Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards 2009-2019

£91,592 awarded to individual visual artists and craft makers in the Scottish Borders & Dumfries and Galloway. This section highlights work supported through the award scheme since it began in 2009.

CABN ran a Scottish Borders Visual Artist & Craft Makers Scheme from 2009-2011, with funding support from Scottish Borders Council & Creative Scotland. Since 2011, CABN has run a South of Scotland Visual Artists and Craft Makers Award scheme with partners in Dumfries & Galloway:

Dumfries & Galloway Council


DG Unlimited

The aim of the funding is to assist artists/makers with:

  • Researching new ideas and test new ways of working
  • Advancing skills and developing new ideas
  • Costs of preparing for an exhibition (excluding time), which will significantly extend your practice
  • Experimenting with forms and materials
  • Research into potential collaborations and projects
  • Purchase of equipment if a strong case is made for it being necessary to the context/delivery of the project
  • Engaging with a Mentor to support their practice/project

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

The quality of the applicant’s work is of primary importance. Successful applicants will have demonstrated a level of commitment to developing their skills and ideas - whether they are at an early or established stage of their practice - with the desire to expand their own personal practice.

Applicants are assessed against the following criteria:

  • Quality of the applicants work in relation to contemporary practice
  • Level of professional practice demonstrated
  • Commitment to the development of practice both conceptually and technically
  • Expected impact the support will have on the applicant’s creative development
  • Quality of the information and visuals supplied in support of the application
  • Clarity of purpose behind the submission and reasons given for applying for award
  • Proposed projects must significantly extend the applicant’s current practice

The current 2018-19 scheme round 1 is now closed for applications, we hope to run round 2 in February 2019, supported by Dumfries & Galloway Council, Live Borders and Creative Scotland.