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Co-led by faculty Tina Campt and Macarena Gómez-Barris with guest lecturers, Saidiya Hartman and Jack Halberstam, Art, Writing, Practice is a residency and public symposia on art writing with a particular focus on experimental forms.

How do we, as individuals committed to art writing, attend to a thoughtful and careful practice of our craft? What kinds of time, resources, and individual and collaborative work allow us to theorize, write, reflect upon and differently imagine the world?

In this residency, we move beyond the paradigm of exhaustion and extraction to produce sustainable models of being and living in relation to each other that focus on our craft, narrative, practice, and creativity. Form, experimentation, rest, care, walks, and imagination will be at the centre of our lively discussions and efforts for how to make and curate art and writing in a depleted world of collapsing institutions and imperiled futures. Global south, black, brown, queer and trans perspectives will be foregrounded during this residency and black feminist and decolonial praxis will guide us throughout.

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What does the program offer?

Participants will have the opportunity to undertake work on a self-directed art-based writing project; attend talks by lead faculty and guest lecturers; participate in seminars; and engage in a public reading of their work.

Who should apply?

A program of the Banff International Curatorial Institute, Art, Writing Practice is open to writers, critics, scholars, curators and creative writers interested in arts-based writing and seeking mentorship in this field.

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, and all gender identities and expressions. Applicants must be ages 18+ at the time of the program start date.


What's Included

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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.

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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. Banff Centre can accommodate most dietary requests. 

The Full Flex meal plan is calculated at $70 credit per day, equivalent to breakfast, lunch and dinner at our Buffet service.

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Access a wide range of publications, books, music, and films in the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives.

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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.

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This program offers opportunities to showcase your work.

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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.

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Each participant will be allocated a private writing space.

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Group lectures are offered as part of the program.

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

Fees & Financial Assistance

You pay (after scholarship applied)
$1 596.00
Total fee (Tuition, Accommodation and Meal Plan)
$5 176.50
Scholarship amount applied*
$3 580.50

Application fee: $65 for individuals ($35 for applicants who identify as Indigenous).

Application Fees are non-refundable.

*Scholarship of 100% is available and will be applied to cover tuition, and 50% is available to offset meals and accommodation costs.

Scholarship of 100% is available to Canadian Indigenous participants and will be applied to cover tuition, meals 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

Learn more about the steps to Complete Your Application.


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

Letter of Intent

A 500 word description of why you wish to attend this program, what you hope to learn or achieve and what impact it could have on your practice. 

Project Proposal

Provide a one to two page project proposal describing your current research project that you hope to bring to the Centre.

Work Sample

One to five samples of relevant work. Please include at least one written sample relevant to your current project.


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 Admissions

For questions on preparing your application, please contact Admissions:

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