RACHEL FROST – Visual Artist and Craft Maker Award recipient 2014-15
Fee: £250 plus travel expenses per panel meeting
An opportunity exists for a professional craft practitioner to become part of the selection panel for the South of Scotland VACMA awards. Expert representation for craft is invited from Dumfries and Galloway to complement specialist visual arts representation on the panel from the Scottish Borders.
Since 2011, Dumfries and Galloway Council and Scottish Borders Council have jointly funded the South of Scotland Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards (VACMA) scheme, matching devolved funds from Creative Scotland. From 1st April 2016, Scottish Borders Council’s Cultural Services moved to a new integrated trust Live Borders. The Creative Arts Business Network (CABN), which administrates the scheme on behalf of the partners, is now part of Arts & Creativity, Live Borders.
The scheme is aimed at individual artists and makers living and working in the Scottish Borders or Dumfries and Galloway. Artists and makers are eligible to apply for awards towards the cost of developing their creative practice and 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. Individual awards between £500 and £1,500 are available to assist artists and makers to develop and extend their own personal practice.
Key partners on the scheme in Dumfries and Galloway are DG Unlimited and Upland, who help ensure the scheme is promoted and supported in Dumfries and Galloway. Upland provides an advisory role for applicants in Dumfries and Galloway as CABN does for applicants in the Scottish Borders.
Craft Panel Member Role
A key element of this role is the ability to be objective. Panel members are ineligible to apply for awards and must be clear not to anticipate conflicts of interest, such as those possibly regarding friends, family or colleagues intending to apply to the award scheme.
We welcome interest from individuals who can illustrate:
- Depth of experience in a craft practice
- Knowledge of a wide range of craft practice
- Understanding of the Visual Artist and Craft Makers Award Scheme
Experience of decision making, commissioning or other similar panel/team roles in an arts context would be an advantage. Personal experience of being the recipient of an award previously would also be an advantage.
A fee of £250 plus travel expenses is payable per panel meeting to cover preparation and participation at the panel meetings. There are generally 2-3 panel meetings annually, alternating between venues in Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders. Panel members are required to review applications ahead of the panel meetings.
For this 2017-18 scheme, the application deadlines are set as:
Round 1 deadline: 4th October 2017
Round 2 deadline: 7th February 2018
With provisional dates for panel meetings set as:
Round 1 panel meeting: 17th October 2017
Round 2 panel meeting: 20th February 2018
If there are still funds available after Round 2, there will be a 3rd deadline and panel meeting to allocate remaining funds.
Please return your submission, which should include your CV and a letter detailing how you meet the criteria above, to firstname.lastname@example.org; by 15 September 2017. If you would like to discuss the opportunity in more detail please contact David McDonald on 07715 976 707.