Mid-Career Artist Scholarships

$5,000 scholarships for mid-career BC and Yukon First Nations artists age 30+.

Award Amount


Number of Awards

Up to 3

Application Deadline



Deadline: February 26, 2024 11:59 pm PST

YVR Art Foundation offers Mid-Career Artist Scholarships of $5000 each to British Columbia and Yukon First Nations artists who are aged 30 years or older (born in 1994 or prior) and who presently reside in BC or the Yukon. 

Scholarships are awarded on an annual basis to Mid-Career Artists who create visual art that reflects BC or Yukon First Nations culture and who wish to further their artistic career by expanding their work or practice into a new area, by study or work with a Master Artist/Mentor, attend a school of art, or create a visual art project that is of cultural significance to their community. Visual Art can include (but is not limited to) drawing, painting, digital art + design, illustration, carving, sculpture, printmaking, textiles, animation, photography, video and film.

Up to three Mid-Career Artist Scholarship recipients will be selected per scholarship year by a Jury composed of established Indigenous artists and/or curators. All applicants will receive notification of the Mid-Career Artist Scholarship results by April 2024. Scholarship recipients will then be awarded and invited to attend a Scholarship Awards Reception in Vancouver in May 2024.  

Scholarship recipients will also have the option to display their finished artwork at YVR International Airport in 2025. 

Scholarship Artwork

Applicants for the Mid-Career Artist Scholarship award propose to create a specific artwork while working with a Master Artist, attending a school of art, or working on a project that is of cultural significance to the artist’s community. Mid-Career Artist Scholarship award recipients have the option to display their final artwork at the Vancouver International Airport, and the potential opportunity to showcase their work with YVRAF’s other community partners. 

If any additional exhibition opportunities arise during the Scholarship year, award recipients will be informed and invited to participate.

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 deliver/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 Mid-Career Artist Scholarship Program eligibility criteria or the application process, please contact the YVR Art Foundation, by phone at 604.276.6261 or email programs@yvraf.com.

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