YVR Art Foundation (YVRAF) is an independent, not-for-profit organization based in Vancouver, BC, with a mandate to provide funding, exhibition, and research opportunities for British Columbia and Yukon First Nations artists. YVRAF’s programs include scholarships for Indigenous artists to develop and enhance their emerging and professional art practice through mentorships or attending art school; awards that support Indigenous youth in connecting with their Nation’s material culture; and travel and research grants for Indigenous artists.
Hauser & Wirth Institute has awarded $10,000 to fund two travel grants in YVR’s Bill McLennan Masterpiece Study Program, which enables artists and researchers to access and study works by their ancestors that are held in rare and historical museum collections around the world. This contribution introduces a new grant category to the program, the “community researcher,” which can include research by non-artists to study institutional archives as well as art and artifacts.
More information can be found at YVR Art Foundation.