Aspiring Artist Awards

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up to 10 per year

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Applications to the 2021 Aspiring Artist Awards are now OPEN!

YVR Art Foundation offers Aspiring Artist Awards to British Columbia and Yukon Indigenous youth between the ages of 15 and 20 who reside in BC or the Yukon. Aspiring Artist Awards are $500 each and are awarded on an annual basis to youth to support their self-directed work in the visual arts.

Up to ten Aspiring Artist Awards will be awarded in 2021. Award recipients will be asked to complete a short questionnaire six months following receipt of their award.

Who May Apply

To be eligible for a YVR Art Foundation Aspiring Artist Award, applicants must:

● Be of BC or Yukon First Nations ancestry*
● Reside in BC or the Yukon
● Be between the ages of 15 and 20 in 2021 (born between 2001 and 2006)
● Create visual art that reflects BC or Yukon First Nations art and culture
● Provide up to five images of your artwork with your application

Eligibility Notes

• If you have questions about your First Nations eligibility, please contact the Program Coordinator at or by phone at   604.276.6261. BC First Nations eligibility includes BC Metis Citizenship.

• An Aspiring Artist Award can be awarded to an individual only once. Past YVR Art Foundation award, scholarship and grant recipients are not eligible for the Aspiring Artist Award.

Eligible Activities

This award is to support the recipient’s self-directed work in the visual arts.

Some examples include (but are not limited to) purchasing materials and/or supporting the production of artwork or expanding your skill set by attending a workshop or other training.

Application Assistance

Please contact the YVR Art Foundation Program Coordinator if you require accommodations or assistance when completing the Aspiring Artist Award application form, or if you have questions regarding the Aspiring Artist Awards.

How to Apply

1. Review the Applcation Guidelines and fill out your online application form

2. Download a pdf copy of the Application Guidelines and Application Form, complete it and mail or courier it to the address listed in the application form.

Questions and Inquiries

If you have any questions or inquiries regarding the Aspiring Artist Awards or the application process, please contact YVR Art Foundation at 604.2276.6261 or by email at