Introducing New Scholarships for 2022
The Breakthrough Scholarship offers untapped BIPOC, emerging artists who cannot afford to become members of the Al Green Sculpture Studio and School (AGSS) the opportunity to become a member for a period of 12 months with all of the rights and responsibilities afforded to a regular member. All membership fees will be paid and $600 made available for sculpting supplies.
Deadline for applications MARCH 31, 2022. Scholarships awarded by APRIL 15th for commencement MAY 1, 2022.
There are two scholarships available each calendar year. One scholarship for Indigenous artists and one scholarship for Black artists and Persons of Colour/Visible Minority. (*see application for definitions/criteria)
The recipient must maintain a regular studio practice attending the studio in person at least once a week throughout the year. Should the recipient fail to maintain a regular studio practice, the scholarship will be forfeited and awarded to another artist.
Selection will be based on artistic merit, intention, dedication, need and perceived ability to work within a tight knit community of supportive artists.
The recipients will be selected by a group of active studio members and the Studio Director. For the first year the group will consist of those who were involved in the program’s creation – Mary Ann Grainger, Frantz Brent-Harris, William Hung and Laird Henderson.
The recipients will be eligible to participate once in the annual members group show, which may take place outside the 12 month period of their specific membership year.
Click here to apply online
You can also apply by sending us an email (approximately 250-700 words) to the AGSS answering the questions below to help us assess your application.
- Do you identify as Black, Indigenous or as a Person of Colour/Visible Minority? Your response to this question is voluntary. You may identify with more than one equity priority group (*see below for definitions/criteria)
- Mailing address
- Phone number
- Email address
- Confirm that you are at least 18 years of age
- Tell us about your inspiration for creating. You can include information about your creative influences.
- Describe your current artistic practice (how much time do you spend creating art, where do you currently create your art, what would help you improve your artistic practice?)
- In which forms do you currently express yourself creatively (drawing, painting, sculpting, writing, photography, film making, for example).
- How would you like to use your time at the AGSS? Do you have a specific sculpture project in mind or a set of skills you wish to learn? If you have a specific sculpture project please give us a concise description.
- The studio hours are 10am-9pm Mon-Fri and 11am-6pm Sat-Sun, How often do you think you will be accessing the studio and its facilities (daily, more than once a week, once a week)?
- Our studio is located at 1120 Dundas Street East, are you able to travel to this location?
- Why would you like to be awarded this scholarship?
We would like to see examples of your recent artwork, please note it does not have to be sculptural work but should illustrate both the quality and nature of the your artistic practice and the level of your skill and creativity
Please submit 3-10 examples of your work in jpeg format including your name as identifier (please note total files should not exceed 20mb).
IMPORTANT!!! Please send the written answers to the questions in one email addressed to
Please send the jpegs to the same email address under a second, separate email to avoid your application being caught in spam filters.
*Is this scholarship applicable to you? Definitions/Criteria
This scholarship is only applicable to members of the BIPOC community who self-identify with one or more of the Equity Priority Groups Below.
Black refers to people of African descent across the diaspora including but not limited to African Canadian, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Latinx, East African, West African, Southern and Central African, Afro-Arab, Afro-Indigenous, etc.
Indigenous refers to Canadian Aboriginal people who self-define as First Nations (Status or Non-status), Métis or Inuit.
We also acknowledge Indigenous people from all other regions of the world. Indigenous people are those who have a historical continuity with pre-invasion and pre-colonial societies and consider themselves distinct from the dominant societies in which they live.
Persons of Colour/Visible Minority
Persons of colour includes individuals of African, Asian, Latin American, Middle Eastern and mixed racial descent and corresponds with the Government of Canada’s “visible minority” designation (e.g. persons other than Aboriginal peoples, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour.).
We acknowledge that Persons of Colour is an umbrella term for a diverse spectrum of racialized peoples who have experienced vastly different historical disadvantages and barriers to participation in Canadian society and the arts sector, and recognizes its use as a term to build understanding and solidarity between people.