Supporting the arts and the role they play in building vibrant communities and strong economies.
8,000+ RBC Emerging Artist Project Alumni.
53 winners from 10,000 entrants in the Canadian Painting Competition.
A Long-Standing Priority of Investment in the Arts.
The RBC Emerging Artists Project supports organizations that provide the best opportunity to advance an artist’s career trajectory in genres such as visual arts, music, theatre, performance, literature and film. Every year the RBC Foundation donates millions of dollars to hundreds of arts organizations globally to help emerging artists become established.
Our Featured Visual Arts Partner
The Canadian Art Foundation (CAF) is uniquely Canadian, with a mandate to promote the understanding and appreciation of visual arts in Canada. The CAF enriches the public visual art education experience by profiling Canadian artists at home and abroad. It also encourages public engagement with the visual arts and advances the careers of emerging artists and writers.
See the RBC Visual Art Collection and learn more about the programs and initiatives we support.
Other Visual Arts Organizations We Support
Artist Story: Painter Melanie Authier
Melanie Authier's Paintings prove the ways that landscape is presented to use and the sometimes contradictory ways we experience it in the 21st century.
In Apocalyptic Picnic, small fragments of blue sky and green meadow – elements perfect for an outing – sit in a mass of abstract forms, explosions of physic and creative energy. What do we expect from lovely landscapes? What romantic feelings could we project onto them? How do we presume they might improve our lives?
Authier makes these questions of emotional desire, projection and difficulty visible within her landscapes. The result is messy, real-life feeling in a picture postcard-rack fantasy.
Authier is a graduate of the MFA program at Guelph University and has exhibited extensively across Canada. She is interested in the emotional exploration of landscape and nature as sites of longing, yearning and desire.
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We support programs that provide emerging artists with mentorship, apprenticeships and exposure to new and diverse audiences throughout their career. Need support for your program? Applications for RBC Emerging Artists Project grants are accepted year-round.