Self-directed Residencies for Indigenous Artists

Program dates: Ongoing

Application deadline: Ongoing

Program Information

About Self-directed Residencies for Indigenous Artists

Achieve your artistic vision. Imagine no cooking, no cleaning, no interruptions, just mountains of inspiration. The Banff Centre offers self-directed residencies for Aboriginal artists, enabling the time and space for focused work and providing the freedom to conceptualize, create, research, or complete a project.

Self-directed residencies are open to dancers, choreographers, musicians, composers, singer-songwriters, filmmakers, writers, playwrights, and curators. Residencies can be of any duration and artists can apply to come any time. 

During a residency, artists can anticipate interacting with other artists in residence, attending performances and events, and enjoying the natural beauty of Buffalo Mountain situated in the heart of Blackfoot and Stoney territories and Banff National Park.

Financial assistance is available to Indigenous artists for self-directed residencies. For more information, call 1-800-565-9989 or see How to Apply.


“This program was an all round enhancing experience. It helped nurture a space for me to create and write songs for my upcoming album. It offered a great atmosphere of support, people, connections and mentorship as well as new friendships. Because of how much I gained since being here – I will be applying again and recommending this for any Aboriginal artist I feel would benefit from such an amazing place. Thank you!”
– Liv Wade (Métis, B.C.)

“Having an opportunity to focus solely on songwriting for an extended period of time in Banff allowed me to produce material that would have taken at least a year and a half. The quality of the work I produced was also higher -- some of my best songs were written here.”            
Leela Gilday (Dene, NWT)  

How to Apply


Above photo: The Banff Centre

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.