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 most courses offered at MISSA.

Due to the overwhelming response from early applicants, bursary applications are no longer being accepted.

Thank you to everyone who applied. MISSA is proud to have awarded for 2020, the most amount of bursaries to the most amount of people. 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 Poster & Bursary Application Form

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!

PLEASE NOTE: Bursaries are NOT being accepted into Steven Hill’s glazing workshop

Bursary applications are no longer being accepted as the funds have been dispersed to early applicants. Thank you for applying! Remember to apply early next year!


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





2022 Summer Program: July 29 - August 12 **NEW LOCATION** MISSA @ Shawnigan Lake SchoolCLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.