Service Update – Coronavirus

Renfrewshire Leisure in partnership with Creative Scotland are pleased to announce that our Visual Arts & Craft Maker Awards (VACMA) Bursary Scheme is now open for applications.


The VACMA bursary awards are for individual visual artists and craft makers living and/or working in Renfrewshire. Artists and makers can apply for support towards costs involved in the research, development and creation of new work and practices.

 The purpose of the bursary scheme is to encourage innovative professional practice through research and professional development activity.                                                                

In place of usual VACMA awards, this year fixed bursaries are available in recognition of the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on individual artists and makers. The scheme acknowledges the limitations placed on individual practices and the opportunities that are currently available. The VACMA scheme offers two levels of bursaries and you should apply for the one that best suits your situation.                                       

  • Bursaries of £750
  • Bursaries of £500 for New Graduates / Emerging Artists. Applicants with less than 5 years’ experience outside of education or training or who have graduated in 2015 or later.


Transcripts of the Creative Scotland online advice sessions for potential applicants, and the presentation given at these online events, can be shared – please email to receive these.

We highly recommend that you try to attend the Arts Team’s POP ALONG! Visual Arts & Craft Makers Meet-up on Thurs 29 Oct at 4pm (hosted on Teams). All the information about this event can be found in the right hand column of this page. Please email to register for the meet-up event.

Please also contact to discuss the ideas behind your application and how the award will help to develop your practice at this time before making an application to the Renfrewshire scheme.


The Application Process

All applications go to a panel meeting that will make decisions on who is supported. The panel made up of representatives of the local authority and local arts professionals. Creative Scotland officers are also involved in the panels to bring a wider overview of developments at a national level.

In advance of the panel meeting, the panel will read and consider your written application. During the meeting, the visual and written material is reviewed and discussed against the criteria. The recommendations for awards are based on these discussions.

Alongside your application, you must complete an Equalities Monitoring Form. This provides us with essential statistical information so that we can understand who receives funding and any gaps. The Equalities Monitoring Form is anonymous and will be processed separately from your application. Data is managed confidentially, has no bearing on your application and is processed in accordance with Data Protection laws and GDPR.

Applicants will be notified within 8 weeks of the deadline on the outcome of their application. You will be contacted if there is any change to this timetable.


Round 4 Deadline: 5.00pm, Tuesday 10 November 2020

Download the Creative Scotland VACMA Guideline PDF 

Download the Renfrewshire VACMA Application Form PDF

Download the Renfrewshire VACMA Application Form Word Document

Download the Equalities Monitoring Form Word Document 


Download the application form as a PDF by clicking the image above – or click here if you would prefer to download a Word document.


 Please make sure that you read the guidance notes before starting to write your application. We also recommend that you get in touch with to chat about your application before sending it in.

Please also download and complete the Equalities Monitoring Form



pop meet up

POP ALONG! Visual Artists & Craft Makers Meet Up

Thurs 29 Oct | 4pm (TEAMS)

With the current round of Visual Artists & Craft Makers Awards (VACMA) open for applications - we thought it would be useful to base this first online meet-up for Renfrewshire-based Visual Artists & Craft Makers around this. 

We’ll be joined by four previous awardees who will chat briefly about their VACMA applications and give an insight into what they used their awards for and how their VACMA grant benefitted their practice. We’re also really pleased to have an advisor from Creative Scotland popping along too! They will be able to answer specific questions from anyone thinking of applying to this round of the VACMA fund.

The POP Along! meet-up is open to all practising artists and crafts makers based in Renfrewshire - and you are welcome to join the meeting even if you are not thinking of applying to the VACMA fund. 

To sign up to the online Teams meet-up, please email


Please click on the images below to read more about the artists who will be speaking at the online event.

gillian steel

Gillian Steele 

Awarded funding in Round 3 of the 2019/20 scheme towards the development of a new artists film and training in sound production skills.


jess ramm

Jess Ramm 

Awarded funding in Round 1 of the 2019/20 scheme towards the development of an experimental installation and to instigate new collaborations.


kevin cameron

Kevin Cameron 

Awarded funding in Round 2 of the 2019/20 scheme for R&D towards the development of a new artists film.


thomas carden

Thomas Carden 

Awarded funding in Round 3 of the 2019/20 scheme towards research and development of new works for exhibition and an artist publication.

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