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Banff Artist in Residence (BAiR) Text is a four week self-directed residency for artists exploring the intersection of language and aesthetics; conjuring, creating, and referencing text, poetics, and literature in their work. All mediums are welcome including printmaking, bookmaking, drawing, sculpture, performance, photography, painting, ceramics, digital media, and sound.
BAiR Text will run alongside the Banff International Curatorial Institute's Critical Art Writing Ensemble II and Literary Arts Digital Narratives programs. Artists will have opportunities to interact with participants in these programs, meet others working in different genres and exploring similar themes, share knowledge, collaborate, and thoroughly explore avenues of language expression through art making, writing and digital platforms.
What does the program offer?
This program offers four-weeks of intensive studio time and opportunities for interaction, collaboration, and experimentation. Demonstrations in visual art production techniques will be offered, and our knowledgeable staff will be on hand to offer support and provide access to our world-class facilities. Take advantage of attending readings and public talks by faculty of the Critical Art Writing Ensemble II and Digital Narratives programs; Andrew Berardini, Quinn Latimer, Eli Horowitz, and Russell Quinn. Receive insight into your practice with studio visits by Walter Phillips Gallery curator Peta Rake, and take advantage of demonstrations, discussions, and collaboration with master printmaker Jillian Ross of David Krut Projects.
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?
This program invites visual artists in all mediums for whom language informs their work. 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.
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: $60 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.Help fund your experience at 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. 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.