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Inches Carr Craft Bursary: Emerging Maker

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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: Emerging Maker (less than 5 years of practice) and Established Maker (over 5 years of practice). 

About the Emerging Maker Bursary

The Inches Carr Craft Bursary: Emerging Maker focuses on makers who are looking to continue advancement in the field of contemporary craft.

Activity may include:

  • Innovative investigation of processes and materials
  • Exploration of aspects of developing a sustainable practice
  • Development of work with the potential for commercial application
  • An apprenticeship or mentoring arrangement
  • Further learning in the field of contemporary craft (not including formal college or university diploma or degree courses)


There will be up to eight bursaries awarded in 2024. Each Emerging Maker Bursary is for an amount of £2,000.

Emerging makers are defined as those living and working in Scotland, who have been practicing professionally for less than five years.

Who should apply?

The Emerging Maker Bursaries are open to professional, practicing makers working in Scotland who have been in business less than five years. 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 recent graduate (of any discipline) newly entering 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 a new or relatively new craft business

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


Image: Juli Bolaños Durman, recipient of Inches Carr Established Maker Bursary 2022 / Photography by Laura Meek