January 11 - February 12, 2016

The application deadline has passed

BAiR New Materiality

Visual + Digital Arts
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Program Information

Fernando Orellano in his studio. Image courtesy of The Banff Centre

Fernando Orellano in his studio. Image courtesy of The Banff Centre


Banff Artist in Residence (BAiR) New Materiality is a program dedicated to contemporary art practice; challenging participants to engage with materials in unconventional ways and push the boundaries of traditional artistic mediums.

As well as having the space to create, research, and experiment using our extensive on-campus production facilities, in this five-week intensive residency you will be part of a community of artists, curators, and creative practitioners, each committed to their practice. Banff Artist in Residence programs offer independent periods of study where artists, curators, and other arts professionals are free to experiment and explore new directions in the production of their work. BAiR offers the opportunity to work at a remove from the constraints of everyday life and engage with the artistic community at Banff Centre.  

What does the program offer?

Walter Phillips Gallery curator Peta Rake, who is also co-curator of the 2017 Alberta Biennial, will be on hand to provide consultation and curatorial insights through studio visits. Participant-driven critique, artist presentations, and visits from guest artists will stimulate discussion and new directions. Scheduled programming is light and purposely designed to allow for ample time to work on individual self-directed projects or collaborate with others.

This program will provide professional development opportunities by opening up new possibilities and directions in the production of your work. There will be opportunities for demonstrations in visual art production techniques and our knowledgeable staff will be on hand to offer technical support and provide access to our world-class facilities in photography, sculpture, printmaking, papermaking, ceramics, fibre, video, digital technology, and more.

What length of residency is available?

This program is designed for participation over the entire five week period. Variable dates will not be considered.

Who should apply?

This program invites visual artists, curators, researchers, architects, and designers working in innovative ways with materials for five-weeks of intensive studio practice, interaction, collaboration, and experimentation. This opportunity is designed for arts professionals with an exhibition record who have completed formal training in visual arts, or equivalent experience and recognition from their peers. Residencies are for artists, curators, and other arts professionals with an exhibition record who have completed formal training in visual arts, or equivalent experience and recognition from their peers.


What's Included

Single or Shared RoomRead MoreClose

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.

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 Glyde Hall and in our Project Space.

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.

Box Office DiscountsRead MoreClose

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

Community ServicesRead MoreClose

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

Fees & Financial Assistance

Program fee (single room)
$3 452.00
Program fee (shared room)
$2 489.00

Application fee: $60. Collaborative group members must pay an additional registration fee of $35 per person on acceptance.

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.

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.

Artist Statement

In 250 words or less, describe the conceptual basis of your artistic practice and frame your work within a larger body/history.

Project Summary and Bio

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


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

Detailed project proposal and timeline

In 500 words, describe the conceptual framework of your proposed project in relation to the residency theme, 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 required. Final resource allocation is at the discretion of the department.


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


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.

Contact the Registrar

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

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