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Arts Writer in Residence 2018

Banff International Curatorial Institute
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Program Information

Artist Olivia Boudreau’s studio during the BAiR Late Spring 2017 residency.

Artist Olivia Boudreau’s studio during the BAiR Late Spring 2017 residency.


This residency will provide time and space for mid-career arts writers to develop a critical writing project and conduct research while engaging with artists-in-residence and programs in Visual + Digital Arts. The residency is suited to arts writers focused on the development of a substantial project resulting in an external publication. Writers are encouraged to meet with artists-in-residence to extend their networks, share their work in the form of readings, presentations, or workshops, and engage with curatorial and artistic staff at Banff Centre in the development of their external project.

What does the program offer?

Residencies offer structured programs where artists, curators, and other arts professionals come together to create work and discuss pertinent themes in contemporary artistic practice. Scheduled programming is designed to allow for self-directed research and project development, and time to collaborate with the creative community at Banff Centre. 

Participants will benefit from connecting with visiting curators, faculty, and artists through interaction with various Visual + Digital Arts residency programs and other arts programs across campus. 

This program requires a full time commitment and variable dates will not be considered. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed.

Who should apply?

This program is open to arts writers exploring pertinent topics within visual arts and art criticism.

Note: this program will also be offered January 7 - March 29, 2019.

About the Banff International Curatorial Institute (BICI)

The Banff International Curatorial Institute (BICI) encompasses a range of public activities including symposia, think tanks, exhibitions, and publications. BICI also provides research-based programs in the form of residencies and workshops, and practicum opportunities. BICI’s programs and activities serve the communities of curators, artists, researchers, writers, critics, philosophers, and other cultural producers at various stages of their careers. These programs offer ongoing professional development and complement degree granting curatorial programs by providing a venue to meet, explore, and continue research.

What's Included

AccommodationsRead MoreClose

Participants will have a single bedroom in the Rocky Mountain Co-op. Participants in this program will share the apartment. 

Light Flex Meal PlanRead MoreClose

Using a credit-based system to dine on campus, our flexible meal plans allow you to select meals according to your own needs during your stay.

The Light Flex meal plan includes $21 credit per day, equivalent to breakfast and lunch in Vistas Dining Room.

Office SpaceRead MoreClose

Participants in this program will have an office space in which to create their work.

Lecture SeriesRead MoreClose

A series of outstanding guest artists and curators will give free public talks and hold informal discussions. 

Gym MembershipRead MoreClose

Your program fee includes free access to the swimming pool, climbing gym, and fitness suite as well as discounted rates for classes at the Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation Centre.

Participant ResourcesRead MoreClose

Enrich your experience and get to know other artists on campus by taking advantage of the activities and support provided by our Participant Resources team.

Paul D. Fleck Library and ArchivesRead MoreClose

Access a wide range of publications, books, music, and films in the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives, open six days a week.

Box Office DiscountsRead MoreClose

Enjoy special artist rates for ticketed performances or complimentary access to events.

Fees & Financial Assistance

Program fee
$8 713.47
Program fee with financial assistance

Application fee: $65 

*Program fee is covered 100% by financial assistance from Banff Centre.

How to Apply


A one-page resume or C.V. describing academic, professional, and other relevant experience.

Cover Letter

A one-page cover letter explaining why you are interested in this program, your research objectives, what you hope to achieve, and how the program will further your practice. 

Project Summary and Bio

On a single page, provide a 100-word biography and a 100-word summary of the project you propose for this program. These summaries will be used as a narrative for administrative and public use.

Project Proposal

A description of the project you will be working on during the program including a detailed summary of what you will complete, weekly and monthly timelines, and where this work will be published or exhibited (three pages max).

Support Materials

Three writing samples, no longer than five pages each, in PDF format.


Participants are selected by impartial adjudicators on the basis of their submitted material. In addition to artistic merit, consideration will be given to the likelihood that the artist's work will benefit from the program.  

Applicants will be notified of their status as soon as adjudication is complete, approximately eight to 10 weeks following the application deadline.

All programs, faculty, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change. Program fee is 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. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

Contact the Registrar

For questions on preparing your application, please contact the Office of the Registrar:

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