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VACMA Awards Announced - Deadline 26th October 2021

The fund is open to Visual Artists /Craft Makers who can demonstrate a commitment to developing their creative practice and are living or working or maintaining a studio space within the Local Authority area to which you are applying.

Deadline: 26/10/2021

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Elaine Henderson in her Pottery Studio - VACMA recipient 2020-21
Elaine Henderson in her Pottery Studio - VACMA recipient 2020-21

South of Scotland Visual Artist and Craft Maker Award (VACMA) 2021-22*

Visual Artist and Craft Maker Award (VACMA) offers small grants to visual artists and craft makers for their creative development at all stages of their career.

These awards are supported by Creative Scotland through funding from the National Lottery in partnership with Live Borders, Dumfries & Galloway Council, DG Unlimited and Upland.

This year we will continue to offer fixed bursaries in recognition of the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on individual artists and makers. The VACMA scheme offers two levels of bursaries:   

  • Bursaries of £750
  • Early-career bursaries of £500 (For applicants that have less than 5 years’ experience outside of education/training, graduated in 2016 or later, or that have not studied art formally but have been practising as an artist for up to 5 years).     

The fund is open to visual artists and craft makers who can demonstrate a commitment to developing their creative practice and who are living or working or maintaining a studio space within the Local Authority area to which they are applying.  

The next deadline will be Tuesday 26th October 2021 at 5pm with a further application deadline on Tuesday 1st February 2022

The scheme is for individual artists and makers living and working in the Scottish Borders or Dumfries and Galloway. 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.

Further information including Guidelines and Application Forms can be found here

 

Contact and Support:

It is strongly recommended that prior to submitting your application you should seek guidance from Mary Morrison (Scottish Borders) or Amy Marletta (D+G).

Mary Morrison
CABN, Creative Arts Busines Network
Tel:  07789 944993
Email: MMorrison@LiveBorders1.org.uk

Amy Marletta
Creative Director, Upland
Tel:  07871 201473
Email: amy@weareupland.com

Before you complete your application please refer to the guidance notes from Creative Scotland, and these top tips.

 

*note this scheme has merged with our previous South of Scotland 2020-21 scheme in order to align with new national deadlines.  The application process is unchanged, though please note a previous deadline we had promoted of 5th October is now changed to the 26th October.  Please also download the new 2021-22 scheme application forms and guidelines which you can find here