To hear about upcoming online programs, subscribe to our mailing list.  We are pleased to roll out our new student system and application experience. If you have any questions or feedback, please contact

Program dates have passed. Please join our contact list for updates.

The application deadline has passed

Critical Art Writing Ensemble II

Visual + Digital Arts

Program archived

Program Information

Cover of “Stories, Myths, Ironies, and Other Songs: Conceived, Directed, Edited, and Produced by M. Auder” (2015). Edited by Quinn Latimer and Adam Szymczyk. Published by Sternberg Press

Cover of “Stories, Myths, Ironies, and Other Songs: Conceived, Directed, Edited, and Produced by M. Auder” (2015). Edited by Quinn Latimer and Adam Szymczyk. Published by Sternberg Press


The second Banff International Curatorial Institute (BICI) Critical Art Writing Ensemble residency will explore once more art writing as an aspect of literature. Exhibition catalogues can expand into short novels and stories and reviews into haikus and soliloquies transcending the ephemerality of quotidian journalism.  Participants will contemplate and compose writing that will have the wetness of literature: narrative and poetic potential, emotional/political/spiritual/intellectual engagement, creative approaches to form, and highly distinctive points of view backboned by serious analysis.

What does the program offer?

Participants are encouraged to exchange writing and ideas among each other, and meet with the faculty to discuss their individual projects. This program is open to arts writers and curators who seek poetic expression, and desire a little space and a committed community in which to work. Reading groups, workshops, faculty talks and readings, and opportunities to share and develop your work are a part of this program.

Run in conjunction with Visual + Digital Arts BAIR Text residency with guest artist and master printmaker Jillian Ross of David Krut Projects, and Literary Arts Digital Narratives residency led by Eli Horowitz and Russell Quinn, participants in this BICI residency will have opportunities to engage with others working in the realms of journalism, print publishing, literature, art criticism, and art practice across The Banff Centre.

Who should apply?

This program is open to writers and curators exploring pertinent topics within visual arts and art criticism.  

About the Banff International Curatorial Institute (BICI)

The Banff International Curatorial Institute (BICI) encompasses a range of public activities including symposia, think-tanks, exhibitions, and publications. BICI also provides research based programs in the form of residencies and workshops, and practicum opportunities. BICI’s programs and activities serve the communities of curators, artists, researchers, writers, critics, philosophers, and other cultural producers at various stages of their careers. These programs offer ongoing professional development and complement degree granting curatorial programs by providing a venue to meet, explore, and continue research.  BICI's residency programs provide time and space for curators, critics, writers or artists to research innovative ideas. Participants have the opportunity to develop new projects within a supportive and nurturing creative environment, and foster collaborations resulting from direct interaction with faculty, peers, professional artists, and other disciplines.


What's Included

Single or Shared RoomRead MoreClose

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.

Light 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 Light Flex meal plan includes $21 credit per day, equivalent to breakfast and lunch in Vistas Dining Room.

Lecture SeriesRead MoreClose

A series of outstanding guest artists and curators will give free public talks and hold informal discussions.  Lecture Series talks are available on iTunes U.

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.

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.

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

Program Fee (shared room)
$3 044.30
Program Fee (single room)
$3 808.67

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

It is important to be aware of all steps included in submitting your application.
Learn more.

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. 

Financial assistance

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


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

Cover Letter

A one-page cover letter explaining why you are interested in this program and what you hope to achieve by attending it.

Project proposal

A description of your writing project including a summary of what you hope to carry out during the program (2 pages max).


Three samples of relevant and recent written work in PDF format.


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.


Contact the Registrar

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

Toll Free Number (Canada + USA)