Shetland Arts, in partnership with Creative Scotland and Shetland Islands Council, invite applications from artists and makers for funding of up to £1500 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.

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. Note that these are provided for reference only and may be updated for the next round of funding.

The next round of funding application deadlines are:

5pm, Tuesday 4 February 2020

Shetland Arts have a panel made up of a Creative Scotland representative, Shetland Arts staff and freelance artists.

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 artistic output you create.

(Kathryn Spence, Shetland Arts)

Please submit applications to

Contact Creative Project Manager Kathryn Spence if you have any queries - / 01595 743 843

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

Gail Harvey

Gail Harvey Paintings

Jono Sandilands

The Art of Ping Pong - Jono Sandilands

Andrew Morrison

Andrew Morrison Prints

Joyce Wark

Joyce Wark Paintings

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