Global Discovery Program
The D'Aguilar Art Foundation's Global Discovery Program was
created to provide travel grants to Bahamian Art students and aspiring
The grant contributes to the cost of airfare and accommodations of its
participants, allowing them the opportunity to visit museums and
It was Vincent D'Aguilar's hope that these students would share in one
of his greatest passions - viewing the world's masterpieces in person -
firmly believed that art books, magazines, and the internet could not
quite capture the impact of the physical work itself.
Accordingly, students are
expected to make full use of their visit to an international art centre
to view original historical art masterpieces, celebrated modern art
gain an understand the local contemporary art movement, and meet with
artists, art students, art professors and/or curators.
The program accepts three (3) participants per year. There are no
limitations to the length of time a participant may travel, nor any
to his/her destination(s). However, the program is need-based and
participants will be awarded a grant, not exceeding $2,500, to aid in
The program is intended for the visual arts only, which includes
painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.
Applicants seeking to study any outside mediums (i.e. film, graphic
design) will not be accepted to the program. Furthermore, the grant is
scholarship for students seeking to attend school abroad.
The Global Discovery Program accepts applications from visual art
students at the tertiary or post-graduate level. Aspiring artists who
enrolled in school or have not received "formal training" are also
encouraged to apply. However, all applicants must demonstrate knowledge
a certain level of artistic development as well as a commitment to
To be eligible:
- Applicants must be recommended by an art teacher or established artist.
- Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of The Bahamas.
- Applicants must apply at least six (6) months prior to their intended departure.
Upon acceptance, the applicant is responsible for making all of the
necessary arrangements for their trip including booking flights and
and securing passports and visas. Should the applicant not use the
grant within six (6) months of being accepted to the program, the award
rescinded and applicants will be expected to return the award in its
Applicants who have applied to and/or participated in the program in the
past will be allowed to reapply. However, preference will be given to
first-time applicants.APPLICATION & REQUIREMENTS
A complete application should consist of the following materials:
Application FormProposalLetter of RecommendationArtist Portfolio
(preferably a hard copy, though digital is also acceptable)Application FormDownload the Globe Discovery Program application form
, complete and submit application.Proposal
Applicants must submit a proposal which explains:
- Why they are seeking this grant?
- Why the applicant wishes to travel to a specific location?
(i.e. Why is it particularly suited to their needs?)
- What they expect to see and learn on their trip?
- How the project is related to their academic or professional goals?
The proposal should not exceed 1,000 words and include a detailed itinerary and proposed costs of the project.Letter of Recommendation
Applicants require a letter of recommendation from an art teacher or
established artist. Your referee should submit their recommendation to
program via the methods listed below in the Submission Information
Upon return to The Bahamas, the recipient of the travel grant is
expected to share the knowledge gained during the trip with the program
in either a written or oral presentation. The nature of the
presentation is completely flexible; however, it is essential the
that he/she took full advantage of the opportunity.SUBMISSION INFORMATIONDeadlines
The Global Discovery Program operates under a rolling deadline and will
accept applications throughout the year. As the program accepts only
participants per year, it is advised to submit an application as early
as possible. Applicants who apply after the three positions have been
will be considered as candidates for the following year.Delivery Information
Completed applications may be submitted to the D'Aguilar Art Foundation
by letter or e-mail. If submitting your application via e-mail, please
indicate Global Discovery Program Application as your subject line. Be
advised that once an application has been submitted, the Foundation will
contact you should you be selected for interview. Otherwise, the staff
is not permitted to discuss your application during the review process,
except with regards to completeness or eligibility.
D'Aguilar Art Foundation
Global Discovery Program
P.O. Box N-213
Nassau, BahamasPoint of Contact
Potential applicants are allowed to discuss any concerns or questions
that arise during preparation of the application. For more information,
email Saskia D'Aguilar at firstname.lastname@example.org