Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards 2018-19
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, in partnership with Creative Scotland
The Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards (#VACMAScotland) are a programme of small grants schemes with a range of local authorities and art agencies across Scotland to support visual artists and craft makers in their creative and professional development.
In 2018, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will continue to work in partnership with Creative Scotland to support individual artists and makers who live and work in the Outer Hebrides.
Awards of between £500 and £1,500 are available.
THERE IS ONE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:
TUESDAY 2nd OCTOBER 2018
To apply please download the following:
Details of awards made at previous funding rounds are available here:
Drop-in advice sessions with presentations by Creative Scotland and local artists/makers will be held at An Lanntair and Taigh Chearsabhagh on 21st August 2018. For further information, to check eligibility and for advice on completing your VACMA application, please contact:
Elsie Mitchell: Arts Development Officer: Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
firstname.lastname@example.org T: 07949 412 307
#VACMA Local Advice Sessions
Stephen Palmer, Visual Arts Officer, Creative Scotland, will introduce the Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards scheme and will also speak about Creative Scotland and its funding more generally. At An Lanntair, Jordane Symington: Islewear (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) will give a talk about the benefits of her 2017 VACMA grant to her jewellery practice. At Taigh Chearsabhagh, Louise Cook: Shoreline Stoneware (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) will speak about the impact of her VACMA grants in 2011 and 2015 on her creative development as a ceramicist. Each of the presentations will be followed by a series of 1-2-1 10min pre-booked advice sessions with Stephen Palmer, targeted particularly at individuals considering applying for funding to #VACMA but also covering other Creative Scotland funding for Visual Artists/Craft Makers. The local advice sessions are free but prior booking is essential.
Tuesday 21st August 2018: An Lanntair
11.30 – 12.00: Presentation
12.00 – 1.30: pre-booked 1-2-1s
Tuesday 21st August 2018: Taigh Chearsabhagh
6.30pm - 7pm: Presentation
7pm – 8.30pm: pre-booked 1-2-1s
Comhairle Supported Arts Organisations
The Comhairle currently support 5 key Arts organisations via Annual Funding Agreements
An Lanntair (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
a contemporary arts centre in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis.
Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts Centre (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
a contemporary arts and heritage venue in Lochmaddy, North Uist.
Hebridean Celtic Festival (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
an international Celtic Music Festival which takes place in Stornoway (and at a number of rural venues) over 4 days in July.
Ceolas Uibhist (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
a Gaidhlig cultural, traditional music and dance Summer School/ Events programme held in South Uist in July.
Feisean nan Gaidheal (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
the umbrella body for the Feis movement receive CnES funding to support seven local Feisean in the Outer Hebrides to hold week-long Gaelic music, drama and cultural tuition festivals for children and young people.
Sgioba na Gaidhlig
Sgioba na Gaidhlig offer Financial Support for Small Gaelic Projects. Applicants must be properly constituted community groups. Projects must meet one or more of the three Strategic Objectives of the Gaelic Language Plan for the Western Isles 2007-2012:
- To strengthen Gaelic as a language in the family in the Western Isles
- To strengthen Gaelic as a community language in the Western Isles
- To increase the number of Gaelic speakers in the Western Isles
For guidelines and application forms please refer to Financial Support for Small Gaelic Projects.
The Ross and Cromarty Educational Trust Scheme 1961
This scheme awards small grants and bursaries to individuals and community groups based in Lewis. Applications can be made for Arts and Cultural projects. For further details please download the Ross and Cromarty Educational Trust Guidelines (32.3kB) and Application Form (45.0kB) or contact:
Department for Education
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
Tel: 01851 709 546
Grants To Voluntary Organisations
The Social and Community Services Department operate grant schemes which can support cultural activity. Please refer to Grants To Voluntary Organisations for full details.
Business Gateway can offer support to arts and cultural businesses based in the Outer Hebrides via a range of schemes including:
Outer Hebrides Youth Entrepreneurship Fund Scheme a new grant scheme expected to run until March 2019. It is open to all young entrepreneurs aged 18 to 40 wishing to set up a new business venture based in the Outer Hebrides. The following funding streams are available:
- Funding to allow Youth Entrepreneurs to test out a new business idea to establish whether it will work before taking the next step to start the business – up to £500 and up to 100% of eligible costs.
- Funding to allow young entrepreneurs to set up a new business venture. The funding can be used towards capital, marketing, e-commerce enablement and revenue costs – up to £3000 and up to 75% of eligible costs (up to a maximum of 25% of revenue costs).