Visual Art & Craft Awards

During 2013, we amalgamated our two funding schemes for visual and craft artists. The Working Up Craft Maker Award scheme and the Visual Artist Awards no longer exist and in 2014-2015 we ran a newly merged scheme, called Visual Art and Craft Awards. The new Awards scheme is very similar to the previous two schemes, and was open to visual or craft artists based in Shetland at any stage of their creative career one year after graduating.

There is a formal application process for the Visual Art and Craft Award scheme. The emphasis is on projects and work that will further a practitioner’s creative, professional and economic development.

The deadlines for 2016-17 applications to the Visual Art and Craft Award scheme are 31 October 2016 & 28 February 2017.

If you’d like an informal chat about the Awards and eligibility you can phone 01595 743843 or email

The scheme is funded through Creative Scotland, Economic Development (Shetland Islands Council) and Shetland Arts. Since 2007, Shetland Arts’ Craft and Visual Artist Award schemes have awarded over £100,000 to Shetland artists and makers.

This funding scheme in Shetland is part of a national Creative Scotland award scheme. For more information about this scheme please click here