8-10 Balcarres Ave, Kelvindale, G12 0QF
Built: Circa 1960's
This hidden gem is a treat for all ages. The extensive collection showcases the history of masks and puppets, with exhibits from all over the world – you can even make your own. Tour the theatre, library, film effects centre and workshops.
We are fund raising to convert our former salt and grit stores situated to the rear of the building to a new 107 seat theatre with retractable seating. This will allow us to accommodate the continued and growing demand for our regular children and families programme of puppet and magic shows for one and all at the Centre; which includes Halloween, Easter, Christmas events and our family workshops. Every year to help you through the October schools week we runs a wee festival called MAGIPUP, a week long programme of magic and puppets to keep everyone entertained.
Please visit WHAT’S ON at www.maskandpuppet.co.uk for full details of our Doors Open Days events. The shows are all free and there will be lots of fun puppet and mask design packs for the children; to colour-in cut out and assemble in our cafe (£1.50 helping raising funds for the centre and our new theatre), while adults have a tea or coffee, sample our home-baking or soup and rest any weary feet.
We are a dedicated hands on creative space, with a large archive of collection materials, which go out as touring exhibitions, to museums and galleries around the country; Scotland to the Isle of White to Cork and everywhere in between. We also house an extensive library of books related to puppets and masks at SMPC.
We showcase Scottish and English puppeteers and host international companies, hold residencies and act as a meeting place for all. We run both in-house and outreach workshops and projects with puppets and masks for children, families, schools, community groups and organisations in addition to hiring out spaces to film and TV companies and also to the Scottish Conjurer's association who continue to meet regularly through the year Sep - May for their lecture and demonstration programme, always with a tea break half way through the evening, at SMPC on a Wednesday night.
Free shows: 11am, 1pm, 3pm
Tours begin after each free show; 30 minutes
Meeting point: Foyer back door to tour the workshops at SMPC
Parking: Parking is to the rear of the building through our side gates and it is free. Please don't park in residential parking bays behind the Centre.
Accessibility: Ramp at rear entrance adjacent to carpark. There is one step at the front entrance.
Glasgow Building Preservation Trust
Wellpark Enterprise Centre
120 Sydney Street, Glasgow
Registered Company Number: SC079721
Scottish Charity Number: SC015443