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Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards

Open Day at Edinburgh Print Makers

About the Programme

The Visual Artist and Craft Makers Awards (VACMA) are a programme of small grants schemes with a range of local authorities and art agencies across Scotland to support visual artists and craft makers in their creative and professional development.

Established by Creative Scotland, these partnerships give support at a local level and work with local panels to offer funds to support practitioners at all stages of their career who have demonstrated a commitment to their work and in developing their practice through new work, new skills or new opportunities.

Awards of between £500 and £1,500 are available.

Many of the VACMA schemes also provide mentoring opportunities. Please see the table below and relevant local guidelines for further details.

Whilst each devolved award is tailored to the needs of local artists and makers, we have some overall guiding principles and information to help you with your application:


Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards Guidance 2017-18

View and download the supporting guidance for applicants to the Visual Artist and Craft Makers Awards, in PDF format.

Local Schemes

We are currently working with many local authorities and art agencies across Scotland from the Borders to Shetland. We are always looking to expand our network of Local Authority partners. If you are interested in developing a local scheme please contact Stephen.Palmer@creativescotland.com.

Local Authority Mentoring Scheme Status and deadline
Aberdeen Yes Wed 7 Feb 2018
Aberdeenshire Yes Wed 7 Feb 2018
City of Edinburgh Yes Wed 7 Feb 2018
Dundee Yes Wed 7 Feb 2018
East Lothian No Wed 7 Feb 2018
Fife Yes Wed 7 Feb 2018
Glasgow Yes Wed 7 Feb 2018
Highlands (also covering Moray) No Wed 7 Feb 2018
Na h-Eileanan Siar No Deadline passed
Orkney No Deadline passed
Shetland Islands No To be confirmed
South Ayrshire No Wed 7 Feb 2018
South of Scotland (Scottish Borders and Dumfries & Galloway) No Wed 7 Feb 2018

Whenever schemes are launched or deadlines are imminent, these will also be posted on Creative Scotland’s Opportunities website. Also follow the Twitter hashtag #VACMAScotland for the latest announcements.

These schemes run alongside our support for individual artists, available through the Open Project Fund.

For further guidance on preparing funding applications, see the Cultural Enterprise Office website.