‘Visions of India' Miniature Puppet Theatre Making

Artist Heloise Godfrey, with the help of young people from ACT Training, explored the tradition of Mughal Indian Art inspired by their visit to the National Museum Cardiff’s exhibition ‘Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin’.

With the guidance of Heloise the young people took part in leading a drop-in activity weekend of miniature puppet making and performance in Queen’s Arcade Shopping Centre, Cardiff. Having selected a puppet outline (whether a group of dancing women, a tiger, musician or an elephant) visitors could use the papers, fabrics and sequins provided to decorate their puppet characters, inspired by the luxurious outfits of Mughal India.

Once complete participants were invited to think of a story that included their character and to imagine what the narrative was, with the help of the participants from ACT these were played out in our miniature puppet theatres and recorded.

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