Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards: Aberdeen City

In partnership with Creative Scotland

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We are committed to supporting the work of our resident artists and encouraging innovative professional practice in contemporary arts and crafts. In partnership with Creative Scotland, we have established VACMA schemes to assist individual artists and makers at all stages of their career. Both schemes are intended to support practitioners who can demonstrate significant progression and artistic development of their practice and an ongoing commitment to their work through the creation of new work, new skills and/or new opportunities.

Visual Artists and Craft Makers living and practicing in Aberdeen are invited to apply for a new round of grants of between £500 and £1,500 for the development of their practice. Awards can cover costs associated with developing practice including researching, creating and presenting new work or advancing skills, technical ability and ideas. This year we have introduced a £500 bursary for recent graduates/emerging artists. We also offer a specific mentoring bursary of £1,500 to help artists and makers with support to reflect on and develop their practice.

The awards are allocated for individuals to undertake self-determined artistic and professional development. The aim is to support artistic experimentation and creation of new work that adds to the growing reputation of Aberdeen's artistic community and helps individuals to develop their skills and talent. Both schemes aim to help towards activities that are integral to the practitioner's personal and professional development, such as the immediate costs of researching, creating and presenting new work or advancing skills, technical ability and ideas.

Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards

Open to visual artists and craft makers of all stages of their career, living and practicing in Aberdeen City. Individual development grants will be awarded towards the costs of activities that are integral to the practitioner's personal and professional development. Awards of £500 up to £1,500 are available. This year we have introduced a £500 bursary for recent graduates/emerging artists.

Visual Artist and Craft Maker Mentoring Scheme

Open to visual artists and craft makers at all stages of their career, living and practicing in Aberdeen City. Two individual mentoring bursaries of £1,500 are available to support successful applicants to undertake self-determined artistic and professional development. The mentee will be suitably matched with a professional mentor. Together you will devise a structured but flexible scheme over a 6-12 month period as determined by the needs of the awarded visual artist or craft maker.

How to apply

Please download and complete the relevant application form and the equalities monitoring form.  

The deadline for applying for the VACMA scheme (including mentoring) is 5pm on Tuesday 4 February 2020.

Please send your completed application and supporting information to VACMA@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Aberdeen City - Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards 2019/20

Aberdeen City - Visual Artist and Craft Maker Mentoring Scheme 2019/20

Supporting documents 

Find out more

Book a place to attend the VACMA information event on Thursday 9 January 12-2pm.

This event is an informal information session designed for visual artists and craft practitioners interested to find out more about the Visual Artist and Craft Makers Awards. Stephen Palmer, Visual Arts Officer from Creative Scotland will give a presentation on the VACMA scheme followed by an informal discussion and networking opportunity with Creative Learning and previous VACMA recipients.

For an informal discussion about the process before you submit your application, please email Mandy Clarke, Creative Project Coordinator, Aberdeen City Council on mclarke@aberdeencity.gov.uk or phone 01224 611161.

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