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Visual Artist and Craft Maker Award


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.

These awards are supported by Creative Scotland through funding from the National Lottery in partnership with Live Borders, Dumfries & Galloway Council, DG Unlimited and Upland.

The fund is open to Visual Artists/ Craft Makers who can demonstrate a commitment to developing their creative practice and who are living, working or maintaining a studio space within the Local Authority area to which they are applying.

The next round is open now:

Bursaries of £500 and £750 available
Deadlines: Tuesday 6 February 2024 (5pm)

The scheme is for individual artists and makers living and working in the Scottish Borders or Dumfries and Galloway. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a commitment to their work– whether they are at an early or established stage of their practice- and to advancing their skills and ideas.

At Live Borders Arts and Creativity, we offer guidance to applicants to ensure that they write a strong proposal that is in alignment with the criteria of the fund, get in touch with us today to find out how we can assist you. Applicants from Dumfries and Galloway are encouraged to contact Upland for support with their applications.

The VACMA archive is available to view on the CABN website here.

Applicants from both the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway must submit their
applications to Live Borders Arts & Creativity: