Apply 2020/2021

Highlands & Moray #VACMAScotland

In order to advance the Highland Culture Strategic Board’s cultural strategy ‘Highland Culture: take part, take pride’ High Life Highland in partnership with Creative Scotland and Highlands & Islands Enterprise have established a scheme of funding that addresses current gaps in resources available to individual artists/makers.

Purpose of Scheme

The Visual Artist & Craft Maker Awards scheme offer grants to Highland or Moray based artists/craft makers towards the costs of developing new work. The purpose of the scheme is to encourage innovative professional practice – through research and professional development activity.

This 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 creative work conceived, designed and made by individual practitioners in ceramics, jewellery and metalwork, furniture and wood, glass, textiles and basket-making.

Funds Available 

Grants up to a maximum of £1500 are available. Artists/craft makers are encouraged to request a sum appropriate to their project and not expect to receive the maximum grant available.

There will be two Emergent Bursaries of £500 awarded to recent graduates (up to 2 years out of art college).

Deadlines for Applications

Tuesday 6 October 2020, 5pm

Tuesday 2 February 2021, 5pm

Who Can Apply?

The scheme is open to Highland or Moray 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, achieving a body of work outwith formal education.

How to Apply

Download this year’s application form, guidelines and equalities form here:

VACMA Application Form Highland/Moray

VACMA Guidelines Highland/Moray

VACMA Equalities Monitoring Form

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 on 01349 781735