Emerging Artist Scholarships

$5,000 scholarships for emerging BC and Yukon First Nations artists age 17-29.

Award Amount


Number of Awards

Up to 7 per year

Application Deadline


The call for Emerging Artist Scholarship applications opens annually in November. Sign up for our mailing list to be notified directly!

YVR Art Foundation offers Emerging Artist Scholarships to British Columbia and Yukon First Nations artists who are between the ages of 17 and 29 years and who reside in BC or the Yukon.

Scholarships are awarded on an annual basis to emerging artists who create visual art that reflects BC or Yukon First Nations culture and who wish to develop their art practice through education or mentorships. Visual art can include (but is not limited to) drawing, painting, illustration, carving, sculpture, printmaking, textiles, animation, photography, video and film.

Emerging Artist Scholarship recipients are selected by a Jury composed of senior Indigenous artists and/or curators. Up to seven Emerging Artist Scholarships of $5,000 each will be awarded in 2022, and the scholarship recipient’s artwork will be displayed at the Vancouver International Airport in 2023.

All applicants will receive notification of the Emerging Artist Scholarship results by April 2022.

Scholarship Artwork

Applicants for the Emerging Artist Scholarship award propose to create artwork during their Scholarship year that is representative of the skills developed through the proposed mentorship or educational opportunity. This scholarship artwork will be displayed at the Vancouver International Airport following the completion of the recipient’s scholarship year.

Application Assistance

Please contact the YVR Art Foundation Program Coordinator if you require accommodations or assistance when completing the application form.

How to Apply

There are two ways to apply:

1. Apply Online:

Review the Application Guidelines and fill out your online Application Form.

2. Apply by Mail or Courier:

Download a pdf copy of the Application Guidelines and Application Forms, complete it and mail or courier it to the address listed on the application: See below for instructions on how to mail or deliver your application.

Questions and Inquiries

If you have any questions or inquiries about the Emerging Artist Scholarship Program eligibility criteria or the application process, please contact YVR Art Foundation, by phone at 604.276.6261 or email programs@yvraf.com.


Frank O’Neill Award

One of the YVR Art Foundation Emerging Artist Scholarships is named in honour of Frank O’Neill, who was General Manager and CEO of the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) from 1987 until his retirement in 2006. Funded by YVR, this scholarship recognizes Frank’s cultural vision, determination and contributions to the development and public display of BC First Nations art at the airport. Frank is a Founding Director of the YVR Art Foundation, and was President of the Foundation from 1998 to 2005.

Note: a separate application is not required for this award. All applicants for the YVR Art Foundation Emerging Artist Scholarship will be considered for this award.

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Program Donors and Partners

YVR Art Foundation gratefully acknowledges the donors, award delivery partners, and cultural organizations whose generous support makes this program possible.

  • Air Canada
  • Audain Foundation
  • Grout McTavish Architects
  • Kasian Architecture, Interior Design and Planning
  • RBC
  • Stantec
  • Vancouver International Airport