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Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards

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 Scotland-based 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. We hold deadlines in October and February.

We have introduced a £500 bursary for recent graduates/emerging artists and Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow also run a Development/Mentoring Bursary of £1500 with added support through the year.

More information

Downloads

Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards 2019/20 Equalities Monitoring Form

View and download the Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards 2019/20 Equalities Monitoring Form in .doc format.

VACMA Application Forms by Local Authority

View and download the Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards guidance and application forms for your Local Authority.

Local Schemes

See the links below for further information about local schemes in your area. Each partner is holding drop-in information sessions ahead of the October deadline.

We are currently working with partners in 25 local authorities across Scotland. 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 AuthorityStatus and next deadline
Aberdeen Final deadline for 19/20 was 4 Feb 2020. Future deadlines TBC
Aberdeenshire Final deadline for 19/20 was 4 Feb 2020. Future deadlines TBC
Angus Final deadline for 19/20 was 4 Feb 2020. Future deadlines TBC
Argyll and Bute Final deadline for 19/20 was 4 Feb 2020. Future deadlines TBC
Ayrshire (North, South and East)Final deadline for 19/20 was 4 Feb 2020. Future deadlines TBC
City of Edinburgh Final deadline for 19/20 was 4 Feb 2020. Future deadlines TBC
Dundee Final deadline for 19/20 was 4 Feb 2020. Future deadlines TBC
Dumfries and GallowayFinal deadline for 19/20 was 4 Feb 2020. Future deadlines TBC
East LothianFinal deadline for 19/20 was 4 Feb 2020. Future deadlines TBC
Fife Final deadline for 19/20 was 4 Feb 2020. Future deadlines TBC
Forth Valley & West LothianFinal deadline for 19/20 was 4 Feb 2020. Future deadlines TBC
Glasgow Final deadline for 19/20 was 4 Feb 2020. Future deadlines TBC
Highlands and MorayFinal deadline for 19/20 was 4 Feb 2020. Future deadlines TBC
North Lanarkshire Final deadline for 19/20 was 4 Feb 2020. Future deadlines TBC
Orkney Final deadline for 19/20 was 4 Feb 2020. Future deadlines TBC
Perth and KinrossFinal deadline for 19/20 was 4 Feb 2020. Future deadlines TBC
RenfrewshireFinal deadline for 19/20 was 4 Feb 2020. Future deadlines TBC
Scottish BordersFinal deadline for 19/20 was 4 Feb 2020. Future deadlines TBC
Shetland Islands Final deadline for 19/20 was 4 Feb 2020. Future deadlines TBC

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.