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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 £500 and £750 are available.

Our next deadline is 5pm, Tuesday 2 February 2021.

Information Sessions

We held two free online VACMA Information Sessions in October, hosted by local partner representatives and members of Creative Scotland’s Visual Arts Team.

View a recording of the presentation section of the Information Session below.

View and download the presentation deck in PDF format (opens in a new window).

View and download a transcript of the Q&A in PDF format (opens in a new window).


More information



Local Schemes

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.

See the links below for further information about local schemes in your area. Please note, the dates you can apply from may vary across local authorities.

Local AuthorityStatus and next deadline
Aberdeen City

5pm, Tuesday 2 February 2021

Aberdeenshire

5pm, Tuesday 2 February 2021

Angus

5pm, Tuesday 2 February 2021

Argyll and Bute

5pm, Tuesday 2 February 2021

Ayrshire

5pm, Tuesday 2 February 2021

Dundee

5pm, Tuesday 2 February 2021

East Lothian

5pm, Tuesday 2 February 2021

Edinburgh

5pm, Tuesday 2 February 2021

Fife and Perth & Kinross

5pm, Tuesday 2 February 2021

Forth Valley and West Lothian

5pm, Tuesday 2 February 2021

Glasgow

5pm, Tuesday 2 February 2021

Highlands and Western Isles

5pm, Tuesday 2 February 2021

Orkney

5pm, Tuesday 2 February 2021

Renfrewshire

5pm, Tuesday 2 February 2021

Shetland Islands

5pm, Tuesday 2 February 2021

South of Scotland

5pm, Tuesday 2 February 2021

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.