The Visual Artist and Craft Maker Award (VACMA) offers small grants to visual artists and craft makers for their creative development at all stages of their career. The awards are supported by Creative Scotland through funding from the National Lottery.
In place of the usual VACMA awards, this year fixed bursaries are available in recognition of the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on individual artists and makers.
The VACMA scheme 2020-21 offers two levels of bursaries:
The fund is open to Visual Artists or Craft Makers who can demonstrate a commitment to developing their creative practice and are living, working or maintaining a studio space in Aberdeenshire.
The deadline to apply was 5pm, Tuesday 2nd February.
VACMA is now closed to applications for 2020-21.
For any enquiries about the scheme in Aberdeenshire, please email:
The scheme is now closed for 2020-21 but the most recent guidance and forms are here for reference.
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.
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.