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Critical Art Writing Ensemble III

Visual + Digital Arts
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Program Information

Melany Nugent-Noble's artist studio during the Evolving Book residency.



The third Banff International Curatorial Institute (BICI) Critical Art Writing Ensemble residency warmly welcomes both writers looking at art and artists with a writing practice to explore writing as both a literary reflection on visual art and as an integral aspect of artistic practices.

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 with narrative and poetic potential, emotional/political/spiritual/intellectual engagement, creative approaches to form, and highly distinctive points of view backboned by serious analysis and criticality.
Writing that has the potential of visual art in an expanded field.

What does the program offer?

This program provides space and a committed community to work within. Participants are encouraged to exchange writing and ideas among each other, and meet with faculty to discuss individual projects. The residency also includes reading groups, workshops, faculty talks and readings, and opportunities to share and develop work.

Who should apply?

This program is open to writers, curators, and artists exploring pertinent topics within visual arts and writing.

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 six 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.

Office SpaceRead MoreClose

Participants in this program will have a shared office space in which to create their work.

Fees & Financial Assistance

Program Fee (Single Room)*
$4 019.89
Program Fee (Shared Room)*
$3 255.52
Program Fee with Financial Assistance (Single Room)
$2 275.29
Program Fee with Financial Assistance (Shared Room)
$1 510.92

Application fee: $65 for each individual or group application. Group members must pay an additional registration fee of $35 on acceptance.

*Financial Aid up to approximately 100% of the program tuition is available (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

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 (two 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 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.


Contact the Registrar

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

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