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Voluntary Arts Scotland

Voluntary Arts Scotland

Every day across Scotland, thousands of people take part in cultural activities. Whether they’re singing in choirs, staging musicals, sewing quilts, painting landscapes, or any of the other wonderful things the arts and crafts have to offer, Voluntary Arts Scotland is here to help.

We offer information and support via our website – - which is filled with useful briefings on a range of topics, from the PVG Scheme to writing a press release. While our free fortnightly enewsletter is packed with up-to-date arts news, funding info, arts jobs, events and training. This is an exciting time for the voluntary arts, and there are lots of ways for you to get involved.

First of all, Who are you? Where are you? And what are you doing? - No, we`re not getting too personal, just encouraging you to fill in our National Voluntary Arts Survey. You`ll be helping us to help you, by giving us the information decision-makers need to hear. You could even win £300 for your group! To read more about the survey go to

The UK-wide Epic Awards celebrate the fantastic activity taking place across the amateur arts, and nominations are now open for the Scottish Epic Award. So tell us what’s epic about your group - it could be the work you create, the people you collaborate with, the audiences you reach out to, or the new technology you’re using. For the full criteria and nomination form visit Deadline: 11th November.

This year, we held the first ever Voluntary Arts Week, with events taking place across Scotland. In 2012, we’re rolling it out across the UK and RoI, so make sure you get involved. Visit for more information.

If you’d like to help ensure the arts and crafts have a voice in your local area, you could apply to become a Voluntary Arts Ambassador. We have a team of volunteers throughout the country helping local arts and crafts groups link up with local authorities, volunteer agencies and community planning partnerships. Contact Carol Stobie on email: for more details.

Coming up in mid-November, the Voluntary Arts Scotland conference ‘Going For Gold’ will be an unmissable two-day event to inform and inspire you. We’ll look at how to apply for funding effectively, ways to make your organisation the best it can be, and how to get involved with events like the 2012 Olympics and 2014 Commonwealth Games. See our website for booking information.

Finally, if you’re trying to increase participation in the arts and crafts, and could do with some funding to help you, then why not apply for our Make a Splash! small grants programme. Visit to apply.

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Date: 26/07/2011