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There are ongoing opportunities for artists throughout the year. You can find out more about these and how to get involved by browsing our ARTISTS pages.


Fee in the region of £1000 (subject to negotiation)

Development and Delivery Dates Sep-Oct 2023

Deadline: Rolling

NB: There is a provisional animation delivery deadline of late October 2023,  so expressions of interest should be submitted as soon as possible – within your expression of interest please feel free to let us know your availability during October 23 – we can discuss an alternative timeline should the October dates not be possible for you.

We are looking for an animator to create a 15-20 second ident as part of the launch of our new brand identity in Autumn 2023. We are evolving our brand identity including the name, logo and aesthetic identity of the organisation in order to better reflect our mission and values.

Please read the PAS Animation Design Tender for more information.

If you would like to express interest in this opportunity or find out more, please email Dawn on [email protected] with the following:

-A paragraph or two detailing your initial thoughts and concepts responding to the brief

-A link to your previous animation work (showreel/portfolio)


Call out for Snapshots Scratch Night for Manipulate Festival 2024 

Please follow this link for the British Sign Language callout. 

Deadline: 29th September 2023 5pm 

Manipulate Festival is looking for new, fresh, curious and early stage works in process for our Snapshots scratch night event in early February 2024. We are looking for new pieces of work which are at the beginning of their making, or which are short existing ideas from a longer piece of work, which would benefit from an audience sharing in order to gain feedback and the experience of performing them.  

This opportunity comes only with a fee for the performance day so the works should be researched or developed already to an early stage, or where you intend to do further development before the sharing you should have other funding in place. They should be entirely new or have had limited previous public showings. If you would like some more information before applying please contact [email protected] 

SNAPSHOTS aims to offer an open, welcoming, and supportive atmosphere, excited by artists taking risks and/or simply trying out new ideas. If you don’t have a piece to perform, please do come along with curiosity and encouragement to witness peers, pals, new artists and artists new to you and the exciting beginnings of new work.  

The work can be based in circus, puppetry, visual theatre, dance or a combination of the different artforms Puppet Animation Scotland supports. This opportunity is open to artists at any stage of experience. We very much welcome those who have not worked with Puppet Animation Scotland or Manipulate Festival before. You must be based in Scotland to apply.  

You should have availability for Tuesday 6th February 2024, the provisional performance date.  

Manipulate festival will offer the artists involved: 

  • A fee of £200 (per performance). 
  • A spot to perform a 10-15 minute piece at the Snaphots event. Date is provisionally 6th of February 2024 and venue to be confirmed.  
  • A 1-hour technical rehearsal on the day.  
  • A venue technician, working across the event. 
  • A short technical workshop, in person or provided online, between October and December 2023 which will provide an opportunity to see what technical possibilities will be available for the sharing with regards to staging, space, lights, sound, etc.  
  • Support in how to provide your technical requirements. 
  • Support in how to provide suitable marketing and copy.  
  • We will gather feedback from the audience on the night and work with you to develop the types of questions you might want to ask at this stage of the work.  
  • One rigging point is available for aerial works.  

We have tried to make the application process quick and easy.  

We will respond to all applicants with a decision by mid-October 2023.  

You can apply in written or spoken English or in British Sign Language, either by written email or by sending a short video or audio file, containing:  

  • A couple of sentences about you and your practice (a bio).  
  • A bit about the work you’d like to share – its themes, questions, what artforms you are using, and how you imagine it will be developed further after this initial sharing. etc (200 – 300 words) 
  • The title (can be a working title) 
  • One sentence to explain what stage it’s at – has it had a sharing already, how new is it, is it a short idea within a longer piece of work you’d like to try out, or is it the beginnings of a new piece, etc 
  • The performers and how many  
  • Any tech requirements you already know of (you will be able to provide more information later) 
  • Any access needs you may want to raise (you will be able to provide more information later) 

Please email your application to [email protected] and title the email ‘Snapshots’. 

