Scottish Mask & Puppet Centre


8-10 Balcarres Avenue Kelvindale G12 0QF

Architect Unknown, 1966

This regenerated former GCC Cleansing Department has been upcycled to what is now a thriving Arts Centre with a theatre, cafe, exhibition, library, film & FX department plus production and design workshops. Come along for puppet shows and workshops.

This building with its former reception, canteen, drying areas and stores has been carefully renovated over the past 25 years by The Garret Mask & Puppet Centre Trust Ltd. It is the only dedicated, “hands-on”, creative Mask and Puppet Centre of its kind in the UK with an extensive library, museum and archives containing many unique objects.

SMPC has offered since 1989 a regular annual programme of events for children and families, Jan Jun and Sep Dec, alongside our very popular birthday party shows and workshops. Please see our Whats On at for all our Doors Open Day events in 2015. Dont miss our Magipup Festival, which runs through the October School Holidays featuring Magic and Puppet events for all the family.

We are also home to the Scottish Conjurers Association, who meet regularly on the first, second and fourth Wednesday of the month Jan May and Sep -Dec.

We host international residencies promoting the discovery of other cultures and a wide range of learning through doing activities for schools, hospitals and community organisations.

We regularly promote touring exhibitions from our collection materials to museums and galleries UK wide: The Magic of Masks and Puppets and Behind the Mask.

Part of the Childrens Programme: There will be a puppet shows in our theatre and puppet making in our cafe for children and families on both Doors Open Days, please see our website for full details of shows and workshops, nearer the time Whats On at . A chance

Discover Glasgows Industrial Heritage: Regenerated former Industrial Building housing extensive European Puppet and Mask Collections.

Number in Brochure: 106

Opening Times

Sat & Sun 10am 4pm. Tours: available on request


Full Disabled Access
Ramp at back of building, all public access on ground floor.


Disabled Toilet

Refreshments Available

Getting Here

Nearest Train or Subway Station(s): Hillhead Tube Station

Parking: Car Park Available On-Site Free of Charge
To rear of building


0141 339 6185

[email protected]




Scottish Mask & Puppet Centre

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Scottish Mask & Puppet Centre
55.887635, -4.297028