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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.

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.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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We have been doing a lot lately; The Messenger, Bunjil, Sleeping Beauty,Fireflies, Scotty the Skytower, Heat Blast…

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It has been a busy 12 months working with some amazing people and creating some remarkable projects. Kicking off the new year in 2015 we moved to our new large workshop in Coburg North.

Working with clients like COLES, Future Music, ICC Cricket World Cup and the popular TV show ‘The Block’…

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Hop for Hope with Rusty the Steampunkdaroo.

Check out Rusty my roo- its featuring in the @hopforhope exhibition amoungst 40 painted kangaroos, by 40 artists on 40 acres @yarravalleychocolaterie. Discover all of the roos and their messages of hope until…

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After a very busy 12 months, A Blanck Canvas has finally landed in its new studio space in Coburg North. Creating puppets, props, sets and installations. if you can imagine it, we can create it.

A Blanck Canvas focuses on bringing the unbelievable to life through 2D and 3D art forms; building, painting, sculpting and designing unique and custom-made products. From fine art on canvas or an outdoor mural, to large props, puppets and backdrops for film, theatre and events. The options are endless!

And from our new 450m2 open studio with high ceiling there is plenty of…

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Our new location in Docklands has an open studio policy where the public can come and see the artwork as it is happening. We are also running a …

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If you haven’t heard already A BLANCK CANVAS has moved into Ampersand Studio in Docklands. &Studio is a new art space I have created with Felipe Reynolds as part of a project with Docklands Spaces and the City of Melbourne to build a…

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