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Banff Fellowship Residency for Scottish Artists

Leighton Artists' Colony
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Program Information

The Cardinal Studio

The Cardinal Studio in the Leighton Artists' Studios


This residency program is for up to four Scottish artists in any discipline (including but not limited to visual and performing arts, music, photography, film, new media and writing) who wish to explore any aspect of Banff’s unique environment, its environmental history and culture; and who wish to use the opportunity to advance their practice and career. 

What does it offer?

The residency will take place during October and November 2016, in order to coincide with the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival (part of the award includes all access passes to the Festival) and the Mountain Adventure Writing Program.  Participants will also have the opportunity to meet with local historians and research within the extensive archives of the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, and to collaborate and create with other artists on campus.

The four artists will create in the Leighton Artists’ Studios, which is located in a secluded, wooded area on Banff Centre’s 43-acre campus, providing an ideal space for creativity and intense productivity. This residency offers artists the ability to work independently, as well as to engage within the larger artistic community of the Banff Centre with advice, support, expertise and access to sites appropriate to the resident and the project. The successful artists will also be able to work collaboratively should they wish. 

Who should apply? 

Artists of any discipline are eligible to apply, including visual and performing arts, music, photography, film, new media and writing.  Applicants can be of any age and at any career stage, but must demonstrate exceptional talent, and a strongly focused interest in the mountain and environmental theme provided by this opportunity. Artists must be living and working in Scotland to qualify for this residency. 


Successful participants will join a vibrant community of artists and have access to concurrent environmental and mountain culture programming including:

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What's Included

Single RoomRead MoreClose

Your program 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.

Full 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 Full Flex meal plan includes $38 credit per day, equivalent to breakfast, lunch and dinner in Vistas Dining Room.

Travel GrantRead MoreClose

All travel expenses (economy air and ground) to and from Banff

Studios & FacilitiesRead MoreClose

Create in one of our specialized studios.  Learn more about the Leighton Artists' Colony here.

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.

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.

Box Office DiscountsRead MoreClose

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

Participant ResourcesRead MoreClose

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

Fees & Financial Assistance

Living Allowance*
$1 975.00

Application fee: $60 CAN

*Living allowance value is approximately £1,050 (exchange rate dependent) for the 5-week residency.  The living allowance is to cover expenses while away from your permanent residence and enable you to pursue the overall educational objectives of the program.

Participants accepted to the program will receive a full scholarship for the program including economy travel to/from Banff, tuition, accommodation, and meal plan at the Banff Centre. 

How to Apply

Cover Letter

A one-page cover letter explaining why you are interested in this program, what you hope to achieve by attending it and an account of the contribution you hope the residency will make to your career. 

Project proposal

A one-page statement of your interest in Banff and the environmental and mountain themes offered by the residency; and the direction you hope to take in exploring these themes.

Resume or CV

A two-page (max) resume or C.V. describing academic, professional, and other relevant experience.


Examples of your previous work (ex. up to 6 photos or media files or 6 pages of creative writing)


Final selection of successful applicants will be made by the Banff Centre’s creative directors, depending on candidates’ chosen art forms and interests.

We hope to notify candidates by August 5, 2016.


Please note that artists must be living and working in Scotland to qualify for this residency.   Successful participants will be required to submit a report on completion of the residency and examples of work completed in Banff. 


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

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

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