manipulate Visual Theatre Festival provides artists and audiences with the opportunity to see and engage with world-class, Scottish, UK and international visual theatre and animated film. manipulate celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2017.

Puppet Animation Festival tours a diverse programme of children’s puppet performances, animated films and workshops throughout Scotland every Easter. It is the UK’s largest and oldest performing arts event for children, celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2018.

Annual Projects

Explore the innovative projects we work on to engage with creative practitioners and audiences of all abilities.

Creative Fund

The Creative Fund provides artists, at any stage in their career, with access to funding to help explore a new idea or project in its most early stages.


The Critical Response Process is an artist-centered, facilitated system designed to provide constructive and meaningful feedback created by Liz Lerman.

Workshops & Masterclasses

Whether this is your first time experimenting with puppetry, animation or visual theatre or if you’re a trained professional, we’ll have something for you.

Environmental Engagement

Puppet Animation Scotland strives to be as environmentally friendly as possible, learn how here.


Our annual professional development programme offering artists of any discipline the opportunity to integrate puppetry or object manipulation into their practice.

Meet our new Digital Communications Assistant!

In October 2018 we welcomed Mayanne Soret onto the Puppet Animation Scotland team. Mayanne moved to Scotland in 2017, after graduating with a BA in History of Art from University College London, where she had moved five years prior from her hometown in Burgundy, France…

Creative Fund Now Open

Scottish-based artists over the age of 18 of whatever discipline (theatre, dance, sound, film, spoken-word, visual arts, etc…) can now apply to the Creative Fund to explore elements of their creative and technical working practices which relate integrally to puppetry, visual theatre and animated film, or any combination of these art forms.

Scotland / Pakistan Cultural Exchange: puppeteer Emma Brierley tells us about her experience.

This year, Puppet Animation Scotland worked with the British Council Scotland on an exchange programme between Scotland and Pakistan. Scottish-based puppeteer Emma Brierley tells us about her experience of the exchange, and the work she developed with award-winning young Pakistani puppeteer Yamina Peerzada.