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Emerging Visual Artist Intensive Online

Visual Arts

Program Information

Guillermo Mena, ‘A Guide for the Observation of the Skies’ (2020),

Guillermo Mena, ‘A Guide for the Observation of the Skies’ (2020), charcoal drawing and performance.  Created at Banff Centre during the BAIR Late Winter 2020 program with the support of the Raul Urtasun and Frances Harley Scholarship


 The Emerging Visual Artist Intensive is an immersive program of feedback, connection and mentorship for artists in the early stages of their careers. Participants will continue their practice from home, while being part of an online community of emerging artists each committed to developing and expanding their practice.  In addition, participants will receive a stipend to support the development of their work.

What does the program offer?

This online program will provide a discursive forum for visual artists to explore ideas in relation to their work, communities, geographic locations, and current societal conversations. Participants will form an online community of peers; share previous work with each other and continue work already in progress; partake in online studio visits; participate in conversations, presentations, and workshops; and engage with faculty and each other to develop ideas, insights, and connections that can be applied to the theoretical and practical development of their practice.  Please see the Itinerary section for an approximation of the program schedule. 

Who should apply?

This residency is for emerging artists who have completed university level training in visual arts (preferably within the last five years), hold an active exhibition record of at least two years in length, and/or show evidence of dedication in their pursuit of an artistic career.

Collectives of no more than two people are welcome to apply.

What Length of Residency is Available?

This program requires a dedicated commitment over a period of 3 weeks with the understanding that absence from weekly synchronous activities will be minimal and cannot be made-up. 

This program is supported by the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Outstanding Artist Program.


Synchronous online activities will be scheduled between 8 am and 5 pm MST, Monday through Friday.

 Expect to spend 6-10 hours per week in synchronous activities.

Plan to spend as many hours as you need working individually at home during the week and on the weekend.

A typical schedule is as follows: Residency group meetings will be held on Monday mornings, presentations and discussions on Tuesdays, individual 1 hour consults with faculty scheduled throughout the rest of the week, and a group workshop on Friday. Exact meeting times will be determined.

Online platforms to be used will include Zoom and Slack.

Due to the condensed nature of the program, pre-work may be required (readings, and presentation preparation).


What's Included

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Group seminars and workshops with faculty

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Online lectures and conversations with faculty

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This program offers opportunities to showcase your work

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A $750 materials stipend to support the continued development of your work

Fees & Financial Assistance

Program Fee*
Program Fee with Financial Aid

Application fee: $25 for individuals or collectives. Collectives must pay an additional $25 registration fee for additional members on acceptance.

*Financial Aid of 100% of the tuition fee is available for this program for all accepted applicants.

* A Stipend of $750 is available to support the work of accepted applicants.

How to Apply

Learn more about the steps to Complete Your Application.

Collaborative Groups:  Collectives of no more than two people are welcome to apply. One person from the collective must complete a single application and upload supporting materials on behalf of the pair. Visual support materials should be provided for the collective, individual resumes and bios should be provided for each member.  

Cover Letter

In 500 words or less, outline the background of your practice and frame it within a larger artistic and community context. Describe why you wish to participate in this specific program, what you hope to contribute, and learn.


A one-page resume describing your academic, artistic, professional, and other relevant artistic experience.

Short Bio

A biography of no more than 100 words. This may be used as a narrative for administrative and public use.


Applicants must submit up to 10 samples of artistic work with descriptions.  File sizes and specifications are available in our upload tool.


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.       


This residency is for emerging artists who have completed university level training in visual arts (preferably within the last five years), hold an active exhibition record of at least two years in length, and show evidence of dedication in their pursuit of an artistic career.

Collectives of no more than two people are welcome to apply.


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 Banff Centre.

Contact the Registrar

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

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