Applications have now closed for this commission. Thank you to all who have applied.

Moving Parts Arts is excited to be able to offer one commission for an artist to create a short piece of stop motion animation.



£1,500 fee + £100 towards materials and/or music licensing


What is the commission?

Moving Parts Arts would like to commission an artist to create a piece of stop motion animation. The piece of work could be created using various disciplines or areas of expertise and can focus on whatever topics or stories the artist is interested in, however there are two requirements that must be met when creating the piece:


  1. It must be recognisable as a piece of stop motion animation from an audience point of view

  2. Our cast of Moving Parts characters must be central to the piece


Other than these two requirements we really encourage the successful artist to let their imaginations run wild, have fun and produce something that is true to their style.


How will the work be presented?

The work created as a result of the commission will be shared with audiences online through Moving Parts Arts’ website and social media channels as part of Moving Parts: Newcastle Puppetry Festival 2021. The piece may also be shared at future live editions of the festival or as part of other live-streamed events we produce. In any circumstances where the piece is shared, the artist will be clearly credited.


How long should the piece be?

This is very much up to the artist but we imagine something between 2-5 minutes. Depending on what is created this could be shorter or longer. 


How much is the fee?

The fee is £1,500. We’re able to contribute a further £100 on top of this to go towards the cost of materials and/or music licensing. We expect the created piece of work and the time the artist puts into the project to reflect this figure. We have equated this to approximately 10 days @ £150 per day. Although the commission fee can be spent by the artist however they wish, we would strongly recommend the successful artist to ensure that they are budgeting to pay themselves appropriately for the time spend on the project.


When would the piece of work need to be created by?

The piece of work will be shared with audiences in the first half of August 2021 so the work will need to be completed by the end of July 2021 at the latest.


Who can apply?

Due to funding stipulations, the successful candidate must be based in the UK. We particularly welcome applications from those who feel their voices are underrepresented in puppetry, theatre and animation.


What tools do I need to fulfil the commission?

If you do not have fancy equipment please do not let this put you off applying! The piece of work could all be filmed on a smartphone, it could be filmed in your house, or outside - as long as you are confident that you can utilise what equipment you have access to then we want to hear from you! Unfortunately we are unable to provide access to any equipment so you will need to source what you need to fulfil the commission. 


How do I apply?

Applications have now closed for this commission. Thank you to all who have applied.

Previous examples

Animator: Chloe Rodham

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Moving Parts Characters

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