Apply for a Mid-Career Artist Scholarship Award

The application process is now OPEN for 2019 Mid-Career Artist Scholarship Program.

NEW for 2019: Updates to the Mid-Career Artist Scholarship Program age criteria have been made.  Please review your eligibility requirements before submitting your application.

Review the Application Guidelines Document here.

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

This form must be completed in one session. If you begin your application online, you must complete it as the webform will not save your responses.

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.

If you have any questions regarding the application process or the application form, please contact the Program & Administrative Coordinator Bridgette Badowich at

Note: a Mid-Career Artist Scholarship will be awarded to an individual one time only.

Personal Information
Applicants for the Mid-Career Artist Scholarship must be 30 years of age or older in 2019.
(e.g. Sto:lo, Haida, Selkirk). Contact YVRAF for questions about eligibility.
Have you previously received an award, grant or scholarship from YVR Art Foundation? If so, list the date and type of award.
Please include transcripts from the most recent post-secondary school you attended (if applicable).
Work/Volunteer History

Maximum 500 words

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

Art Practice and Exhibition History

Maximum 500 words

Describe your art background and experience including the medium you work in, your art education, training and/or mentors you have worked with etc. List any art displays or exhibitions you have participated in. You may also attach your CV to accompany this section in the Submission Materials uploader section of this application.

Program of Study

Maximum 500 words

You may propose to use your scholarship for one or more of the following three areas:

1) To work/study with a master artist in a particular medium

2) To attend a recognized school of art

3) To work on a special art project

For more information on what to include here refer to the Scholarship Application Guidelines document.

Maximum 500 words

Please describe how receiving the Mid-Career Artist Scholarship will specifically have an impact on your art practice or enable you to work on something that you would otherwise not have an opportunity to do.

Indicate whether you will be creating an artwork for exhibition at YVR and the dimensions of the work.  If you do not intend to exhibit your work at YVR, provide details on the report you will submit in lieu of the artwork.

Provide information here on how the scholarship funds will be used as described in the Program of Study section above.

Budget items might include:

  • Tuition/School Fees (if applicable)
  • Tools, Materials and Supplies
  • Travel Expenses (if applicable e.g. you need to travel to your master artist)
  • Living Expenses (Maximum $1,000)
  • Master artist honorarium (optional - maximum $1,000)
  • Other budget items

*Living expenses and the amount paid to the master artist may not exceed $1,000 each.

Maximum 500 words

Please provide an artist statement.  This statement will summarize the work that you do and your interests and motivations within your artistic practice.

Submission Materials Uploader

1. Two Reference Letters

a. A personal reference - from anyone who has known you for a number of years, other than immediate family, and who has some insight into your character and goals.

b. An artistic reference - from an art teacher, mentor or individual with an art background who can speak to your artistic experiences and accomplishments.

Reference letters must include the following information:

  • The full name of the applicant (you)
  • The full name, 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 scholarship

2. Confirmation Letters

If you propose to work/study with a master artist, you must submit:

  • a signed letter of confirmation from the master artist you will be studying with.
  • a current Biography of Curriculum Vitae (maximum 2 pages) from your master artist.

If you propose to attend a recognized school of art, you must submit: 

  • a confirmation of acceptance letter for the proposed Program of Study from the art school you will be attending. 

If you propose to work on a special project that involves other artists, you must submit:

  • a confirmation of the project from the lead artist (if applicable); or
  • a list of people involved in the project.

3. Transcripts

Please send a copy of your transcript from the last post secondary school you attended (if applicable).

4. Portfolio

Your portfolio sample is an important component of your application package. It is an opportunity for you to show the Jury some of your artistic achievements. Please use the following guidelines to create your portfolio sample.

Portfolio Guidelines:

  • Include a range of media or, if you have worked in only one medium, provide a wide range of samples
  • Include no more than ten photographs of your work.
  • 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 three 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 three photographs. For example, if you submit two videos you may only include four additional  photographs in your portfolio submission.

Include all reference letters, confirmation letter, transcripts (if applicable) and portfolio images in ONE .zip file (maximum 20 MB size) and upload via the button below.

Instructions on creating a .zip file can be found here (will open in new window).


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