Apply 2020/2021

Highlands & Western Isles #VACMAScotland

The Visual Arts and Craft Makers Awards (VACMA) is a programme of small grants schemes delivered by a range of local partners across Scotland in partnership with Creative Scotland. High Life Highland in partnership with Creative Scotland and Highlands and Islands Enterprise is delivering the scheme in the Highlands and Western Isles.

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.


Funds Available 

Bursaries of £750 and £500 are available.

Deadlines for Applications

10th November 2020, 5pm

2nd February 2021, 5pm

Who Can Apply?

The scheme is open to Highland 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

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Please read the guidelines before submitting an application. All applications should be submitted using the form above 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]