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Craft Scotland Opportunities

At Craft Scotland, we are committed to keeping the sector informed during these unprecedented times.

As the country moves into Phase 2 of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) plan, you can read about the responsive actions the team and Board carried out on behalf of the craft sector during March and June. 

You can also read our round up of the new Scottish Government advice to ensure safe working practices for providers and users of creative production facilities and studios in Scotland. 

The entire craft community - from makers, craft organisations, curators to audiences - have shown such creativity and resilience in the face of this international crisis. We continue to work to make Scotland a place where craft is valued as culturally significant, essential to our economy and meaningful to our communities.


Craft Scotland Opportunities

Creative Resilience Diaries
Closing date: 9 Jul 2020
Craft Scotland is looking for 5 makers to take part in a research project being led by Dr Charlotte Gilmore that looks at mapping resilience within the creative industries, through visual diaries. Supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council & Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Athenaeum Award Fund.

Opportunity provided by: Craft Scotland & Dr Charlotte Gilmore
Location: Across Scotland

Jorum Craft Award
Closing date: 10 Aug 2020
The Jorum Craft Award (£500) provides funding to assist with development of a maker’s creative practice, including but not limited to research and development of a new piece of work, project or collection. 

Opportunity provided by: Jorum Studio, in association with Craft Scotland
Location: Across Scotland 


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Related Support

Salesforce Small Business Grants
Closing date: 5 Jul 2020
Salesforce is partnering with Enterprise Nation to offer eligible small businesses the opportunity to receive a £5,000 grant to help them through the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 

Opportunity provided by: Salesforce & Enterprise Nation
Location: Across Scotland

Creative Scotland and Crowdfunder UK Funding
Closing date: 6 Jul 2020
Calling all creatives in Scotland. Creative Scotland and Crowdfunder have launched a new crowdfunding initiative to support creative projects in Scotland.

Opportunity provided by: Creative Scotland & Crowdfunder UK
Location: Across Scotland

Support for the Self-Employed [extended] 
Closing date: Aug 2020
This UK Government scheme was created in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and aims to support people who are self-employed or a member of a partnership and who have lost income due to the pandemic. This scheme is being extended. You’ll be able to make a claim for a second and final grant in August 2020. 

Opportunity provided by: UK Government
Location: Across the UK

Creative Scotland Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development
Rolling deadline
This fund is a revised approach to the organisation’s Open Project Fund, and will support creative practitioners to continue to develop work. Applicants will be encouraged to use funding to explore how best to sustain their practice, and reimagine their work, during the current climate and in the months to come. Funds may also be used for the development and presentation of work.

Opportunity provided by: Creative Scotland
Location: Across Scotland

Open Fund: Introduction for Organisations
Event date: 14 Jul 2020
Join Amanda Catto, Head of Visual Arts, and Karen Dick, Interim Head of Place, Partnerships & Communities, for this session on Creative Scotland's Open Fund on Wednesday 8 July at 11am.

Opportunity provided by: Creative Scotland
Location: Online

The Prince’s Trust and NatWest Enterprise Relief Fund
Rolling deadline
This £5 million Enterprise Relief Fund will offer grants to 18 to 30-year olds across the UK who are self-employed and/or running their own business.

Opportunity provided by: The Prince's Trust & NatWest
Location: Across the UK

The Furniture Makers' Company 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

FTCT Grants for Families Financially Affected by Coronavirus
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 (COVID-19) outbreak.

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

Please note that due to current events, some opportunities may be postponed or cancelled. Always check the organiser's website.

Opportunity organisers if you would like your information updated on our website, please email mayanne@craftscotland.org.


Awards & Competitions

i-D and ARTSTHREAD Global Design Graduate Show 2020
Closing date: 31 Jul 2020
As a response to the recent Coronavirus (COVID-19) related end of year showcase cancellations, i-D and ARTSTHREAD have launched a global graduate showcase initiative for the class of 2020. 

Opportunity provided by: i-D & ARTSTHREAD
Location: Across the UK

The John Byrne Quarterly Award
Closing date: 31 Jul 2020
The John Byrne Quarterly Award is a free, online exhibition, competition, and community, welcoming people who seek a deeper understanding of the values that drive our beliefs and actions.  

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

The Cordis Prize 2021 for Tapestry
Closing date: 11 Jan 2021
The Cordis Prize, the world’s largest award for tapestry, is set to return for it’s fifth round in 2021. The £8,000 prize aims to encourage and reward ambition and scale in the field of contemporary weaving.

Opportunity provided by: The Cordis Prize
Location: Across the UK

InCube Competition 2020
Closing date: TBC
The Invest in Renfrewshire Incubator Hub (InCube) is a fantastic opportunity to launch or grow your own creative business with funding and support from industry specialists and advisors.

