New funding grants support vibrant local artists

Culzean Castle artist in residence Julie Winter
Culzean Castle artist in residence Julie Winter

A new funding programme for South Ayrshire’s artistic community has been launched with the aim of supporting vibrant local talent. The Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards will make small grants available to applicants committed to nurturing their talent through continued development.

The Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards: South Ayrshire are match-funded by South Ayrshire Council and Creative Scotland.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate a commitment to their work - whether they are at an early or established stage of their practice - and to advancing their skills and ideas.

The intention is that the fund will have a clear impact on the applicant’s creative activity, and will move their practice forward.

£6,000 is being made available over two rounds, with the first deadline in September 2016. Individual awards between £500 and £1,500 will be available, which will help artists and makers to develop and extend their own creative practice.

The bursaries are for individuals living and/or working in South Ayrshire.

The Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards: South Ayrshire is part of a nationwide grants programme developed in partnership with Creative Scotland and will be delivered by South Ayrshire Council, South Ayrshire Place Partnership Implementation Group, and South Ayrshire Arts Partnership.

Drop in information sessions will be held on: Wednesday 7 September 10am – 4pm and Wednesday 25 January 2017, 10am – 4pm at Ayr Town Hall.

All applications must be received by: Round one – Wednesday 21 September 2016 at 5pm; Round two – Wednesday 8 February 2017 at 5pm.

Steven Palmer of Creative Scotland said, “We believe that it is a valuable route to supporting artist practice on a local level and recognising the value of the creative sector to the vibrancy of the community.”