YVR Art Foundation is an independent, nonprofit and charitable organization founded in 1993 by Vancouver Airport Authority to support BC First Nations art and artists. In 2015 the Foundation expanded its program eligibility to include Yukon First Nations artists. The First Nations of British Columbia have intricate artistic traditions that have been part of their fabric of life for millennia. In the last sixty years, dozens of outstanding artists have kept that tradition not only alive, but thriving and developing. Today, BC First Nations artists such as Bill Reid, Beau Dick, Susan Point, James Hart, Joe David, Dempsey Bob, Marianne Nicolson, Reg Davidson and Robert Davidson are among BC's most accomplished artists.

The YVRAF is proud to work with the heirs of these rich traditions, to do its part in helping these traditions flourish and to contribute to the success of a new generation of BC and Yukon First Nations artists. 


The YVR Art Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to the development and advancement of BC and Yukon First Nations visual art and artists, supporting the vitality and sustainability of First Nations art for artists, their communities, and the people of BC and the Yukon.


First Nations art and artists are supported and thriving in BC and the Yukon.

The principal initiatives of the Foundation are to provide scholarships, grants and awards to emerging and mid-career First Nations artists to develop or enhance their artistic practice. In addition, the Foundation provides a unique opportunity for scholarship recipients to exhibit their art work at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR). To date, the YVR Art Foundation has awarded over $350,000 in scholarships, grants and awards to more than 80 artists working in woodcarving, weaving, jewelry design, painting, printmaking, photography and other media. In 2014 the Foundation established a "Mid-Career" Scholarship award and the Masterpiece Study Grant Program, which provides grants to BC and Yukon First Nations artists to travel to museums to research collections of First Nations art and artifacts. For more information on scholarships, grants, awards and exhibition opportunities click here.

The YVRAF Scholarships and Awards have enabled artists to study at schools such as the Kitanmax School of Northwest Coast Art in Hazelton, the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art in Terrace, the University of BC, Simon Fraser University, Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, and Emily Carr University of Art & Design. In addition, scholarship and award recipients have worked with artist mentors such as Dempsey Bob, Reg Davidson, James Hart, Sherri Dick, Beau Dick and Christian White.

YVR Art Foundation is funded through generous support from Vancouver Airport Authority, individual donors, foundations and corporate donors. To learn more about supporting the YVR Art Foundation click here.

To contact the Foundation, call 604-276-6261 or email us