Hardship Funds for Visual Artists

Oct 27th 2020

Visual Arts Scotland (VAS) were proud to announce a partnership with Creative Scotland to help deliver part of the £5m Creative Freelance Hardship Funding designated by the Scottish Government earlier this year. At this unprecedented time, Visual Arts Scotland are dedicated to helping the creative community and are committed to stand in solidarity through distributing funds to Visual Artists who are most in need of support. 

In August 2020, the Scottish Government announced that the culture and heritage sectors in Scotland were to benefit from a £59 million funding package to protect jobs and help the industry weather the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As part of this announcement £5m has been allocated to support hardship funding for creative freelancers in Scotland who are experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19.

VAS President Sarah Calmus:

“Working with Creative Scotland to help deliver this fund allows us to continue supporting the creative community, following on from the Emergency Art Workers Support Fund (EAWSF) that we created in March 2020 in response to the financial uncertainty art workers began to face. Working to this scale by partnering with Creative Scotland means we can help support even more creatives who have been impacted by loss of work due to Covid-19, which means a great deal to us.”​

Our role as one of a handful of partners to this fund, was to allocate financial support to those who apply identifying as Visual Artists

For more information about the EAWSF, please view our previous blog posts. A third and final round shall be made available to apply for in 2021. To keep up to date about Visual Arts Scotland opportunities, please sign up to our mailing list. 

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