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Vital Spark

‘This is a multi-media, cross-platform age. The old forms are collapsing. The interesting work is being done among the rubble of this collapse. We have to be building new forms, finding new ways of working.’
Jeanette Winterson

Creative Scotland has committed £1 million from its £5m Innovation Fund for the ‘Vital Spark’ awards to enable new collaborations by creative practitioners.

Edinburgh Mela

Individual awards of between £20,000 to £100,000 will be offered to encourage work that goes beyond the boundaries of creative disciplines and will support collaborations between artists and practitioners working across all the disciplines. 

The Vital Spark awards will encourage experimentation, radical new work and innovative approaches to engaging with audiences. It will be open to collaborations between creative practitioners and those from other sectors, including the wider creative industries, science and education.  This is the first project to grow from the Innovation Fund recently announced by Culture Minister Michael Russell.

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The Vital Spark awards will be an opportunity for projects between practitioners based in Scotland and their international colleagues, as well as being open to creative professionals at different stages in their careers.  A panel of international practitioners will be appointed in December to select the Vital Spark winners.

Vital Spark documents

Please download the following documents if you are considering making an application:

  • Vital Spark guidelines (doc)
  • Vital Spark application form (doc)
  • Chicken Run

    Application deadline

    Please note that the Scottish Arts Council offices will be closed on Monday 30 November for the St Andrew’s day holiday. This does not affect applications being submitted by e-mail, which must arrive no later than 5pm on 30 November. However, if you are making your submission by hard copy only, in light of the office closure, we will continue to accept applications until 5pm on Tuesday 1 December.

    See also
    * Innovation fund announcement
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    Awarding funds from The National Lottery

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