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Queen's Golden Jubilee Scholarship for Visual Arts Guidelines
Application Deadline: May 1
Faxed, late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
For help with this application call 780-427-6315 or toll free 310-0000 before application deadline.
- Introduction and Purpose
- Eligibility Criteria
- Scholarship Conditions
- Application Requirements
- Application Requirements for Minors
- Application Submission and Deadline
1. Introduction and Purpose
The Queen's Golden Jubilee Scholarship for the Visual Arts was established by the Government of Alberta in 2002 to commemorate the accession of Queen Elizabeth II to the throne and her service to the Commonwealth.
One scholarship of $5,000 will be awarded annually to a young Albertan visual artist who shows extraordinary talent and potential and who demonstrates clear educational or training goals.
2. Eligibility Criteria
2.1 For the purposes of this scholarship program:
- Eligible visual arts works that will be accepted for assessment of artistic merit include, but are not limited to, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, and works in clay, glass, wood, metal, fibre, or any combination of these materials.
- Eligible visual arts programs that will be accepted for assessment of educational or training merit are the following:
- any level of undergraduate studies with a minor or major in visual arts; or
- a recognized program or appropriate mentorship, workshop, master class, or course with a focus on visual arts.
- Graduate programs or their equivalent are ineligible for consideration.
2.2 Applicants must be residents of Alberta. For the purposes of this program, a resident is a person legally entitled to be or remain in Canada, whose primary residence has been in Alberta for at least one year immediately prior to application, and who ordinarily lives in Alberta (for at least six months each year with the exception of attending a post-secondary program of study) and files tax returns to Canada Revenue Agency as an Albertan.
2.3 Applicants must be 25 years of age or younger on or before the May 1 deadline.
3. Scholarship Conditions
3.1 The scholarship will only be granted if the successful applicant can prove enrollment in an acceptable program as defined in section 2.1b and as identified in the applicant's scholarship application.
4. Application Requirements
4.1 Applicants must submit the following application components as e-mail attachments:
- A completed Queen's Golden Jubilee Visual Arts Scholarship Application Checklist.
- A completed and digitally signed Application Form.
- A letter by the applicant (of no more than two pages in length) that:
- introduces the applicant and outlines her/his previous experience in the visual arts;
- outlines the applicant's interest in the visual arts;
- describes how the applicant will use the scholarship to develop her/his visual arts practice should the application be successful; and
- introduces the applicant's visual arts submission.
- A set of no more than 10 (ten) digital images of the applicant's work. Images must meet the following requirements:
- Image files must:
- be PC-compatible .jpeg files;
- have a resolution of 72 dpi;
- have a maximum size 1024 x 768 pixels display;
- be a maximum size of 500KB (0.5MB); and
- be RGB or SRGB colour mode files only (no CMYK).
- Label each image file with a number and title.
- If the submission is a video file, ensure the video is no longer than 5 minutes in a PC-ormatted .jpeg or .gif file.
- A one-page numbered inventory of all images submitted including title, medium, size, and year of execution, and in chronological order from the oldest to most recent work.
- A detailed description of the applicant's chosen visual arts educational or training program(s).
- A letter of acceptance into the applicant's choice of educational or training program(s) or, for applicants not already accepted into a proposed program, a minimum of two alternate program choices.
- A resume or curriculum vitae (of no more than two pages in length) that focuses on the applicant's artistic activity; and
- A scanned copy of one of the following to provide legal proof of age:
4.2 Applicants may also submit a scanned copy of one current and signed letter of reference, preferably from one of the following: a high school, college or university instructor in the visual arts; a professionally produced or exhibited visual artist; or another professional working in the visual arts.
5. Application Requirements for Minors
5.1 If the applicant is under 18 years of age on May 1 of this program's application year, the following additional requirements must be met:
- A parent or legal guardian must complete and sign the Application Form and Applicant Agreement as the Designate for the scholarship; and
- The Designate will be responsible for the following:
- The completeness and accuracy of the Application Form and all required attachments;
- Receipt and use of scholarship funds; and
- Serving as the primary contact person for any inquiries relating to the scholarship.
6.1 Assessment of all eligible applications to the Queen's Golden Jubilee Visual Arts Scholarship program will be conducted by a discipline-specific expert panel.
6.2 The assessment and notification process may take up to six months. Only one $5,000 scholarship may be awarded. All applicants, successful and unsuccessful, will be notified of the outcome in writing. No jury comments will be provided.
- Certificate of Birth,
- Passport, or
- Certificate of Canadian Citizenship
6.3 The expert jury assesses each scholarship application based on the following criteria:
- The applicant's artistic ability based on the artistic merit of the visual arts submission.
- The merit and appropriateness of the proposed program(s) in the context of the applicant's visual arts goals and interests.
- The impact of the proposed program(s) on the artistic development of the applicant.
- The applicant's achievements and experience in visual arts and the visual arts community to date.
7. Application Submission and Deadline
7.1 Complete applications containing all the materials outlined in section 4.1 and (if applicable) sections 4.2 and 5 must be submitted as e-mail attachments to AFAsubmissions@gov.ab.ca. The Application Check List will help applicants ensure all application requirements are prepared.
7.2 All e-mail attachments must be submitted as Word or PDF documents. It is recommended that Word documents are password encrypted to protect against modifications. Applicants should keep a copy of the complete e-mail application submission for their records.
7.3 Complete e-mail application submissions must be received by the Arts Branch by no later than 4:30 p.m. on the May 1 deadline.
7.4 The Arts Branch does not accept incomplete or late applications.
7.5 All materials submitted with scholarship applications will be retained by the Arts Branch.
7.6 For assistance, please contact the Arts Branch at 780-427-6315. If required, a toll-free connection is available by first dialing 310-0000.