Opportunity: Mandate – Funding to attend Visual Arts and Cultural Events

19th September 2018

A New Funding Scheme to Support Attendance at Visual Arts and Cultural Events

This new initiative from SCAN and Engage Scotland aims to support and encourage new voices and leadership from within our networks whilst developing the skills and confidence of sector professionals. The scheme aims to ensure that a diversity of opinions and experiences can feed into policy developments in Scotland and across the UK and support the joint advocacy actions that we undertake to drive forward the Visual Arts Manifesto.

We are aware that attending events can sometimes be intimidating so we are trialling a buddy system whereby we may select two applicants to attend key events together.


We will support attendance at events that focus on exploring policy and practice within the visual arts sector and the wider creative industries, events that connect with and drive forward our manifesto demands and events where the attendees will be able to build new networks and contacts whilst championing the visual arts.

Example upcoming events might include; Future Fest, Creative Industries Federation International Summit, SCAN & SAU conferences, Contemporary Art Society Programme Study Day: Decolonising the Collection. However, we are really keen for applicants to suggest others and in particular apply for support to help them attend new or different events that help them develop new networks and contacts (Like the Green Arts Conference! – Ed).

The scheme will cover:

• Event ticket costs up to £300 (where applicable) plus up to £200 for travel costs.
• A stipend of £170 per day will be available (pro rata for shorter events)
• Additional funding for childcare and access support is also available if applicable.

Attendees will be expected to complete a short feedback form so that we can share the event learnings with our wider networks and further develop our ongoing campaigning and advocacy.

There are four deadlines per year:
1 October 2018, 7 January 2019, 1 April 2019, 1 July 2019 (12pm on all dates)

*We will consider an application out with the set deadlines in exceptional circumstances.

For more information visit the website here: https://sca-net.org/projects/view/mandate

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