Partners & Funders
Our work is only made possible through the generous support of a wide range of partners and funders.
A huge thank you to all of our supporters for allowing us to continue improving the wellbeing of North East of England residents through increasing access to creativity.
“This experience gave my child a chance to shine.”
– Community project parent, 2021
Current Partners & Funders
Arts Council England
Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. They support activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. By 2030 and through their Let’s Create strategy, Arts Council England wants England to be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish.
Moving Parts Arts is currently supported by project funding through Arts Council England to deliver Newcastle Puppetry Festival 2024.
The Community Foundation grows giving and philanthropy, matching generous people with important regional community causes. They are the largest community foundation in the UK. Established in 1988 as the Tyne & Wear Foundation, they later expanded to include Northumberland, with work now increasingly taking in the wider North East of England.
Moving Parts Arts is currently funded by NCIF during 2022-2024 through a contribution to our day-to-day running costs, allowing for our work to grow and develop. We are also supported by kind donors at the Louise Dalton Fund, managed by the Community Foundation, to run workshops in the West End of Newcastle.
The Newcastle Culture Investment Fund (NCIF) celebrates the power of arts and culture to have a direct impact on the health and well-being of Newcastle residents. While achieving that, grants develop Newcastle’s rich, diverse and accessible independent cultural sector. This fund would not be possible without the partnership and support from Newcastle City Council.
North of Tyne Combined Authority
North of Tyne describes the area covered by Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland local authorities. Devolution gives us the chance to make our own decisions about our own future so we can target investment where we know we need it most. We want to make the strong connection between economic growth and providing people with the skills, education and confidence to benefit from the opportunities that will follow.
Moving Parts Arts is currently funded by North of Tyne Combined Authority until June 2024. This will support the delivery of Newcastle Puppetry Festival 2024.
Heritage Lottery Fund
The National Heritage Lottery Fund is the largest dedicated grant funder of the UK’s heritage. Locally connected and with UK-wide expertise, we are a change-maker working to enhance and champion the value of heritage for all. Since we were established in 1994, we have awarded £8.6billion of National Lottery and other funding to more than 50,000 projects across the UK.
Moving Parts Arts is currently funded by HLF to produce City of Kittiwakes - a project that allows participants to explore their local heritage and develop creative skills, resulting in a community parade to open the 5th festival.
People's Postcode Lottery
Players of People’s Postcode Lottery have funded good causes in every postcode area in Britain. There are different funding opportunities available for smaller, local charities and good causes through the community programme trusts. The Postcode Neighbourhood Trust awards funds raised thanks to players to local good causes in the north of England.
Moving Parts is supported by the Postcode Neighbourhood Trust to deliver City of Kittiwakes, as part of the 2024 festival.
National Lottery Community Fund
Social connections and community activities are at the heart of creating healthier, happier lives and a flourishing society. The National Lottery Community Fund supports amazing community-led projects.
Moving Parts Arts is currently funded by the 'Awards for All' programme to deliver the City of Kittiwakes project as part of Newcastle Puppetry Festival 2024.
Life and Limb
Life and Limb Puppets is a puppetry performance and education company based in Gateshead. From their studio in Bensham they design and build a constantly evolving team of bizarre creatures to provide schools and other learning organisations a custom programme of workshop sessions designed to enhance creativity and confidence with education. Life and Limb Puppets also create bespoke puppets for theatre productions, including Circus Central’s ‘The Vampire Rabbit’ and Theatre Space NE’s ‘A Christmas Carol at the Castle’. In 2019 they began creating their first professional puppet show ‘Dragon’, made possible through Arts Council England funding.
Moving Parts Arts partners with Life and Limb Puppets to deliver our annual Puppet School, as well as other outreach workshops and programmes in Newcastle.
Malings Community Fund
The Malings Community helps to promote and animate the Ouseburn Valley and make a positive contribution to the wider neighbourhood and community of the Ouseburn.
Moving Parts Arts is currently supported by the Malings Community Fund to produce 'Puppet Valley' in the Ouseburn, as part of Newcastle Puppetry Festival 2024.
The Barbour Foundation
In 1988, Dame Margaret Barbour set up the Barbour Foundation (originally called The Barbour Trust) to support charities and good causes primarily in the North East of England and support research into the causes of chronic illness. To date, over £26million has been donated to communities.
We are currently supported by The Barbour Trust to deliver City of Kittiwakes.
Great North Museum: Hancock
The Great North Museum: Hancock is a museum of natural history and ancient civilisations in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. The museum was established in 1884 and was formerly known as the Hancock Museum.
The Great North Museum: Hancock are a key partner for Newcastle Puppetry Festival 2024 as a host venue, but also co-commissioners of The Living Museum Automata Trail.
Puppets in Beverley
Puppets in Beverley creates unforgettable arts experiences that transform and celebrate the town of Beverley, East Yorkshire. Their flagship event is Beverley Puppet Festival since 2005, which takes place once every two years across a weekend in July to over 10,000 people. Puppets in Beverley also delivers outreach projects in the region introducing puppetry into schools, care homes and community centres.
Moving Parts Arts partners with Puppets in Beverley to share knowledge and resources to deliver our respected puppet festivals. We also deliver the Scratch Space at Beverley Puppet Festival once every two years.