Apply for a YVR Art Foundation Youth Scholarship

Please read through the form to apply for either the YVR Art Foundation Youth Scholarship OR the YVR Art Foundation Mid-Career Artist Scholarship.  

Note: Applicants may apply to only one of these awards. 

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 scholarship programs for updated information on the 2017 application process.

Please indicate which Scholarship Award you are applying for.
Personal Information
Applicants for the YVR Art Foundation Youth Scholarship must be between 16 to 26 years of age. Applicants for the YVR Art Foundation Mid-Career Artist Scholarship must be 27 years of age or older.
(e.g. Sto:lo, Haida, Selkirk)
Have you received an award, grant or scholarship from the YVR Art Foundation in the past? If so, list the date and type of award.
Education
Work/Volunteer History

Youth Scholarship Applicants:

Describe your artwork. What kind of art do you do?

For example: What is your art experience? What materials do you work with? Is this work you do on your own, at school or working with an artist mentor? Have you exhibited your art anywhere?

Mid-Career Scholarship Applicants:

Describe your artwork.

For example: What medium do you work in? What is your art background (education, training etc.)? Have you participated in any exhibitions?

Youth Scholarship Applicants:

The purpose of the Youth scholarship is to provide you with the opportunity to develop your skills in creating visual art work that reflects BC and Yukon First Nations’ culture. For your Program of Study you may propose attendance at a recognized school of art, or to work with an artist mentor. Within a period of one year you must complete a project that demonstrates the development of skills and techniques learned as a result of the scholarship. This work will be displayed at the Vancouver International Airport for one year.

If you are attending a school of art, please include a program outline or course description from the school or program you are attending, a confirmation of your acceptance (if available), a timeline, a description of the new techniques or processes that you hope to learn, and the type of artwork that you will display at the airport that will illustrate the skills you learned during your Program of Study.

If you are studying with an artist mentor, please describe what the mentor will be teaching you and what the proposed schedule is, for example, 3 hours once a week for 6 months, 2 hours every day for six months, etc.; also include a letter from your mentor stating how they will be able to assist you, and include a brief summary describing their experience in this area. Your mentor must also submit a biography or CV (see Part 8-B below)

The artwork you propose to create for display at YVR must fit within the YVR display case dimensions (43″ w × 29″ d × 66″ h).

Mid-Career Artist Scholarship Applicants:

The purpose of the Mid-Career artist scholarship is to provide you with an opportunity to further your visual art career and/or extend your art work into a new scale or area that reflects BC or Yukon First Nations' culture. You may propose attendance at a school of art, to study with a master artist, or to do a special project that is of cultural significance to your community.

If you are studying with a master artist, please describe how this will further your art career or extend it into a new area. Please also include a letter from the master artist stating how they will be able to assist you, as well a current Biography or Curriculum Vitae. If you are doing a special project please describe this in detail and how it will further your art career or extend it into a new area, and the cultural significance it will have for your community.

If you are attending a formal art institution, please include a program outline or course description from the school you are attending and a description of what you hope to learn.

You must also indicate here if you propose to create an art work to be exhibited at YVR for one year, or if you will submit a Report instead. If proposing an art work for display at YVR, indicate the type of artwork and please note the art work you propose to create for display at YVR must fit within the YVR display case dimensions (43″ w × 29″ d × 66″ h).

Provide information on how the scholarship funds will be used to achieve the program of study and complete the project you described in Part 5 Program of Study above.

Budget items might include:

  • Tuition/School Fees (if applicable)
  • Tools, Materials and Supplies
  • Travel Expenses (if applicable e.g. you need to travel to your mentor/master artist)
  • Living Expenses (Maximum $1,000)
  • Mentor/master artist honorarium (optional - maximum $1,000)
  • Other budget items

Note: Youth and Mid-Career Scholarship recipients will receive $2,000 in May 2017; $1,000 in November 2017 upon receipt of the mid-year update report; $1,000 upon delivery of their final artwork, which must be received at YVR on or before May 1, 2018; and $1,000 at the Awards Event on May 25, 2018.

*Living expenses and the amount paid to the mentor/master artist may not exceed $1,000 each.

Your personal statement is an opportunity for you to introduce yourself to the Jury and to note any special considerations. Include any information about yourself that is not covered elsewhere in the application, and that you feel is important for the Jury to know in making their decision.

Your statement must not exceed 500 words.

Submission Materials Uploader

A. Two Reference Letters

1. A personal reference - from anyone who has known you for a number of years, other than immediate family, and who has some insight into your character, goals and individuality.

2. An artistic reference - from an art teacher, mentor, curator or individual with an art background who can speak to your art and your potential (Youth) and/or accomplishments.

Reference letters must 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 scholarship

B. Confirmation Letter and Mentor or Master Artist Biography or CV (if applicable)

Please submit:

1. A confirmation of acceptance letter for the proposed Program of Study at the art institution you will be attending or a signed letter of confirmation from the mentor or master artist you will be studying with.

2. If studying with a mentor or master artist you must also submit a current Biography or Curriculum Vitae (maximum 2 pages) from your mentor or master artist.

C. Transcripts

Please send a copy of your transcript from the last school you attended.

D. Portfolio:

Your portfolio sample is an important component of your application package. It is an opportunity for you to show the Jury some of your artistic achievements and potential. Please use the following guidelines and formatting notes to create your portfolio sample. The portfolio you submit will not be returned to you, so please do not include any original artwork.

Portfolio Guidelines

  • Include a range of media or, if you have worked in only one medium, provide a wide range of samples.
  • Include no more than 10 photographs of your work.
  • 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 are submitting film or video work for your entire portfolio you may submit no more than three 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 four additional photographs in your portfolio submission. 

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 all reference letters, confirmation letter, transcript, 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 (will open in new window).

 

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