Bill McLennan Masterpiece Study Program Travel Grants

Travel grants of up to $4,000 for BC and Yukon First Nations artists to travel to museum partners to conduct research and study collections of Indigenous art and artifacts.

Award Amount

Varies

Number of Awards

Varies

Application Deadline

Closed

YVR Art Foundation offers grants to artists of BC or Yukon First Nations ancestry who reside in British Columbia or the Yukon to travel to one of our partner museums to research the museum’s collection of Indigenous art and artifacts.

Eligible Activities

Masterpiece Study Program grants will be awarded through a formal application and selection process to BC and Yukon First Nations artists or small groups of artists to travel to one of the following partner museums:

  • American Museum of Natural History in New York, USA
  • Bill Holm Center for the Study of Northwest Native Art at the Burke Museum in Seattle, USA
  • Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Québec
  • Ethnologisches Museum Berlin in Berlin, Germany (New for 2019)
  • McCord Museum in Montréal, Québec (New for 2019)
  • Museum of Vancouver in Vancouver, BC
  • Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, UK
  • Royal BC Museum in Victoria, BC
  • The Field Museum in Chicago, USA
  • UBC Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, BC

Grant applicants must propose a travel/research project on a specific aspect of the proposed museum’s collection of Indigenous art and artifacts. The grants awarded are for the purpose of covering the travel costs to the museum (e.g. flights, ferry etc.), accommodations and meals during the visit. Grant recipients are responsible for making their own travel and accommodation arrangements.

 

The Bill McLennan Masterpiece Study Program is named in honour and memory of long time YVRAF board member Bill McLennan. 

Bill spearheaded the development of YVRAF’s Masterpiece Study Program and he was instrumental in helping establish many of our partnerships with museums and cultural institutions. Bill was a distinguished curator at the Museum of Anthropology and was well-known for his kindness, sharing his extensive knowledge, and his support of First Nations artists throughout his career. 

Learn more about Bill and his work with the Museum of Anthropology here.

Program Donors and Partners

YVR Art Foundation gratefully acknowledges the support of our program donors and award delivery partners.

  • American Museum of Natural History in New York, USA
  • Bill Holm Center for the Study of Northwest Native Art at the Burke Museum in Seattle, USA
  • Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Québec
  • Ethnologisches Museum Berlin in Berlin, Germany
  • McCord Museum in Montréal, Québec
  • Museum of Vancouver in Vancouver, BC
  • Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, UK
  • Royal BC Museum in Victoria, BC
  • The Field Museum in Chicago, USA
  • UBC Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, BC
  • Hauser & Wirth Institute in New York, NY