Originally from Aberdeen, Mike's been living and working in Belfast since 2001. In his many years with the Beat he has created costumes, props and floats, and has become a key artist on our outreach team. He has trained with and collaborated with arts companies including Kinetika (London), Sarruga (Spain) and Shademakers (Germany). He was the lead Befast puppet maker in the Belbobru European project. In 2008 he was the puppet coordinator on award-winning kids' TV programme Sesame Tree. He has worked on many other events and carnivals including the Special Olympics Opening Ceremony 2003, Belfast City Council's Enchanted Evenings, venue dressing and commissions for Young at Art and carnival and prop making for Streetwise Circus.