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Snuff Puppets or taxes? It’s end of financial year!

It’s the end of financial year and you know what that means: we’re asking you to give us your money (instead of to the tax man). We need your help so that we can do what we do best – over the next 18 months we’re creating a new Snuff Puppets work The Garden of Sorrows.

We’ve created our first prototype puppet, a giant Thylacine, which appeared at NGV Australia late last year. Now we need to raise $10,000 for the next stage. With your help we’ll build a whole new world of puppets based on John Hughes and Marco Luccio’s haunting book and illustrations and through an intensive Creative Puppet Lab our artists, puppeteers and puppets will explore their new world together.

Snuff Puppets is a registered charity which means all donations over $2 are tax deductible.

We celebrate creativity as an essential human need.
Every year we work with artists, community groups and people from all walks of life to tell their larger than life stories through giant puppets.
We take risks.
Our artistic program is ambitious and aims to make a profound impact on audiences. It takes a giant investment to create, build and breathe life in to every Snuff Puppet.
We support a team of individual artists and performers.
Snuff Puppets is a place for artists to grow, for ideas to evolve and for ambitious imagination to take flight.
We see things differently. We aim to challenge.
We are always a nuisance – poking fun, rebelling and irreverent. We reflect and challenge power with violent, sexy, vulgar disrespect.
We have new ideas. We collaborate.
We will soon be working on the next stage of creative development of our new work The Garden of Sorrows, collaborating with visual artist Marco Luccio and author John Hughes.
We do a lot on a little.
In 2015 we performed for over 100,000 people around the world and worked intensively with more than 300 community participants.

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Snuff Puppets are building new puppets!


We need your help.

Snuff Puppets are building new puppets for our new main stage show, The Garden of Sorrows. Giant puppets are at the core of our work and each new Snuff Puppets work involves the creation of a whole new world of puppets with their own rules, relationships and spirit. It takes a giant investment to create, build and breathe life in to every Snuff Puppet.

In this new work, Snuff Puppets are working with writer, John Hughes and artist, Marco Luccio to bring to life the darkly beautiful and haunting fables from their critically acclaimed book, The Garden of Sorrows. The book features fourteen fables in which iconic Australian animals take on human qualities. These fables cast us back to the flux at the beginning of the world; a kingdom of animal warriors, poets, healers and thieves. Don’t be surprised to see a giant Thylacine, Kangaroo, Emu or Goanna roaming a street near you.

How you can help?

1. Vote for our idea to receive a Gellibrand Stronger Communities Grant to build new giant puppets.

2. Tell everyone you know you voted for us and that you think they should too.

3. Become a supporter of Snuff Puppets through a tax deductible donation.

4. Download Shopnate to your browser and let retailers give on your behalf every time you shop online.

Thank you, friends!


Introducing The Garden of Sorrows

NGV Theatre Panel Discussion E-FLYER[1]

Snuff Puppets will be talking collaboration, inspiration and transformations at NGV Australia. The Garden of Sorrows is our new work in development and an exciting new collaboration we are embarking on with writer, John Hughes, and artist, Marco Luccio.

At The Author, the Artist & the Puppeteer, our very own Andy Freer will discuss the journey of adapting Hughes’ mesmerising collection of fables that explore the animal origins of human traits. The panel discussion will explore the process of cross-disciplinary collaboration that emerges through the interpretation of Marco Luccio’s exquisite etchings and Hughes’ words into Snuff Puppets.

Facilitated by Raymond Gill, Managing Editor of The Daily Review and previous Arts Editor of The Age.

Thursday 3 December 6pm to 8pm
Visit the NGV website for bookings or phone: 03 8662 1555
$35 NGV Members $42 General Admission



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