The Banff Artist in Residence (BAiR) program in Visual + Digital Arts is a self-directed program providing the time and space for artists, curators, and arts professionals to create, research, experiment, and cultivate new directions in their work.
In addition to private studio space and facility use, artists are surrounded by a community of artistic peers and have the opportunity to attend inspiring talks and performances by world-renowned visiting artists, all within the Centre’s spectacular mountain setting.
What does the program offer?
This self-directed residency program offers short and long-term opportunities to work away from the constraints of everyday life. Participants are provided with a studio accessible 24-hours a day, as well as access to our extensive facilities to further develop production techniques.
Knowledgeable staff are on-site to provide technical support and assistance, and a built in peer-to-peer community is available to participants for networking and interdisciplinary collaboration.
What length of residency is available?
This program is designed for participation over the entire four week period. Variable dates will not be considered.
Who should apply?
Residencies are for visual artists, curators, researchers, and other arts professionals with an exhibition/publication record, who have had formal training in visual arts or equivalent experience and recognition from their peers.
When applying, choose between staying in a single or a shared bedroom on the Banff Centre campus for the duration of your program.
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.
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.
This program offers opportunities to showcase your work-in-progress in an open studios event in Glyde Hall.
A series of outstanding guest artists and curators will give free public talks and hold informal discussions.
Enjoy special artist rates for ticketed performances or complimentary access to events.
Fees & Financial Assistance
Application fee: $65 for each individual or group application. Group members must pay an additional registration fee of $35 on acceptance.
*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.
How to Apply
Collaborative Groups: a group leader must complete a single application and upload supporting materials on behalf of the whole group. Portfolio materials should be provided for the collective, individual resumes and bios should be provided for each member.
Detailed project proposal and timeline
In 500 words, describe the framework of your proposed project in relation to this program, 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.
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 8-10 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.