The mission of Puppet Animation Scotland is to champion, develop and present brilliant visual theatre, puppetry and animated film in Scotland and internationally.

Whether in an urban arts centre, a rural community centre, on a windswept hillside, in a town square or at an international festival, our goal is to enrich the lives of people in Scotland through these artforms, and to support and enable artists to tell the stories they want to tell.

Puppet Animation Scotland was originally founded in 1984 as the Puppet Animation Festival, growing in subsequent years to produce two festivals annually, along with a year-round programme of artist development activity and community outreach work. We are based in Edinburgh but have a nationwide remit and work with communities across Scotland.

We promote and celebrate animation, visual theatre and puppetry as valued art forms integral to Scotland’s rich and diverse cultural life. These distinct artforms are brought together by one organisation because of their unique ability to create magic in the everyday, to breathe life into the animate and offer a new perspectives on the world. We believe strongly in their power as tools to enable wellbeing, creativity, emotional resilience and social cohesion.

Here on our website you can find information about all of our activity as well as our approach and values. If anything is missing, or you would like to know more or build a relationship with the organisation, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Image: MANIPULATE Festival 2017, COULROPHOBIA by Pickled Image. Credit: Andy Catlin


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