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Craft Scotland Opportunities

Your monthly Maker Opportunities newsletter

Craft Scotland is committed to supporting Scotland-based makers develop a sustainable creative and business practice. 

We know how time-consuming finding the right opportunity for your practice can be, so every month we share hand-picked, quality opportunities from the sector.

Craft Scotland Opportunities

MAKE | Learn - Call for Researcher(s)
Closing date: 2 Oct 2020
MAKE and Craft Scotland are looking for researcher(s) to work on a Research Paper for MAKE | Learn, a new project focusing on craft education in Scotland.

Opportunity provided by: MAKE & Craft Scotland
Location: Across Scotland

Join Craft Scotland's Advisory Group
Closing date: 19 Oct 2020
Craft Scotland has an exciting opportunity for makers, curators and craft industry professionals to join our Advisory Group. Voluntary post for a minimum term of two years.

Opportunity provided by: Craft Scotland
Location: Across Scotland

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Related Support

Grants for Families Financially Affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Rolling deadline
Grants to help parents and carers who have worked in the UK fashion or textile industry and whose household income has reduced as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Opportunity provided by: Fashion and Textiles Children's Trust (FTCT)
Location: Across the UK

The Furniture Makers' Company Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency Grants
Rolling deadline
A package of support is available from The Furniture Makers’ Company to support struggling employees and sole traders during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Opportunity provided by: The Furniture Makers' Company
Location: Across the UK

Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development
Rolling deadline
This fund provides support for individuals and organisations to sustain their creative development.

Opportunity provided by: Creative Scotland
Location: Across Scotland

The Eaton Fund
Rolling deadline
The Eaton Fund can provide grants to help artists, makers and students working in the visual arts fields, including sculpture, ceramics, and print-making.

Opportunity provided by: The Eaton Fund
Location: Across the UK

Awards & Competitions

The Queen's Awards for Entreprise
Closing date: 9 Sep 2020
The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise recognise outstanding achievement by UK businesses.

Opportunity provided by: The Queen's Awards for Entreprise
Location: Across the UK

Creative Edinburgh Awards 2020: Nominations Open
Closing date: 9 Sep 2020
Nominations for The Creative Edinburgh Awards 2020 are open.

Opportunity provided by: Creative Edinburgh
Location: Edinburgh

The Ingram Prize 2020
Closing date: 18 Sep 2020
The 2020 Ingram Prize is now open for entries from all artists and makers who have graduated from a UK art school since 2015.

Opportunity provided by: The Ingram Collection
Location: Across the UK

The John Byrne Quarterly Award: October 2020 Deadline
Closing date: 31 Oct 2020
The John Byrne Award accepts work in any creative discipline, on any topic.

Opportunity provided by: The John Byrne Award
Location: Across Scotland

Conferences & Maker Training 

Child Protection for All: an Introduction and Refresher
Event dates: 30 Sep to 26 Oct 2020
This training will offer you an overview of child protection within a GIRFEC (getting it right for every child) framework of child welfare and well-being. 

Opportunity provided by: Engage
Location: Online

Call for Paper: Exhibiting Craft - Histories, Contexts, Practices
Closing date: 19 Oct 2020
Respond to a Call for Paper for the Association for Art History's Annual Conference 2021, focusing on exhibiting craft. 

Opportunity provided by: Association For Art History
Location: University of Birmingham

Exhibit & Sell

Apply to Exhibit at London Design Fair 2021
Closing date: 17 Sep 2020
London’s leading showcase of design, brands, maker, pavilions and galleries. 

Opportunity provided by: London Design Fair
Location: London

Application for Schmuck and Talente 2021 Now Open
Closing date: 5 Oct 2020
Apply for Schmuck and Talente, the popular jewellery shows at the Internationale Handwerksmesse (IHM) in Munich.

Opportunity provided by: Department for Fairs and Exhibitions of the Handwerkskammer für München und Oberbayern
Location: Germany

Handmade ONLINE - Apply to Sell Your Work Online
Rolling deadline
The Handmade in Britain online marketplace offers their dedicated audience the opportunity to shop online with them throughout the year.​

Opportunity provided by: Handmade in Britain
Location: Online


SME R&D Support Programme – Funding Call Round 2
Closing date: 7 Sep 2020
The Business of Fashion, Textiles and Technology (BFTT) SME R&D Support Programme is now open for Expressions of Interest (EOI).

Opportunity provided by: The Business of Fashion, Textiles and Technology (BFTT)
Location: Across the UK

The Social Entrepreneurs Fund
Closing date: 29 Sep 2020
The Social Entrepreneurs Fund is back! This is great news if you are thinking about or already in the process of starting a social enterprise in Scotland.

Opportunity provided by: Firstport
Location: Across Scotland

Black Artists Grant
New grant every month
The Black Artists Grant is £2,000 given out monthly to black artists and makers in any discipline and based in the UK. Recipients receive £500 each.

Opportunity provided by: Creative Debuts
Location: Across the UK

UK Companies: Apply for a Young Textile Technician Training Grant
Rolling deadline
There is still time for companies to apply for funding towards the costs of sending young textile technicians on overseas training courses.

Opportunity provided by: UK Fashion and Textiles Association (UKFT)
Location: Across the UK

Residencies & Jobs

South House Silver Workshop Trust: Silversmithing Graduate Apprenticeship Scholarship 2021
Closing date: 30 Sep 2020
The South House Silver Workshop Trust is now accepting applications for the Silversmithing Graduate Apprenticeship Scholarship 2021.

Opportunity provided by: South House Silver Workshop Trust & The Goldsmiths' Company
Location: Shetland & Sheffield

PhD Opportunity: 21st Century Tapestry
Closing date: 30 Oct 2020
21st Century Tapestry: an investigation of smart materials, technology interplay and heritage craftsmanship, supported by the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH).

Opportunity provided by: Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh Napier University & The Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH)
Location: Edinburgh

Research & Promotion

Stories from the Sector
Rolling deadline
We would love to share more inspiring stories from the sector and promote your practice. Send information/images about your news, awards, collaborations to hello@craftscotland.org.

Opportunity provided by: Craft Scotland
Location: Online

Studios & Workshop Studios

Bench Rental at Vanilla Ink
Rolling deadline
Vanilla Ink give practising jewellers individual studios and communal studios/workshop with access to tools, equipment, knowledge and a community.

Opportunity provided by: Vanilla Ink Jewellery School CIC
Location: Glasgow

Film camera Send us your craft-related videos: we’re looking to update our Craft.TV section with exciting craft-related videos from the sector.

Watch studio insights into Joanne Thompson and Richard Goldsworthy's practices.

Email hello@craftscotland.org.

Photography by Thomas William on Unsplash