Artists and craft makers in Aberdeenshire who would like to develop their skills are being encouraged to apply for funding through a grants scheme which has opened in Aberdeenshire.

Awards of between £500 and £1,500 are available and can help towards activities integral to the artist’s personal and professional development such as the costs of researching, creating and presenting new work or advancing skills, technical ability and ideas.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Wednesday, October 4.

Anne Petrie, Visual Arts Officer at Creative Scotland, said: “Creative Scotland is delighted to support the Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards which is a national scheme that offers a valuable opportunity for artists and craft makers, at all stages of their careers, to apply for small grants at a local level to help to develop their practice through new work, new skills or new opportunities.”

Launch events for interested people, give an introduction to the scheme and the chance for an informal discussion with Arts Development officers:

  • 7pm on Tuesday, September 19 at Woodend Barn, Banchory.
  • 6pm on Thursday, September 21 at Huntly Library, Huntly (preceded by a drop-in session from 3-5pm).

To download an application form and guidance visit vacma.

Images show work by previous award winner, Elaine Reid, a visual artist who used the funding for the development of ideas for and production of 3D sculptural book objects.