Grant award available to visual artists in Dundee to encourage innovative professional practice through research and professional development activity.
Applicants are encouraged to a sum that is appropriate to their project and should not expect to receive the maximum grant available. There are two strands to this awards scheme:
- The Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards. Individual applicants may receive grants worth between £500 and £1,500 that will contribute towards the costs of developing new work.
- Mentoring Scheme. Both visual artists and craft makers may apply for this scheme. Two successful applicants will receive support from a mentor so that they may develop their creative practice. They will each receive a bursary award worth £1,500.
The Dundee Visual Artist Award Scheme (DVAA) is provided by Creative Scotland in partnership with Leisure and Culture Dundee.
The purpose of the scheme is to encourage innovative professional practice through research and professional development activity. This awards scheme will help to encourage artists to live and work in Dundee, ensuring that arts continue to have an important role within the city.
Interested parties should note the following restrictions:
- Applicants will not be considered for projects already started or planned to start before the panel meeting date.
- Funding will not be awarded to students in full time education.
- Artists cannot apply to the Dundee Visual Artists and Craft Makers Award Schemes and Creative Scotland for support for the same project.
- Artists may not apply to the DVAA and CMA Schemes in the same financial year as receiving an award from Creative Scotland Artists Awards Schemes or another Local Authority Artist Award Partnership Scheme.
- Applications to run community and/or educational projects are not eligible.
- Applications for business development will not be considered.
- Applications for film-making projects that fall outwith the visual arts context are not eligible.
- Successful applicants must complete their project and submit a final report before applying to the scheme again.
- This fund does not cover studio rental.
- This fund does not cover artists’ time or associated costs such as childcare provision.
Application is open to individual visual artists and craft practitioners living within the Dundee City Council boundary. Visual Artists will be supported who are working within the fields of drawing, painting, sculpture, print-making photography, moving image and filmmaking. Craft practitioners will also be supported and funding is available for contemporary creative work that has been conceived, designed and made by individuals in the fields of ceramics, jewellery and metalwork, furniture and wood, glass, lettering, musical instruments, textiles and basket-making.
Artists should be able to demonstrate commitment to their practice and have developed a significant body of work outside of formal education. Applicants may be any age and at any stage of their career, but must be outside of formal education.
Applications will be assessed according to:
- The quality of the applicant's work.
- The expected impact of financial support on the applicant's creative development.
- The clarity of purpose and reasons for the application.
- The quality of supporting material.
The award panel will also consider how the application will broadly benefit the artistic community of Dundee.
Information regarding match funding has not been stipulated. Interested parties should contact the funding provider directly for further information.
Assistance is available for artists towards the costs of developing new work in the fields of drawing, painting, sculpture, print making, photography, moving image and film making. Assistance is also available for craft practitioners in the areas of ceramics, jewellery and metalwork, furniture and wood, glass, lettering, musical instruments, textiles and basket-making.
2017 Winter Deadline passed on 13 January 2017. Details of further deadlines will be reported in due course.
Applications must be submitted using the official application form, which may be found online. This form can be typed or hand-written according to preference. If the applicant chooses to hand-write their application then they should do so legibly and in black ink. Once completed, the applicant must sign their application form. If the applicant chooses to complete the application form using their own word processing system, then they should make sure that the format remains the same.
Supporting visual material should be submitted alongside the application form. A maximum of six images showing recent work should be supplied and these should be itemised on the Artwork Submission Form. Images should be selected based upon relevance to the written application. Images must all show post-Art College work.
Images must be provided on a CD, DVD or USB drive etc. and should be saved as JPEG files. DVDs should be no more than two minutes long however they may include edited pieces that cover a variety of work. Applicants should ensure that their supporting material is clearly labelled with their name, title of work and date of work. Original artwork will not be accepted as being a support for any application.
Visual material will be returned. Although the greatest care will be taken when handling this material, the applicant should note that Creative Scotland and Leisure & Culture Dundee will not accept responsibility for any damage to the material or any loss of material submitted. Applicants should also note that visual material received from winning candidates could be copied and used within reports and various publicity material.
In circumstances where high value funding requests are made and where elements of the project will be provided by a third party, for example air travel or equipment, two reliable quotes should be submitted within the application. Failure to produce these quotes may result in the application not being considered.
The application will be considered by the VACMA judging panel, comprised of invited artists and curators. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application within eight weeks of the deadline.