Union Internationale de la Marionnette

Non-Governmental Organization affiliated to UNESCO


It is with a great sadness, love and respect that we let you know that our State Living Treasure, Life Member and long-time Artistic Director, Noriko Nishimoto, passed away 16th May 2016 morning.
Many of us have known Noriko for a very long time and have long professional and personal histories with her and will feel her death very keenly. I’m sure that many of us will also be in shock – she was such a vibrant part of the world of Spare Parts and the arts community in Western Australia.
Noriko’s life will be celebrated when her family and closest friends are ready to share their plans – we will keep you informed when this may be.
Our focus until then is on remembering the impact both past, present and future that this very exceptional and talented artist had on generations of people.
Philip Mitchell
Noriko Nishimoto received the first Award of the UNIMA Women Commission, in 2012.