Board Members Sought

The Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival is growing and seeking expertise of all kinds. If you would like to get involved in a voluntary capacity, please read on:

About us

Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival, a Community Interest Company, is the biennial live puppetry festival based in Tunbridge Wells supported by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, Kent County Council and The Arts Council of England.

What we’re looking for:

The Festival is looking for new and additional Board members to assist in guiding the organisation though a period of growth and transition.

In particular we seek people with experience of:

Accountancy; law; marketing, especially in the cultural and arts sectors; performing artists interested in contemporary art forms; and venue management.

The time commitment is attendance at 4-6 board meetings a year, plus support for staff in the various areas of work in which you are experienced.

People with different expertise are also welcome. For example, in 2019, we programmed a number of international artists, and we are keen to receive applications from all nationalities and faiths.

What you can do for us:

  • Help our organisation to grow and develop
  • Liaise with members of staff in their various roles
  • Give the benefit of your experience, contacts and knowledge

What we can do for you:

  • Introduce you to a vibrant, exciting, professional art form
  • Work with other professionals in a fast-moving project
  • Introduce you to the needs and demands of government funding bodies, trusts and foundations and local sponsors
  • Provide you with additional experience for your CV through your voluntary work with us.

What we can achieve together: make a difference for residents and visitors of Tunbridge Wells by delivering a high-quality, accessible festival open to all.

Please send an expression of your interest, including what you feel you can bring to the Board, to by 28 February 2020.

Further information

Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival (TWPF) has continued to grow in size and ambition since the first festival in 2015. In 2015, the festival received a warm welcome as a new arts experience for the people of Tunbridge Wells and surrounding areas. The second festival, in 2017, built on the success of the first, generating 40 press mentions. The third festival, which took place in October 2019, overachieved in audience numbers, earned income and excelled in receiving an enormous amount of press coverage.

We presented 22 different shows with 55 performances, 7 workshops, 1 exhibition and achieved 63 different pieces of press coverage in 2019.

The feedback this year has been amazingly positive:

‘Best day ever – it’s wonderful and lovely people!’

‘Really so enjoyed making my thoroughly, absolutely confused Magpie’

‘Fantastic show!’