Friday, 18 March 2016


BAAT - NATE SIG meeting 
Manchester Art gallery 
19th March 2016


Introductions and discussion around integrative practice. Do you choose to include different therapeutic modalities within your Art therapy practice? Such as sandplay, drama, mindfulness etc. Sharing thoughts and experiences. 

Manda Thomson will share, and request participants for a piece of Art therapy research she is currently undertaking. 

Visit to the exhibitions The Imitation Game’ - An exhibition by eight international artists who explore the theme of machines and the imitation of life. & ‘To be Human’ (gallery 9) -Featuring mid-20th-century portraits from the permanent collection, this exhibition explores what it is to be human.

Lunch break

Curious cargo will be running a Puppeteering skills workshop with us. In this workshop participants will learn the basic methods through which you bring an inanimate object to life, (i.e. puppeteering skills).
The session will start with a gentle physical warm up as participants will be using all of their body when manipulating puppets. NB please ask the participants to wear loose, comfortable clothing that they will be able to move in.
There will be a series of solo/duo & group exercises through which you will explore how to put energy & focus into an object (puppet), how to share breathe with your puppet, & how to work in synchronicity with your fellow puppeteers.
Using a variety of everyday objects as puppets your puppets will embark on an exploration of their environment, interact with other puppets, & experience/show a range of emotional responses. Through this exercise you will develop the puppeteering skills of: focus, impulse, reaction & movement.
In teams of 3 you will next make a simple ‘scrunched paper’ bunraku style puppet, (see attached photos), & through this puppet will utilise the puppetry skills learnt so far & begin to experience working as an ensemble. (There could be some ‘sharing’ of these exercises with the rest of the group).
Choosing from a range of existing puppets, (these are puppets of mine that I will have brought with me), you will continue to work as an ensemble, (in groups of 3 utilising the bunraku puppeteering skills developed so far), to explore a series of improvised scenes. Through these improvisations the puppets/puppeteers will demonstrate: thought/focus, emotional reaction, muscle contraction/expansion, rhythm/breath, & meaningful movement.  We will share these improvisations with the rest of the group at the end of the session.
Group debrief/sharing of experiences from the workshop. Suggestions for further learning/reading etc.
Tea and coffee break

Art making session in response to the days events.

The end of the day.

Thank you for coming

Melissa King - BAAT- NATE Coordinator 


Manchester Art Gallery,
Mosley Street,
M2 3LJ


Metrolink tram
St Peter’s Square or Mosley Street stations are the nearest Metrolink stations. Both are on the Altrincham and Eccles lines.

Nearest bus stops are St Peter's Square or Piccadilly Gardens.

To Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Oxford Road or Manchester Victoria stations. Take the Metrolink from Victoria or Piccadilly (Altrincham or Eccles direction) to Mosley Street or St Peter's Square.

Manchester is ringed by the M60, linking to the UK's extensive motorway network. Follow signs to the city centre. Car parking is available at the NCP car parks on Chepstow Street, Faulkner Street or Sackville Street. All are within five minutes of the gallery. The nearest disabled parking is on Nicholas Street or Princess Street, approximately 50m from the main entrance.

1 comment:

  1. Feedback from Sharon Herriot attendee ‘Had a wonderful day at the Manchester Art Gallery, as always the space provided for our group was brilliant and allowed us to play and engage in our workshop. Looking at the exhibition the ‘Imitation Game’ was a great preamble to our workshop about the potential therapeutic uses of puppets and puppetry. Thinking about how we bring objects to life, what constitutes ‘real’ or ‘alive’ and about aspects of humanity, I found the exhibition challenging and inspiring. Thank you to the gallery for offering us this space.’