Creative Dundee

Visual Arts and Craft Maker Awards

Two porcelain pots decorated with monochromatic grids, the left one is smaller and contains a plant
Steph Liddle Ceramics

Artists! Crafters! Makers! Applications for the Visual Arts & Craft Maker Awards are open!


The Autumn deadline for the Visual Arts and Craft Maker Awards is here! These bursaries are designed to support and encourage creatives to live and work in Dundee! Ensuring that the arts play a vital and lasting role in the city and that creative practices can thrive!

The scheme acknowledges the limitations placed on individual practices by the pandemic and addresses the lack of opportunities that are currently available.

Bursaries will replace the regular awards this year, to recognise the of the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on individual artists and makers. Fixed Bursaries of £500 and £750 are available to apply for.

Previously supported projects include but are not limited to;

  • Development of skills
  • Professional development courses
  • Creative mentoring
  • Researching a new body of work
  • Experimenting with new materials.

This funding comes from National Lottery through Creative Scotland and is allocated across 25 council authority areas, this localised method ensures funding is fairly and equally distributed to creative people across Scotland.

VACMA has provided the following checklist so that you may make sure your application is strong and achievable.

  • UPDATE YOUR CV ensure it is a professional artist/maker CV and take out anything that isn’t relevant
  • HAVE GOOD PHOTOGRAPHS of your work – particularly recent work – and carefully select images to back up your application
  • LABEL YOUR SUPPORTING MATERIAL and include an image list with dates, the medium and dimensions
  • CHECK THAT YOU ARE ACCURATE make sure that your proposal is achievable within the level of bursary that you are applying for
  • ASK A FRIEND to check your application – is it easy to understand what you do and is it clear what support you’re looking for? Ask someone who doesn’t know your practice to check over what you’ve written

VACMA Dundee is hosted by Leisure & Culture Dundee.

Make sure to read the full guidelines!

The deadline for applications is 5 pm, 1 February 2022.

#VACMAdundee #VACMAscotland


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