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Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grants for Emerging African Artists [$15,000]

Deadline: Ongoing

The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation was created in 1955 by Charles Glass Greenshields, Q.C., a distinguished Montreal lawyer and amateur artist, in memory of his mother, Elizabeth. 

Mr. Greenshields firmly believed that discipline, hard work and serious training in the traditional means of artistic expression were fundamental to the growth and development of the artist.  His determination to help dedicated young artists and students pursue the mastery of the traditional techniques and workmanship in painting and sculpture prompted him to establish and endow a foundation for this purpose. 

To date, the Foundation has provided financial assistance to some 2000 students and artists in 60 countries.

Who Can Apply?

The Foundation will only fund young artists who are pursuing their studies or are in the early stage of their career, are working in a representational style of painting, drawing, sculpture or printmaking, and demonstrate the determination and talent to pursue a lifetime career in their art practice.

The Foundation does not provide funding for the pursuit of abstract or non-objective art.

  • Style & Discipline
    • Applicants must work within a representational style of painting, drawing, sculpture or printmaking. No other artistic activities or disciplines are funded.
    • The following, in particular, are not within the mandate of the Foundation and are not eligible for a grant: illustration; graphic design; photography; animation; video art; film; digital art; crafts; decorative arts; any work that uses a photograph or digital image as the principal medium or that is produced using computer software or graphics; and any work or activity that falls primarily into any of the foregoing categories.
  • Career Stage: Applicants must be in the early stage of their career, either as a student or as an emerging artist in the process of launching their career. Grants are not intended as work or project grants for more experienced or mature artists.
  • Nationality: The Foundation has no geographic, citizenship or residency requirements; its grants are available to eligible applicants from around the world.
  • Age
    • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be eligible to apply and may not be older than 41 years of age at the time of submitting their application for a first grant.
    • Candidates who have previously received a grant may apply for a further grant after the age of 41, provided that they continue to meet all other eligibility requirements.

How to Apply

Applications must be completed and submitted online. Applications submitted in any other manner, including by email, mail or otherwise, will not be accepted.

Applicants must provide all of the information and upload all of the material and documentation required for the application. This includes:

  • Personal Information: Applicant’s full name, artist name (If any), gender, date of birth, contact information, country of citizenship, website URL and how he or she heard about the Foundation.
  • Proof of Identity: Government issued photo ID and proof of citizenship, current address and date of birth.
  • Education and Training: A list of the universities, colleges and art schools attended with the degrees / diplomas obtained and the date (or projected date) of graduation.
  • Exhibitions: A list of the exhibitions in which the applicant’s work has been displayed during the previous five years, or will be displayed in the next two years.
  • Awards and Prizes: A list of all awards and prizes received during the previous five years.
  • Portfolio: Images of six representative works (no more or less) produced in the two years immediately preceding the date of the application. These must be original works produced by the applicant alone.
  • Proof of Acceptance: If the applicant is applying to further his or her art education or training, a proof of acceptance or enrolment from the institution where he or she intends to study or train.
  • Artistic Proposal: A description of the proposed work, project or course of study or training that the applicant intends to undertake with a grant from The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation.
  • Artist Statement: A brief artist statement relating to the applicant’s previous and current work.
  • Budget: A budget for the proposed work, project, or course of study or training described in the applicant’s Artistic Proposal.
  • Letter of Reference: A letter of reference from a teacher or professor, an artist or curator who is familiar with both the applicant and the applicant’s work and is able to support his or her application.

Submitting an application requires a significant investment of time by the applicant and his or her referee. We ask that only serious and committed candidates apply.

Candidates may only access the application by creating an account and completing an eligibility questionnaire. To create an account and start an application, or to return to an application that you have already started, click below.

Visit Greenshields Foundation for more information.

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