Call out for Panel Members – South of Scotland Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards (VACMA) 2022-23 scheme

Deadline: 10/10/2022

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Clare Dawdry, VACMA recipient 2019-20
Clare Dawdry, VACMA recipient 2019-20

Call out for Panel Members – South of Scotland Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards (VACMA) 2022-23 scheme:

1 Craft specialist from the Scottish Borders

1 Visual Art specialist from Dumfries & Galloway

Fee: £250 per panel meeting

An opportunity exists for 2 professional practitioners to become part of the selection panel for the South of Scotland VACMA awards.  Expert representation for visual art is invited from Dumfries and Galloway to complement specialist crafts representation on the panel from the Scottish Borders.


The South of Scotland VACMA scheme is jointly funded and delivered by Dumfries and Galloway Council and Live Borders with support and matching funds from Creative Scotland.  The scheme is administered by the Arts & Creativity team, Live Borders on behalf of the partnership.

The scheme is aimed at 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 and 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. Individual bursaries are offered at 2 levels:  £750 and £500 (Early-career bursaries) to assist artists and makers to develop and extend their own personal practice.

Key partners on the scheme in Dumfries and Galloway are DG Unlimited and Upland, who help ensure the scheme is promoted and supported in Dumfries and Galloway. Upland provides an advisory role for applicants in Dumfries and Galloway as CABN does for applicants in the Scottish Borders.

For this 2022-23 South of Scotland VACMA scheme, the application deadlines for the VACMA bursaries are set as:

Round 1 deadline:   25th October 2022

Round 2 deadline:  7th February 2023

With provisional dates for panel meetings set as:

Round 1 panel meeting: week of 7th November 2022 tbc

Round 2 panel meeting: week of 20th February 2023 tbc

If there are still funds available after Round 2, there will be a 3rd deadline and panel meeting to allocate remaining funds.

For further information on the scheme visit the CABN website Funding and Grants section and to view work funded to date through the scheme visit the Spotlight section 

Panel Member Roles

A key element of the panellist’s role is the ability to be objective. Panel members are ineligible to apply for awards and must be clear not to anticipate conflicts of interest if possible, such as those regarding friends, family or colleagues intending to apply to the award scheme. We are aware this can be difficult in rural areas, and also aware that we seek an understanding and knowledge of the local context and sector, but please consider this when applying for the role.

We welcome interest from individuals who can illustrate:

  • Depth of experience in a craft practice (Scottish Borders panellist) or visual art practice (D&G panellist)
  • Knowledge of a wide range of craft practice (Scottish Borders panellist) or visual art practice (D&G panellist)
  • Understanding of the Visual Artist and Craft Makers Award Scheme (VACMA)

Experience of decision making, commissioning or other similar panel/team roles in an arts context would be an advantage.  Personal experience of being the recipient of an award previously would also be an advantage.

A fee of £250 is payable per panel meeting to cover preparation and participation at the panel meetings. There are generally 2-3 panel meetings annually with meetings online.  Panel members are required to review applications ahead of the panel meetings.

Please return your submission, which should include your CV and a cover letter detailing how you meet the criteria above, to cabn@liveborders1.org.uk by Monday 10th October 9am.  If you would like to discuss the role before applying, please contact Mary Morrison, CABN, Live Borders on mmorrison@liveborders1.org.uk or by phone on 07789 944 993