Leighton Artists’ Colony for Independent Residencies

Program dates: Ongoing

Program Information

About the Leighton Artists' Colony

Located in a secluded, wooded area on The Banff Centre’s 43-acre campus, the Leighton Artists’ Colony studios provide professional artists an ideal space for creativity and intense productivity. These independent residencies offer artists the ability to delve into their work as a solitary retreat, as well as the option to engage within the larger artistic community of The Banff Centre. 

Leighton artists contribute significantly to culture and the arts in Alberta, throughout Canada, and around the world. Applications are accepted from artists of a variety of disciplines: writers, composers, singer-songwriters, visual artists, screenwriters, playwrights, literary translators, curators, art theorists, and professionals working in theatre, dance, and film at the conceptualization or research stage of a project.  Artists have created novels, poetry, plays, songs, chamber works, and operas. They have choreographed dance and music theatre, curated exhibitions and shows, and have created important visual art, films, new media, and television programming. 

Acceptance is based on an application/adjudication process.


These nine unique studios are each designed by a distinguished Canadian architect. All studios are equipped with a computer (PC or Mac preference requests are subject to availability), printer, wireless Internet access, kitchenette, washroom, phone with voice mail, and comfortable furnishings, providing the amenities necessary for artists to immerse themselves completely in their work.

Three of the studios have pianos, three can accommodate writers, and two are designed with storage, lighting, and flexible space to accommodate visual artists. The studios appeal to a variety of disciplines; some large enough to accommodate collaborative projects.

Artists do not live in their studios. On-site accommodation consists of a private room with bath, telephone, TV, and housekeeping service. Artists have full access to the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives, dining facilities, and fitness and recreation opportunities at the Sally Borden Building. Access to technical support, equipment and additional production facilities may be available on a rental basis. Please submit specific requests when you apply.

Community and Environment

The Leighton Artists’ Colony is dedicated to providing a solitary retreat environment; however, there is a larger artistic community at The Banff Centre in which Leighton residents are welcome to participate. The Banff Centre also hosts hundreds of concerts, openings, exhibitions, and performances every year.

The Banff Centre and the Leighton Artists’ Colony are located on the side of a mountain and therefore present challenges to people with limited mobility. The Leighton Artists’ Colony is committed to improving accessibility and welcome questions about access or special needs.

Leighton Artists' Colony Renewal Endowment

The Banff Centre is committed to the revitalization of the Leighton Artists' Colony, and has set up a permanent endowment, established with a generous lead donation from David and Peggy Leighton. More information on how to support the Leighton Artists' Colony Renewal Endowment.

How to Apply


Above photo: Cardinal Studio.

All programs, faculty, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change. Program fee subject to applicable taxes. Non-refundable fees and deposits will be retained upon cancellation. Any other fees are refunded at the discretion of The Banff Centre.