In July 2018 we welcomed Heidi Gordon onto the Puppet Animation Scotland team.

Heidi Gordon graduated from the Free University of Berlin in 2015 with a Master’s degree in East European Studies and is currently completing a post graduate qualification with Leicester University in Heritage and Interpretation, where she is exploring themes of memory and place in the context of heritage. She has a passion for unusual tourist destinations, post-Soviet architecture and Czech folklore and animation.

Heidi has lived in Edinburgh for over 20 years, during which time she has worked for international NGO’s in Edinburgh, Bosnia and Afghanistan and as a freelance writer for various organisations including Scottish cultural review site, The Fountain.

In June 2018, Heidi curated an exhibition on South Asian migrants at the Tramway arts space in Glasgow which was attended by the First Minister.

Why did you want to work with Puppet Animation Scotland?

I was looking for work where I could make a positive contribution whilst also learning something new. Growing up in the Czech Republic, I have always had a fondness for puppetry, animation and folklore, so when I saw the vacancy at Puppet Animation Scotland I jumped at the chance to apply. I was fascinated by the idea of working for a creative, visual arts organisation which is quite a departure from my previous work in the charity sector.

What have been your favourite moments so far?

Only a few days into the new role, I have enjoyed learning about the festivals that Puppet Animation Scotland organise and seeing the diversity and imagination of performers that will be attending. Another highlight is working in the Summerhall building itself which is always a buzz of creative activity; especially now during the Edinburgh Festival!

What are you looking forward to in the future with Puppet Animation Scotland?

I’m looking forward to the upcoming manipulate Festival, where I will be able to see plenty of shows ‘as part of my job’ and meet some of the performers. The run up is no doubt going to be challenging and busy but also exciting. While it’s not everyone’s idea of fun, I’m itching to streamline the office filing system; once I’ve got to grips with it!

We are delighted that Heidi has joined the team and we look forward to delivering our next batch of festivals and projects with her.

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