The Creative Fund at Work

Without the support of Puppet Animation Scotland many of the opportunities I have had as a puppeteer would never have happened.

Shona Reppe, Award-winning children’s theatre maker and designer

Over the past decade through our annual Creative Fund, and related SPARC (Self & Peer Reflection & Artistic Creation) and CRP (Critical Response Process) framework, Puppet Animation Scotland has provided practical resources and on-going support with which puppeteers, theatre artists with a passion for the art form and animators have been provided with the means to explore and experiment with their initial creative ideas.

Animating the Inanimate - Julian Crouch & Saskia Lane - Tue 2 February 2016 -3244 (photo credit - Andy Catlin www.andycatlin.com)

Each year, following a robust application process, we work with each award recipient, together forging a plan which helps focus their artistic impulses and technical skills on the first stages towards a fulfilment of their creative vision.

Since its inception in 2006 the Creative Fund has been integral to the development of over 40 performing arts productions and projects initiated by Scottish based theatre makers and animators with awards made totalling over £220,000.

All Scottish based theatre makers and animators, wherever they are on their career arcs – aspiring practitioners, young companies or established professionals – can apply to the Creative Fund to support practical research and development. We have helped the following Scottish based theatre makers and animators take their first exploratory steps towards these successful productions, all of which have been presented throughout Scotland and many internationally:

Ailie CohenThe Secret Life of Suitcases & Cloud Man (Australia, Dubai, Ireland, Japan, Malta, Scotland, UK, USA)

Faux TheatreTorn & Celeste’s Circus (Estonia, Finland, Scotland, UK)

Flotsam & JetsamAll the Little Birds (Scotland)

Folding Theatre Puppet CompanyBrier Rose (Scotland, UK)

Ainslie HendersonStems (Worldwide films festivals distribution, Scotland, UK)

Jordan & SkinnerAt a Stretch (Scotland)

Le Petit MondeThe Wonderful World of Lapin (France, Scotland, UK)

Puppet State Theatre CompanyLeaf by Niggle & The Man Who Planted Trees (Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand, Scotland, UK, USA)

Robbie ThomsonThe Influencing Machine (Canada, Scotland)

Shona ReppeOlga Volt the Electric Fairy (Australia, Belgium, France, Scotland, UK)

Sokobauno Theatre CompanyThe Little Fawn Caravan & Iqbal the Child Weaver (France, Scotland, UK)

The Puppet LabBeauty & the Beast & The Gift (Scotland, UK)

Tortoise In A NutshellFisk, The Lost Things & Grit (Denmark, Scotland, UK)

Vision MechanicsDrift & Giants in the Forest (Norway, Scotland, UK)

Since 2012 we have been working consistently with the Federation of Scottish Theatre (FST) to develop greater awareness of the benefits of Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process (CRP) to the Scottish theatre and dance community. CRP is a flexible and robust series of structured discussions between an artist(s) creating a piece of work and peers. The process is mediated by a facilitator who, through training in the process, creates a respectful and supportive environment within which all voices and opinions can be heard.

Over the past five years we and FST have, with Liz Lerman’s guidance, trained 15 Scottish-based arts professionals to become CRP facilitators who work regularly with a wide range of their peers in theatre and dance as they create new work. We continue to nurture these facilitators, helping them to share best practice and promote the use of CRP across Scotland. For the second year in a row Puppet Animation Scotland and FST will jointly lead a CRP taster session for interested arts practitioners at Fringe Central during this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe (2017).

To apply to the Creative Fund, download the application form, guidelines and equalities monitoring form here. The closing date is Friday 12 May, midday.

Animating the Inanimate - Julian Crouch & Saskia Lane - Tue 2 February 2016 -3072 (photo credit - Andy Catlin www.andycatlin.com)

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