Apply for a Mid-Career Artist Scholarship Award

The application process is now OPEN for 2020 Mid-Career Artist Scholarship Program.

If you have submitted your application by mail, please notify us by emailing

Review the Application Guidelines Document.

Please verify that you have all the required materials together before beginning the submission process.

This form must be completed in one session. If you begin your application online, you must complete it as the webform will not save your responses.

We recommend saving responses in a separate Word document and copying into the form boxes below. This ensures a back-up of responses is available should you not be able to complete the form in one session.

If you have any questions regarding the application process or the application form, please contact the Program & Administrative Coordinator Bridgette Badowich at

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

Personal Information
Applicants for the Mid-Career Artist Scholarship must be 30 years of age or older in 2019.
(e.g. Sto:lo, Haida, Selkirk). Contact YVRAF for questions about eligibility.
e.g. Telephone or email
Have you previously received an award, grant or scholarship from YVR Art Foundation? If so, list the date and type of award.
Describe and/or list your education history. You may also include here any information regarding art related classes, programs and/or workshops you have attended.
Work/Volunteer History

Maximum 500 words

Describe any paid work experience you have had and/or any of your volunteer activities in or outside of your community.

Art Practice and Exhibition History

Maximum 500 words

Describe your art background and experience including the medium you work in. List any art displays or exhibitions you have participated in.

Artist Statement

Maximum 500 words

Your artist statement will summarize the work that you do and your interests and motivations within your art practice. You may also include a personal statement and share anything you would like the Jury to know.

Program of Study

Describe how you will use your scholarship under one of the eligible Program of Study areas. They are:

  1. Work/study with a master artist
  2. Attend a school of art
  3. Create an artwork or work on an art project that is significant to the artist’s community
  • The proposed project 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.

Refer to the Application Guidelines document for further information on what to include under each of the above areas.

Maximum 500 words

Describe how the Mid-Career Artist Scholarship will have an impact on your art practice or provide you with the opportunity to work on something that you would not otherwise have an opportunity to do.

Indicate whether you will be creating an artwork for exhibition at YVR and the dimensions of your proposed artwork. Please keep in mind the display case measurements when considering your proposed scholarship artwork. If you do not intend to exhibit your work at YVR, provide details on the report you will submit in lieu of the artwork and why you choose not to exhibit/display your work at YVR.

Provide information here on how the scholarship funds will be used as described in Part 6 Program of Study above.
Budget items might include tuition/school fees, tools and materials, travel, living expenses*, honoraria* or other expenses.

If you are working with a Master Artist and intend to compensate them for their time, it is highly encouraged that you discuss and confirm your financial arrangement with them in advance of submitting this application.

Budget items might include:

  • Tuition/School Fees (if applicable)
  • Tools, Materials and Supplies
  • Travel Expenses (if applicable e.g. you need to travel to your master artist)
  • Living Expenses (Maximum $1,000)
  • Master artist honorarium (optional - maximum $1,000)
  • Other budget items

*Living expenses and the amount paid to the master artist may not exceed $1,000 each.

Supporting Documents Uploader

Required Documents
The following supporting documents are required as part of this application.


1) Personal Reference Letter
This can be from anyone who has known you for a number of years, other than immediate family, and who has some insight into your character and goals.

2) Professional/Artistic Reference Letter
This can be from an arts professional who can speak to your artistic experiences and accomplishments.

Note: Both reference letters must include the following information:
- The full name of the applicant;
- The full names, address, and phone number of the person writing the reference;
- The length of time the person writing the reference has known the applicant; and
- The reasons why the applicant should receive this scholarship.

3) Confirmation Letters
Depending on the Program of Study you are applying to, please submit the following:


If you propose to work with a master artist:
a. Master Artist Letter of Confirmation
This letter should be from the Master Artist you intend to work with confirming that they have agreed to work with you.

b. Master Artist Biography or CV
Maximum 2 pages
The biography or CV of the Master Artist you propose to work with.

If you propose to attend a recognized school of art:
a. Letter of Confirmation or Acceptance Letter
This letter will confirm the school you will be attending, the dates and (if applicable) the program you will be enrolled in.

If you propose to create an artwork or work on an art project that is significant to the artist’s community
Only if it is applicable, please include:
a. Letter of Confirmation of Lead Artist (if applicable) or a list of collaborators and people involved

Optional Documents
The following supporting document is optional to your application:

1) Artist CV.


Your portfolio sample is an important component of your application package. It is an opportunity for you to show the Jury some of your artistic achievements.

Please use the following guidelines to create your portfolio sample.

Portfolio Guidelines:
  • Include no more than ten photographs of your work.
  • If you submit work that was created with another artist, please name the other artist(s) and identify that the work is a collaboration or that you were an assistant on the project.
Film/video portfolio submissions:
  • If you wish to include an example of your film or video work in your portfolio you may submit this through Dropbox or a similar file sharing medium. You must notify us that you will be submitting film/video and by which method by contacting in advance of your submission.
  • If you are submitting film or video work for your entire portfolio you may submit no more than three videos at a maximum of five minutes each.
  • If you are submitting your film or video work as part of your portfolio, each video submitted is the equivalent of submitting three photographs. For example, if you submit two videos you may only include four additional  photographs in your portfolio submission.

Digital portfolio submissions:
  •     Use .jpg or .tif file types.
  •     Files must have a minimum 1024 x 768 pixel resolution.
  •     If you are submitting a movie or video file please contact us for format preferences.
  •     If possible, name/title your photos so the document/file name corresponds with the Portfolio Description Sheet and includes your last name and the title of the work. E.g.:

    o 1_Last Name_Title of Work
    o 2_Last Name_Title of Work

Include all Supporting Documents (Reference Letters, Confirmation Letters, Bio and CV's, Portfolio Imagees) in ONE .zip file (maximum 20 MB size) and upload via the button below.

Instructions on creating a .zip file can be found here (will open in new window).


Please list title, dimensions and media for each work and ensure that the file names of the pictures submitted in the uploader match the titles in this box.