Puppet Animation Scotland acknowledges that there are systemic barriers within the arts sector and wider society. We strive to create practice which resists such exclusion, to increase the diversity of those working in the artforms we support and put equity at the centre of what we do and how we offer support.  We are committed to resisting that which creates under representation and especially welcome applications from those who face barriers to working in the sector. We recognise the social model of disability and in particular have been working actively to grow representation from d/Deaf artists and work for d/Deaf audiences in our programmes given the visually accessible nature of the artforms we support.  

We strive to resist such exclusion and put equity at the centre of our practices and processes, and we always welcome your feedback on how we can improve these processes. 

Many thanks for your time!  


Call Opens: 27th July 2023  

Deadline: 29th September 2023 at 5pm 

Application decisions: By 20th October 2023 

Performance date: Provisionally 6th February 2024  

Dimanche Artist Development Opportunity

16th August, Edinburgh

Free to attend – attendance is via registration on a first come, first served basis

The Edinburgh International Festival in partnership with Imaginate, and Puppet Animation Scotland are offering Scottish based artists who work in visual and physical theatre and or make work for children and young people the opportunity to come together to see a performance of Dimanche ( Focus Company / Chaliwaté Company ) and participate in a practice enriching workshop with the company.

The performance and workshop will be on 16th August, and will be a great opportunity to playfully explore the practice of the company, and the process that inspired the creation of Dimanche.  The workshop will be in central Edinburgh from 12- 3pm and the performance is at 7pm at the Churchill theatre. (1hr 15min duration).  The time in between is yours with no activity planned.

The opportunity is offered free to all participants, we have a limited number of places available.  More information on Dimanche here.

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis and we are looking for professional artists based in Scotland with a passion and practice in making theatre and dance performances for children and young people or those who work in visual theatre, puppetry, or physical theatre to apply.  We are open to hearing from people with all levels of experience, the workshop will focus on the theatre making process of the company, but anyone who feels this might enrich their practice is welcome to apply including performers, designers, and directors.

To apply for a place email [email protected] to tell us a bit about yourself and your practice and a short paragraph to outline why you would be interested in taking part, and how the opportunity might enrich your practice.  We also welcome applications by video

We will provide a light lunch so do let us know any dietary requirements you may have, and if you have any access or additional requirements we can support with including travel.

If you have any questions feel free to get in touch with [email protected].

Seeking new work by D/deaf and Hard of Hearing performance artists and filmmakers in the UK.

Manipulate Festival are seeking new work by D/deaf or Hard of Hearing Creatives to consider for programming at our 2024 and 2025 Festivals. If you are an artist working in Scotland or the rest of the UK with an existing or new piece of work you would like to propose for our programme, we would love to hear from you.

MANIPULATE Festival presents the very best of Scottish and international puppetry, visual theatre and animated film to adult audiences in Edinburgh and beyond. The Festival aims to engage and challenge our audiences with high-quality visually led work which pushes boundaries, plays with form and challenges perceptions.

By bringing together leading puppetry, visual theatre and animated film from across the globe with work which has been developed here in Scotland, we aim to spark opportunities for artistic exchange and to offer our audiences a diverse palette of rich visually led work. For more information about the festival, please see our website at

Given our highly visual remit, we have a strong organisational commitment to D/deaf artists and audiences and as such are always keen to present exciting new work by and for the D/deaf community. In recent years we have programmed new visual theatre work by artists such as Ramesh Meyyappan and Petre Dobre. We would like to hear from you if you or a leading member of your creative team are D/deaf or Hard of Hearing, and your work is in one of the following areas: visual theatre, physical theatre, puppetry, object theatre, dance theatre, circus/aerial theatre.

Even if you’re not sure whether you have a work ready to pitch for our festival, if we don’t already have a relationship we would love to meet you and to start a conversation about your work.

Please contact our Artistic Director & CEO Dawn Taylor on [email protected] to start a conversation with us.


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