Apply for a Bill McLennan Masterpiece Study Program Travel Grant

Please consult and review the Masterpiece Study Program Travel Grant Guidelines while completing this application

The application process is now CLOSED for the 2019 Masterpiece Study Program Travel Grants.

This form must be completed in one session.

Please verify that you have all the required materials together before beginning the online 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.

Note: applicants who have received YVR Art Foundation Scholarships e.g. the Emerging Artist Scholarship or the Mid-Career Artist Scholarship are eligible to apply for a Masterpiece Study Program grant, however they may not apply in the same year in which they have received an Emerging Artist Scholarship or Mid-Career Artist Scholarship.

Artists may receive a maximum of two Masterpiece Study Program Travel Grants.

Personal Information
(e.g. Sto:lo, Haida, Selkirk)
(Email, Telephone etc)
Have you previously received an award, grant or scholarship from the YVR Art Foundation? If so, list the date and type of award.
Museum Information & Travel Declaration
For Collective/Group Applications Only
Please indicate yes or no.

Approx. 250 words

Please describe your art practice including your art background, art education and/or mentorships, exhibition history etc. Please indicate if you have done any similar research or study projects and at which museums.

Your statement must not exceed 500 words.

Your personal statement is an opportunity to note any information about yourself that is not covered elsewhere in this application, and that you feel is important for the Selection Committee to know in making their decision.

Approx. 250 words

Please detail:

The partner museum you wish to visit.

Why you wish to travel to this museum.

Have you visited this museum before? If so, when?

You may also indicate specific pieces or categories of the museum collection you wish to see and include their reference/collection number (this information is typically found online within the collections information tab if the museum has an online collection database)

Note: 2019/2020 Masterpiece Study Program Museum Partners are listed in the Masterpiece Study Program Guidelines Document. Please refer to this document while completing your application.

Approx. 250 words

Outline what you hope to achieve during this travel/research project, how you intend to share what you’ve learned with your fellow artists and community and how it will impact your artistic practice.

Approx. 250 words

Please indicate the timeframe in which you propose to travel between January 2020 to June 2020. We ask that you be as specific as possible.

Note: Masterpiece Study Program Travel Grant recipients will be funded for travel/research projects up to a maximum of 4 days (3 nights) for visits to museums in North America and 8 days (7 nights) International museum visits.

Project Travel Budget

Please describe the travel costs associated with your proposed project. Using the budget table below, list the estimated costs of transportation (flights, ferries etc.), hotel accommodation, daily meal allowance and any other travel expenses required for you to travel to and return from the museum you wish to visit. Please be as detailed and specific as possible.

Includes flight, ferry costs and public transit to travel to selected partner museum
Maximum allowable for travel to: Museums located in Canada Up to $150/night– 3 night maximum Museums located in United States Up to $175/night– 3 night maximum Museum located outside of North America Up to $175/night– 7 night maximum
Suggested breakdown: Food per day $ Transit per day $ Maximum allowable for travel to: Museums located in Canada Up to $75/day– 4 day maximum Museums located in United States Up to $100/day– 4 day maximum Museum located outside of North America Up to $100/ day– 8 day maximum

(based on current rate of 55¢/km)


Submission Materials Uploader


Please attach your Resume or Curriculum Vitae (maximum 2 pages).


Please submit up to five high quality photographs of your artwork that best convey the work that you currently do.

Portfolio Guidelines

  • You may include up to five photographs of your art work. Make sure the names and numbers of the photos of your work match the names and numbers of those listed in the Portfolio Description box below.
  • 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.
  • The portfolio you submit will not be returned to you, so please do not include any original art work.

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 the Program and Administrative Coordinator at, in advance of your submission.
  • If you are submitting your film or video work for your entire portfolio your may submit no more than two videos at a maximum of five minutes each.
  • If you are submitting your film or video work as part of your portfolio, each video submitted is the equivalent of submitting two photographs. For example, if you submit two videos you may only include one 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.

Include your resume 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, 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.