Each year, the Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts is proud to be able to offer a number of full and partial bursaries to artists wanting to attend MISSA. 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 any course offered at MISSA.

“MISSA is amazing! I am incredibly thankful and impressed by the community that comes together to create and participate in the workshops. I feel lucky to have had the chance to be a part of it all.”

MISSA 2016 Bursary Recipient

Bursary Application Process

Please email the completed application form, 3-4 images and a brief bio combined as one PDF document which is under 4MB in size (please use low res images in your file) , to the Executive Director : ed@missa.ca  Only those applications which comply with the single PDF file format will be considered. Thank you.

Applications are due February 28 and March 30

  • Click HERE for an application

Applications will be reviewed as received. APPLY EARLY!

Selection is undertaken by the Board of Directors and is based on artistic merit, financial need and commitment to art. Partial bursaries typically cover the workshop tuition. Full bursaries cover both tuition and accommodation & meals. Bursaries do not include required course supplies or travel expenses. Recipients are required to contribute a minimum of four hours volunteer time per week and to write a brief report outlining their MISSA experience.

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


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


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

ROBIN HOPPER BURSARY – Potters Place Gallery Society  

The Robin Hopper Bursary was established by the Potters Place Gallery to recognize and honour Robin Hopper for all his amazing contributions to the Clay Community in Canada, and for his International influence as a Potter, Educator and Author .

The Bursary is meant to help clay enthusiasts gain more knowledge, skills and experience by taking courses, attending workshops, attending conferences or clay symposiums. The amount of the bursary this year is $500. Applicants financial need will be considered.

The Bursary is open to all applicants who have a passion for clay and are actively involved in making and producing works in clay, and are residents of British Columbia.

Deadline for applications is  28 February 2019

For an application form, or to donate to the bursary go to:-  www.thepottersplace.ca


We are grateful for community support!

Organizations that have supported MISSA with bursary funds:

  • 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



"MISSA is truly a paradise for artists situated in an immensely creative and scenic environment full of natural beauty. The staff are so incredibly welcoming and caring; you always feel taken care of."

MISSA 2016 Bursary Recipient