Perthshire Creates & Culture Perth & Kinross are delighted to be working with Creative Scotland to fund The Visual Artist and Craft Makers Awards (VACMA) in Perth & Kinross for 2019/20, a national funding programme of small grants to support visual artists and craft makers in their creative and professional development.

The scheme is funded by Creative Scotland and Culture Perth & Kinross, and administered by Perthshire Creates and will offer awards from £500 and any amount up to a maximum of £1,500.  This year also sees the introduction of a New Graduate/Emerging Artist Bursary of £500, of which 2 will be available across the 2 deadlines.


Tuesday 8 October 2019 at 5pm – CLOSED

Tuesday 4 February 2020 at 5pm – CLOSED

Additional information including useful videos and the general Creative Scotland VACMA Guidelines can be seen on the Creative Scotland website.

To apply:

– Download & read the updated Guidelines’ document – VACMA Guidance for Applicants 2019/20 PERTH AND KINROSS

– Download, read through & complete application form – VACMA application Form 2019/20 PERTH AND KINROSS

– Download & complete the Equalities’ Monitoring Form* – VACMA Equalities Monitoring Form 2019/20

* All applicants are asked to fill in an Equalities’ Monitoring Form. Creative Scotland, as a National Lottery Distributor and an NDPB of the Scottish government, require this useful statistical information about who they are funding.  Please note it is anonymous and is not part of the application process itself.

Email the completed application form plus other requested information/material to Caron Ironside at Perthshire Creates by the appropriate deadline with the subject heading – VACMA P&K Application.

If you have any queries regarding the scheme, appropriate funding request, how to send your application, images etc, wish to have an informal discussion prior to applying, please be in contact in the first instance by email on

Here’s why a VACMA grant was useful to some artists receiving an award in 2018/19:

Kate McLaughlin, Jeweller: “I used my VACMA grant towards funding a week long residency at Cove Park with the aim of developing a body of new work to submit to industry standard Jewellery events I’d not previously applied to.  With pre-planning and a set brief, I was able to use the time to explore different concepts, trial new forms and work in a different scale.  I was also able to plan the activities beyond the residency to complete the designs and work and consider how I would exhibit the work.  It was also an opportunity to observe my working patterns and to think about how to best use my energy and focus. I hadn’t anticipated this to be such an important part of the residency, it has helped me retune my daily routine when back in my own studio.  The residency and design time has re-energised my creative practice and provided motivation to take on the more challenging parts of my future plans.  Whilst many creatives don’t enjoy writing a funding application, the VACMA application is straightforward enough and the process of answering the questions is time spent considering your practice and helps clarify how you want to develop your work, something we often don’t make time to do.”

Kate McLaughlin development work as part of Cove Park residency


Su Grierson, Visual Artist: “The focus of the VACMA award was to develop work in collaboration with academic and writer Dr Mary Irwin. Working with Mary as a mentor was a new form of collaboration for me which supported an enquiry into the ideas and concepts of the work, took our discussions and thinking to new levels and resulted in a new visual delivery in the form of a Zine.  This project involved learning new software Adobe InDesign, which whilst a challenge, has enabled me to move other projects forward using this technology.  There are many ways to develop your practice and the VACMA grant enabled me to experience the benefits of working with a good mentor and develop my approach to projects going forward.”

Zine cover image from Su Grierson & Dr Mary Irwin