Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards

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Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards (VACMA) 2017/18 - Aberdeen City

Aberdeen City Council is committed to supporting the work of their resident artists and encouraging innovative professional practice in contemporary arts and crafts. In partnership with Creative Scotland, Aberdeen City Council have established two award schemes as a means of assisting individual artists and makers at all stages of their career. The award 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.

The Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards in Aberdeen City welcome applications from Artists working in contemporary visual arts and crafts that are practising in and are residents of Aberdeen City:

  • Visual Artists - practitioners in the fields of drawing, painting, sculpture, print making, photography, animation, film, digital and moving image as well as installation works which including sound, text and/or performance elements.
  • Craft /Makers - practitioners principally concerned with contemporary creative work conceived, designed and made by individual practitioners in ceramics, furniture and wood, glass, jewellery and metalwork and textiles.

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.

Applicants can apply to both schemes, but if successful would only be awarded for one.

There are two schemes/strands of funding:

Visual Artist and Craft Maker (Awards) Aberdeen City

Open to visual artists and craft makers of all stages of career, living and practicing in Aberdeen City. Individual development grants will be awarded towards the costs towards activities that are integral to the practitioner's personal and professional development. Awards of £500 up to £1,500 are available. While applications can be for the full amount of funds requested, this will not automatically be awarded. The Awards Panel may offer an amount other than that requested, dependant on how well the application meets key criteria, value for money and in context of demand for funds from other applicants. A total of £6,000 of funding will be made available through the awards scheme.

Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards (Mentoring Scheme) Aberdeen City

Open to visual artists and craft makers at all stages of career, living and practising in Aberdeen City. Two individual awards of £1,500 will be made in the first round of funding during October 2017. This is to support successful applicants to undertake self-determined artistic and professional development who will be allocated additional support from a dedicated and paid professional mentor working in their relevant field. The mentee will be suitably matched with a trained 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 Art or Craft Maker. A total of £3,000 of funding is available through the mentoring scheme.

How to apply:

Aberdeen City - Visual Artist and Craft Maker (Awards) 2017/18

Aberdeen City - Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards (Mentoring Scheme) 2017/18

Deadlines:

Aberdeen City - Visual Artist and Craft Maker (Awards) 2017/18

There are two rounds of deadlines, application submissions to be received to vacma@aberdeencity.gov.uk no later than:

  • First Round Deadline: 4 October 2017, 5pm
  • Second Round Deadline: 7 February 2018, 5pm

Please indicate on your application which round you are applying for. The Awards Panel will meet during the months of October 2017 and February 2018. Successful and non-successful applicants will receive notification of the panel's decision within 4 weeks of deadline date.

Aberdeen City - Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards (Mentoring Scheme) 2017/18

There is only one deadline, application submissions to be received to vacma@aberdeencity.gov.uk no later than 4 October 2017, 5pm.

The Awards Panel will meet during the month of October 2017. Successful and non-successful applicants will receive notification of the panel's decision within 4 weeks of deadline date.

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Further Information:

For an informal discussion about the application procedure prior to making a submission, or to book a face to face advice session please contact:

  • Mandy Clarke, Creative Project Coordinator, Creative Learning at Aberdeen City, mclarke@aberdeencity.gov.uk 01224 611161

Bookable face to face advice session will be available at Rosemount Community Centre (10am to 4pm) on the following days:


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