making using a variety of methods, materials & techniques - the images
say it all!
Projects featured include: small & large mouth puppets & set dressing
for Seeds of the East festival 'Animated Greenhouse', Manchester; multi-operator
bunraku style puppets for Edge Hill University Performing Arts & Visual
Theatre students, Liverpool & Oldham Theatre Workshop; suitcase puppetry
'Super Heroes' project, Oldham; Gifted & Talented session with SWAN,
Bham; Challenging Behaviour Unit, Rotherham; rod puppets with 3 x Yr
1 classes at Deepdale Infants School, Preston and with children & their
carers from St Chad's RC Primary School, Manchester; large-scale parade
& multi-operator puppets with St Leonard's CofE Primary School; large-scale
puppets for Anansai show at Medlock Valley Primary School, Manchester.
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Tess received a commission to work with the children of Medlock Valley
Primary School to create a selection of puppets for their Anansai production.
We made a snake, a leopard, multiple hornets, and the Sun God.
This was a huge visual arts/performance arts & recycling project which
culminated in a large-scale parade/fashion show. Each class chose a
theme that they wanted to work with & so from nursery up to year 6 we
created: farm animal masks, a clown gegant puppet, gegant 'emotion'
puppets, Lion King inspired large-scale masks, a 10 foot Lady GaGa puppet,
ornate Olympic shields, a large elephant puppet, and large-scale African
A 5 week puppet making project with children & their carers from St
Chad's RC Primary School, Manchester. Throughout the sessions the group
explored a variety of different types of puppets, & making skills, from
across the globe.
Deepdale Infants School asked Tess to work with their 3 year 1 classes
to help make rod puppets inspired by the fairy tale characters & stories
that the children had created.
Cargo offers workshops in projection, shadow & shadow puppetry techniques;
creating shadows & environments by using found objects, puppets, and our
Projects featured include: Creative Partnerships 'Inclusion' project with
Mary Elliot Special School & Trinity Primary School, Wolverhampton; V&A
'Image & Identity' project with Manchester Art Gallery & the ReD House,
Bury; Artists in Schools 'Playing with Shadows' project, Blackpool; 'Lighting
the Legend' project, Ordsall Community Arts, Salford; Wilson Stuart Special
School, Birmingham; 'Gifted & Talented Workshop', South Birmingham Schools
Network; & Netherton Children's Centre, Dudley.
making using a variety of methods, materials & techniques.
Projects featured include: Artist's In Schools 'Mask Alive' Project, Manchester;
'Masquerade' project for LGBT Young Peoples Group - Pride, Manchester;
'Gifted & Talented Workshop', South Birmingham Schools Network; Family
workshops, Manchester Art Gallery; 'Visual Theatre & Circus Skills'; Creative
Partnerships project with Newman Special School, Rotherham; & St Leonard's
CofE Primary School (see info below) ST Leonard's C of E Primary School
- This was a huge visual arts/performance arts & recycling project which
culminated in a largescale parade/fashion show. Each class chose a theme
that they wanted to work with & so from nursery up to year 6 we created:
farm animal masks, a clown gegant puppet, gegant 'emotion' puppets, Lion
King inspired large-scale masks, a 10 foot Lady GaGa puppet, ornate Olympic
shields, a large elephant puppet, and large-scale African masks.
Mask Movement workshops for: Imperial War Museum North to accompany
their special exhibition 'Once Upon A Wartime' 2012;
Newham Special School, Rotherham, & Mask Alive (Manchester Art Gallery
Project) in various Greater Manchester schools.
Projects featured include:
Seeds of the East 'Animated Greenhouse', Manchester; puppeteering
workshops with Edge Hill Performing Arts BA HONS students, Liverpool;
suitcase puppetry 'Super Heroes' project, 3 x primary schools & a
special school in Oldham, & staff training for Oldham Theatre Workshop.
Cargo works with groups to make gegant puppets, props, banners, costumes
& lanterns to animate parades, and makes bizarre and wonderful
sculptures & props for installations.
Cargo offers mixed-media making workshops which can be tailored
to suit your needs. Previous projects have included: wire portraits,
silk paper making, withie sculpture, 3D model making, to name but
Mask Movement & Mask
Puppeteering & Puppet
Making & Shadow Puppetry Training
Team Building, Personal
Development & Drama Games
Working with Withies
Deepdale Infants School,
Year 2 classes x 3 - Giant Creatures junk sculptures - 2011 The
Yr 2 children designed their 'mythical creatures' in teams drawing
inspiration from African animals. Then using boxes, tubes & other
junk they worked in their teams to build the giant creatures, papier
mache them, and finally paint them.
Sandbank Nursery School, Bloxwich, West Midlands - 2011 & 2012
During this 'visual arts & creativity residency' we explored a range
of materials & techniques to include: puppet making, silk paper making,
den building & junk modelling.
CARA Action Research
Project - In this project Peppy Hills, and students & staff
at Sunfield School, worked in collaboration with Curious Cargo's Tess
Hills to investigate the research question: 'Exploramentation! Spotting
Authentic Engagement in Creative Activity Among Students with Severe
and Complex Learning Needs'. Sessions & 'creative provocations'
included: mark-making, light & shadow, clay & modelling materials,
smell/taste/collage, found object puppetry/storytelling, construction
& dens, & textured pathways.
Sunfield School 'Jazz
Greet Children's Centre,
Sparkhill, Birmingham -
2010 In this project we worked with nursery classes & parents & toddlers
groups to explore a range of visual arts materials & techniques through
a series of 'creative provocations'.
Netherton Children's Centre Consultation Project
Queen Elizabeth Hospital - Young People's Cancer Ward
Papier mache & latex masks created for theatrical
Imperial War Museum North - a mask making commission to create
masks & costumes for 2 characters: a 1940's housewife & an evacuee