Inches Carr Bursary: Emerging Maker

Closing date: 1 Nov 2022

Applications are now open for the Inches Carr Craft Bursary: Emerging Maker 2022. This bursary focuses on makers who are looking to continue advancement in the field of contemporary craft.

Craft Scotland is delighted to announce that from 2022 we will be managing the prestigious Inches Carr Craft Bursaries (formerly the Inches Carr Craft Awards).

There are two types of Bursary available: Emerging Maker (less than 5 years of practice) and Established Maker (over 5 years of practice). 


About the Emerging Maker Bursary

The Inches Carr Craft Bursary: Emerging Maker focuses on makers who are looking to continue advancement in the field of contemporary craft.

Activity may include:

  • Innovative investigation of processes and materials
  • Exploration of aspects of developing a sustainable practice
  • Development of work with the potential for commercial application
  • An apprenticeship or mentoring arrangement 
  • Further learning in the field of contemporary craft (not including formal college or university diploma or degree courses)

Please note this is not an exhaustive list. We are keen to hear from you about areas you have identified for your development. Any of these activities may be undertaken in the UK or abroad.

There will be up to eight bursaries awarded in 2022/23. Each Emerging Maker Bursary is for an amount of £2,000.

Emerging makers are defined as those living and working in Scotland, who have been practicing professionally for less than five years.


Application Pack & Guidance 

Full information about the programme, maker profile, and eligibility is available in the Application Pack & Guidance. We recommend reading through the information provided before applying. 

>>> Download the Application Pack & Guidance (Opens PDF)

Alternative formats: Application Pack & Guidance 


Who should apply?

The Emerging Maker Bursaries are open to professional, practicing makers working in Scotland who have been in business less than five years. You should be producing one-off pieces or small batch production of handmade objects. You may be:

  • A self-taught maker or one who has come to the profession via informal education routes (community education, evening classes etc.)
  • A recent graduate (of any discipline) newly entering the craft sector
  • A maker moving into a craft profession later in life, or as a second career
  • A maker who is now looking for ways to develop a new or relatively new craft business

For the Inches Carr Craft Bursaries, we are looking for Scotland-based makers who produce works of contemporary craft and:

  • Can demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of materials, excellence in making (process and skill), and an artistic vision
  • Work within the materials/disciplines that Craft Scotland supports

Visit the Craft Scotland website for craft disciplines we support.

Makers using digital technologies and modern materials within their work are expected to demonstrate that hand skill and craft knowledge is the lead component in both the concept and finished object.

While we encourage makers to consider applying for a profile on the Craft Scotland Maker Directory, please note this is not a criterion of application for this opportunity. 


How to apply

Applicants should apply through the Craft Scotland online application form. Before starting your application, please be aware that you will need to submit:

  • A maker statement 
  • Your CV
  • Images of five pieces of work that reflects the type of work you are currently making
  • An image of yourself. Preferably this would be a photograph of you at work, with your work, in your studio or delivering a workshop
  • A brief description of your current practice to date (no more than 500 words)
  • A proposal of what you would like to do if you received the bursary (no more than 750 words)
  • A full estimated breakdown of costs for the project
  • Reasons why you are interested in this bursary and how you think your business will benefit


Equal Opportunities & Access

We are committed to equality and opposed to all forms of unfair discrimination. We welcome applications from those underrepresented in the craft sector; including but not limited to candidates with lived experience of being Black, Asian, Mixed Heritage and/or a Person of Colour, Refugee, D/deaf, Neurodivergent, Disabled, and/or LGBTQIA+. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

Craft Scotland can provide additional support to makers who identify in the above categories. The type of support required will be agreed with the bursary recipient.


Support with your application 

Please do get in touch, if you are interested in this opportunity but feel there are barriers limiting your ability to apply and/or participate in the informal discussion element. Examples include, but are not limited to: 

  • Accessibility  
  • Travel  
  • Slow internet  

This application form is available in large and word formats, and we are happy to accept video applications.

If you have any questions, or if you require any assistance to complete your application or to attend an interview, then please get in touch in advance of the closing date via email hello@craftscotland.org or via phone 0131 357 3288.


Deadline for application is 5pm, Tuesday 1 November 2022

Online discussion session: week commencing 7 November 2022

Applicants to be notified of the outcome of their application by end of November 2022.


About Inches Carr

Over the past 25 years, the Inches Carr Trust has supported many of Scotland's makers, providing recognition of their talent and support for the development of their craft practice. The Trust was formed in 1995 following the deaths of Deirdre Inches and her husband Malcolm Carr.

Deirdre was the daughter of Ian and Betty Inches who ran the established Edinburgh firm of Hamilton & Inches, silversmiths and jewellers. Deirdre met Malcolm when she was in London undertaking her training in the jewellery business. Following their marriage they both became Directors of Hamilton & Inches.

Malcolm Carr was an expert in antique jewellery and particularly cameos. Deirdre was interested in design and especially in design of the late 19th and early 20th century. It was during this period that Hamilton & Inches created a number of particularly interesting pieces of silver, some of which are in the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

The Inches Carr Trust was created to commemorate Deirdre Inches and Malcolm Carr. Its objectives are centred on the aspects of the decorative arts and music in which they were interested.

Following the winding down of the Inches Carr Trust in 2021, Craft Scotland are now managing the craft-related awards and will provide bursaries from the remaining capital fund over the next six to seven years.


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Closing Date & Time:
1 Nov 2022 12:00am
Key Contact:
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