Aspiring Artist Awards

Award amount


Award number

up to 10 per year

Application deadline

April 18, 2019 4:00pm

Application materials for the 2019 Aspiring Artists Awards will be made available on Thursday, February 21, 2019

The YVR Art Foundation offers Aspiring Artist Awards to British Columbia and Yukon First Nations youth between the ages of 15 and 20 years of age and who reside in BC or the Yukon.

The Aspiring Artist Awards are awarded on an annual basis to aspiring artists who create visual art that reflects BC or Yukon Indigenous culture and who wish to explore their artistic potential.

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 (year of birth between 1999 and 2004)
  • Show artistic potential and create art that reflects BC or Yukon First Nations art and culture

* If you have any questions about your First Nations eligibility, please contact Program and Administrative Coordinator at or by phone at 604.276.6261.

Eligible Activities 

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


  • Up to ten Aspiring Artist Awards of $500 each will be awarded in 2019
  • All applicants will receive notification of the 2019 Aspiring Artist Awards results by May, 2019
  • Award recipients will be required to submit a short report outlining the use of the award monies within six months of receiving the award

Note: an Aspiring Artist Award can be awarded to an individual only once. Past YVRAF award, scholarship, and grant recipients are not eligible for the Aspiring Artist Awards.