SANCTUM STUDIO is a lens through which monstrous apparitions are made manifest, tearing fissures in the fabric of monotony.
SANCTUM STUDIO (formerly SANCTUM THEATRE) is visual production company specialising in puppetry and animation. We have been presenting live art in everyday spaces since 2006.
Our work has been described as ‘…full of striking images…’ (The Age), ‘…confronting and yet comforting…’ (Inpress) and ‘forg[ing] a dark and surreal dystopia, packed with visual surprises,’ (The Age).
In 2017 we won a Green Room Award for puppetry and our short films have screened at festivals around the world.
Our art is a communion with the land. We animate the inanimate. What does animism look like in a post-colonial society?
Through the shared spectacle of Sanctum Community Projects (SCP), we work with diverse communities to re-mystify local landscapes in the communal imagination.
Through our Resident Artist Program we invite like-minded local artists to join us in our studio. We hold exhibitions and workshops to foster a sense of community.
We aim to translate our naïve, tactile aesthetic into the digital realm, through immersive animations and extended reality. We approach this technology as the Lumiere Brothers or Karel Zamen approached film in the twentieth century – like children in a playground.