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A Blanck Canvas believes in infinite possibilities.

Founded in 2013, we are a multi-disciplinary creative company that encourages social change and continuously leaves a lasting impact on audiences.

A Blanck Canvas founder Joe Blanck, has collected and curated a team of wondrous talent, housed in a creative super-ship in Melbourne, Australia. Joe is a talented creature designer and builder with over 20 years experience.

Specialising in large-scale roving puppets, props, sets and site-specific illuminated installations for film, theatre and major events, A Blanck Canvas has created a haven for artists, designers, builders, sculptors and creatives from all walks of life. Our end-to-end approach, including all aspects of design, fabrication, illumination, automation and performance, has seen a number of memorable installations both here in Australia and internationally.

Our team consists of talented puppet and prop-making wizards, project managers, engineers, SFX professionals, sculptors, speciality performers, costume and graphic designers.

We have recently expanded our offering and in 2020 we launched A Blanck Canvas Productions. Operating within the iconic space at Seaworks Maritime Precinct, our space ‘The Playground’, is a community arts hub for performers, puppeteers, musicians and locals to immerse themselves into A Blanck Canvas’ world. At The Playground, we hold all-ages puppet workshops, large-scale theatrical performances, community events and a hire-able blank slate for your own creative offerings.

A Blanck Canvas continues to create unique works that blend technology and artistry, transporting audiences and transforming their relationship to nature and the world around them.

Keep up to date on all the phenomenal things we have been up to by SUBSCRIBING to our Newsletter or catch up below.

March has been one of the busiest we’ve had in a while, and we are excited to catch you up on all the fun things our team have been up to!

From playing with giant puppies, to dancing amongst a giant animatronic bird, walking through glowing robot gardens, and rubbing shoulders with spiders, swans, and aliens; we’ve got a lot to sink…


A new year, a new newsletter, and a new lease on life. We will be pushing boundaries this year, creating outstanding works that are new, exciting and innovative!

Even now as I write this, our FABULOUS team…


This was NOT on my 2021 bingo card!

Another year almost over. There were highs, there were lows, some would even say 2021 was just 2020 with bangs, what with the Olympics do-over, the merry go-round of Melbourne lockdowns, and the reintroduction of travel (again)!

Despite the topsy turvy year, we managed to produce some truly amazing works both here in Australia and…


Our most prominent and largest puppet The Guardian has received a fresh new look, ahead of its second stint this year at the World Expo in Dubai. 

The Guardian is a giant 10-metre-long crystal lion, that we originally…


Rolling pandas, dreamtime skinks, and towering giraffes have currently taken residency at Adelaide Zoo. A Blanck Canvas’ newest show is a swoon-worthy illuminated activation that is majestic, marvelous, and serene.

Our team have been busy working away on this exciting…


The Melbourne Festival of Puppetry is coming to Melbourne in just over two weeks! From Tuesday the 5th of July to Sunday the 11th of July, a huge and exciting lineup of puppetry shows, workshops (for both kids and adults), and even some free roving performances will be available for…


In case you missed it, we have just held our first ever large event: Puppet Mayhem, and what an absolute magical night it was!

With close to a thousand people in attendance, we celebrated the launch of our new space, The Playground and showcased the best of Melbourne’s vibrant puppetry scene and…


Puppet Mayhem is coming this May!

To celebrate A Blanck Canvas Productions official launch of The Playground at Seaworks Maritime Precinct, we are holding a family friendly, illuminated evening filled with puppet madness.

Experience a night of puppetry performances from Melbourne’s puppet community, as well as experiences, workshops, live music and food trucks.

As part of our official launch we are seeking expressions of interest for short performances pieces that are between 5-20 minutes long, including puppet-slam type acts, roving performances, and…


2020 was certainly one for the history books. Easing into the start of 2021 we have said goodbye to sourdough recipes and zoom parties and started to embrace the exciting glimpses of a promising year ahead.

Show are popping up; communities are celebrating immersive art again and live ‘in-the-flesh’ gigs…


Join us in the Garden of the Galapagos and discover a world of illuminated giant puppets based on Graeme Base’s children book, ‘The Waterhole’.

We are so excited to finally be able to welcome you into our new state pf the art non-seated theatre at Melbourne’s iconic bay side space at Seaworks Maritime…


Salutations puppet friends, A Blanck Canvas is now officially out of the mandatory Stage 4 Lock downs here in Melbourne and work has finally commenced.

Our artists, engineers, painters, designers, and creators are safely back in the workshop, and we are…


I started drafting this newsletter in February and wow a serious truck load has happened since then, hence the delay.

2020 will no longer be known as the year of the rat, the year of perfect vision, the year the Olympics went to Tokyo or the year of Kayne’s precidected presidency. Nope, it’s probably closer to the year of mass toilet-paper hoarding or more conservatively put; the year of COVID-19.

But for now, ill be keeping things light and talk all things puppet. We have been…


2019 has been a big year for the team at A Blanck Canvas and as we farewell the twenty-tens, we recognised that we’ve created some epic puppets, larger-than-life creatives and ambitious light and art installations.

For the last few months we have been working on some incredibly exciting jobs for some fantastic local and international clients and now…


It’s been just over 2 weeks since White Night Melbourne (2019), and its time to recap our experiences with our newsletter friends.

The controversial move to a multi-night, winter program seems to have paid off for White Night Re-imagined with over 75,000 people in attendance over the 3 nights and Melbourne’s notoriously unpredictable weather only serving…


The final countdown for White Night Melbourne has began in earnest with the festival scheduled for later this August.

The team at A Blanck Canvas are creating our most ambitious contribution to the festival to-date, The Guardian to join our iconic Messenger puppet…



Giant puppets are advocating for endangered species and environmental causes, as three of our recent projects demonstrated.

National Day in Abu-Dhabi provided an opportunity for A Blanck Canvas to be involved in extensive celebrations in the United Arab Emirates. We designed and built 39…


Happy New Year everyone!!! We are back and busy for the new year and there are all sorts of noises coming from the workshop.

From creepy bug suits puppets for the BigLab exhibition at Melbourne Museum to oversized inflatable characters rocking out on stage with Hip Hop group Thundamentals, from a fantasy club fitout at Storyville Bar in…



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