Creative Dundee

Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards: Dundee

In partnership with Creative Scotland, the Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards: Dundee has been established by Leisure and Culture Dundee to support Dundee-based visual artists and craft practitioners in their creative and professional development.

The awards are intended to encourage artists to live and work in Dundee and to ensure that the arts play a vital and lasting role in the city. There are two strands of funding:

The Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards
This scheme offers grants to individual applicants toward the costs in developing new work. Awards of between £500 and £1500 are available.

Mentoring Scheme
Open to both Visual Artists and Craft Makers, this scheme has been set up to support artists who have established their art practice since graduating, and have built up a professional body of work over at least two years enabling them to make the next step in their career.

Two awards will be made annually. The successful applicants will each be supported by a mentor to develop their creative practice, and receive a bursary award of £1500

Susan Keracher, Curator of Fine & Applied Art at McManus Dundee who administers the scheme on Leisure and Culture Dundee‘s behalf stated: “The Visual Artist and Craft Maker Award: Dundee (VACMA) provides an exciting opportunity for local artists and craft makers to develop and push their practice in new directions. Recent awards have enabled successful applicants to experiment with different media, research and create new work, develop new skills and stage exhibitions.”

Download application forms and guidelines at:

Deadline 5pm Friday 13 January 2017.

For more information contact:

Image: Untitled sketches by Ellis O’Connor who successfully applied for funding in 2015 towards materials whilst on a residency in Iceland.


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