Apply for the Aspiring Artist Award

The application process is now OPEN for 2019 Aspiring Artist Awards.

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

This form must be completed in one session. 

Note: an Aspiring Artist Award can be awarded to an individual only once. Past YVRAF award, scholarship, and grant recipients are not eligible for the Aspiring Artist Awards.

Personal Information
Applicants for the YVR Art Foundation Aspiring Artist Award must be between 15 to 20 years of age (born between 1999 and 2004) in 2019
(e.g. Sto:lo, Haida, Selkirk). Contact YVRAF for questions about eligibility.



Maximum 250 words

Describe your art work. For example: What type of art do you do? What materials do you work with? Have you worked with a mentor or taken any art classes or training? Do you do art work on your own, at school or with other artists?

Maximum 250 words

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

Maximum 250 words.

Your personal statement is an opportunity for you to introduce yourself and mention anything that is not covered in this application but that you feel is important for the selection committee to know.

Submission Materials Uploader

A. Reference Letter

One Reference Letter is required with this application.
Please submit a written artistic reference from an art teacher, mentor or individual with an art background who can speak to your artistic potential.

The Reference Letter must be signed by your reference and include the following information:

  • The full name of the applicant (you)
  • The full name, address, email address and phone number of the person writing the reference
  • The relationship between the applicant and the person writing the reference
  • The length of time the person writing the reference has known the applicant
  • The reasons why the applicant should receive this award

B. Portfolio of Work:

Your portfolio sample is an important component of your application package. It is an opportunity for you to show the selection committee your artistic potential and achievements.

Please use the following guidelines to create your portfolio sample. The portfolio you submit will not be returned to you, so please do not include any original art work.

Portfolio Guidelines:

  • Include no more than five photographs of your work.
  • If possible, include self-initiated work as well as work assigned in class.
  • 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 your film or video work for your entire portfolio you may submit no more than two 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 two photographs. For example, if you submit two videos you may only include one additional photograph 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.

Include the reference letter and portfolio photos in ONE .zip file (maximum 20 MB size), uploaded via the button below.

Instructions on creating a .zip file can be found here.


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