Conceived by artists for artists, The Portfolio Prize aims to encourage the development of young artists through early career support. For artist founders Douglas Coupland, Graham Gillmore, Angela Grossmann, Attila Richard Lukacs, and Derek Root supporting the future generations of artists and their practices is essential to the continued growth of the region's arts community at large. The funds will provide young artists much needed support during a crucial point in their early careers. "I think what makes this prize unique is that it is artists helping artists. So often artists are on the receiving end of entrepreneurial initiatives - this time we are holding the reigns, making the work, selling the work and giving it back to our own community, besides providing much needed funds to emerging artists it's also about empowerment" (Angela Grossmann).

Through limited edition portfolio sales in 2015 featuring the work of Angela Grossmann,  Attila Richard Lukacs, Derek Root, Graham Gillmore, Gordon Smith and Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, the Foundation raised funds to support four unique artist prizes.


In 2016, the Portfolio Prize awarded $21,000 of prize money to four early career artists.


The 2016 winners are:

Colleen Brown - Emerging Artist Award

Derya Akay - Emerging Artist Award


Del Hillier - BFA Prize

Gabi Dao - BFA Distinction


Colleen Brown and Derya Akay, will also be showcased in the new Vancouver Triennale ‘Ambivalent Pleasures: Vancouver Special’ which will be on exhibit from December until April at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The Foundation is pleased this Triennale will recognize Brown and Akay and proudly support their careers as they continue to develop.

The foundation recognizes that artistic practice today is multifarious and early career support and funding is rare. The Foundation continues to assist in early career support, aiming to providing funding again in 2018. The 2017 Portfolio and its participating artists will be announced early in the new year.

For information about the foundation, its mandate and the prizes please contact :