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Banff Artist in Residence Late Fall 2020

Visual Arts
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Program Information

Banff Centre 2019, Emily Neufeld. Photo by Anna Springate-Floch.

Banff Centre 2019, Emily Neufeld. Photo by Anna Springate-Floch.

Overview

The Banff Artist in Residence (BAiR) program is designed for visual artists to focus on their own practice in a supportive learning environment. Participants are encouraged to explore new ideas, create, self-direct their research and time, and cultivate new directions in their work — all while surrounded by a community of peers within Banff Centre’s spectacular mountain setting. 

The program encourages experimentation and risk-taking, via access to shared production facilities and knowledgeable staff who are available to provide technical support and assistance.* Participants may attend talks, exhibitions, and performances by world-renowned visiting artists as well as receive studio visits from program guest artists. In addition, participants have the opportunity to build connections, create networks, collaborate, and share their work with other artists-in-residence and the public.

What does the program offer?

The Banff Artist in Residence program allows participants to delve deeply into their practice while 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.*

What length of residency is available?

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

Who should apply?

This residency is for visual artists with an exhibition/publication record, who have completed formal training in visual arts at the post-secondary level, or equivalent experience and recognition from their peers. Collaborative groups are welcome to apply.

*Some additional fees may apply.

Faculty

Technical Requirements

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Fees & Financial Assistance

Program Fee (Single Room)*
$5 346.33
+GST
Program Fee (Shared Room)*
$4 360.33
+GST
Program Fee with Financial Aid (Single Room)
$2 973.30
+GST
Program Fee with Financial Aid (Shared Room)
$1 987.30
+GST

Application fee: $65 for each individual or group application.

Indigenous applicants: $35

Individual group members must pay an additional registration fee of $35 on acceptance.

*Financial Aid up to 100% is available to cover tuition (meal plans and accommodations are not eligible).

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

Collectives: 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.

Financial Assistance

Be sure to complete the Financial Aid section to be eligible for financial assistance.

Cover Letter

In 500 words or less, outline the conceptual basis of your artistic practice and frame your work within a larger context. Describe why you wish to attend this program, what you hope to contribute, learn, and what impact it could have on your practice.

Project Summary and Bio

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.

Resume

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

Detailed Project Proposal and Timeline

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

Portfolio

10 samples of your artistic 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 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:

Toll Free Number (Canada + USA)
1.800.565.9989