Isobel Smith

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 2015.
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.

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