South of Scotland Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards

The South of Scotland Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards are open for applications from professional artists and makers.

Deadline: 7/02/2018

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Amy Winstanley, Visual Artist and Craft Maker Award recipient 2014-15
Amy Winstanley, Visual Artist and Craft Maker Award recipient 2014-15


Dumfries and Galloway Council, Live Borders, DG Unlimited and Upland in partnership with Creative Scotland are running a combined Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards Scheme 2017-2018. The scheme is for individual artists and makers living and working in the Scottish Borders or Dumfries and Galloway. Artists and makers are eligible to apply for awards towards the cost of developing their creative practice.  Applicants must be able to demonstrate a commitment to their work – whether they are at an early or established stage of their practice - and to advancing their skills and ideas.

Funds available

Individual awards between £500 and £1,500 are available, which will assist artists and makers to develop and extend their own personal practice. Applicants are advised to request the appropriate amount required for the project, rather than automatically apply for the maximum grant available. The total budget available for the scheme running in 2017/18 is £13,100.   The Awards Panel reserves the right to offer an amount different to that requested.

Applicants can apply for up to 90% of the total cost of their project. The applicant must fund a minimum of 10% of the project funds. Successful applicants will receive 85% of the awarded grant on signed acceptance of their contract. The final 15% of the grant will only be paid upon completion and receipt of an Evaluation Form at the end of their project.


  • Round 2 deadline:    5.00pm, 7 February 2018*

*if funds remain after Round 2, a 3rd deadline for applications will be announced.


Should an applicant wish to discuss any aspect of submitting an application – indeed this is recommended – please contact Mary Morrison or Amy Marletta using the contact details below. Enquiries from the Scottish Borders should be directed to Mary and from Dumfries and Galloway to Amy:

Mary Morrison
Creative Leader CABN : Creative Arts Business Network
Tel: 01750 726400
Mobile: 07789 944993
Email: mmorrison@liveborders1.org.uk

Amy Marletta
Professional & Talent Development Manager, Upland
Tel:  07871 201473
Email: amy@weareupland.com


For more information and guidelines visit the CABN website here.