Born from a love of puppetry and frustration with the lack of training opportunities and programming decisions made in the North East within visual theatre, Moving Parts Arts was founded by Newcastle-based creative producers and artists Kerrin Tatman and William Steele. The organisation was joined by a third director Matthew Wood in 2017.
KERRIN TATMAN / Artistic Director and Co-Founder
Kerrin Tatman is an award-winning composer, multi-instrumentalist, creative producer and theatre maker based in Newcastle, with a particular interest in multi-disciplinary collaborations and merging music with the visual arts. He plays and writes for a varied range of projects scaling circus, dance, theatre and concert hall. Kerrin is one half of Tatwood Puppets along with Matthew Wood, a company specialising in unusual visual theatre, puppetry and original soundtracks.
In the puppetry world outside Moving Parts, Kerrin is the Co-Artistic Director for Beverley Puppet Festival and wrote his dissertation on the relationship between puppetry and music.
WILLIAM STEELE / Production Director and Co-Founder
William Steele is an improviser, mask performer and puppeteer living in Gateshead. Originally trained in Drama and Scriptwriting at Northumbria University he trained at the Odsherred theatre skole in Denmark and collaborates widely with the improvisation community across Europe and the United States.
In 2014 Will co-founded Space Six in Newcastle upon Tyne as a home for northeast performing artists and 4M puppets and is still busy developing both of these projects! Moving Parts grew out of a joint desire to bring more diverse training in physical theatre to the North East!
MATTHEW WOOD / Engagement Director
Matt Wood is a doctoral trainee in Human Computer Interaction at Open Lab, Newcastle University. He studies critical psychology and his work uses qualitative methods, innovative data collection and visual methods to study sexuality and gender’s interception with digital technology. He has worked as a puppeteer since he was a child, and is one half of Tatwood Puppets along with Kerrin Tatman. His is working with Moving Parts to help raise the profile of puppetry across the North East, and is particularly interested in extending the role of puppetry across academia.
NICK WONG / Producer
Nick is an Edinburgh based visual theatre producer with an MA in Modern Art History from Edinburgh University. He has produced a range of projects on a national and international scale for artists and companies such as Tortoise in a Nutshell, Puppet Animation Scotland, IBEX Puppetry, Francis Gallop, Mamoru Iriguchi, Deveron Arts and the Hidden Door Festival.
Nick is currently producing for Ludens Ensemble and Faux theatre. He is also the Associate Producer for Puppet Animation Scotland.
RACHAEL HORNER / Festival Illustrator
Rachael Horner is a freelance illustrator based in East Yorkshire, United Kingdom. She recently graduated from Falmouth University, where she has pursued her love of colour and texture and has developed a way of working that combines traditional painting with collage.
Rachael has been very important to the development of the festival image - we are so pleased with her beautiful shadow puppet illustrations!
LESLEY-ANNE ROSE / Stop-Motion Animation Lead
Lesley-Anne Rose is an award winning animator and artist who lives and works in Newcastle Upon Tyne. Lesley-anne has made animations for broadcast TV as well as online content commissions for the BBC, shorts for Museums and Art Galleries, including the Tate, BALTIC, Laing and Woodhorn Museum. As well as commissioned work, Lesley-anne produces participatory projects with marginalised groups in the region, working with organisations like GemArts, Equal Arts, the NHS, Newcastle University, Helix Arts and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, facilitating the production of unique, award winning animated shorts.
CAROLINE HARDAKER / Writer-in-Residence
Caroline Hardaker is a poet and fiction author based in Newcastle Upon Tyne. Her first poetry collection, Bone Ovation, was published by Valley Press in 2017, and her second, Little Quakes Every Day, will be published in autumn 2019. She's currently tying up her first science fiction novel, and excited to start her second – a gothic exploration of one man’s desperation to achieve invisibility.
Alongside literary writing, Caroline also reviews poetry and drama, acts as a guest editor for poetry anthologies from time to time (particularly if there’s a fantastical or speculative twist), and offers advice to new poets and fiction writers on her writing blog.