Sensation Arts is led by artist Amy Hirst who has been delivering workshops and collaborating on projects over ten years in Theatre Design, Puppetry and Visual Arts.
Trained in theatre design (2002), Amy became interested in the way we interact and communicate through her work with people with learning disabilities.
" I use installations, puppetry and storytelling to work with people, enabling them to share their own stories and connect with others. As an artist I am fascinated by the many ways we communicate and interact with the world through all five senses. I seek to engage people through my work in questions about how live and interact with each other in our communities. "
Amy has worked with a range of organisations, including Interplay Theatre Company, Oldham Coliseum Theatre, darts (Doncaster Community Arts) and Kirklees Council. Examples include:
Sensory Story and Puppet Making workshops at Huddersfield Art Gallery
Family drop-in workshops for Kirklees Museums Service building temporary installations inspired by the fossil collections
Sensory Storytelling performance 'Under the Rainbow' with Red Octupus, touring to SEN schools across Merseyside
Amy has also worked at the I Love West Leeds Festival transforming garden sheds into wonderful worlds to play in and explore from 2006 - 2009.
I Love West Leeds Festival 2006
Amy has trained with International puppet makers and performers to develop her skills and knowledge.
In 2005 she travelled to Czech Republic to learn traditional marionette construction and performance techniques.
She undertook further training with Japanese Puppeteer Nori Sawa at Buxton Puppet Festival in 2006.
She is currently developing her work using puppetry in social contexts. You can read about her 12 month residency with Yorkshire Sculpture Park exploring puppetry and storytelling with young people here.
Bunraku Workshop & Performance
Buxton Puppet Festival 2006
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'Me, My Puppet, Wakefield... the World' Puppetry & Storytelling with Yorkshire Sculpture Park