Our policies, procedures and codes of practice cover all aspects of Puppet Animation Scotland’s structure, operation and activities. They align with current best practice and are integral to the successful and effective running of our organisation. Click the Organisation Handbook icon or download the file to see them in more detail. Scroll down a little further to find our Open Door Policy.

ONLINE SAFEGUARDING POLICY

With live workshops and performances being impossible during the pandemic, Puppet Animation Scotland has increased our work online using platforms such as Zoom, and as such as put in place a new safeguarding policy which we ask all workshop participants and audience to carefully read prior to taking part. The safety and wellbeing of all our audiences is of paramount concern, and we believe that everyone has the right to participate in the arts in a safe and secure way.

N.B. If you are attending an event at Puppet Animation Festival which is run a partner venue, their own safeguarding policy will apply. In this instance please contact the venue from whom you purchased your ticket.

For all workshops and performances run by Puppet Animation Scotland via video conferencing, please note that the following procedures will apply:

  • All video-conferencing events will have a private link which will be emailed to participants/audience no more than 24 hours in advance. Ticket holders will not share this link with any other parties; it is for their own use only.
  • It is imperative that the name on the account (i.e. your Zoom Account Name) matches the name used when purchasing the ticket. If it doesn’t match, we cannot guarantee entry to the event. If this will pose an issue for you, please email us in advance at [email protected] from the email address you used to book your tickets.
  • The videoconferencing account must belong to an adult over the age of 16 even if the event is geared towards young people. Children under 12 attending a digital workshop or performance must be accompanied by an adult at all times, and for children 13-16 an adult must be present at login and remain within earshot at all times.
  • Audiences will arrive in a digital waiting room from where a member of the Puppet Animation Scotland team will admit you to the workshop. It may take a few minutes to be admitted at this stage whilst we check names against the booking list.
  • There will be a staff member responsible for managing the room and responding to any issues that arise throughout the session – this person will be identified at the beginning and available via the chat function throughout.
  • Puppet Animation Scotland will lock Zoom meetings once all ticket holders are in attendance.
  • Performances or workshops will not be recorded or photographs will not be recorded by Puppet Animation Scotland without the express advance consent of all participants. This also applies to other audiences in the room – is an offence to photograph or record and share others’ images without their consent. Screen sharing will be disabled for all participants as standard.
  • All participants will be muted upon entering the room. The Puppet Animation Scotland team member who is managing the room will advise everyone of the muting policy at the beginning of the event – please comply with this and unmute yourself only at the agreed moments in the event.
  • Audiences and participants must ensure that any contributions they make to any event are respectful, tolerant and age-appropriate. Puppet Animation Scotland reserves the right to remove from the room anyone who displays abusive language or behaviour to another member of the room.
  • Explicit content of any description, including but not limited to: nudity, explicit language, sexual content or violence will be treated with zero tolerance and may constitute an offence. Should we see anything like this we will immediately remove the person from the room and report the incident to the police. It is imperative that everyone attending an event is mindful of what is displayed onscreen whilst they are attending an event – even accidental breaches of our explicit content policy will result in removal from the room.

 

OPEN DOOR POLICY

At Puppet Animation Scotland the development of artists’ creative ambitions and technical expertise are integral to everything we do. Every year we provide an array of exciting opportunities for animators and theatre practitioners of all disciplines who aim to engage meaningfully with visual theatre, puppetry and animated film. It is important for us to know that we are doing all we can to nurture artists and supply them with whatever it is that they require to further develop their skills and understanding of their chosen practice.

We are committed to ensuring that it easy for Scottish and Scotland-based artists to contact us to discuss their practice, projects and needs. We are equally committed to hearing from artists that live in the rest of the UK and internationally. For this reason, we uphold an Open Door Policy.

Our Open Door Policy means that we can offer artists direct, respectful communication, feedback and discussion in a safe and encouraging environment. Through speaking with us artists can gain invaluable advice, guidance and insight into the puppetry, animated film and visual theatre industries.

Here are some ways that you can get in touch with us:

Email us or call us: for all inquiries, our email address is [email protected], you can also give us a call at +44(0) 131 341 4314.

Drop-in to our offices: Puppet Animation Scotland is based in Summerhall, Edinburgh. We are usually in our offices Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm, come and find us and say hello. If we are busy and you need to discuss something more substantial, we will arrange a mutually convenient day and time to meet.

A one-to-one meeting: Contact us [email protected] to arrange a meeting with us, to discuss an upcoming creative project or funding application, get some input on potential next steps for a new idea or proposal, or talk about future training opportunities and/or anything else puppetry, visual/ physical theatre and/or animated film related.

Ongoing Survey: This is your chance to tell us everything about yourself and your work, to make sure we provide the best support and opportunities we can. Fill it in now! Once you have submitted your responses, this information will be downloaded and saved in a secure database. If there is anything you would like to discuss further, please contact us and we will get back in touch with you promptly and arrange to meet.

Free Cake Fridays: We are currently reviewing our approach to artist socials and networking, and as such there will be no Free Cake Fridays for the forseeable future. Please do join us, however, at our MANIPULATE Festival Opening Social on 29 January. We recognise the value of having moments to connect and share practice in these unusual times and we will therefore look to announce new social and networking dates in Spring after MANIPULATE.

 

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