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Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards – Fife

Fife Council and Creative Scotland have agreed to continue funding VACMA in Fife for this coming year, and we have an imminent deadline coming up of Wednesday 7 February 2018 at 5pm.

As before, the scheme is funded by Creative Scotland and Fife Council, and administered by Fife Contemporary and Fife Cultural Trust.

This year, as well as the application form to complete, applicants are also asked to fill in an Equalities’ Monitoring Form. Creative Scotland, as a National Lottery Distributor and an NDPB of the Scottish government, require this useful statistical information about who they are funding.  Please note it is anonymous and is not part of the application process itself.

Artists can only apply for a Project Grant within this round – no applications for the Development Programme can be accepted.

To apply:

1    Download & read the Guidelines’ document – VACMA-Fife Guidelines 17-18

2    Download & read the application form – VACMA Fife application form 2017-18.

3    Contact Fife Contemporary to check that your proposed project fits the scheme guidelines ( / / 01334 474610)        & to have any queries you may have answered

4   Complete the application form

5    Download & complete the Equalities’ Monitoring Form – VACMA Equalities-Monitoring-Form-Indiv

6    Email the completed application form plus other requested information/material to Susan Davis at Fife Contemporary by the deadline above.
You may also use Dropbox or WeTransfer.

If you have not already done so, you may well find it useful to sign up to our Artists’ mailing list to receive an opportunities & news Newsflash every 2 weeks.

Here’s why some recent recipients of a VACMA grant found it useful:

Carolyn Scott, photographer & filmmaker: “Applying for a #VACMAScotland grant is straightforward and not onerous. Staff at Fife Contemporary are available, encouraging and very happy to guide and advise. Applying for a grant helps the artist to focus, question and justify the project in mind. Receiving a grant is reassuring, gives confidence and relieves some of the financial pressure. Accounting for the grant is straightforward and not challenging. From a personal point of view: ‘The Centre; Glenrothes’ – The #VACMAScotland grant paid for the printing. ‘East West Hame’s Best’ (installation); Cupar Arts festival 2016 – the #VACMAScotland grant allowed me to hire equipment and help to install.”

Grace Girvan, jeweller: “I was really pleased to receive a #VACMAScotland grant earlier this year.  Before I filled out the application, I contacted Fife Contemporary to discuss the initial ideas for my project, this really helped me to clarify my proposal. The application process was straightforward and uncomplicated.  My grant enabled me to work with a Fife based photographer (Rachel Rose Photography) and make-up artist to produce a collection of images of my jewellery on a model.  I will use these images on my website shop, on social media and for display at fairs.  Without the grant, I would not have the high quality, professional images I have now.”

Marion Smith, sculptor:

Ceramicist Camilla Garrett-Jones of Culross Pottery : “I am going to Japan as part of a Scottish Potters Association trip to visit various pottery areas and museums in the country.  I have been awarded a VACMA grant towards my trip in October as I will be staying on to visit and work with a renowned potter and national treasure.  This would not have been possible without the funding. The planning for this trip has taken a year to happen, therefore there has been much to organise, including the grant which was applied for last Spring.  There is a multitude of ways to use VACMA’s funding, though it’s important to leave plenty of time to apply if you are keen to be considered. ”

Textile artist, Claire Heminsley gave us 3 short sound clips about why she found a VACMA grant useful:

Photographer Scott Hunter: “Having reached a crossover point in my work, I was keen to explore new printing techniques to help refine my practice.  Applying for a VACMA project grant provided me with a clearer focus and helped to streamline my proposal and look at my work more objectively. Being successful gave me confidence and really kickstarted the project which has culminated in a 6 month travelling solo show and an opportunity to exhibit in Japan. The grant helped cushion the cost of materials and enabled me to explore alternative processes such as the Cyanotype prints that were included in the recent shows in Fife.”

Textile artist Claire Christie:

Visual artist Caroline McGonigal: “My experience with the VACMA grant application has been an extremely positive one. Most artists I know dislike writing about their practice and completing forms, however most artists I know, myself included, benefit greatly from receiving funding. My advice is not to be put off by funding applications! They are only daunting initially and I personally found it helpful to have to summarise my thoughts and intentions concisely and the Fife Contemporary team are always on hand if you need advice. The grant I received helped me to experiment and develop techniques such as printmaking and video and this allowed me to move my work forward in a new direction. Receiving the funding gave me the impetus I needed to work towards a solo exhibition and I am now looking forward to an exhibition in Kyoto, Japan this October.  Please don’t deliberate, just apply and good luck!”

To view a series of short films about other past recipients of the Fife artists’ grants, please go to our YouTube channel, or click on the links below:

Jeanette Sendler –
Lindsay Brown –
Lorraine Smith –
Sheena Watson –
Steve Ratomski –

Further Opportunities

  • Arts Foundation

    The Arts Foundation gives financial assistance to talented, emerging artists at a time in their careers when they have shown commitment to, and reached some professional standing in, their artform. Potential recipients have to be nominated in the first instance.

  • Fenton Arts Trust

    The Trust is an arts charity, which focuses its efforts specifically on the support of artists at the beginning of their careers. Each year there are twenty five to thirty beneficiaries.

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