Apply 2021/2022

Highlands, Moray & Western Isles #VACMAScotland



Visual Artist and Craft Makers Awards

Highlands, Moray and Western Isles 

The Visual Artist and Craft Makers Awards (VACMA) scheme 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 High Life Highland.

This year we will continue to offer fixed bursaries in recognition of the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on individual artists and makers. The VACMA scheme offers two levels of bursaries:

  • Bursaries of £750
  • Early-career bursaries of £500 (For applicants that have less than 5 years’ experience outside of education/training, graduated in 2016 or later, or that have not studied art formally but have been practising as an artist for up to 5 years).

The fund is open to visual artists and craft makers who can demonstrate a commitment to developing their creative practice and who are living or working or maintaining a studio space within the Local Authority area to which they are applying.

The next deadline will be Wednesday 2nd February 2022. 

The Purpose of the Scheme

The purpose of VACMA is to support Scotland-based artists and craft makers in their creative development. This year, in recognition of the ongoing impacts of COVID – 19 on individual travel and classes, the programme will offer fixed fee bursaries for the development of creative practice.

The scheme is aimed at visual arts practitioners working in the fields of drawing, painting, sculpture, print-making, photography, moving image/filmmaking and craft makers creating contemporary work conceived, designed and made as individual practitioners in ceramics, jewellery and metalwork, furniture and wood, glass, textiles and basket-making, etc.

Who Can Apply?

The scheme is open to Highland, Moray or Western Isles based visual artists/craft makers living, working or maintaining a studio space within the Councils’ regional boundaries. Applicants may be of any age and at any stage of their career, but must be outwith full time education.


The quality of applicant’s work is key. Successful applicants will have demonstrated a level of commitment to their practice, having developed their skills and ideas in achieving a body of work outwith formal education.

How to Apply

Forms and guidelines can be downloaded here .

Please read the guidelines before submitting an application. All applications should be submitted using the application form  and must be sent via email only. For any queries regarding the Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards scheme please contact Cathy Shankland [email protected]