Fresh support for South Ayrshire's vibrant creative community

 15 July 2016  |  

Culzean Castle artist Julie Winter

Culzean Castle artist 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.

Bill Grant, South Ayrshire Council's Economic Development, Tourism & Leisure Portfolio Holder, said he was confident the funds would help develop up and coming talent, "It's exciting to think that these grants will help people to develop their existing skills to create new and innovative art.

"We'll be prioritising projects that present art to the public, strive to reach new audiences, or which encourage more people to get involved in South Ayrshire's communities.

"With the first grants being awarded in September there's still plenty of time to get applications in, and we're hoping for a strong response in the months ahead."

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.

Steven Palmer, Interim Head of Place, Partnerships and Communities at Creative Scotland said, "Creative Scotland is particularly pleased to partner with South Ayrshire on the Visual Art and Maker Awards which offer support to artists and makers across Scotland.

"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."

Drop in sessions

Drop in information sessions will be held on:

  • Wednesday 7 September 2016, 10am – 4pm, Ayr Town Hall
  • Wednesday 25 January 2017, 10am – 4pm, Ayr Town Hall

We encourage potential applicants to drop by at any time during the above hours for an informal discussion regarding their application.


All applications must be received by:

  • Round one – Wednesday 21 September 2016 at 5pm
  • Round two – Wednesday 8 February 2017 at 5pm

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application no later than six weeks after the published deadlines.

For more information visit the website.