Bursaries provide urgently-needed funding to students at the end of the academic year when their student loan funding has been exhausted. This year, 85 Emily Carr students received bursary funding and many more applied. The Basic Inquiry – W.L. Davis Memorial Fund was established by The Vancouver Life Drawing Society (VLDS) in September to provide support for students with the greatest financial need.
The Vancouver Life Drawing Society has operated the Basic Inquiry studio on a volunteer basis for over 20 years. Formed in the early 90s, the Society provides ten drop-in sessions a week with live models. Its 100+ members and drop-in artists are comprised of amateur and professional artists, animators from local digital media studios, art students and emerging artists.
This new bursary will provide $1,000 in annual support to talented painting and drawing students comprised in part by monies donated by the late W.L. Davis, a local artist. The VLDS aims to support emerging artists, and selected Emily Carr University as the recipient of this award based on the university’s stature and reputation for excellence in the arts community locally and nationally.
A quote by Maurice Spiro appearing on the Basic Inquiry website informs the Society’s purpose: “Life drawing is a basic inquiry into the human form.” The Society offers its members and drop-in artists an inclusive gathering place to explore and draw the human form. In addition to life drawing sessions, Basic Inquiry’s 1011 Main Street location offers a gallery space, drawing equipment, professional models, and session managers and facilitators.
Do you want to make a difference in an emerging artist’s life? Contact Eva Bouchard to learn more about establishing or contributing to a student award at Emily Carr.