Service Update – Coronavirus

Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards: Renfrewshire run in partnership with Creative Scotland is now OPEN for applications.

Deadline: Tues 2 Feb – 5pm

The VACMA bursary awards are for individual visual artists and craft makers living and/or working in Renfrewshire. The purpose of the VACMA scheme is to support and encourage innovative creative practice through professional development activities. 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 or Re-Emerging Artists. (Applicants with less than 5 years’ experience outside of education or training or who have graduated in 2015 or later.)


Before submitting an application, please contact Kate Drummond, Visual Arts Producer on 07483 360714 or - to discuss the ideas behind your application and how the award will help to develop your practice at this time.

For a broader overview of the scheme, as well as answers to some specific questions - you can also view or download a recording and transcript of the two online VACMA Information Sessions hosted by members of Creative Scotland’s Visual Arts Team in October 2020.

View and download the presentation deck in PDF format 

View and download a transcript of the Q&A in PDF format 


Image credits (from top): Laura Proven, Caroline Watson, Thomas Carden, Ewan Sinclair, Charlene Leske and Sharron McGrady

The Application Process

All eligible applications go to a panel meeting that will make decisions on who is supported. The panel is made up of representatives of Renfrewshire Leisure 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 as well as viewing the six supporting images. During the panel meeting, the visual and written material is reviewed and discussed against the criteria. The recommendations for awards are based on these discussions. If you are not successful individual feedback will be provided.

Alongside your application, you must complete an Equalities Monitoring Form. This provides Creative Scotland with essential statistical information so that they 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 6 weeks of the deadline on the outcome of their application. You will be contacted if there is any change to this timetable.


Round 5 Deadline: 5.00pm, Tuesday 2 February 2021

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

vacma checklist




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

guidance vacma

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



Please click on the images below to read about some of the artists who received VACMA funding towards their professional development in the 2019/20 rounds of our awards.

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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