Creative Dundee

Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards 23/24

Artists, crafters, makers! Applications for the next round of Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards are now open.


The next deadline for the Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards is here! These bursaries are designed to support and encourage creatives to live and work in Dundee, ensuring that creativity plays a vital and lasting role in the city and that creative practices thrive.

Two levels of fixed bursaries are available and creative practitioners are encouraged to apply for the level which best suits their circumstances:

  • Bursaries of £750: For applicants that have been practicing for over 5 years, regardless of formal education.
  • Early-career bursaries of £500: For applicants that have less than 5 years’ experience outside of education/training, graduated in 2018 or later, or that have not studied art formally but have been practising as an artist for up to 5 years.

Previously supported projects include but are not limited to; development of skills and professional development courses; creative mentoring and residencies; researching a new body of work; experimenting with new materials.

These awards are supported by Creative Scotland through funding from the
National Lottery in partnership with a range of local partners. The bursaries are managed locally by these partners, and this localised method ensures funding is fairly and equally distributed to creative people across Scotland.

VACMA Dundee is hosted by Leisure & Culture Dundee.


How to apply:

VACMA want to hear about your work, ideas and experience. They will give priority to applications which clearly show:

  • Commitment to practice – your application material demonstrates an ongoing commitment to the development of your visual arts or craft practice.
  • Creative Development – your application clearly describes the opportunity
    for development and how the bursary will specifically enable you to
    experiment and develop the critical and technical aspects of your work.
  • Clear project plan – your application material shows that there are clear
    and appropriate plans in place to deliver the activity proposed.

Ensure you carefully read the Guidance for Applicants and Artist Checklist before applying. The deadlines for applications are:

  • Winter Deadline: 5pm, Tue 6 February 2024

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