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VACMA Scotland

Scotland’s national scheme of grants for artists has just been launched across the country.

Visual artists and craft makers are invited to apply for a new round of awards of between £500 and £1,500 for the development of their practice.

Developed by Creative Scotland in collaboration with Local Authority partners over several years, the Visual Artist and Craft Makers Awards (VACMA) programme has extended this year to include 25 local authority areas including Angus, Argyll & Bute, North Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire.

Amanda Catto, Head of Visual Arts at Creative Scotland said: “VACMA provides vital, local support to artists and makers at all stages in their career, including those who are recent graduates or who have an emerging practice. 

“We are delighted that we have so many partners working with us to deliver the programme which generates such important, long-lasting benefits to the creative people working in their area.”

The awards are made possible with support from the National Lottery through Creative Scotland and through the resources of the Local Authority partners. 

Awards can cover costs associated with developing practice including researching, creating and presenting new work or advancing skills, technical ability and ideas. 

The scheme is administered locally by partners across the following 25 local authority areas: Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Ayrshire (North, South and East), City of Edinburgh, Dundee, East Lothian, Fife, Forth Valley & West Lothian, Glasgow, Highlands and Moray, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, South of Scotland (Borders and Dumfries & Galloway) and Shetland Islands. “

Fife-based artists should go to Fife Contemporary’s website where they will find the latest guidelines and application documents. There is also a series of short films from past successful recipients of a grant which describe why a VACMA award can be so useful. This year, for the first time, a New Graduate / Emerging Artist Bursary of £500 is also being offered and Fife aims to award 2 of these over the year.

Deadlines are Tuesday 8 Oct 2019 & Tuesday 4 Feb 2020, both at 5pm

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