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BAiR Emerging

Visual + Digital Arts
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Program Information

Louise Foo's studio, participant in the 2016 Convergence residency.

Louise Foo's studio, participant in the 2016 Convergence residency.

Overview

Banff Artist in Residence (BAiR) Emerging is an immersive program of studio practice, creative exploration, and critical feedback for artists in the early stages of their careers. BAiR Emerging combines the artistic freedom of a self-directed residency with the supportive benefits of an organized program.  As well as having the space to create, research, and experiment, participants are part of a community of emerging artists committed to developing and expanding their practice. 

What does the program offer?

Throughout a period of four weeks, artists will have opportunities to hone their individual practice or collaborate with others, present work to their peers, engage in critique, attend lectures and events across campus, and learn from demonstrations in various visual art production techniques. Artists will benefit from the insight provided by a curator through consultation and studio visits. In addition, visiting artist and winner of the 2016 Emerging Atlantic Artist Award, Anne MacMillan, with share her work and career journey. The self-directed nature of this program will leave ample time for independent learning and developing the internal motivation and drive needed to be a successful artist. 

This program will provide professional development opportunities for emerging artists by opening up new possibilities and directions in the production of their work. Our knowledgeable staff will be on hand to offer demonstrations, technical support, and provide access to facilities in photography, sculpture, printmaking, papermaking, ceramics, fibre, video, digital technology, and more.

Who should apply?

This residency is for emerging artists and curators who have completed University level training in visual arts (preferably within the last five years), hold an active exhibition record of at least two years in length, and show evidence of dedication in their pursuit of an artistic career.

The program is designed for full participation over the entire four week period. Variable dates will not be considered.

Faculty

What's Included

Shared RoomRead MoreClose

Your program fee includes a shared bedroom on the Banff Centre campus for the duration of your program.

Single rooms may be available upon request for an additional fee. Please contact the Office of the Registrar. 

Get connected with other artists on campus and focus on your projects in a creative environment while we take care of the day-to-day essentials.

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.

Studios & FacilitiesRead MoreClose

Create in one of our specialized studios and utilize shared production facilities in printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, photography, digital media and more (subject to additional fees). Collaborative groups share studio space.


Showcase your workRead MoreClose

This program offers opportunities to showcase your work-in-progress in an open studios event in Glyde Hall.

Lecture SeriesRead MoreClose

A series of outstanding guest artists and curators will give free public talks and hold informal discussions.  Lecture Series talks are available on iTunes U.

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.

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 6 days a week.

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.

Fees & Financial Assistance

Program Fee (Shared Room)*
$3 044.30
+GST

Application fee: $60

*Financial Aid up to approximately 50% of the program fee is available. If you would like to be considered, please complete the Financial Aid section when uploading your supporting materials.

Single room may be available upon request for an additional fee.

In addition to the program fee, participants are responsible for all costs associated with their stay such as shipping, materials and supplies, the rental and use of audio/visual equipment, photographic materials, printing, and any specific facilities fees.

Help fund your experience at The Banff Centre! View a compiled list of national and international opportunities here.

How to Apply

Collaborative Groups: a group leader must complete a single application and upload supporting materials on behalf of the whole group. Visual support materials should be provided for the collective, individual resumes and bios should be provided for each member. Collaborative groups share studio space. 

Cover Letter

A one-page cover letter explaining why you are interested in this program and what you hope to achieve by attending it.

Project Summary and Bio

Provide a 100-word artist biography and a 100-word summary of the proposed project you would like to work on while in residence. These summaries will be used as a narrative for administrative and public use.

Resume

A one-page resume describing your academic, artistic, professional, and other relevant experience.

Detailed project proposal and timeline

In 500 words, describe your proposed residency project, your weekly execution plan, details of the mediums you propose to use and your level of knowledge in the processes required, and outline any specific technical or support requirements.

Resource request

Outline all studio, equipment, software, facility, or staff support requested in our upload tool. Final resource allocation is at the discretion of the department.

References

Contact details for two referees from an artistic, academic, or professional capacity.

Portfolio

Artists must submit 10 samples of work. Curators must submit 3 samples of written work. File sizes and specifications are available in our upload tool.

Adjudication

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 8 weeks following the application deadline.

Eligibility

This residency is for emerging artists and curators who have completed University level training in visual arts (preferably within the last five years), hold an active exhibition record of at least two years in length, and show evidence of dedication in their pursuit of an artistic career.

Note:

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.

Contact the Registrar

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

Toll Free Number (Canada + USA)
1.800.565.9989