Isobel Smith is an artist-turned-puppeteer. She has received
Puppet Centre bursaries and Arts Council funding to develop her
ground-breaking work which crosses fine art installation, puppetry
and performance. She co-founded Brighton Puppetry School in
From Sept 2015 she will be studying Sculpture/Performance (MA) at Royal College of Art, London.
My approach to teaching.
I am an experienced course leader, believing that a fun, nurturing environment is best for students to experiment and flourish. As well as West Dean, I run workshops for the Barbican Centre, Central School of Speech and Drama, Brighton University and Brighton Puppetry School.
What inspires my own work?
I make work to avoid the drudgery of 'Too Much Normal', employing puppets for their direct link to the subconscious and for their darkness, sweetness, filth and naughtiness.