Each year, MISSA is proud to be able to offer a number of full and partial bursaries to artists wanting to attend our Summer Program. Financial assistance is made available through the MISSA Bursary Program and is open to artists working in any medium. There are a few memorial bursaries awarded including the Betty Burroughs Memorial Fund for ceramic artists. MISSA also awards a number of Emerging Artist Bursaries to artists 19-29 years old. Bursaries are available on a one-time basis and are applicable to most courses offered at MISSA.

Thank you to donors and sponsors for supporting the MISSA Bursary Program!

“The workshop that I was part of truly opened my mind to a new avenue of possibilities for my artwork to evolve. I gained knowledge of a variety of techniques, insightful industry information and and opportunity to connect with members of my own community that I could not have had elsewhere… I had such an amazing time being in a solely art-focused environment… There is undeniably magic at MISSA and I will be coming back in the future.  ”

MISSA 2019 Bursary Recipient

Bursary Process

Bursary selection is undertaken by a committee made up of the Board of Directors and is based on artistic merit, financial need and commitment to art and are reviewed on a first come first served basis. APPLY EARLY.  Full bursaries cover tuition, accommodation and meals. Tuition bursaries cover just the workshop tuition and there are also partial bursaries which can be applied to either tuition or accommodation. Bursaries do not include required course supplies, material fees or travel expenses. Recipients are required to volunteer some of their time during  MISSA and upon the completion of their workshop, write a brief report outlining their experience.

MISSA is proud of a strong bursary program awarding an average of $8,000 per year in bursaries. A variety of bursaries are ear-marked for certain artists/mediums and are allocated at the discretion of the selection committee.

Bursaries include, but are not limited to:

  • Established Artist Bursary
  • Emerging Artist Bursary (ages 19-29, any medium)
  • Educational Promotional Bursary
  • Judy Scott Honorary Bursary
  • Betty Burroughs Memorial Bursary (ceramics only)
  • General Bursary (generous anonymous donor, any age or medium)
  • Textile Bursary (generous anonymous donor, fibre/textile arts, any ability)


Bursary Application Form

Please apply as soon as possible as applications are awarded as received. If your workshop of choice is sold out on the website, please select it anyway as some spots are ear-marked for bursaries.

MISSA 2024 Bursary Application

MISSA awards a limited number of bursaries each year. Selection is undertaken by the Board of Directors Bursary Committee and is based on artistic merit, financial need and commitment to an art practice. Bursary students are expected to volunteer a few hours during their time at MISSA and upon completion of their workshop, submit a brief written report outlining their experience at MISSA.

Have you received bursary funds from MISSA before?
MISSA will consider repeat applicants after 5 years has passed as preference will be given to first time applicants.
Are you 29 or younger? (as of July 12, 2024)
Are you a ceramic artist?
Are you a textile/fabric artist?

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    Bursary Poster

    Help us promote MISSA’s Bursary Program and download our Bursary Poster and post at your school, arts organization  or recreation centre.

    Thank you for helping to spread the word about bursary opportunities at MISSA!

    Bursary Partnerships

    From time to time, organizations contribute funds to allow for a particular bursary to be awarded.

    We are very grateful for their community support!

    Organizations that have supported MISSA with bursary funds:

    • Langara College / Fraser Valley Pottery Guild (FVPG)
    • South Vancouver Island Pottery Guild (SVIPG)
    • Metchosin Arts Council Center Society (MACCA)

    Should you know of an organization, or an individual, that would be interested in supporting MISSA through funds for a bursary, please contact the Executive Director at ed@missa.ca





    Studio Assistant Program

    MISSA is pleased to announce its first Studio Assistantship program for emerging or early career artists with technical experience in studio operations. This fully funded professional development program provides hands-on experience assisting master artists in their field of expertise.

    To qualify, studio assistants must be knowledgeable in their field and have technical experience with studio operations in one of the following art disciplines – ceramics, painting, printmaking, and multi-media such as photography and digital arts. Successful applicants will receive tuition, meals, and shared accommodation at Shawnigan Lake School. Travel expenses and workshop material fees (if applicable) are the responsibility of the applicant.

    Studio Assistants will be responsible for providing technical support to instructors throughout the duration of the program, as well as maintaining and operating studio equipment. Working hours are for the duration of the workshop (9-4 pm each day) and may include additional time to assist with set up and takedown a day prior to and after the workshop.


    Note: For applicants outside the Victoria area, transportation from downtown Victoria to the Shawnigan Lake Campus may be arranged upon request.

    For future inquires about this program, please contact the executive director at ed@missa.ca