Grants are available to individual craft/visual artists living or based in Fife to help them develop their creative practice.
There are three strands of funding open under the programme:
A bursary of £1,500 plus an allowance of up to a further £1,500 is provided for an artist to follow a tailored and agreed 12 month programme of professional development. Three places are available on the 2015-16 programme.
Provides a one-off mentoring session to help an artist to reflect on and clarify the way forward concerning a particular aspect of their practice or how to develop a particular project. (Please note that the financial support goes to the appointed mentor, not the artist receiving the mentoring.)
Grants of up to £750 are available, with artists encouraged to request a sum appropriate to their project.
The scheme is administered by Fife Cultural Trust and Fife Contemporary Art & Craft on behalf of Creative Scotland and Fife Council.
This Craft and Visual Artists Opportunities Grant Scheme has been created with the aim of supporting visual arts practitioners in Fife, working in the fields of drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, print making, photography, moving image and filmmaking.
For the purposes of the scheme, ‘craft’ is defined as contemporary creative work conceived, designed and made by individual practitioners, in ceramics, furniture and wood, glass, jewellery and metalwork, lettering, musical instruments, textiles and basket making.
There are three strands to the scheme for 2015/16:
A bursary scheme which aims to support the ambition and creative development of individual craft/visual artists based in Fife. It supports artists who are at a stage in their career where they have identified the opportunity for significant development of their artistic practice to take it to a different level.
This strand aims to support the ambition and creative development of individual craft/visual artists based in Fife. It provides a one-off mentoring session to help an artist to reflect on and clarify the way forward concerning a particular aspect of their practice or how to develop a particular project.
This strand aims to support the ambition and creative development of individual craft/visual artists based in Fife. It provides grants to support specific projects which provide an individual artist the opportunity to develop their practice.
Funding will not be provided:
- To students in formal education.
- For business start-up costs.
- To cover replacement/upgrading costs of equipment.
- To cover time or childcare costs.
In addition, artists cannot apply to this grant scheme and Creative Scotland, the Dundee Visual/Craft Artists Award Scheme or the Dundee VAA Scheme for support for the same project in the same financial year.
The scheme is open to craft/visual artists, living or based in Fife. Applicants may be of any age and at any stage of their career, but must be out of formal education.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate a level of commitment to their practice and have achieved a body of work out with formal education.
Funding can be used to support the following activities:
- Research (e.g. travel and accommodation, or exploring collaboration with other visual/craft artists).
- Developing skills (e.g. costs of attending training courses or a conference).
- Creating new work (this could include materials or small pieces of equipment).
- Presenting and marketing work (e.g. towards exhibition costs – display equipment, interpretation, transport, attending a trade fair, exhibition costs or marketing to develop new markets).
This scheme is currently closed for applications. The last deadline was 10 February 2017, before 5pm. Information regarding any future rounds will be given once available.
Applications should be submitted alongside supporting visual material (of work made in the last 18 months), CV, and if applying for equipment, two written quotes. Original artwork will not be accepted as support to any application.
Applicants should contact Fife Contemporary Art & Craft on 01334 474610 for an initial discussion before applying.