‘Ballyhoo Arts’ originated in Hampshire in 2002. We moved to Monmouthshire, South Wales in 2006 but continue to work in Hampshire and nationwide. Our key word is BIG and our aim is to provide arts projects that incorporate giant puppets and other large structures, in particular for outdoor events. We work with a variety of schools and community groups to build the puppets or structures and, where possible, incorporate them into a performance or procession.
Ballyhoo Arts was founded by Kathy Young and Jane McGibbon. It is now led by Kathy Young from Abergavenny in Monmouthshire.
Kathy Young has over 20 years experience as a professional arts worker, initially as a performer, then as a director of community based theatre, a workshop leader and a project manager. Over the years, a long term commitment to cross artform work, maskmaking and maskusing developed into a passion for outdoor theatre projects and GIANTS.
Kathy Young was awarded an MA in Performing Arts from Middlesex University.
Andrea Newton Mills
Andrea Newton Mills has been assisting Kathy Young on Ballyhoo Arts projects since the Spring of 2008. After a long and successful career as a graphic designer, largely in the field of designing children's books, Andrea began volunteering on community arts projects. Andrea met Kathy while volunteering on a project for 'Arts Alive' and has been working for Ballyhoo Arts ever since. Andrea was awarded a degree in Graphic Design from Bristol Polytechnic.
Rose Perry started assisting Jane McGibbon on Ballyhoo Arts' projects in 2005. Since Jane left in 2008, Rose continues to assist Kathy Young on Hampshire based projects, and beyond,when needed. Rose is a visual artist and crafts person with a Fine Art degree (painting) from Falmouth College.