We currently have four opportunities open for you to apply for:

  • CREATIVE FUND 2020-2021

Please scroll down to find out more about the opportunities and how to apply. If you have any questions, please email us directly.

Creative Fund 2020 – 2021 is now open

We are now accepting applications for our Creative Fund. For 2020-2021 Puppet Animation Scotland will award £12,000. The maximum you can apply for is £5,000.

Puppet Animation Scotland champions puppetry, visual theatre and animated film.

Scottish-based artists over the age of 18 of whatever discipline (theatre, dance, film, spoken-word and visual arts etc) can apply to the Creative Fund to explore elements of their creative and technical working practices which relate meaningfully to puppetry, visual theatre and animated film, or any combination of these art forms.

We welcome applications which articulate clearly and concisely how specific, time-limited research and development will enable you to explore a new, exciting and ambitious creative concept and/or enable you to enhance your current working practices and learning.

To apply, please read and fill in the Creative Fund 2020-2021 Guidelines.

Please find an example budget to refer to or use when submitting your application:  Creative Fund SAMPLE BUDGET

The closing date for submissions is: Monday 20 April 2020, 12.00pm. We will not accept applications after this date and time. Successful applicants will be informed by: Monday 11 May 2020, by 5.00pm. Projects may start at any time up to 6 months after: Monday 6 July 2020

Applications should be emailed to info@puppetanimation.org as PDFs. We will acknowledge receipt of all applications.

If you require the application in another format, or require support or assistance when applying, please contact us: 0131 341 4314, or via the email address above. All applicants must also fill in an Equalities Monitoring Form which will be sent to you on receipt of your application.


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.

If you would like to apply for this opportunity, please use the form below to tell us about an international artist of significant stature who you would like to work with, and why – and how – a period of concentrated engagement with them and their working practices and aesthetic would meaningfully inform and enrich your creativity and expertise.

We will accept applications both from individuals and from pairs of practitioners who wish to work with the same international artist.

We envisage that the successful applicant(s) and the leading international artist will work together intensively for two separate weeks between Monday 1 June 2020 and Monday 25 January 2021. Between these two periods of face to face engagement – which could take place in Scotland or the international artist’s own country – the applicant(s) and international artist will also regularly liaise online.

For this application, you do not need to make any contact with the international artist you would like to work with. If you are successful, Puppet Animation Scotland would then get in touch with the international artist and confirm with them and with you the programme schedule and arrangements.

This programme will focus on the creative process and the artist’s journey, rather than the arrival at a defined destination. All Puppet Animation Scotland requires is that during the MANIPULATE Festival 2021 (28 January – 6 February) the applicant(s) leads a learning exchange event for fellow practitioners, during which they articulate, in an informative and compelling way, the creative and skills-based knowledge and understanding they have acquired. We envisage that the international artist will also participate, either in person or through an online link.

Puppet Animation Scotland is working with the Take Me Somewhere Festival to present the International Exchange & Development Programme. The successful applicant(s) will also have the opportunity to attend the opening weekend of Take Me Somewhere (14 – 30 May 2020) as a delegate, participating in seminars and networking events with other international artists as well as seeing festival productions.

The closing date for submissions is: Monday 20 April 2020, 12.00pm. We will not accept applications after this date and time. The successful applicant(s) will be informed by: Monday 4 May 2020, by 5.00pm. Applications should be emailed to info@puppetanimation.org as PDFs. We will acknowledge receipt of all applications.

Following the successful applicant’s participation with the Take Me Somewhere Festival events (14 – 17 May), they will then liaise with Puppet Animation Scotland’s Artistic Director and Festivals & Projects Manager about the specifics – content, dates, times and venues etc – of their exchange and development programme, to be completed by Friday 29 May.

If you require the application in another format, or require support or assistance when applying, please contact us: 0131 560 1298, or via the email address above. All applicants are encouraged to follow the link to the Equalities Monitoring Form at the end of the application and fill this in.

Apply now!



Deadline: Wednesday 8 April, 4.00pm

Puppet Animation Scotland seeks to appoint a dynamic, empathetic, experienced and entrepreneurial arts professional to lead the organisation.

Job title: Artistic Director & Chief Executive Officer for Puppet Animation Scotland

Working hours: 35 hours per week.

The postholder will work evenings and weekends when required. Payment of overtime is not applicable to this post. Time off in lieu is offered.

Salary: £37,500

The Artistic Director & CEO acts as Puppet Animation Scotland’s leader, decision-maker, manager and executor, being responsible to and advising its Board of Directors, articulating and driving strategic evolution and progression within the organisation, managing and motivating employees, and presiding over the organisation’s day to day administration.

The Artistic Director & CEO also acts as Puppet Animation Scotland’s primary link with the wide range of national and international artists, arts and education workers, arts administrators, directors, managers, funders and other arts professionals who engage and collaborate with Puppet Animation Scotland’s wide portfolio of activities, articulating and promoting passionately and imaginatively the organisation’s artistic vision and activities.

The ideal candidate will project calm, diplomatic, empathetic and inspiring leadership, be extremely well organised, possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills and demonstrate a proven ability to handle a busy, multi-faceted workload with diligence, professionalism, thoroughness and grace.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATION: Wednesday 8 April, 4.00pm
INTERVIEWS: Will be held on Wednesday 15 April, late afternoon/early evening, at Summerhall, Edinburgh

All applications must include the application form, a current CV and an equalities monitoring form (optional).

In line with our environmental policy, we will handle only online applications.

If you need more information before you apply, please also contact: info@puppetanimation.org

Job Description

Application Form


We are looking for a puppeteer of professional standing, at any stage in their career, to become Puppet Animation Scotland’s first puppetry artist in residency.

The residency will last for one year. The successful applicant will be passionate about their art form and committed to nurturing their creative and technical knowledge and skills significantly through a range of opportunities and resources provided by Puppet Animation Scotland. Central to the residency will be the initial development of a creative project which the successful puppeteer has proposed.

The successful applicant will receive:

  • An opportunity to present elements of their project at a Snapshots event during the MANIPULATE Festival 2021
  • An opportunity, if appropriate both for the artist and Puppet Animation Scotland, to present the further development of their project during the MANIPULATE Festival 2022, either at a Rising Voices event or as a full production
  • An opportunity, if relevant to the artist, to participate in the Puppet Animation Festival 2021, either administratively and/or presenting a full production of their project
  • Regular meetings with Puppet Animation Scotland’s Associate Producer, who will provide support throughout the residency, including help with – the identification and preparation of funding applications for their project; the sourcing and applying for suitable professional development opportunities, as well as advice all other relevant aspects of the artist’s working practices
  • An opportunity, if relevant to the artist, to participate in the training elements of Puppet Animation Scotland’s Puppetry & Emotional Resilience Programme
  • Tickets to see productions at the MANIPULATE Festival 2021 and the Puppet Animation Festival 2021
  • £5,000 to use for the initial development of their project
  • £1,000 on identified creative and technical professional opportunities, and expenses incurred during the residency
  • Regular access to Puppet Animation Scotland desk space

In return, we would like the artist to:

  • Participate in the Total Theatre Awards selection process as an assessor, during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2020, other commitments permitting
  • Attend Puppet Animation Scotland’s Free Cake Fridays regularly throughout the residency
  • Prepare and lead at least one puppetry workshop in an area of provision which relates to their career development and sustainability
  • Provide regular self-reflection and documentation about their progression through the residency which can be shared with other puppeteers and arts professionals within the sector
  • Participate in Puppet Animation Scotland team meetings regularly, once a month throughout the residency

To apply, please fill in the application form by Friday 1 May.

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