The JRSP runs an annual awards programme to 'advance the understanding and appreciation of art as a source of knowledge, and to raise awareness of the art of Jeffrey Rubinoff'. It is now accepting applications for three awards: a Postdoctoral Award; a Graduate Essay Award; and a Guest Curatorship.

Download JRSP Awards application package
Download JRSP Guest Curator application package

Note: Please send completed applications to awards AT rubinoffsculpturepark DOT org

RUBINOFF POSTDOCTORAL AWARD  |  Aimed at early career researchers anywhere in the world, Postdoctoral Awards offer $7,000 CAD (roughly $5,300 USD or GBP4,100) to support research leading to one or more publications on any subject relating to art and knowledge. Themes might include but are not limited to the connections between visual art and cognition, ethics, politics, religion or the sacred, and any other fields of knowledge.

RUBINOFF GRADUATE ESSAY AWARD  |  The Jeffrey Rubinoff Graduate Essay Award is an annual competition open to current postgraduate students anywhere in the world. Successful applicants will receive $3,000 CAD (roughly $2,300 USD or GBP1,750) to research and write an original essay responding to any aspect of the Jeffrey Rubinoff Sculpture Park. Candidates will travel to the Park in June 2019 to conduct initial field research and attend the Company of Ideas Forum (24-27 June 2019). They will develop their topic with support from staff at the JRSP, submitting a typed and footnoted essay of 3,000- 4,000 words by Monday 2 December 2019. They will return to Canada to present their completed paper to the following Forum (scheduled for 22-25 June 2020). All travel expenses will be covered.

JRSP GUEST CURATORSHIP  |  The 2019 Guest Curatorship Award is targeted at undergraduate or postgraduate students living on Vancouver Island or the Gulf Islands and attending a Vancouver Island post-secondary institution. The 2019 Guest Curator will assist the Sculpture Park's Curator in enhancing the Park's online presence. The project: In 2019 the JRSP website will be completely redesigned, with an emphasis on making multimedia materials available to the public in an attractive and explicative manner. The Guest Curator will assist the JRSP Managing Curator to design an online multimedia gallery of sculpture photos, tour and lecture videos, and symposium podcasts. The successful candidate will then organize, edit and upload the existing multimedia. Images will need cataloguing, and audio and visual media will need to be trimmed and labeled. The work will be part-time, and can be combined with studies. It will be completed between February and May 2019 on a mutually agreed schedule, and will involve up to two expenses-paid trips to Hornby Island. The candidate will also attend the 2019 Company of Ideas Forum, on 24-27 June 2019. The successful candidate will receive an award of $2,000 CAD, plus travel expenses and required software.


In 2016, sculptor Jeffrey Rubinoff established an endowment in the University of Victoria's Art History and Visual Studies department for a recurring four-year PhD fellowship in the field of Art as a Source of Knowledge.

The awardees, who will be known as "Rubinoff Scholars in Art as a Source of Knowledge," are selected for the excellence of their research in an area of modern and contemporary art history with a focus on the visual arts.

"My own sculptural work is completely dedicated to art history," says Rubinoff. "Original ideas grow out of original work, which led me to see art as a source of knowledge. Since these insights form the context within which the work becomes meaningful, it is imperative that the general public, artists and art educators understand them if the work is to be fully appreciated."

Please click here for the full University of Victoria announcement


In 2014 Churchill College, Cambridge University jointly established the Jeffrey Rubinoff Fellowship in Art as a Source of Knowledge with sculptor Jeffrey Rubinoff. The Fellowship supports early career postdoctoral researchers working in the field of Art as a Source of Knowledge, with a focus on the visual arts.

Click here for more information on the Jeffrey Rubinoff Fellowship.

In addition to independent research and teaching, the role of the Rubinoff Fellow is to participate in the annual Jeffrey Rubinoff Sculpture Park Company of Ideas Forum on Hornby Island BC, Canada, as well as at associated events at Cambridge University.

Source: Wikipedia page on Jeffrey Rubinoff

In 2015 Dr. Vid Simoniti, who recently completed his doctoral thesis on the 'The Epistemic Value in Contemporary Art' at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University, was selected to be first Rubinoff Fellow.

Please click here for more information on Dr. Vid Simoniti


Artists, students or interested members of the public who would like to learn more about the sculpture collection are, invited to book an guided study tour.

To book please email:


Currently enrolled students are invited to apply to participate in the Company of Ideas Forum held each year in late May or June. Please see the Company of Ideas section of our website for more details.

To apply
Please send a motivation letter stating your specific interest in the Forum, your current CV and a writing sample to the JRSP Curator Karun Koernig at