Paid Commission for a Workshop Facilitator - Nottingham Puppet Festival

Nottingham Puppet Festival
Mon 7 Dec, 2020

A fantastic paid opportunity for a writer...

Following the success of the first Nottingham Puppet Festival in 2018, we are currently looking for a writer and workshop facilitator to be part of the next festival in February and March 2021. The festival, which is run by the Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall, City Arts and Nottingham Trent University, will have a brilliant line-up of puppet shows, workshops, talks and other events. You can watch the highlights of the last festival here.

The workshop:

As part of the 2021 festival, City Arts have commissioned visual artist Jessica Kemp to produce a series of three puppetry making workshops for young people (aged 11-16) based on the popular children’s book series His Dark Materials, by Philip Pullman.

The idea is that you as the writer/facilitator would conduct one writing workshop with participants on Saturday 13th February 2021, helping them to explore the themes of identity, personality, and to help them figure out their individual Daemon alter egos. (For more information on Daemons, check out this article.) You will have five participants in this workshop, and the workshop itself will take place via Zoom.

Then, the participants will work with Jessica on three puppet-making workshops, which will run on three consecutive Saturdays in February and March. (You will not need to attend these workshops, but you can choose to drop in via Zoom, if you wish to.)

Finally, you’ll be invited to a walkabout as part of the festival outdoor day on the 27th March 2021 in Market Square, where the finished puppets will be showcased.

As part of this project, you’ll also be asked to produce a schools’ worksheet of writing activities, based on His Dark Materials, that will be made available on the Nottingham Puppet Festival Website during the festival week.

You will receive a £200 commission fee for the work.

How do I Apply?

Please send your creative CV (with details of previous experience) and a covering letter, telling us why you would like to be part of this project. The deadline for receiving expressions of interest is Monday 4THJanuary at 6pm (UK time). Please send your application to

The Small Print:

Tax:You will need to be responsible for the payment of VAT, tax and National Insurance payments, rating to this work. £200 is the total fee you will be paid, therefore any tax you may be liable for as a freelance artist, such as VAT, income tax and National Insurance payments, must be taken from this fee.

Copyright:Copyright for any work that you create as part of this project remains with you, but you must consent for the schools’ worksheet of writing activities to appear on the Nottingham Puppet Festival website, in order to be eligible for this opportunity.

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