Mid-Career Artist Scholarship Program

Award amount

$5,000

Award number

up to 3 per year

Application deadline

January 25, 2019 - 4pm

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NEW for 2019: Updates to the Mid-Career Artist Scholarship Program age criteria have been made.  Please review your eligibility requirements before submitting your application.

YVR Art Foundation offers Mid-Career Artist Scholarships to British Columbia and Yukon Indigenous Mid-Career artists who are age 30 years or older and who reside in BC or the Yukon. This scholarship is awarded on an annual basis to Mid-Career artists who create visual art that reflects BC or Yukon First Nations culture and who wish to further their visual art career and/or extend their art work into a new scale or area.

Who May Apply

To be eligible for a YVR Art Foundation Mid-Career Artist Scholarship, applicants must: 

  • Be of BC or Yukon First Nations ancestry*
  • Reside in BC or Yukon
  • Be 30 or older (year of birth 1989 or before)
  • Create visual art that reflects BC or Yukon First Nations culture
  • Wish to further their art careers and/or extend their work into a new scale or area
  • Have completed basic art training including but not limited to formal education in visual arts, work with an artist mentor or a combination of similar experience
  • Have achieved local and/or provincial recognition through public presentation of their art work
  • Be able to submit a portfolio of artwork that demonstrates the artist’s commitment to their practice
  • Be accepted to study/work with a master artist, at a recognized school of art or on a special project that is of cultural significance to the artist’s community 

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

Note: a Mid-Career Artist Scholarship will be awarded to an individual one time only.

Eligible Programs of Study

Artists can apply for a Mid-Career Artist Scholarship for one or more of the following three areas:

  1. To work/study with a master artist in a particular medium
  2. To attend a recognized school of art
  3. To work on a special project. The special project proposed must demonstrate cultural significance to the artist’s community, such as an installation, participation in a community visual art project, or creating a work of special traditional or historical significance.

Applicants must also outline in their application how receiving this scholarship will specifically assist them in:

  • Advancing their art career
  • Enabling them to work on something that they would otherwise not be able to do

Within a period of one year of receiving the scholarship, the recipient must submit a written Report or create an art work for display at YVR (Vancouver International Airport) that demonstrates they have furthered their art career, extended their work into a new area, or created a work that is of cultural significance to their community as a result of the scholarship.

Note: If applicants indicate on their application that they will create an art work for exhibition at YVR for one year, the completed work must fit within the YVR display case dimensions (43″ w × 29″ d × 66″ h) and be delivered to YVR by April 30th, 2020.

In lieu of delivery of a completed art work for exhibition at YVR recipients may instead submit a Report on their year’s art project and/or activities by April 30th, 2020.

Scholarships

  • Up to three Mid-Career Artist Scholarships of $5,000 each will be awarded in 2019
  • Scholarship recipients will be selected by a Jury, which will be comprised of curators and/or Indigenous artists
  • All applicants will receive notification of the 2019 Mid-Career Artist Scholarship results by April 2019

Note: a Mid-Career Artist Scholarship will be awarded to an individual one time only.