Financial assistance available to individual craft makers in Dundee to encourage innovative, professional practice through research and professional development activity.
Awards will be made up to a maximum of £1,500. Artists are encouraged to request a sum appropriate to their project and not expect to receive the maximum grant available.
- The Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards - awards are available between £500 and £1,500.
- Mentoring Scheme - Two successful applicants will be supported by a mentor in order to develop their creative practice. Each will receive a bursary award worth £1,500.
The Dundee Visual Artists and Craft Makers Awards are provided by Leisure and Culture Dundee in partnership with Creative Scotland.
The aim of the scheme is to encourage innovative, professional practice through research and professional development activity.
The Visual Artists Award Scheme (DVAA) is aimed at visual arts practitioners working in the fields of drawing, painting, sculpture, print making, photography, moving image and filmmaking.
The Craft Makers Award Scheme is aimed at Craft practitioners. CMA adheres to the Creative Scotland definition of crafts: contemporary creative work conceived, designed and made by individual practitioners in ceramics, jewellery and metalwork, furniture and wood, glass, lettering, musical instruments, textiles and basket-making.
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.
The scheme is open to Dundee based visual artists and craft practitioners who live within the Dundee City Council boundary. Applicants may be of any age and at any stage of their career, but must be out of full time education. All applicants will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to developing their practice.
Visual Artists will be supported who are working in the fields of drawing, painting, sculpture, print making, photography, moving image and filmmaking. Craft Practitioners will be also supported who adhere to the Creative Scotland definition of crafts which is contemporary creative work that has been conceived, designed and made by individual practitioners in the fields of ceramics, jewellery and metalwork, furniture and wood, glass, lettering, musical instruments, textiles and basket-making.
Applications will be assessed in relation to the following criteria:
- The quality of the applicant’s work.
- The expected impact of support on the applicant’s creative development.
- The clarity of purpose behind the submission and the reasons given for applying for an award.
- The quality of information/material supplied in support of the application.
The award panel will also consider how the application will broadly benefit the artistic community of Dundee.
Information regarding match funding has not been given. Interested parties should contact the funding provider directly for further details.
Assistance is available for contemporary creative works conceived, designed and made by individual practitioners in ceramics, jewellery and metalwork, furniture and wood, glass, lettering, musical instruments, textiles and basket making.
This scheme has now closed. The last deadline for applications was 13 January 2017. Information regarding new rounds will be given once available.
Applications must be submitted using the provided application form, which can be typed or hand-written. Black ink must be used if it is handwritten. It is essential that completed application forms are signed by the applicant. If the applicant is completing the form on their own word processing system then they should ensure that the format remains the same.
Supporting visual material should be submitted alongside the application, which should consist of no more than six images of recent work, supplied and itemised on the Artwork Submission Form. Images should be selected based on how relevant they are to the written application. These images should all be post-Art College work. They should be provided on a CD or DVD or USB flash drive and saved as JPEG files. DVDs may include edited pieces that cover a variety of work and should last no longer than two minutes.
Supporting material should be clearly labelled with the applicant's name, title of work and date of work. Original artwork will not be considered acceptable as support for an application. Visual material will be returned and all possible care will be taken when handling this material. Applicants should however note that Creative Scotland and Leisure & Culture Dundee will not accept responsibility for any damage to or loss of material that has been submitted. Visual material that has been received from successful candidates may be copied and used in reports and other publicity material.