The Banff Artist in Residence 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 via access to a full suite of shared production facilities and knowledgeable staff who are available to provide technical support and assistance. Ceramics, Sculpture, Photography, Printmaking, Papermaking and Digital Media production facilities will all be available for this program.
Participants have the opportunity to receive studio visits from program guest faculty and engage with the exhibitions and programming taking place at Walter Phillips Gallery. In addition, participants can share their work with other artists-in-residence, the broader Banff Centre community 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 program 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. Groups no larger than two people will be considered for this program. *Subject to additional fees.
For full details on vaccination requirements, masking, safety protocols, and COVID related policies please visit: www.banffcentre.ca/covid-19-measures
Your program fee includes a single 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.
The Full Flex meal plan is equivalent to breakfast, lunch and dinner in Vistas Dining Room.
Fees & Financial Assistance
Application fee: $65 ($35 for applicants who identify as Indigenous)
Please note that as of September 1, our application fee reveredt to the pre-pandemic level of $65. Applications received on or before 31st August will be charged at $25. Application fees are not refundable.
Individual group members must pay an additional registration fee of $35 on acceptance.
*Financial Aid of 100% is available to cover tuition, and 50% is available to offset food and accommodation costs.
If you would like to be considered, please complete the Financial Aid section when uploading your supporting materials.
Banff Centre will issue official tax receipts for eligible tuition fees and financial assistance and awards as required by the Income Tax Act. You will receive a T2202 (Tuition and Enrolment Certificate) for eligible tuition fees paid and a T4A (Statement of Pension, Retirement, Annuity, and Other Income) for applicable financial assistance and awards.
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How to Apply
Note for 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. Groups no larger than two people will be considered for this program.
Detailed Project Proposal and Timeline
In 500 - 1000 words, describe the conceptual framework of your proposed 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.
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.
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.