Funding to help keep creative talent local
If you're involved in the Ayrshire arts & crafts sector, you could be eligible for a bursary to help your business grow.
The Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards Scheme have bursaries available to individual artists and makers living and/or working in the Ayrshire area.
A total of £9,000 has been made available over two rounds, with awards between £500 and £1,500 to help artists and makers develop and extend their own creative practice.
Councillor Brian McGinley, Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure Portfolio Holder, for South Ayrshire Council said: "These bursaries are a great incentive for artists and makers to stay local and help enhance the creative vibrancy of Ayrshire.
"We have a wealth of creative talent across Ayrshire which is not only great for the regional economy but is integral when it comes to encouraging others to develop their own creativity.
"Our local artists have always gone out of their way to inspire others particularly children and young people as we look to bring Ayrshire arts and crafts to as many people as possible.
"I would encourage anyone with an interest to get in touch and submit their applications soon."
The Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards Scheme is a joint venture between South Ayrshire Council, South Ayrshire Arts Partnership SCIO, North Ayrshire Council and East Ayrshire Leisure in partnership and Creative Scotland.
Applicants can apply to either of the following rounds:
Round one deadline: Tuesday 2 October 2018 5pm
Round two deadline: Tuesday 5 February 2019 5pm
For more information visit www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/vacma