Testroom 2018-2019

“Thanks for the opportunity, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s a great programme, creatively and technically I got so much out of it.” Participant, 2017 – 2018

Puppet Animation Scotland, offers the following creative development opportunity for Scottish-based artists.

Facilitated by leading UK puppeteer Gavin Glover (NTS: The Tin Forest, A Christmas Carol), over a series of Saturday meetings and Monday evening group sessions, selected practitioners of any arts discipline will explore initial creative ideas that they have proposed and which place at their heart elements of live puppet and/or object manipulation performance.

We are particularly interested in creative ideas that have the potential to stretch the boundaries of puppet theatre and object manipulation, as well as collaborations which explore the integration of puppetry with other art forms – music, dance, film, visual arts etc – in new and exciting ways.

Prior experience of working with puppetry and/or objects is not necessary but artists should have sufficient professional confidence, knowledge and expertise in their current practice that they can incorporate new insights and skills into their work successfully.

Throughout Testroom the emphasis will be on each artist(s) regularly presenting their creative explorations to other participants, using the group as a sounding board to guide the further development and realisation of their ideas. These sessions will not be workshops, but more practical group deliberations led by Gavin, where the sharing of ideas, impressions and suggestions informs the meaningful progression of each project. Each participant/group will be expected to work on their ideas between each session.

Testroom will culminate with the presentation by each artist of a summation of their project, in the form of short presentation/performance of up to 10 minutes in length, at informal work-in-progress presentations during the manipulate Visual Theatre Festival 2019.

Please use the application below to apply. We will accept three submissions, proposed either by solo or small groups of artists.

Each participating artist or group will receive £300 to help cover the creative and technical costs of the project. Subject to agreement, there will also be a measure of financial support for those artists travelling longer distances to sessions.

Participating artists are expected to attend all sessions. The ethos of this programme is based on mutual support and engagement and this is significantly compromised when participants do not commit fully and enthusiastically to all aspects of Testroom. However, in exceptional circumstances individuals can, with the agreement of Gavin Glover and Puppet Animation Scotland staff, be excused for a session.

Dates & Times

Session 1, August – September: One to one meetings with the three successful applicants about the type(s) of puppetry they plan to use in their projects. Specific days, times and venues to be confirmed with artists directly.

Session 2, Saturday 27 October, 10am – 5pm: A one-day group workshop for the three participants, led by Gavin, part demonstration, part hands-on, exploring different puppetry styles, techniques and making etc. Venue to be confirmed either city centre of Edinburgh or Glasgow.

Session 3, Monday 29 October, 6pm – 9pm: Group session, sharing ideas and creative progress. Venue to be confirmed either city centre of Edinburgh or Glasgow.

Session 4, Monday 12 November, 6pm – 9pm: Group session, sharing ideas and creative progress. Venue to be confirmed either city centre of Edinburgh or Glasgow.

Session 5, Saturday 1 December, 10am – 5pm: A one-day group workshop for the three participants, led by Gavin, part demonstration, part hands-on, exploring different puppetry styles, techniques and making etc. Venue to be confirmed either city centre of Edinburgh or Glasgow.

Session 6, Monday 3 December, 6pm – 9pm: Group session, sharing ideas and creative progress. Venue to be confirmed either city centre of Edinburgh or Glasgow.

Session 7, Monday 14 January, 6pm – 9pm: Group session, sharing ideas and creative progress. Venue to be confirmed either city centre of Edinburgh or Glasgow.

Session 8, Monday 21 January, 6pm – 9pm: Group session, sharing ideas and creative progress. Venue to be confirmed either city centre of Edinburgh or Glasgow.

Session 9, Monday 28 January, 6pm – 9pm: Group session, sharing ideas and creative progress. Venue to be confirmed either city centre of Edinburgh or Glasgow.

Session 10, Monday 4 February, 6pm – 7pm: Testroom presentation, manipulate Visual Theatre Festival 2019. Edinburgh, Traverse Theatre.

Session 11, Tuesday 12 February, 8pm – 9pm: Testroom presentation, manipulate Visual Theatre Festival 2019. Glasgow, Tron Theatre.

Application Process

All applicants should send the following to info@puppetanimation.org with TESTROOM as the subject line:

  • Application form – this should be submitted as a PDF (please see below).
  • CV – outlining most recent professional achievements and projects. This should be no more than 2 pages and submitted as a PDF.
  • Equalities monitoring form– please submit here.
  • Images– a maximum of 3 jpegs.

The closing date for applications is Monday 16 July 2018 at 12.00pm. Successful applicants will be informed by Monday 30 July 2018.

Puppet Animation Scotland champions puppetry, animated film and visual theatre in Scotland and internationally. Through our portfolio of festivals and support schemes we provide the practical means to foster creativity, innovation and excellence in these art forms throughout Scotland’s performing arts community.

Gavin Glover is well known for his work with FaultyOptic Theatre of Animation which toured its dark and surreal shows around the world until 2011. Recently Gavin has worked with the National Theatre of Scotland on AChristmasCarol and TheTinForest, and the Citizens Theatre’s FeverDream, and Ulysses at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. He runs specialised workshops in puppet manipulation and live video camera techniques.By combining puppets, actors and dancers in his own distinctive and celebrated style, Gavin creates ingenious and highly visual work through dynamic collaboration with artists of other theatrical disciplines.

 

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