SANCTUM STUDIO Productions
SANCTUM STUDIO staged its inaugural production at the Abbotsford Convent. LAMENT: CANDLES & COMPOST (2006) was described as, ‘…full of striking images…shadowplay and puppetry were absorbingly innovative…’ (The Age) and ‘…startling work that is at once confronting and yet comforting…’ (Inpress).
SANCTUM STUDIO’s most recent work include CORREA (Hume Winter Light Festival, 2022), THE MAN WHO CANNOT SLEEP (White Night 2018) and LIFE IS A CAROUSEL (Green Room Award 2017). Click here to see more productions, exhibitions and Zero Projects.
SANCTUM STUDIO’s short films have screened at St Kilda Film Festival, Revelations Perth International Film Festival and American Independant Film Festival.
Sanctum Puppet Commissions (SPC)
SANCTUM STUDIO creates public art, street art and giant puppets for clients like Moomba, Melbourne Museum and local government.
Sanctum Community Projects (SCP)
SANCTUM STUDIO works with community groups and schools to devise performances in everyday spaces. We work with children, youth, families, ethnic groups, ESL classes, and people experiencing disability or mental health issues.
We build giant puppets, large sculptural lanterns and create performances with light and shadow. We re-animate and re-mystify local landscapes in the communal imagination. Participants are challenged in a nurturing space to achieve what they think is not possible.
Puppet Shows & Roaming Acts
“I have programmed Sanctum’s Puppets into all Manner of situations – daytime with families and nighttime with a party crowd – and they never fail to entertain and titillate. They manage to stir up trouble in all the right ways.” Ian Pidd, Artistic Director, The Village.
“The crowd that was absolutely glued to each show of the Pearly Whites installation. I’ve never seen a crowd so locked in to a performance at a festival!” Roland Fraval, City of Whittlesea
SANCTUM STUDIO has toured puppet shows and roaming acts to festivals such as Moomba, Tanglewood Festival, Kris Kringle Night Market (Darebin), SoFrenchy So Chic, Ballarat Heritage Weekend, Rainbow Serpent, Rock Above the Falls, Rancho Relaxo, Castlemaine State Festival, The Practically Green Festival (Edendale Farm), Kid’s Arty Farty Fest (Banyule), Maldon Puppet Festival, The Village Festival and CERES.
SANCTUM STUDIO Artists Space
SANCTUM STUDIO Artists Space is a dynamic arts space in the north-eastern suburbs of Melbourne. It provides local artists with workstations, and hosts exhibitions and events.