Bill McLennan Masterpiece Study Program Travel Grants

Travel grants are for BC or Yukon First Nations artists and community researchers who wish to further their art or community research practice through the research/study of BC and Yukon Indigenous art collections at a YVRAF museum partner.

Award Amount

Varies

Number of Awards

Varies

Application Deadline

October 6, 2022

YVR Art Foundation offers travel grants to BC or Yukon First Nations visual artists and community researchers who wish to further their art or community research practice through the research/study of BC and Yukon Indigenous art collections at a YVRAF museum partner. Travel grants of up to $4,000 are available to support the grant recipient’s travel from their home community to a specific YVRAF museum partner for an in-person collections visit.

For applicants who would like to conduct a virtual or one-day collections visit at a participating museum partner, please visit the Microgrant program page.

New for 2022

YVR Art Foundation is pleased to acknowledge the Hauser & Wirth Institute in New York for funding two Bill McLennan Masterpiece Study Program travel grants, including the creation of a new Community Researcher grant!

The Community Researcher travel grant will be awarded to an Indigenous artist or community member of BC or Yukon First Nations ancestry to support their art, archival and/or other cultural heritage research and/or the assembly and sharing of community archives.

2022-2023 YVRAF Museum Partners

Bill McLennan Masterpiece Study Program travel 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 museum 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
  • Field Museum in Chicago, USA
  • McCord Museum in Montréal, Québec
  • Museum of Vancouver in Vancouver, BC
  • Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, UK
  • UBC Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, BC

Grant applicants propose a research/study project on specific categories or pieces in the collection they wish to see. The grants awarded are for the purpose of covering the travel costs to the museum from the applicant’s home community (e.g. flights, ferry etc.), accommodations and meals during the visit. Grant recipients are responsible for making their own travel and accommodation arrangements.

Grant Application Guidelines and Grant Application Form

Download a copy of the Travel Grant Application Guidelines and Travel Grant Application Form.

Review the Application Guidelines and Apply Online by clicking the Apply Now button at the top of the page.

OR

Download a copy of the Grant Application Guidelines and Grant Application Form listed above, complete it and mail or courier it to the address listed in the application form.

 

The Bill McLennan Masterpiece Study Program is named in honour and memory of long time YVRAF Board Member Bill McLennan (1948 – 2020). 

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 donors, award delivery partners, and cultural organizations whose generous support makes this program possible.

  • 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
  • Field Museum in Chicago, USA
  • Clive & Janice Grout
  • Hauser & Wirth Institute in New York, USA
  • McCord Museum in Montréal, Québec
  • Museum of Vancouver in Vancouver, BC
  • Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, UK
  • UBC Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, BC