Mhairi Killin, On Sonorous Seas, 2022, Credit Mhairi Killin

VACMA Awardees 2022

VACMA Awardees 2022

During February 2022, 8 awards between £500–750 were distributed to assist professional artists, craft makers and designers in their creative development. 

Find out more about each awardees project

Alicia Hendrick

Dot Sim

Eve Campbell

Mhairi Killin

Naoko Mabon

Pieter van der Werf

Sarah Boulton 

Stephen Healy

Valerie O’Regan


Image: Mhairi Killin

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In May 2021, Mhairi was able to join a ten-day voyage with a scientist and two crew on the Tobermory-based, Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust research vessel, The Silurian. This voyage intentionally coincided with ‘Joint Warrior’, Europe’s largest military, UK-led NATO exercise which takes place around the Hebrides twice a year. Mhairi was able to observe the Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust monitoring surveys of the Joint Warrior exercises, which records the impact that these activities may have on cetaceans across the Hebrides.

'It is our embodied capacity to feel, to know and understand as human beings, that allows artists like me a way into participating in science. The Joint Warrior research trip allowed me to participate in different relationships and processes governing a world till then relatively unfamiliar to me, because I lived it for ten days, directly and imaginatively. This was a phenomenological learning experience – embodied learning in a specific and relational environment.'  Mhairi Killin


In 2021 Dot was awarded partial funding to attend a five-day intensive course on Fold Forming with Paul Wells at The Goldsmith’s Centre in London. Through this develop her technical skills by undertaking a Fold Forming course at world-renowned University Goldsmiths.  During this time, Dot was able to explore wire scoring metal - a relatively new technique that creates fluid organic sculptural forms in metal without the use of soldering or welding. This course was extremely intensive, and geared towards experienced makers, which allowed Dot to grow her material knowledge at a faster pace than she could have by undertaking a longer course.

‘The Goldsmiths Centre is a hub of excellence for the jewellery and silversmithing community and being there for five days was inspiring in itself.  I also had the chance to meet, network, and learn from other makers, which was a very important part of the experience, especially living and working as remotely as I do.’ Dot Sim. 


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