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Meet The Puppet Masters Conference

Waterside Arts
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Our popular animation conference returns for its third year, featuring leading speakers from the worlds of animation and puppetry.

This year Meet The Puppet Masters will feature guests with a special connection to Cosgrove Hall Films, whose archive we are celebrating with an exhibition at Waterside.

Confirmed speakers include:

Bridget Appleby – one of the world’s leading stop frame animation creatives, Bridget was voted by Animation Magazine as one of the top ten women in animation.
Sarah Ann Kennedy – voice actress from Peppa Pig, Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom and creator of Crapston Villas.
Sam Holland – founder of Stop Frame Puppets, who has worked with Wes Anderson, Tim Burton and Jim Henson.
Tim Searle - Head of Animation, CBBC & exective producer, Danger Mouse.

Special Offer: For 4 or more students booking together, a discounted price of £5 per ticket is available. Call our box office for details on 0161 912 5616.

About The Speakers:

Bridget Appleby

Bridget is one of the world’s leading stop frame animation creatives. Voted by Animation Magazine as one of the top ten women in animation, Bridget’s design and productions have been transmitted and licensed all over the world and have won many honours, including a personal Bafta and International Emmy.

Bridget has been creative producer on her own stop frame production ‘Engie Benjy’, ensuring broadcasters licensees and financiers are all satisfied at every stage of the production process

She is now heavily involved in the production of another of her own creations – ‘Cloudbabies’, for Cbeebies.

Sarah Ann Kennedy

Sarah is a voice actress and runs the MA Animation course at the University of Central Lancashire. Previously Sarah worked in industry in a variety of roles including writer, animation director, creator, show runner, executive producer and voice artist.

She has won numerous awards in the UK and Internationally but is probably best known as the voice of Miss Rabbit in the BAFTA winning series Peppa Pig and as Nanny Plum in the children’s animated series Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom and Dolly Pond in Pond Life. She is also the creator of Crapston Villas for Channel 4. Since working in academia Sarah has presented various papers about the role of women in the animation industry both here and Internationally.

Sam Holland

Sam Holland is founder of Stop Frame Puppets. He started his career in live action, learning the art of puppet construction and puppet effects at Jim Henson’s Creature shop, then working at Asylum Models and Effects.

Among many other projects, Sam has created puppets for Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr Fox, Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie along with Pop for Aardman Animation.

Tim Searle

Tim is Head of Animation at CBBC Productions & Executive Producer of ‘Danger Mouse’.

Tim has worked in animation for over 25 years, producing animation and graphics for a wide range of comedy shows including: ‘Absolutely’, ‘Two Fat Ladies’ (C4) ‘Have I Got News For You’ (BBC) and many others.

This is an unreserved seated event which takes place in The Robert Bolt Theatre.


11:00 - introductions
11:15 - Sam Holland
12:25 - Bridget Appleby
1:30 - lunch
2:15 - Sarah Ann Kennedy
3:15 - break
3:30 - Tim Searle
4:30 - close