Visual Arts programs focus on professional and artistic development, research, and creative production. Our programs provide access to world-class facilities, as well as support curatorial and critical studies.

Residency programs – thematic and self-directed – are for professional artists, curators, and arts researchers with an exhibition/publication record. Practicum programs are intensive, experiential learning opportunities that offer practical training and hands-on experience for artists and arts administrators.

Visual Arts is also home to Walter Phillips Gallery, which is committed to the production, presentation, collection, and analysis of contemporary art and curatorial practice.

For a detailed history of Visual Arts at Banff Centre, visit our history section

Visual Arts Awards

Barbara Spohr Memorial Award
Every two years the Walter Phillips Gallery awards the Barbara Spohr Endowment Fund to a recent Banff Centre Visual and Digital Arts residency alumni. The prize of $6,000 CAD in value goes toward supporting the recipient in completing a residency in Visual and Digital Arts at Banff Centre.

Post Residency Award
The purpose of this award is to provide financial assistance to alumni for an upcoming public presentation of their work developed during their Banff Centre residency. Artists can use the $500 award for any aspect of the project that requires financial assistance, such as travel, shipping, publications, vinyl, fabrication, artist/collaborator fees, etc. 

Contact Us

For questions about the department and what we offer, please contact:
Phone: 403.762.6100
107 Tunnel Mountain Drive, Stn 14
Box 1020
Banff, Alberta
T1L 1H5 Canada