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Marketing & Development Manager

Puppet Animation Scotland is seeking someone with initiative, empathy, rigour and exceptional communication skills to join our small team in the new role of Marketing & Development Manager, at this exciting time in our organisation’s development.

The Marketing & Development Manager is a new position in the Puppet Animation Scotland team, with lead management responsibility for both communications and fundraising across the portfolio of our work. It would suit a candidate who is a strategic thinker and confident communicator, with a background in communications or development and experience of engaging a wide range of stakeholders. The purpose of the role is to work with the Puppet Animation Scotland team to raise the profile of the organisation, generate revenue to support our work, engage diverse stakeholders with our mission, and to play a key role in realising our aim to champion, develop and promote puppetry, visual theatre and animated film in Scotland.

We have put together a job pack to give prospective candidates a clearer idea of who we are, what it might be like to work with us, and what the role entails. We strongly encourage applications from those currently under-represented in the arts including the d/Deaf and disabled community; the LGBTQI+ community and people who identify as Black, Asian, Latinx, Indigenous, People of Colour, Biracial, Middle Eastern and North African or have mixed heritage. To find out who is currently on our board and staff team please see our team page here and find our #PullUporShutUp statistics here.

The deadline for applications is 17 August 2021 at 9am. Please read our Recruitment Pack for full details of how to apply and contact Heidi on [email protected] if you have any questions at all.

Marketing & Development Manager Recruitment Pack

Puppet Animation Festival 2022 Call Out

We are looking for companies and artists who create high-quality puppet or object theatre, animated films or workshops and are looking to tour their work throughout Scotland between 28 March – 16 April 2022.

Each Easter we present a nationwide programme of children’s puppet theatre, animated film and workshops for audiences aged 3-12 and their families. All over Scotland – from Shetland to the Borders, from the Western Isles to the East Coast – participating companies present their work in a wide variety of venues, from city centre theatres, urban arts and community centres down to the smallest of remote rural village halls.

We are particularly interested in programming work which caters for Scotland’s diverse communities and children, and which encourages equality and environmental awareness.

Why apply to Puppet Animation Festival?

  • Puppet Animation Festival is the UK’s largest and oldest performing arts event for children, delivering up to 190 events across the country each year since 1984.
  • Participation in the festival gives your work exposure with over 260 programmers and promoters across the country, with the potential to spark conversations and relationships with your work beyond the scope of the current tour.
  • You will receive administrative and promotional support from Puppet Animation Scotland and our partner venues, and you will tour through some of the most beautiful countryside in the world!

Previous artist participants have said:

“Excellent. (We) would not hesitate to be involved again and would highly recommend participation to other artists” – Cultured Mongrel Dance

“We are very pleased with the service PAS provided throughout the process. Staff spent a lot of time assisting us with what was a particularly busy tour. The best thing was that through PAF we performed in smaller rural venues. Those were the highlights of the tour for the performers and company members on tour” – Vision Mechanics.

COVID-19 Planning

We are currently anticipating a live, in-person festival next year, however there are of course ongoing uncertainties relating to the coronavirus pandemic. In the event that the festival was unable to proceed due to COVID, it is unlikely that we would migrate to online delivery, however we may look to explore outdoor performance where possible. With that in mind, if your show is indoor, please let us know whether there would be a possibility to present it outdoors if necessary (it’s okay if not). We are also actively seeking proposals from artists with existing outdoor pieces. In the event of a possible cancellation we will regularly liase with artists to advise of the current plans.

Application Process

To be considered for inclusion in the Puppet Animation Festival 2022, please fill in the application and monitoring forms below. The Puppet Animation Festival is primarily a rural touring programme, and our partner venues have specific stipulations regarding technical requirements, company size and transport for participating companies. We appreciate that some details may be unclear at this stage, however the more detailed information you can provide, the easier it will be for us to decide if your production or workshop will work successfully within the festival’s format.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 29 July 2021 at 10.00am. All applicants will be informed of decisions by the end of Friday 6 August.

A panel will select a programme of around 15-20 productions, workshops and animated films. The selections will be made based on their suitability to the venues available, artistic quality of the idea, artist track record and the necessity to offer a varied and balanced programme to venues.

Unsuccessful artists and companies will have the opportunity to both receive feedback and give anonymous feedback on the application process.

Applications to tour as part of the 2022 Puppet Animation Festival are open to artists from across the UK. Unfortunately due to ongoing uncertainty caused by the pandemic, this opportunity is not available to international companies in 2022.

PAF 2022 Application Form

International Artists’ Exchange Programme 

Please note that this previously advertised opportunity has been indefinitely postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Funding has been secured for the programme and therefore it is expected to proceed at a time in the future when it is safe and possible to do so. The opportunity will be re-advertised via our website and social channels when it is live once again.

Third-Party Opportunities

If you have any call-outs or opportunities that you would like us to share with our community, please email [email protected]

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