Developing the arts in Edinburgh

Council support for the arts

Arts Development work with the city's cultural sector to ensure that the arts play a vital and lasting role in Edinburgh.

The Arts team develop strategic policy, award cultural grants as well as offer advice on cultural projects.

Current funding opportunities

The Edinburgh Visual Artists and Craft Makers Awards Scheme

&  Emerging Artists - Bursary Scheme

The City of Edinburgh Council in partnership with Creative Scotland is pleased to announce the next round of the Edinburgh Visual Artists and Craft Makers Awards and the Emerging Artists Bursary Scheme. These schemes have been established to address current gaps in resources available to individual artists/makers.

 The schemes are open to craft makers/visual artists of all ages and at any stage of their career, but must be outwith full time education.  Applicants should be able to demonstrate a level of commitment to their practice and have achieved a body of work out with formal education. Applicants must be Edinburgh based.

The Edinburgh Visual Artists and Craft Makers Awards Scheme

 The Visual Artists and Craft Makers Award scheme aims to support Edinburgh-based visual arts and craft practitioners through grants towards the development of their practice through new work and research.

          Awards of between £500 and £1500 are available. 

          Emerging Artists - Bursary Scheme

The bursary programme will support up to 2 successful applicants to develop and progress their creative practice over 12 months.

The programme will be tailored to the individual artist/craft maker and will include mentoring which may lead to the development of skills/training, creation of new work, presenting and marketing work.

The successful applicant will be awarded £1,500 as a bursary.

          There are 2 application deadlines for both schemes:

          Wednesday, 4 October 2017, 5pm

          Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 5pm

          For further information and application pack contact:

General enquiries

You can contact us if you would like to discuss a project, find out about grants or would simply like some advice.

0131 529 6720

You may also be able to get advice support from the organisations listed below.

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