Original puppets come to life on Margaret River stage

In the spotlight: The Artzability crew take to the stage at Margaret River HEART with their puppet creations. Photos: Supplied.
In the spotlight: The Artzability crew take to the stage at Margaret River HEART with their puppet creations. Photos: Supplied.

Members of Artzability were on the stage at Margaret River HEART this week filming the creative development of their original puppet project.

The group has been guided through an entire puppet making process with local puppet maker and Artzability coordinator Sky River.

"It has been awesome to see all these amazing and unique puppet characters evolve over the weeks and be proudly brought to life onstage by our Artzability puppeteers," said Sky.

"Artzability is a healthy example of people living with disabilities being included in our community and contributing to the wellbeing of our local community and arts scene."

Over the past eight weeks participants have learnt sculpting and molding techniques, built eyeballs, painted and costumed their puppets before hitting the bright stage lights for filming.

Participants have learnt sculpting and molding techniques, built eyeballs, and have painted and costumed their puppets.

Participants have learnt sculpting and molding techniques, built eyeballs, and have painted and costumed their puppets.

A small team of local artists have supported the puppet project including filmmaking with Danny Jennings and original sound recordings with Simon Walsh.

The project was made possible through funding from the Regional Arts Relief Fund, an Australian Government program that supports sustainable cultural development in regional and remote communities in Australia.

Margaret River HEART General Manager, Nicky Hansen said the venue was passionate about supporting local groups and performers.

"It's really important to us that we support opportunities for people from our local area to get on to the stage," she said.

"We're proud to be supporting Sky and Artzability with this work and look forward to seeing the finished product."

The project was made possible through funding from the Regional Arts Relief Fund. Photos: Supplied

The project was made possible through funding from the Regional Arts Relief Fund. Photos: Supplied