Opportunity provided by: InCube 
Location: Renfrewshire (and East)


Conferences & Maker Training 

Forward: Freelancer Development Programme
Programme starts: 7 Jul 2020
Programme ends: 6 Aug 2020
Forward is an online programme designed for freelancers – with pricing tiers to suit your current income, a flexible schedule to work around your time, and a focus on support, development and community.

Opportunity provided by: Arts Marketing Association 
Location: Online

Social Media Tune-up
Programme starts: 7 Jul 2020
Programme ends: 24 Jul 2020
To strengthen your online marketing skills, Argyll and Isles Culture Heritage and Arts Assembly (CHARTS) are offering a series of free 1:1 'Social Media Tune-up' video calls.

Opportunity provided by: Argyll and Isles Culture Heritage and Arts Assembly (CHARTS)
Location: Online

Discovering QEST's Scholarship and Apprenticeship Funding
Event date: 8 Jul 2020
Applied Arts Scotland are delighted to welcome QEST's CEO Deborah Pocock LVO to an online event for Scottish makers, craftspeople and designer makers to introduce QEST's programmes. 

Opportunity provided by: Applied Arts Scotland
Location: Online

Help Shape the Future of the Market for Craft
Multiple dates: 13 Jul 2020 to 28 Jul 2020
The Crafts Council are hosting 5 conversations during July to help shape and energise the future craft market: Craft education and training providers (13 Jul 2020), Fairs and market organisers (14 Jul 2020), Galleries (21 Jul 2020) Makers (27 Jul 2020) Retailers (28 Jul 2020).

Opportunity provided by: Crafts Council
Location: Online

#CreativeConnect Networking Online
Event date: 22 Jul 2020
Join Glasgow Connected Arts Network for their 4th #CreativeConnect Online Networking session - this time with guest speaker Cat Dunn.

Opportunity provided by: Glasgow Connected Arts Network
Location: Online

Top Tips for Live Streaming Your Craft
Available now
There are lots of easy ways you can stream workshops live via social media, so the Crafts Council have put this useful resource together to help get you started.

Resource provided by: Crafts Council
Location: Online



Open Call: Becoming Earthly
Closing date: 10 Jul 2020
The Barn is inviting applications from artists working across all media who wish to participate in an experimental learning space which aims to the challenges we now face. 

Opportunity provided by: The Barn
Location: Across Scotland


Join our July's Featured Makers on the Craft Directory! 

In July, we are highlighting the makers working in wood and textiles over on our Craft Directory.

From furniture making to tapestries and rugs, discover the work of this month's featured makers: 

Namon Gaston, Lizzie Farey, Jonathan Pang, Pieter van der Werf, Jon Christie, Daniel Lacey, and Pauline Burbidge.

Image: Detail of Wheat & Barley Fields by Pauline Burbidge, image by the artist.


Exhibit & Sell

Open Call: Gradwatch 2020
Closing date: 20 Jul 2020
Creative Review's annual showcase of the best graduate work is just around the corner, and they are open for submissions. 

Opportunity provided by: Creative Review
Location: Across the UK

Ceramic Art Andenne 2021 – International exhibitions
Closing date: 9 Aug 2020
The Cultural Center of Andenne (Belgium) will be hosting Ceramic Art Andenne 2021 (CAA2021). CAA2021 is now commencing with the announcement of application requirements for two of the main exhibitions that will be organised from 23 Apr to 24 May 2021.

Opportunity provided by: Ceramic Art Andenne
Location: Andenne, Belgium

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

Opportunity provided by: London Design Fair
Location: London

Open Call: Klimt02 School Members Degree Show 2020
Closing date: 30 Nov 2020
Klimt02 is inviting schools and graduates to submit their end-of-year show to their digital degree show 2020. 

Opportunity provided by: Klimt02.net
Location: Online

Handmade ONLINE - Apply to Sell Your Work Online on Handmade in Britain
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



Black Artists Grant
Rolling deadline
The Black Artists Grant is £1,500 given out monthly to black artists in the UK, with each artist selected receiving £500 each. 

Opportunity provided by: Creative Debuts & partners
Location: Across the UK

UK companies: Apply for a Young Textile Technician Training Grant
Rolling deadline
Companies can now 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

Printmaking Course Leader
Closing date: 12 Jul 2020
Leith School of Art are looking for a tutor to lead their Printmaking Course. Students are taught processes which include relief, intaglio, photo intaglio, screen print, monotype, collagraph and carborundum methods

Opportunity provided by: Leith School of Art
Location: Edinburgh

Friday Forum: Call for Proposals
Rolling deadline
A new series of online events developed in partnership with Visual Arts Scotland and Creative Informatics, Friday Forum will showcase the work of creative practitioners via studio talks, demonstrations, performances and presentations.

Opportunity provided by: Visual Arts Scotland & Creative Informatics
Location: Across Scotland


Research & Promotion

Stories from the Sector
Rolling deadline
Over the next few months, we would love to share even 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