This month Puppet Animation Scotland’s administrator, Rosie, celebrates one whole year of working with us. We sat down over a big pot of Earl Grey to chat about what she has enjoyed the most about working with us, and what she is looking forward to in the future.
Why did you decide to get involved with Puppet Animation Scotland?
Well, when I saw the opportunity crop up and I started to investigate what it is that Puppet Animation Scotland does, I started to get excited about the idea of working with lots of different people: artists, animators, theatre companies, charities and lots of different venues. I’ve always worked in visual art, and the thing I love the most about that is getting the opportunity to meet artists and curators and sharing their passion with other people. Puppet Animation Scotland really felt like an extension of that, through the festivals sharing practitioner’s passions, but also offering a helping hand through training and funding to artists, which is something I’d never been involved with before.
I would be lying if I didn’t mention how excited I was about working somewhere that spread out its art form far and wide. The Puppet Animation Festival visits so many rural areas, and just seeing the pictures of how happy the kids were interacting with these brilliant workshops and performances – I felt a real draw to get involved.
What have been some of your favourite moments at Puppet Animation Scotland?
Both of the festivals were just such a joy to take part in. manipulate was my first experience of working in a theatre festival, and I had such a wonderful time at the Traverse Theatre over the festival: meeting artists, supporting our brilliant team of volunteers and getting to be in the midst of it all. I absolutely adored the performance by Sandman called “Touch Me”, and hopefully we will be working with them again, as I have never been so moved by a piece of theatre and it was a real honour to be able to chat to Sabine Molenaar about her performance after the show.
- Touch Me, Sandman
Working somewhere that offers me the flexibility to finish my MA, and that is truly understanding towards my other passions has been brilliant – we’re a very small team, but everyone is still keen to encourage growth and development, so I’ve had the opportunity to develop my own CPD plan and take part in some out of office training. I’ve also been lucky enough to work as the “Green Champion” for the office, which sees me interacting with Creative Carbon Scotland to ensure we’re working towards a sustainable practice, and as an environmental enthusiast this has been fantastic!
What are you looking forward to about your future with Puppet Animation Scotland?
I can’t wait to keep learning more and more about how puppetry can positively impact people’s lives: there’s this incredible emotional resilience project that some brilliant puppeteers have been working on with us to improve relationships, speech, language and communication in very young children and through to Primary School age in an effort to reduce the development of mental health problems. It’s just such a beautiful project and I can’t wait to see what happens.
Obviously I’m excited about being part of the festivals again in 2018, but especially having experienced them once already, I can’t wait to take what I learned and apply it to 2018 to make the festivals even more amazing!
I’m also lucky enough to be furthering my education at The University of Edinburgh in September with another MA in curating. Puppet Animation Scotland has just been so brilliant in giving me the flexibility to continue my education even though it’s not directly linked to what they do!