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The Visual Artist and Craft Makers Awards (VACMA) scheme 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 OneRen and Future Paisley.
Next Deadline for Applications
Winter deadline: 5pm, Tuesday 7 February 2023.
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:
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.
All eligible applications go to a panel meeting that will make decisions on who is supported. The panel is made up of representatives of OneRen and local arts professionals. Creative Scotland officers are also involved in the panels to bring a wider overview of developments at a national level.
In advance of the panel meeting, the panel will read and consider your written application as well as viewing the six supporting images. During the panel meeting, the visual and written material is reviewed and discussed against the criteria. The recommendations for awards are based on these discussions. If you are not successful individual feedback will be provided.
Alongside your application, you must complete an Equalities Monitoring Form. This provides Creative Scotland with essential statistical information so that they can understand who receives funding and any gaps. The Equalities Monitoring Form is anonymous and will be processed separately from your application. Data is managed confidentially, has no bearing on your application and is processed in accordance with Data Protection laws and GDPR.
Please make sure you read the guidance notes below before submitting your application.
All applications, forms and evidence should be sent to the arts team
Applicants will be notified within 6 weeks of the deadline on the outcome of their application. You will be contacted if there is any change to this timetable.
We held a VACMA Showcase and Information Session on Thursday 15 October 2022.
View and download a transcript of the Q&A in PDF
Download the Creative Scotland VACMA Guideline PDF
For more info and advice, contact the arts team
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