Scottish-based artists of any discipline can apply for up to £5k to explore creative, training or research projects related to puppetry, object manipulation, visual theatre and animated film. Our awards enable specific, time-limited research and development to explore imaginative and compelling new creative ideas, develop technical skills or conduct research.
Each artist will also be supported with mentorship from within and beyond PAS, free tickets to attend work at our festivals and access to the same wellbeing benefits as our staff team. We are looking for great ideas and for artists who can articulate why we are the right organisation to support them and why now is the right time in their career. The fund will open each year in early summer – subscribe to our newsletter for updates.
Projects previously supported
Since 2008 we have funded over 70 projects through Creative Fund. Here are some examples of projects we have supported:
STEMS by Ainslie Henderson
Ainslie said: “All the projects that I completed in the three years after leaving art school were either commissions, or schemes set up with tight deadlines and objectives. While I enjoyed these challenges, I longed for some space to explore, experiment, wonder and remind myself how to play. I think in our hyper productive society this is a mode of being that is typically, hugely undervalued. I was tired, worn out and beginning to lose my passion for creating. On my receipt of a Creative Fund award, knowing that my studio rent was taken care of, and that a piece of finished work fitting a specific brief was not expected of me, I began to reinvigorate my relationship with what it means to be creative.”
Following its launch in 2015, STEMS was presented with great success at leading animation festivals around the world, winning numerous nominations and prizes including, the Edinburgh International Film Festival’s McLaren Award and being long listed for the 2016 Oscars.
FERAL by Tortoise in a Nutshell
Tortoise in a Nutshell said: “The Creative Fund has been fundamentally instrumental to our success. It has given us the time and space to explore tiny flashes of ideas. It has allowed us to test and experiment and refine those initial sparks into something more tangible. It has allowed us to see what was working and, perhaps even more importantly, what was not.”
Feral has been performed in cities around the world to critical acclaim, and has won many awards including a Scotsman Fringe First, Best Theatre Performance and Best Direction Awards in Kortoski Festival, Montenegro and was a New York Times Critics’ Pick.
Every year we collaborate with SURGE on their physical theatre bursaries for practitioners based in Scotland. The bursary, which is funded by SURGE, offers practitioners the opportunity to develop an idea for a new, small-scale physical theatre piece with some seed funding, practical advice and support, and rehearsal and creation space. The two bursary awardees are offered a paid performance slot at MANIPULATE Festival every year. This opportunity is usually advertised in late summer. Please keep an eye on our newsletter and social channels for updates.
We often respond to opportunities which have been brought to us through partners or in response to a particular funding opportunity, through which there are other platforms for artists to develop work. If you are an organisation or individual who would like to collaborate with Puppet Animation Scotland or if you have a proposal for a development project, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.