Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards (VACMA)

Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards (VACMA)

Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards (VACMA)

Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards (VACMA)

Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards (VACMA)
Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards (VACMA)

Visual Arts And Craft Makers Awards

The Visual Artist and Craft Makers Awards (VACMA) scheme offers small grants to visual artists and craft makers for their creative development at all stages of their career. These awards are supported by Creative Scotland through funding from the National Lottery in partnership with Live Life Aberdeenshire.  

This year we will continue to offer fixed bursaries in recognition of the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on individual artists and makers. The VACMA scheme 2021-2022 offers two levels of bursaries:  

· Bursaries of £750

· Early-career bursaries of £500 (For applicants that have less than 5 years’ experience outside of education/training, graduated in 2016 or later, or that have not studied art formally but have been practising as an artist for up to 5 years).    

The fund is open to visual artists and craft makers who can demonstrate a commitment to developing their creative practice and who are living within the Local Authority area to which they are applying.

The next deadline for Aberdeenshire-based visual artists and craft makers will be Tuesday 1st February 2022. The guidelines and application form will be available shortly – please check this page for updates.


For further information and guidance please visit the Creative Scotland VACMA page.

Creative Scotland held two Information Sessions in October 2020, hosted by local partner representatives and members of Creative Scotland’s Visual Arts Team. A recording of the session is available to listen back to.

Check List

Make sure you update your CV

Ensure it is a professional artist / maker CV and take out anything that isn’t relevant.

Have Good Photographs

Particularly of recent work. Carefully select images of your work to back up your application.

Label your Supporting Material

Include an image list with the dates and sizes.

Check that you are accurate

Does your budget request match what you’ve described in the application?

Ask a friend

Get a friend to check your application. Is it easy to understand what you do and it is clear what support you’re looking for? Ask someone who doesn’t know your practice to check over what you’ve written.


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