Grants are available to support the creative development of visual art and craft-applied arts in the Outer Hebrides.
Grants of between £500 and £1,500 are available and it is advised that applicants request the appropriate amount required for the project rather than the maximum level of available funding.
The Awards Panel may offer a different amount from that requested by the applicant.
Successful applicants will initially receive 85% of the grant on signed acceptance of their contract.
The remaining 15% of the grant will be paid after the project has been completed and the artist has submitted a short end of grant report.
The grant report will detail the following:
- The activity carried out as a result of the award and resulting benefits to the applicant’s creative development.
- Any difficulties experienced in carrying out the proposal.
- A statement of actual expenditure, compared to the budget outlined in the proposal with original copies of receipted proof of expenditure.
- Visual documentation of any new work completed, work in progress or activities carried out as a result of the award.
The Visual Arts and Crafts Awards Scheme scheme is administered by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar with funding from Creative Scotland. The aim of the scheme is to support the creative development of individuals making visual art and craft-applied arts in the Outer Hebrides.
The following will not be considered for funding:
- Applications from those in full time education.
- Applications submitted after the deadline.
- Applications to run community/education projects.
- Major courses of study (lasting six months or more) whether full-time or part-time.
- Projects requiring retrospective funds (those which have already started before 14 October 2013).
- Marketing costs (production of posters, brochures, promotional websites, etc).
- Purchase of IT equipment or software to help promote market and/or administer art/craft work.
- Business development.
- Film/video/photography projects which fall outwith the visual arts context.
- Additional funding 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. However, it is possible to apply subsequently to this scheme for a project which has been the subject of an unsuccessful application to Creative Scotland.
Applications are accepted from Visual Artists who are:
- Permanently resident in the Outer Hebrides.
- Working on a fulltime or part-time basis as Visual Artists.
- At any stage of their careers.
Eligible artists may work in all forms of contemporary visual art including:
- New media.
Applications will be accepted from two or more people that always work together on projects as one collaborative unit. However one of the individuals must have responsibility for managing the application and any funding awarded. Any grant will be awarded in the lead applicant’s name, unless operating a collaborative practice under a group name.
Up to 90% of project costs are available. Applicants are required to provide a minimum cash contribution of 10% of the total project costs from other sources.
Projects must assist the applicant to develop their creative practice.
Examples of eligible project costs include the following:
- Research and development costs for a new project including:
- Exploring possible exhibition/installation opportunities.
- Visiting another geographical area.
- Conducting research.
- Exploring collaboration with other artists.
- Travel and subsistence costs to experience new influences outwith the Outer Hebrides including:
- Attending a major conference.
- Artist's residency.
- Exhibition or art fair.
- Advancing skills and developing new ideas including:
- Attending a master-class
- Training costs.
- Purchase of materials and/or additional equipment to develop new work for market or exhibition.
This scheme is currenty closed to applications. The last deadline was 16 August 2016. Details of future rounds will be reported when available.
Details of future rounds will be reported when available.
Link to guidelines:
Application forms are available from the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar website or on request from the Education and Outreach Manager.
Interested parties who are unsure whether their project is eligible for support are advised to contact the Education and Outreach Manager before submitting an application.
Completed application forms must be submitted by post or email. Forms submitted by email must be backed up with a signed copy of the application form.
Applications must be supported by documentation of the applicant's work, as appropriate to their art/craft practice.
This can take the form of:
- Up to eight images provided on CD, DVD or USB flash drive saved as Jpeg 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.
- Original art work will not be accepted to support any application.
Applications will be assessed by an Awards Panel. The members of the panel will be as follows:
- Netty Sopata: Craft-maker based in Lewis.
- Elsie Mitchell: Arts Development Officer, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.
- Norman Macleod: Centre Manager, Taigh Chearsabhagh.
- Laura Donkers: Visual Artist based in Uist.
Applicants will receive notification of the outcome of their application no later than two weeks after the deadline for submissions.