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Meet The Puppet Masters Tickets

A special event to coincide with the new exhibition, Puppet Masters

CIT and Waterside Arts Centre are delighted to present a day of talks, anecdotes, illustrations and classic puppets from some of the world’s leading animators and illustrators.

Meet the Puppet Masters features a series of talks, up to one hour in length, from the artists behind the works in the exhibition.

Featuring Ian Mackinnon and Peter Saunders, co-founders of animation studio Mackinnon and Saunders (Fantatic Mr Fox, Mars Attacks, The Clangers); Peter Firmin, founder with the late Oliver Postgate of Small Films, and illustrator of classics such as The Clangers and Bagpuss; CArlos Grangel, illistrator and collaborator with Tim Burton on Corpse Bride and Curtis Jobling, character designer of Bob the Builder.


11am - Introductions.

11:15am - Curtis Jobling discusses his work in a talk suitable for all age ranges, from child to adult. He will cover his work as a designer and creator of animation, as well as author of children’s books, and then a talk for mixed audience which is a retrospective of my career as an illustrator and creator of shows.

12.15pm - lunch

1pm - Barcelona-based Carlos Grangel discusses his career as an illustrator, from his beginnings as a comic book artist to working on some of the most famous titles in modern cinema. Carlos will feature clips, stills and illustrations as he outlines the role of an illustrator on cinema productions.

2pm - break

2.15pm - Peter Firmin is a legendary figure in British animation. In this illustrated talk, he will discuss his career, showcase puppets from some of his best-known creations - including original puppets from The Clangers and Bagpuss - and answer questions from the audience about his life and work.

3.15pm - break

3.30pm - Ian Mackinnon and Peter Saunders, in conversation with Ric Michael.

Ian and Peter are the founders of Mackinnon & Saunders, the company whose 20 years’ work as animators forms the heart of the Puppet Masters exhibition. In this segment, Ian and Peter give a whistle-stop tour of their careers, and answer questions from the audience about their work and inspirations.

4:30pm - close.


Additional Information

This event is suitable for all ages and recommended for audiences of 13 and above.

We request that children under 16 are accompanied by an adult.

Should you wish to bring younger children, please bear in mind that the durations of the talks are fixed.

Tickets are for the whole day, we are unable to sell tickets for sections of the day.

For speakers' profiles, please see the CIT website here.

Corpse Bride image © Warner Bros.

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