Inches Carr Craft Bursary: Established Maker

Closing date: 7 May 2024

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Craft Scotland is delighted to announce that applications are now open for the Inches Carr Craft Bursaries 2024.

Since 2022, Craft Scotland has been entrusted with stewardship of the esteemed Inches Carr Craft Bursaries. Learn more about the history of the bursaries including Deirdre Inches and her husband Malcolm Carr whom the awards were established to commemorate. You can also discover the impact they have had on makers' practice in our article by Amanda Game.

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

About the Established Maker Bursary

The Inches Carr Craft Bursary: Established Maker focuses on makers who are looking to develop their practice through strategic research and development. This could be through the learning of a new skill, the opportunity to attend a course that would significantly improve existing skills, or a residency to achieve these objectives.

Activity may include: a workshop, a residency, a course or combination of these. 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 within the UK or abroad.

There will be between one and three bursaries awarded in 2024. Each Established Maker Bursary is for an amount of £5,000.

Established makers are defined as those living and working in Scotland, who have been practicing professionally for five years or more.

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. 

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Who should apply?

The Established Maker Bursaries are open to professional, practicing makers working in Scotland who have been in business for five years or more. 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 graduate (of any discipline or subject) working within 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 their craft practice

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

How to apply

Applicants should apply through the Craft Scotland online application form.

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 those who may be:

  • Black, Asian, Mixed Heritage and/or a Person of Colour
  • Have experience of displacement, such as refugees and asylum seekers
  • Come from a disadvantaged socio-economic background
  • Identify as d/Deaf or living with a disability
  • Identify as neurodivergent
  • Identify as LGBTQIA+
  • Have grown up in the care system
  • Experience of being carers
  • Are Gaelic or Scots speakers or do not speak English as a primary language
  • Live in geographic locations which may inhibit opportunities for engagement

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 applicationincluding Scribing

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.

Please get in touch if you require any assistance (such as scribing) to complete your application or to attend an interview. Contact us before Tuesday, April 16 2024, to allow us to assist you in advance of the closing date.

We are happy to answer any questions you might have about your application.

Contact the team then via email programmes@craftscotland.org or phone 0131 357 3288.

Deadline for application is 5pm, Tuesday 7 May 2024

Online discussion session: week commencing 20 May 2024 

Applicants are to be notified of the outcome of their application in early June 2024.


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Closing Date & Time:
7 May 2024 5:00pm
Key Contact:
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