the residency is flexible and can be negotiated between the artist and Spare Parts.

For more information and to discuss your proposal please contact: Michael Barlow

Tertiary partnerships

Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts offers Puppetry Training to Students


Our 2023 Masterclass has now come to an end. Stay tuned for 2024!

Throughout the year we offer puppetry workshops for adults, led by talented designers and puppetry artists.

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