Anim8s is managed by a voluntary management committee and a network of professional artists and arts professionals. Our current Associate Artists are Martin Ayres, Andrew Low and Hazel Wotherspoon.
Having worked as a manager and artist for a range of agencies including North Edinburgh Arts and Whale, Martin Ayres formed Caged Beastie in 2004 to provide creative opportunities for people of all ages with a focus on the use of the arts as a tool for learning, advocacy, consultation and expression. He has worked extensively throughout Scotland and in North America, Africa, Asia and across Europe devising and delivering a broad range of award-winning digital media projects for clients including the Scottish Government, Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland, Scottish Women’s Aid and Investing in Children. Martin also holds a post-graduate diploma in Art Therapy from Herts College of Art and Design. He has worked on a number of Anim8s projects and was a founder member of the organisation.
Andrew Low studied at Stirling University during which time he won the prestigious David Jacobs Scholarship which gave him the opportunity to study producing, cinematography and animation at UCLA in Los Angeles. He has been a specialist tutor for the Centre for the Moving Image, delivering animation workshops across the UK as part of a year of events celebrating the centenary of the birth of filmmaker Norman McLaren. He has extensive experience of working with vulnerable and looked-after young people. Andrew currently works with Dundee Contemporary Arts as a Learning Co-ordinator. He is a co-founder of Anim8s.
Hazel Wotherspoon is an award winning producer, arts manager, consultant and fundraiser. Hazel has many years of experience supporting artists, communities, children and young people, realising their development potential and aspirations. She has worked in communities throughout Scotland and Internationally. As a specialist theatre practitioner Hazel uses her skills in model-making and design to support our projects and workshop programmes. Hazel has an honours degrees in Fine Art and holds Post Graduate qualifications in Community Education and Multi-media Technology. Hazel initiated Anim8s as a Health and Wellbeing project and raised the funding and support which led to the formation of the organisation.
All artists employed by anim8s are PVG checked and trained in our Child Protection Policy.