Bill McLennan Masterpiece Study Program

In December 2020 the YVR Art Foundation (YVRAF) Masterpiece Study Program was renamed the Bill McLennan Masterpiece Study Program (BMMSP) in memory of longtime YVRAF Board Member Bill McLennan.

BMMSP Microgrants

Microgrants are $500 grants for BC and Yukon First Nations artists who wish to further their art practice through research/study of BC and Yukon Indigenous art and artifacts. Grants are for virtual collections visits at our museum partners offering virtual visits, or for in-person attendance if travel to the museum is not required.

Apply for a BMMSP Microgrant.

BMMSP Travel Grants

BMMSP Travel grants are currently on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The largest and most diverse collections of BC and Yukon Indigenous art and artifacts are currently held in museum and art gallery collections in BC, Eastern Canada and the United States, and the earliest collections are in Europe. It is critical for the development and advancement of contemporary Indigenous art that artists have the opportunity to access and study these works.

To address this need, in 2014 the YVR Art Foundation launched a new initiative: the Masterpiece Study Program Travel Grant. In the first year of the program, grants were awarded to BC First Nations artists to travel to selected BC museums, and now the program offers travel grants to BC and Yukon First Nations artists to travel to the US and international museums. Grant recipients are selected by an appointed committee through a formal application process.