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Opportunities December 2020

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

COMPASS: Brexit - EU Transition Period
Event date: 17 Dec 2020
Join Kevin Shakespeare (Institute of Export & International Trade) and Craft Scotland to learn more about the end of the EU transition on 1 January 2021, and how this might affect your craft business. Book your free place for this webinar.

Opportunity provided by: Craft Scotland
Location: Online

Jorum Craft Award 2021
Closing date: 19 Jan 2021
Round 2 of the Jorum Craft Award (£500) is now open for applications. This award provides funding to assist with development of a maker’s creative practice. Previous Jorum Craft Award applicants are welcome to reapply.

Opportunity provided by: Jorum Studio & Craft Scotland
Location: Across Scotland 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Related Support

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme
Closing date: 29 Jan 2021
If you're self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19), you can claim a third grant for the period of November 2020 to January 2021.

Opportunity provided by: The UK Government
Location: Across the UK

Adapt & Thrive Programme 
Closing date: 31 Mar 2021
Adapt & Thrive aims to support organisations across the third sector to adapt to the challenges presented by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis and build back better to thrive in the future. 

Opportunity provided by: Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) & The Scottish Government
Location: Across Scotland 

Communities Recovery Fund 
Rolling Deadline 
The Communities Recovery Fund is part of the Scottish Government £25 million Third Sector Community & Recovery Programme and aims to support charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations through the shift from lockdown to recovery.

Opportunity provided by: Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) & The Scottish Government
Location: Across Scotland 

Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development
Rolling deadline
The application threshold has recently been increased from £50,000 to £100,000. This fund provides support for individuals and organisations to sustain their creative development.

Opportunity provided by: Creative Scotland
Location: Across Scotland

Awards & Competitions

AWARD – Call for Artists
Closing date: 8 Dec 2020
Applications for British Ceramics Biennial 2021 AWARD exhibition are now open.

Opportunity provided by: British Ceramics Biennial
Location: Across the UK

Open Call: Toyama International Glass Exhibition 2021 
Closing date: 10 Dec 2020  
Submit an application for Toyama International Glass Exhibition 2021. This opportunity is open to Scotland-based makers.

Opportunity provided by: Toyama International Glass Exhibition
Location: Japan 

Design Guild Mark 2021
Closing date: 22 Jan 2021
The Design Guild Mark is an award for excellence in British design. Past awardees include Namon Gaston (Furniture Making, Edinburgh).

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

European Prize For Applied Arts 2021
Closing date: 29 Jan 2021
The European Prize for Applied Arts aims to reward the best creations of contemporary expression in applied arts and artisanal design. This opportunity is open to Scotland-based makers.

Opportunity provided by: BeCraft
Location: Across Europe

The Textile Society: Student Bursaries
Closing date: 3 Mar 2021
The Textile Society’s Student Bursaries of up to £1,000 support BA and MA final year projects or dissertations, internships and apprenticeships. Previous recipients of the bursaries include graduates from Glasgow School of Art and Heriot Watt University.

Opportunity provided by: The Textile Society
Location: Across the UK

2021 Cordis Prize for Tapestry 
Closing date: 8 Mar 2021 
The world’s biggest award for tapestry, rewarding ambition in contemporary weaving.

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

Conferences & Maker Training

Get a Grip on Grants: Traditional Skills Grant and Building Repair Grant 
Event date: 10 Dec 2020 
Discussion and a step by step guide to Glasgow City Heritage Trust's grant programme. 

Opportunity provided by: Glasgow City Heritage Trust
Location: Online

One Year Foundation Course in Jewellery and Metal Design
Course dates to be confirmed
Building on traditional silversmithing and design work, this one-year course will allow you to further develop your jewellery design practice.

Opportunity provided by: SilverHub Studios
Location: Edinburgh

Exhibit & Sell

Glass, Meet the Future 2021 Call Out
Closing date: 22 Dec 2020
Applications are now open for female artists/ filmmakers who wish to participate in the second presentation of the Glass, Meet the Future Film Festival 2021.

Opportunity provided by: North Lands Creative
Location: Across the UK

London Craft Week 2021 – Open Call
Closing date: 11 Jan 2021
London Craft Week are now welcoming proposals from brands and independent makers who are keen to be involved in next year’s festival.

Opportunity provided by: London Craft Week
Location: London

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


Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards (VACMA) Open for Applications
Closing date: 2 Feb 2021
Applications are now open for bursaries of up to £750 of National Lottery funding, through Creative Scotland’s Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards (VACMA) programme.

Opportunity provided by: Creative Scotland & Local Authorities
Location: Across Scotland

Black Artists Grant
New grant every month
The Black Artists Grant is £1,500 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
Companies can 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

TOAST New Makers 2020
Closing date: 6 Dec 2020
The TOAST New Makers programme will support and mentor five emerging makers. Previous TOAST New Makers include Viv Lee (Ceramics, Glasgow).

Opportunity provided by: TOAST
Location: Across the UK

Project Assistant Post at Upland
Closing date: 7 Dec 2020
Upland are looking for a motivated Project Assistant to join their team on a part-time, freelance basis.

Opportunity provided by: Upland
Location: Dumfries & Galloway / Work from home

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

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

Watch an insight into mosaicist Helen Miles's Edinburgh studio, and discover lettering artist Jackie Perkins' process creating exhibition piece Sunrise.

Email hello@craftscotland.org.

Photography by Thomas William on Unsplash
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