Shetland Arts, in partnership with Creative Scotland and Shetland Islands Council, invite applications from artists and makers for bursaries of £500 or £750 towards their creative and professional development.

The Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards (VACMA) are a programme of small grant schemes, supported and administered by a range of local authorities and art agencies across Scotland to support visual artists and craft makers.

This year there's a new funding strand targeted specifically at Emerging Artists / Recent Graduates.

Whether your medium is paint, clay, ink, metal, textiles, film, glass or something else entirely, and whatever stage in your career you’re at, if you think we can help you advance your creative and professional skills we’d like to hear from you.

Application forms and guidance for applicants are available in the downloads section below.

For more information, guidance and advice visit the Creative Scotland website.

The next funding application deadline is 5pm, Tuesday 2 February 2021.

Make sure you include an Artist CV with your application and ensure that the six images attached with your application show your work at it’s best. We are interested in what inspires you. This fund can allow you to take risks; an opportunity to explore and create that is financially supported. This, in turn, could help develop you as an artist and the work you create. (Kathryn Spence, Shetland Arts)

Applications are assessed by a panel comprising a Creative Scotland representative, Shetland Arts managers and local freelance artists.

Contact Shetland Arts with any queries - / 01595 743 843

Why Apply for VACMA?

Previous work from recipients of the Visual Art and Craft Awards (click on image for name of artist/maker).

Gail Harvey

Gail Harvey Paintings

Andrew Morrison

Andrew Morrison Prints

Joyce Wark

Joyce Wark Paintings

Jono Sandilands

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