Being involved in the creative arts supported Corina Duyn in her journey through illness. Her previous work as nurse and care worker, and life with illness has led to All things Puppetry:  Life Outside the (disability) Box puppetry project;  puppet making classes; Invitations to give lectures at universities, symposia and puppet festivals. … 

Puppetry making classes by Corina Duyn at Little Wings Studio

Puppet Making Course

As of end of 2021, all details to online Puppet Making course are now Free to access: https://corinaduyn.blogspot.com/2021/10/puppet-making-course-access-details.html Via detailed youtube videos and online written tutorials, with photos and text of every step . See Nationwide program following Corina and her students when she was still teaching in her studio ( RTE1 Irish Television) See here for A short introduction 


50 Minute LECTURE Video link now available see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5cFBtk5Oao Detailing some of my previous work, but main focus is on the role of puppetry in exploring life with illness/disability. And as tool to bring greater understanding in social terms.


Invisible Octopus 

Corina was awarded an Arts and Disability ‘Connect’ Bursary for mentoring by Emma Fisher. Read a paper about the ‘Invisible Octopus’ project  ; Hear a podcast, which imagery of the project (24min); Read the ‘Meet the Artist‘ profile on Arts & Disability Ireland. In 2020 Corina developed the ‘Invisible Octopus’ poem as well as related shadow imagery into a short video Or See  YouTube

An article about my work has been published in Journal of Applied Arts 


Puppetry. Two reflection Puppets by Corina Duyn

Puppetry Projects


black and white photo of Corina Duyn taking puppet out of box. Puppetry. Photo by Nik Palmer


Corina Duyn was one of the speakers at the first Broken Puppet: Puppetry, Disability and Health Symposium. UCC, Cork, August 2017. During 2018 Corina shared her experiences of disability, art and puppetry at the Nottingham Puppet Festival; Puppet Place (Bristol); Bath Spa University, Broken Puppet 2 symposium, Bath , and through a short video at Puppet Power Conference (Calgary); Cork Puppetry Festival 2018; II Puppet Therapy Seminar of Belo Horizonte, Brazil  2018; and Diplomado Muñecoterapia, Chile 2019, Chile 2020, 2021, 2022 Cork 2021

Current talks, only via prerecorded video. See information above.

Life Outside the Box Puppetry Project

Life Outside the Box  Corina Duyn facilitated the Life Outside the Box Puppetry Project (2015/6) while a member of the Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) Dungarvan Resource Centre. The film, depicting puppets stepping out of the disability box,  has since been screened in Canada, London and on Irish national television. Supported by  Create – Artist in the Community Scheme/ Arts Council of Ireland. See the project in the making.

For video, please see HERE

 Dis-ability … This Ability exhibition

The initial Life Outside the Box exhibitions were at Dungarvan and Waterford Library in February and March 2016. In November 2016 Corina Duyn curated the Dis-ability … This Ability exhibition at Tramore Coastguard Cultural Centre. The puppets were part of this exhibition.