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 2015 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, Squamish)
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

Describe your artwork. Tell us what kind of art 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 a mentor?

Youth Scholarship Applicants:

The purpose of the Youth Scholarship is to provide you with the opportunity to develop your skills in creating BC First Nations art. You may propose attendance at workshops or a school of art, or to work with 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 workshops or school of art, please include a program outline or course description from the school or program you are attending, 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 a 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.

Please consider the YVR display case dimensions for your proposed artwork (43" w × 29" d × 66" h).

Mid-Career Artist Scholarship Applicants:

The purpose of the Mid-Career Artist Scholarship is to provide you with the opportunity to further your art career and/or extend your work into a new area in creating BC First Nations art. You may propose attendance at workshops or a school of art, to study with a master artist, or to do a special project.

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 stating how they will be able to assist you. 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.

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

You must also indicate here if you propose to create an art project to be exhibited at YVR for one year, or if you will submit a report instead. If creating an art project indicate the type of artwork that you will display at the airport and consider the YVR display case dimensions for your proposed artwork (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 your Program of Study above.

For example: monies will be spent on: tuition, honorarium to a mentor*, to purchase materials, or for living expenses. Provide a list of expenses, with numbers if possible, showing how the scholarship will be spent.

Note: Youth Scholarship recipients will receive $2,500 at the Scholarship Awards Event on May 29, 2015; $1,500 in November 2015 (upon receipt of the mid-year update report); and $1,000 upon receipt of the final report and delivery of their final artwork, which must be received at YVR on or before April 30, 2016.

*the amount paid to the mentor or master artist may not exceed $1,000 dollars.

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

Reference Letters

Please include two reference letters (either scanned or in a common document file format such as .doc or .rtf): a personal reference and an artistic reference. The personal reference can come 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. Your artistic reference can come from an art teacher, mentor or individual with an art background who has witnessed your artistic potential or your experiences and accomplishments (Mid-Career Artist applicants). 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

Confirmation Letter and Mentor Biography or CV (if applicable)

Please submit a confirmation of acceptance to the proposed program of study from the institution where you will be studying or a signed letter of confirmation from your mentor. You must also submit an up to date Biography or Curriculum Vitae from your mentor.

Transcripts

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

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. Make sure the names and numbers of the photos of your work match the names and numbers of those listed on the Portfolio Description box below.
  • If possible, include self-initiated work as well as work assigned in a 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.

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.