APPLICATIONS CLOSE SOON: Two-week professional development opportunity



Special Guest Artists: Davy and Kristin McGuire, United Kingdom


Spare Parts Puppet Theatre is offering a limited number of places for a unique two-week, training intensive with acclaimed augmented reality artists Davy and Kristin McGuire.

This is a rare opportunity to learn from extraordinary artists, whose work spans puppetry, moving image, theatre and installation.

Participants will explore the techniques used in the Helpmann Award winning theatre show The Paper Architect (Best Visual Theatre production, 2015), building small scale theatre sets from paper dioramas and found objects, devising scenes and learning the techniques to map projection onto the dioramas.

Short scenes in which workshop participants interact with projected characters will be created with opportunities to refine and develop over the fortnight, leading to a showing of short works at the conclusion of the workshop.

Professional puppetry, theatre, visual, interdisciplinary and screen artists will find much to explore over two weeks.


How to Apply

We are currently accepting expressions of interest from performers, digital artists, production designers and filmmakers wanting to participate in the intensive. To express your interest please send:

  • a current CV (max 2 pages)
  • a cover letter outlining key reasons for wanting to participate in the program (max 1 page)
  • if applying for an independent artist subsidy please indicate this in your cover letter and how this opportunity will benefit your career and/or creative development.

Applicants must be able to commit to attending the full intensive (details below).

Please note that spaces are limited.



Date: 30 July – 10 August 2018 (Two weeks)
Times: 10.00am–5.00pm, Mon–Fri
Venue: Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, 1 Short St Fremantle, Western Australia
Course Cost: $1000 (*Independent artists may apply to Spare Parts Puppet Theatre for a subsidy towards the course fee)

*an independent artist is deemed to be a professional artist that is not in the full time employment of a company. The amount of subsidy available to participants will depend on the interest and demand on funds available and will be at the discretion of Spare Parts Puppet Theatre management.

Applications close at midnight on Monday 25 June 2018.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their EOI by Friday 29 June, 2018.

For more information and to submit applications, please contact:

Michael Barlow

Associate Director

asd@sppt.asn.au | 61 8 9335 5044


The Artists – Davy and Kristin McGuire

Davy & Kristin McGuire are augmented reality artists, who run an award winning creative studio known for hybrid installations and idiosyncratic multimedia experiments. They work with sculpture, animation, moving image, and live performance to create eclectic new mediums:

Created in 2009, The Icebook was the world‘s first projection mapped pop-up book which has become an international hit, both online and on tour.

Winners of The Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award 2013, the McGuires’ work has included theatre productions such as The Icebook, Howls Moving Castle and The Paper Architect which received the Helpmann Award for Best Visual Theatre Production after touring Australia in 2015.

Davy and Kristin’s commercial commissions include Floating City (2013) for Barneys’  Madison Avenue Christmas windows, Alchimie de Courvoisier (2011), displayed at Harrods, and Precious Moments (2015), an installation for Mikimoto in Tokyo which won the Japan Space Design Association Award and the Ginza Association Division Excellence Award. Their other installations have also been exhibited, sold, published and screened internationally.

Davy’s background is in theatre and film whereas Kristin used to be a dancer who has performed with many international companies including Cirque du Soleil and has lectured at several UK universities in dance and interdisciplinary performance practices.

‘Magical and exquisitely crafted, Davy and Kristin McGuire’s […] universe is full of visual wonders.’ – The Guardian

‘The award-winning husband-and-wife team have built a reputation for innovative, indelible works – blending animation, projection mapping, theatre, film, dance and papercraft.’ – Computer Arts Magazine