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Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards Scheme

Visual Artist & Craft Maker Awards 

Renfrewshire Leisure in partnership with Creative Scotland are pleased to announce that the third and final round of the 2019-2020 Visual Arts & Craft Maker Awards Scheme is now open for applications. The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Tuesday 4th February.

The awards are for individual artists and craft makers living and/or working in Renfrewshire.

Artists and makers can apply for support towards direct costs involved in the research, development and creation of new work and practices. Awards of up to £1,500 are available.


If you are considering applying to the scheme, it is highly recommended that you contact Kate Drummond: to arrange a meeting or phone call to discuss the ideas behind your application and how the award will help to develop your practice at this time. 

The scheme offers two routes to apply for an award via the standard application form. 

  1. Standard VACMA grants of between £500 and £1,500
  2. £500 bursaries available to New Graduates/Emerging Artists. Applicants must have less than 3 years’ track record outside of education or training or graduated since 2016. These bursaries have been set up to support those in the early stages of their career who show promise but have a limited track record.





Renfrewshire Leisure will be hosting a FREE advice session, with an advisor from Creative Scotland. At this session we will be going through the VACMA application form question by question – giving specific guided advice on how best to answer each part of the form.

This event will be held in POP! Unit 34 – 36 Piazza Shopping Centre, Paisley PA1 1EL

Please book a FREE place at this session in advance:


Round 3 Deadline: 5.00pm, Tuesday 4 February 2020


Download the Renfrewshire VACMA Guidelines

Download the Renfrewshire VACMA Application Form

Download the Equalities Monitoring Form


Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application no later than 6 weeks after the published deadline.

Get In Touch

Renfrewshire Leisure
11 Christie Street

Tel: 0300 300 0250