The scheme is for individual artists and makers living and working in Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Outer Hebrides) to develop and extend their own personal practice.
The total budget available for the scheme running in 2015/16 was £13,800.
Grants are available from £500 up to £1,500 to cover up to 90% of project costs.
Applicants are advised to request the appropriate amount required for the project, rather than automatically apply for the maximum grant available.
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar in partnership with Creative Scotland are running a combined Visual Artist and Craft Makers Awards scheme Awards Scheme.
The scheme is for individual artists and makers living and working in Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Outer Hebrides) to develop and extend their own creative practice.
For the purposes of this scheme the definition of Craft Maker/ Applied Artist excludes graphic design and those whose output is mainly concerned with the production of kits, the assemblage or decoration of bought in components, conservation/ restoration, or handmade health and beauty products.
Students are not eligible.
In addition, the following types of application cannot be accepted:
- Applications to run community / education projects.
- Funding cannot be given for major courses of study (i.e. lasting 6 months or more) whether full-time or part-time.
- Projects requiring retrospective funds (ie those which have already started before 13 July 2015).
- Funding is not available to support day to day living costs, or to replace other income. Whilst artists/makers time is crucial to creating new work or undertaking professional development activities, for the purposes of this application any time contribution from the artist/maker is viewed as in kind contribution and part of their professional practice.
- Funding is not available for marketing costs (eg production of posters, brochures, promotional websites, etc). Production of a web-site or printed material may be eligible where they form an integral part of an art work.
- Funding is not available for IT equipment or software to help promote market and/or administer art/craft work. IT equipment or software are only eligible costs if linked to the production of new work outlined in the application.
- Applications for business development.
- Applications for film/video/photography projects which fall outwith the visual arts context.
- Additional funding sought for projects which have already received funding from other Creative Scotland funds.
- Applications cannot be made simultaneously to this scheme and to Creative Scotland for the same project. It is however possible to apply subsequently to this scheme for a project which has been the subject of an unsuccessful application to Creative Scotland.
Visual Artists working in all forms of contemporary visual art, including those using photography, film, video and new media in their art practice, are eligible to apply, as well as Craft Makers/ Applied Artists working in all forms of contemporary crafts/applied arts.
Makers are expected to be producing work which is primarily of their own conception, design and making. Applicants must be permanently resident in the Outer Hebrides, working on their visual arts/craft practice on a full-time or part-time basis and can be at any stage of their career.
Successful applicants to previous Visual Artist Awards and Craft Maker Awards: Comhairle nan Eilean Siar in partnership with Creative Scotland schemes can apply if they have completed their projects, submitted final reports and received the final instalment of their grant claim. However, they should be aware that priority will be given to applicants that meet the criteria for funding and have not already benefited from previous awards.
Applicants are required to provide 10% of project costs.
Examples of eligible projects include:
- Research and development costs for a new project (eg exploring possible exhibition / installation opportunities, visiting another geographical area, collaborating with other artists).
- Travel, accommodation and subsistence costs to experience new influences outwith the Outer Hebrides (eg attending a major conference, exhibition or art fair, participating in a residency, touring art work ).
- Advancing skills, technical ability and developing new ideas (eg attending a master-class, training costs).
- To purchase materials and/or additional equipment to develop new work for market.
This scheme is currently closed. The last deadline was 16 August 2016 at 5pm.
Completed application forms must be signed by the applicant and accompanied by an up-to-date CV and supporting visual documents. This can take the form of:
- Up to eight images provided on CD, DVD or USB flash drive saved as J-peg files.
- One DVD containing up to five minutes of video, film or audio material which may include edited pieces documenting a number of works.
- Up to two publications eg exhibition catalogues, magazine reviews.