Creative Scotland’s reports Understanding Diversity in the Arts and Equality Matters highlighted numerous and complex barriers to access, progression and representation in the arts, screen and creative industries.
These reports indicated that career progression is far from a level playing field. Challenges are more acutely felt by women, people with parental responsibilities, disabled people and those from black and minority ethnic backgrounds. Lack of connections, social structures and networks also featured highly as a barrier, with many mentioning the importance of informal networks in securing work or getting noticed.
Equality is about removing barriers, and diversity is about supporting and reflecting different cultures in Scotland, enabling all artistic and creative voices to be heard. Inclusion is about creating opportunities for people to work in, engage with, participate in, and experience arts and creativity throughout the country.
The VACMA programme is designed to create opportunities that will help people to progress their practice despite the barriers they may face. We want to know how the principles of equalities, diversity and inclusion have impacted on you directly and/or how you intend to support these principles through your work. For example, if you are unable to travel or participate in certain activities due to a health condition, disability, caring responsibilities and/ or geography a bursary can support you to undertake research and access courses/support at a distance through online or other means. We will also consider equipment purchases where the equipment is not readily available or accessible.
Where applications are equally weighted, the Panel’s decision will take account of the impact of funding in the context of these EDI principles and support will be prioritised to applications accordingly.
For further information, please see Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion | Creative Scotland