The YVR Art Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the development and advancement of BC and Yukon First Nations visual art and artists, supporting the vitality and sustainability of First Nations art for artists, their communities, and the people of BC and the Yukon.


First Nations art and artists are supported and thriving in BC and the Yukon.


The goal of the YVR Art Foundation is to promote BC and Yukon Indigenous art through providing support for visual artists who wish to develop and enhance their professional art practice and connection to their material culture.

Our commitment to reconciliation is manifested in our strong relationships with Indigenous artists and Indigenous community leaders. In our programs, we strive to advance education, historical and cultural understanding, through visual art, among Indigenous artists, Indigenous communities and non-Indigenous people.


YVR Art Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit organization founded in 1993 by Vancouver International Airport to support BC First Nations art and artists. In 2015 the Foundation expanded its program eligibility to include Yukon First Nations artists. The First Nations of British Columbia have intricate artistic traditions that have been part of their fabric of life for millennia. In the last sixty years, dozens of outstanding artists have kept that tradition not only alive, but thriving and developing. Today, BC First Nations artists such as Susan Point, James Hart, Joe David, Dempsey Bob, Marianne Nicolson, Reg Davidson, Robert Davidson and the late Beau Dick and Bill Reid are recognized among Canada's most accomplished artists.

The YVRAF is proud to work with the heirs of these rich traditions, to do its part in helping these traditions flourish and to contribute to the success of a new generation of BC and Yukon First Nations artists.

The principal initiatives of the Foundation are to provide scholarships, grants and awards to emerging and mid-career First Nations artists to develop or enhance their artistic practice. In addition, the Foundation provides a unique opportunity for scholarship recipients to exhibit their art work at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR). To date, the YVR Art Foundation has provided 180 awards representing over $600,000 in scholarships, grants and awards to artists working in woodcarving, weaving, jewelry design, painting, printmaking, photography, film and other media. In 2014 the Foundation established a "Mid-Career" Scholarship award and the Masterpiece Study Grant Program, which provides grants to BC and Yukon First Nations artists to travel to museums to research collections of First Nations art and artifacts. For more information on scholarships, grants, awards and exhibition opportunities click here.

The YVRAF Scholarships and Awards have enabled artists to study at schools such as the Kitanmax School of Northwest Coast Art in Hazelton, the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art in Terrace, the University of BC, Simon Fraser University, Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, and Emily Carr University of Art & Design. In addition, scholarship and award recipients have worked with artist mentors such as Dempsey Bob, Reg Davidson, Robert Davidson, James Hart, Sherri Dick, Xwalacktun, Christian White and the late Beau Dick.

YVR Art Foundation is funded through generous support from Vancouver International Airport, individual donors, foundations, corporate donors and in-kind travel partners. To learn more about supporting the YVR Art Foundation click here.

To contact the Foundation, call 604-276-6261 or email us