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  • ARTIST INSTALLATIONS: Commission Opportunity

As the current situation continues to unfold and circumstances for artists become ever more challenging, we have decided to delay the closing dates and selection processes for these opportunities. Please see below for details.

We understand how much effort it takes, even at the best of times, to think blue skies thoughts and be meaningfully creative. How much harder are these processes when the future is so uncertain, and the urgent practicalities of life right now require all one’s attention.

We emphasise that each of these schemes will most definitely run later in 2020 when we hope fervently that the way forward, both for individual artists and the whole sector, is clearer and planning for the future a little easier.

MANIPULATE Festival 2021: Commission Opportunity

Commission Fee: £3k for new work or variable rate for adapted work (details below) 

Puppet Animation Scotland is excited to offer a new installation design commission opportunity for the MANIPULATE Festival 2021. Artists are invited to propose ideas for one of 6-10 small commissions to create installation pieces which can be enjoyed by audiences during our winter festival no matter what state of lockdown we find ourselves in. Each piece will form part of a storytelling/kinetic sculpture trail which audiences can follow clues or a map to discover.

The MANIPULATE Festival takes place at the end of January and beginning of February every year. Taking an initial seed of inspiration from Bocaccio’s 1353 novel The Decameron, where ten strangers shelter together in hiding from the Plague, finding their way through the quarantine by telling each other stories, we want to offer audiences glimpses into magical miniature worlds which bring joy and escapism in this unsettling time. We are looking for artists to create installation pieces which audiences will enjoy for three-minutes each as part of a self-directed BSL and audio trail. The trail is currently planned to travel to three cities across Scotland, more details of planned locations to follow.

For more information on how to apply, please visit our news post.

The closing date is Thursday 22 October at 12noon.  

International Artists Exchange Programme 2020

Puppet Animation would like to hear from established Scottish-based visual/physical theatre practitioners of around five years professional standing who are interested in exploring their current working practices in innovative and meaningful ways in order to nurture further their artistry, skills and ambition.

Please check here for more information about guidelines, as well as new closing and decisions announcement dates in the coming months.



Hi, I’m Gordon, a stop-motion animator based in Edinburgh. I’m looking for someone to collaborate with me on a film that I am working on. It is an animated short exploring a girl’s combined passions of physics and circus. It is my first film that I was hoping to use as a show-piece to apply for future funding.

She Climbs Higher (sample footage):
I conceived it as a blend of stop-motion and 2D animation. Most of the stop-motion sections have been filmed and I have been looking at rotoscoping the remaining sections. I am looking for a collaborator who is equally looking to build their portfolio and provide their artistic techniques and perspective to the film.
I’m searching for the right collaborator first before applying for funding. This is initially not a paid position but once an animator is selected I will secure funding for the collaboration to proceed.
If you are interested in this project, please get in touch. I’m hoping to find someone who’s style fits my vision and who I can get along with creatively. It would also be a benefit if they had an interest in getting more women into STEM subjects. Please send me a brief blurb about yourself and attach any CV’s or showreels to evidence your style of animation to:
I look forward to hearing from you soon

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