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The Nan Yeomans' Grant for Artistic Development aims to help promising young artists and/or artisans in furthering their education and professional artistic growth. This grant, totaling $2,500 in value will be awarded to one successful applicant by a peer jury based on the artistic merit of their work and previous accomplishments, and the eligibility of their proposal. Grant monies are intended to be put towards focused training or guided creation. A public award ceremony will be held in fall 2009 with the recipient and representatives of Nan’s Legacy Project, the Community Foundation of Greater Kingston, and Kingston Arts Council in attendance. This grant will be awarded annually.

Nan Yeomans was an artist who lived most of her adult life in Kingston, until her passing in 2004. Born 1923 in Petworth, Ontario, she was a child of rural Canada, growing with nature and the love of interpreting it. Nan had a sense of duty and was unafraid of hard work and diligence. In her late twenties she enjoyed three summers at Queen’s University Summer School of Fine Arts, where under the guidance of prominent artists, Nan found direction. With the example of her mentors and the companionship of colleagues, she realized she was not alone in her drive to create. From then and for the rest of her 82 years she stayed busy with her art and her other responsibilities, but always found time to contribute to community. Nan lived a full artistic life with no aspirations of fame nor fortune. Eventually, she left those that had known her with a profound sense of respect and love for the small woman who lived a life of gentle strength in character and constant creation. This grant is intended to honor Nan’s legacy by supporting individuals whose ambitions incorporate communion with other artists in a focused context, and who display potential for a professional artistic career.


• This grant is open to all emerging artists and artisans between 17- 40 years of age, in the early years of their professional careers. The Nan Yeomans' Grant defines an “emerging” artist and artisan as one who has specialized training in his or her field (not necessarily gained in an academic institution), who is at an early stage in his or her career, and who has created a modest independent body of work.
• All applicants must be living in the Greater Kingston area, defined by the Community Foundation of Greater Kingston as Loyalist, Frontenac, Pittsburgh and Prince Edward counties.
• Only artists working in visual media may apply. This includes all disciplines and cross-disciplines of painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, sculpture, installation, pottery, weaving, spinning and sewing, glasswork, and metalwork, and also includes video and experimental film-making.
• Eligible uses of the grant include: funding post secondary studies in an arts program, enrollment in workshops, specialized skills training, mentorships and residencies, the purchase of equipment and/or materials, and travel costs only where such use of the grant will directly enable the applicant to work closely with other artists of similar or advanced skill level.

Application forms are available for pick-up at the Kingston Arts Council , 253 Ontario Street, Kingston, 613-546-2787, and may be downloaded as a pdf by clicking here.
All applications must be received by Tuesday September 15 2009 by 5:00pm, delivered or mailed to Kingston Arts Council, PO Box 1005, Kingston K7L 4X8.

In addition to the application form the following materials are required:

1. An artist statement and bio (CVs are welcomed but not required).
2. Up to 10 images on CD of recent work. Images should be jpgs (minimum dpi 150, 1024x768 pixels maximum image size).
3. A corresponding numbered image list indicating the title, year, size and medium of each image.
4. An explanation of how the grant money would be used if awarded.
5. Three letters of reference from individuals who know the applicant in a relevant professional context and are familiar with their artistic work (teachers/instructors, established artists, curators, arts professionals etc.). Contact information should be included for all references.
6. Support material package may also include print or promotional materials such as publications, newspaper, or magazine articles.

If you have any questions about the Nan Yeomans Grant, please contact the Kingston Arts Council at
[email protected] or 613-546-2787