Contemporary Art Practices

About the Program
Contemporary Art Practices
Visual Art Summer Intensive
August 7-25, 2023
Monday – Friday, 1:00PM-4:00PM

Contemporary Art Practices is a full scholarship three-week visual art intensive designed for artists ages 15-19 who are interested in immersing themselves in the world of contemporary art to advance their artistic skills and expand their creative thinking.

The intensive is a stimulating experience for teen artists committed to experimentation and dedicated to pushing the boundaries of their own art practice. In a dedicated studio environment, students will work with professional Vancouver artists, curators, and educators to explore a range of contemporary art practices and have access to a specialist studios and facilities at Arts Umbrella’s Granville Island location as well as unique access to Contemporary Art Gallery’s Exhibitions and learning opportunities.

Through a series of artist-led workshops, one-to-one mentorships, and self-directed projects students will be pushed to expand their creative and critical practice. They will engage in critiques with professional curators, group discussions on chosen themes and readings, and learn to develop their ideas to work with new materials and methods.

The program culminates with an exhibition of student work. Please note: this Program is only offered at our Granville Island location.

Submission Guidelines


Please submit 5-7 images of completed work and 3-5 images of sketchbook explorations that demonstrate study and experimentation. Please make sure that images are in JPEG format and no larger than 1 MB each. You should send no more than 10 images total. If there are barriers to submitting a digital portfolio, please contact us to make alternative arrangements.

Letter of Intent

Your letter must be between 500-1000 words, or roughly one page, in length. In your letter, please tell us why you are interested in this program, what you will bring and how you will benefit from the experience. Please include a brief statement about the work in your portfolio and a description of your art practice (ie. primary mediums, themes, references, and inspirations, etc.)

Application Deadline

Applications are open until Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at 11:59PM.

More Information

For details about the program, contact:

Arts Umbrella Admissions

Vitória Monteiro, Contemporary Art Gallery

Past Exhibitions

2022 | Intertwined
2021 | Human Nature
2020 | In this space
2019 | you do you
2018 | This is an Illusion

Program created in collaboration with:

Generously supported by:

The Parachute Fund