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Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards open for applications

Bursaries of up to £750 available

Applications are now open for bursaries of up to £750 of National Lottery funding, through Creative Scotland’s Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards (VACMA) programme. 

Delivered in partnership with local partners across Scotland, these one-off grants aim to support the creative development of visual artists and craft makers at all stages of their career. 

This year’s VACMA programme offers two fixed fee bursaries - the first is a £750 grant for visual artists and craft makers who can demonstrate a commitment to developing their creative practice; the second is a grant of £500 for new graduates/emerging artists. 

VACMA funding has previously supported projects including skills development and courses, artistic mentoring, researching a new body of work and experimenting with new materials. 

Full eligibility criteria and a list of participating local partners through which applications will be made, is available on the Creative Scotland website.  

The deadlines for applications are: 

  • Autumn: 5pm, Tuesday 10 November 2020 
  • Winter: 5pm, Tuesday 2 February 2021 

Amanda CattoHead of Visual ArtsCreative Scotland said: “These bursaries are invaluable in supporting the creative development of artists and craft makers across Scotland. With thanks to National Lottery players who make these awards possible, we’re pleased to be working with local partners to deliver the scheme across 25 Local Authority areas, offering grants to emerging and more established practitioners, alike.” 

Free, online information sessions about the Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards will be held on Thursday 15 and Tuesday 27 October from 10:00 -11:00.  Hosted by local partner representatives and members of Creative Scotland’s Visual Arts Team, the sessions will include an overview of the scheme, followed by a panel discussion and Q+A. 

Booking is required to take part in the sessions. This can be done here for Thursday 15 October, and here for Tuesday 27 October. 

Contact Information

Katya Speight

Media Relations & PR Co-ordinator

Creative Scotland


Notes to editors

Local partners participating in both deadlines are: 

Local partners participating in the February deadline only are: 

The National Lottery has raised more than £41 billion for more than 565,000 good causes across the UK since 1994. Thanks to National Lottery players, up to £600 million has been made available to support people, projects and communities throughout the UK during the Coronavirus crisis. 

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and The National Lottery. 

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