Highland Visual Arts & Crafts Award Scheme

In order to advance the Highland Culture Strategic Board’s cultural strategy ‘Highland Culture: take part, take pride’ High Life Highland in partnership with emergents and Creative Scotland have established a scheme of funding that addresses current gaps in resources available to individual artists/makers.

The Highland Visual Artists & Crafts Award (HVACA) scheme offer grants to Highland-based artists/craft practitioners towards the costs of developing new work. The purpose of the scheme is to encourage innovative professional practice – through research and professional development activity.

HVACA is aimed at visual arts practitioners working in the fields of drawing, painting, sculpture, print-making, photography, moving image/filmmaking and craft practitioners creating contemporary creative work conceived, designed and made by individual practitioners in ceramics, jewellery and metalwork, furniture and wood, glass, musical instruments, textiles and basket-making.

Grants up to a maximum of £1500 are available. Artists/craft practitioners are encouraged to request a sum appropriate to their project and not expect to receive the maximum grant available.

There will be two deadlines a year. The next deadline is:

  • Friday 26 February 2016, 5pm

For further information about future deadlines visit the links below.

Who Can Apply?

The scheme is open to Highland based visual artists/craft practitioners, living within the Highland Council’s boundary.
Artists/craft practitioners who work in and maintain a studio space within Highland Council’s boundary. Applicants may be of any age and at any stage of their career, but must be outwith full time education. The application guidelines can be accessed via this link - Highlife Highland Guidelines.

For further information and/or to access the application form please visit our website: www.emergents.co.uk or for specific enquiries contact Kirsten Body, Exhibitions Coordinator on Kirsten.Body@highlifehighland.com


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