Aspiring Artist Awards

Award amount


Award number

up to 10 per year

Application deadline


Applications to the 2021 Aspiring Artist Award will be opneing soon!

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 required to submit a short report that outlines the use of the award monies.

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

*If you have any questions regarding your eligibility, including your First Nations ancestry, please contact the Program Coordinator by email or by phone at 604.276.6261.

Note: 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) supporting the production of artwork or expanding your skill set by purchasing materials, attending a workshop or other training.