The deadline is approaching for Angus Visual Artists and Craft Makers to apply for the Angus Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards (VACMA Angus), which closes on Tuesday 10th November 2020 at 5pm. Successful applicants will receive £500 or £750 to develop their creative practice.
Established by Creative Scotland, the Visual Artist and Craft Makers Awards (VACMA) are a programme of small grants delivered with a range of local authorities, charitable trusts and art agencies across Scotland to support visual artists and craft makers in their creative and professional development. In Angus, the awards are hosted by ANGUSalive and delivered in partnership with Angus Council and Creative Scotland.
The awards provide a valuable opportunity for practitioners to undertake specific projects, and to develop and advance their creative practice in ways they may not otherwise have been able to do.
This year, in recognition of the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on individual travel and classes, the programme will offer fixed fee bursaries of £500 or £750.
Across Scotland VACMA can be a crucial transition point – for both emerging and established artists and makers. Applications from practitioners based in Angus are invited until 10th November 2020.
Artists and Craft Makers keen to find out more are invited to join a free, online VACMA information session on Tuesday 27 October from 10am to 11am. Hosted by local partner representatives and members of Creative Scotland’s Visual Arts Team, the sessions will include an overview of the scheme, followed by a panel discussion and Q+A. Booking is essential at https://www.creativescotland.com/funding/funding-programmes/funds-delivered-by-partners/visual-arts-and-crafts-awards.
Gill Ross, ANGUSalive’s Visual Arts Lead said ‘If anyone is thinking about applying for VACMA Angus, please do. With the impacts of Covid-19, funding is especially crucial for our creative practitioners across Angus. We’re delighted to be able to support local artists and makers across the county to develop their creative practices by working in partnership with Creative Scotland and Angus Council. We look forward to seeing VACMA Angus proposals and hearing from creative practitioners from all over Angus.”
The VACMA Angus scheme ran for the first time in February 2020 and funded 5 projects. The VACMA Angus recipient artists and makers came from a range of disciplines including Fine Art, Digital Art, Ceramics and Textiles at different stages in their professional practice.
VACMA Angus recipient and Forfar Ceramic Artist, Carol Sinclair said “I am delighted to receive a VACMA award as it will support me to develop technical pattern cutting skills, bringing greater precision to the way I make my work and allowing me to expand the shape, scale and range of materials I use.”
Joanna Craig, a Fine Artist from Monifieth, received funding for a residency, “Using support from the award, my ability to meet challenges in diverse application of my creative skills, heightened and my visual, creative communication capacity stretched. I am very excited and grateful to Creative Scotland, Angus Council and ANGUSalive for supporting this opportunity!”
For more information including application forms and guidelines visit the ANGUSalive website.
For advice, applicants can contact ANGUSalive, at firstname.lastname@example.org
More information about the VACMA Angus Awards can be found at https://www.angusalive.scot/museums-galleries/visual-arts/visual-artist-and-craft-maker-awards-angus/