Apply for the Aspiring Artist Award

Please verify that you have all the required materials together before beginning the submission process. We recommend saving responses in a separate Word document and copying into the form boxes below. This ensures a back-up of responses is available should you not be able to complete the form in one session.

This form must be completed in one session. Read more about our Aspiring Artist Award for updated information on the 2017 application process.

Personal Information
Age limit requires that the applicant be born between 1998 and 2002.
(e.g. Sto:lo, Haida, Selkirk) If you are unsure if your First Nations ancestry qualifies as BC or Yukon please contact



Describe the kind of art work that you do and what media you work in, your art experience to date, and what you hope to do in the future. Maximum 250 words.

List your work and/or volunteer experience. Maximum 250 words.

Your personal statement is an opportunity for you to introduce yourself and mention anything that is not covered in this application but that you feel is important for the selection committee to know. Your statement must not exceed 250 words.

Submission Materials Uploader

A. Reference Letter

One Reference Letter is required with this application.
Please submit a written artistic reference from an art teacher, mentor or individual with an art background who can speak to your artistic potential.

The Reference Letter must be signed by your reference and include the following information:

  • The full name of the applicant (you)
  • The full name, address and phone number of the person writing the reference
  • The relationship between the applicant and the person writing the reference
  • The length of time the person writing the reference has known the applicant
  • The reasons why the applicant should receive this award

B. Portfolio of Work:

Your portfolio sample is an important component of your application package. It is an opportunity for you to show the selection committee your artistic potential and achievements.

Please use the following guidelines to create your portfolio sample. The portfolio you submit will not be returned to you, so please do not include any original art work.

Portfolio Guidelines

  • Include no more than 5 photographs of your work.
  • If possible, include self-initiated work as well as work assigned in class.
  • If you submit work that was created with another artist, please name the other artist(s) and identify that the work is a collaboration or that you were an assistant on the project.

Film/video portfolio submissions:

  • If you wish to include an example of your film or video work in your portfolio you may submit this through Dropbox or a similar file sharing medium. You must notify us that you will be submitting film/video and by which method by contacting in advance of your submission.
  • If you are submitting your film or video work for your entire portfolio you may submit no more than two videos at a maximum of 5 minutes each.
  • If you are submitting your film or video work as part of your portfolio, each video submitted is the equivalent of submitting three photographs. For example, if you submit two videos you may only include one additional photograph in your portfolio submission.

Hard-copy portfolio submissions:

  • Please put your name on each photo and on the portfolio description sheet (see below).
  • A completed copy of the portfolio description sheet must accompany the images you submit.
  • Make sure the names and numbers of the photos of your work match the names and numbers of those listed on the portfolio description sheet.
  • Photos or photocopies of work must be no larger than 8 1/2 x 11 inches; if the photos or photocopies are smaller than 8 ½ x 11 inches, please attach them to an 8 ½ x 11 inch sheet of paper, in order to keep the application format consistent.

Digital portfolio submissions

  • Use .jpg or .tif file types.
  • Files must have a minimum 1024 x 768 pixel resolution.
  • If you are submitting a movie or video file please contact us for format preferences.

Include the reference letter and portfolio photos in ONE .zip file (maximum 20 MB size), uploaded via the button below.

Instructions on creating a .zip file can be found here.


Please list title, dimensions, media and date for each work and ensure that the file names of the pictures submitted in the uploader match the titles in this box.