Mid-Career Artist Scholarship Program

Award amount

$5,000

Award number

up to 3 per year

Application deadline

Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 4pm

The application process is now OPEN.

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.

Scholarships are 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 artwork into a new scale or area. Visual art can include (but is not limited to) drawing, painting, illustration, carving, printmaking, textiles, animation, photography, video and film. If you have questions regarding eligibility for the medium you work in, please contact the YVR Art Foundation Program Coordinator.

Up to three Mid-Career Artist Scholarships of $5,000 each will be awarded in 2021. Mid-Career Artist Scholarship recipients will be selected by a Jury composed of senior Indigenous artists and/or curators.

All applicants will receive notification of the Mid-Career Artist Scholarship results by April 2021.

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 age 30 or older in 2021 (born in 1991 or before)
  • Create visual art that reflects BC or Yukon First Nations culture
  • Wish to further their visual art career and/or extend their artwork into a new scale or area
  • Have completed art training including but not limited to formal education in visual arts, worked with an artist mentor or a combination of similar experience
  • Have achieved local and/or provincial recognition through public presentation of their artwork
  • 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, attend a school of art or propose to work on a project that is of cultural significance to the artist’s community

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 to work with a master artist in a particular medium, attend a school of art or to create an artwork or work on an art project that is of cultural significance to the artist’s community.

Scholarship Artwork

Artists can apply for a Mid-Career Artist Scholarship to work with a master artist in a particular medium, attend a school of art or to create an artwork or work on an art project that is of cultural significance to the artist’s community.


How to Apply

There are two ways to apply:

1. Review the Application Guidelines and fill out your online Application Form here: ONLINE APPLICATION.
2. Download a pdf copy of the Application Guidelines and Application Forms, complete it and mail or deliver/courier it to the address listed on the application: See below for instructions on how to mail or deliver your application.

Questions and Inquiries

If you have any questions or inquiries about the Mid-Career Artist Scholarship Program eligibility criteria or the application process, please contact the YVR Art Foundation, by phone at 604.276.6261 or email programs@yvraf.com.

We also encourage you to review the FAQs page of our website.