Extended BAiR

Visual + Digital Arts
Ongoing Program
Program Dates 

Deadlines:  January 20, March 2, April 20, August 31 2016

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Program Information

Participants of the Banff Artist in Residence (BAiR) program sit in artist Liz McCarthy's studio.

Participants of the Banff Artist in Residence (BAiR) program sit in artist Liz McCarthy's studio.


Be surrounded by a community of artistic peers, attend inspiring talks and performances by world-renowned visiting artists, and enjoy a spectacular mountain environment where you can engage or seek retreat. The Extended Banff Artist in Residence (EX BAiR) program provides time and space for artists, curators, and researchers to create, experiment with and develop production techniques, and cultivate new directions in their work during an extended stay.

This program provides access to world-class facilities in photography, sculpture, printmaking, papermaking, ceramics, textiles, painting, performance, media arts, film, and audio, as well as supporting curatorial and critical studies.

What does the program offer?

Extended BAiR offers the opportunity to create while removed from from the constraints of everyday life. Artists are provided with a studio accessible 24-hours a day, as well as use of our extensive facilities. Knowledgeable staff are available to provide technical support and assistance (subject to additional fees).

What length of residency is available?

Extended BAiR is intended for residencies of two months or longer. All residencies must begin on a Monday, and can start at most times throughout the year depending on availability. There are four application deadlines per year

  • January 20 - for April through June 2016 residency start dates
  • March 2 - for July or August 2016 residency start dates 
  • April 20 - for September through December 2016 residency start dates
  • August 31 - for January through March 2017 residency start dates

Who should apply?

The program is ideal for individuals on a sabbatical leave with funding coming from their home institutions, a philanthropic foundation, or government program. Residencies are for artists, curators, researchers, and other arts professionals with an exhibition record who have had formal training in visual arts, or equivalent experience and recognition from their peers.

What's Included

Studios & FacilitiesRead MoreClose

Create in one of our specialized studios and utilize shared production facilities in printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, photography, digital media and more (subject to additional fees). Collaborative groups share studio space.

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.

Community ServicesRead MoreClose

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

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.

Showcase your workRead MoreClose

This program offers opportunities to showcase your work in an open studios event in Glyde Hall (depending on your dates in residence), and in our Project Space.

Fees & Financial Assistance

Monthly studio fee*

Application fee: $60.

*Monthly Studio Fee is based on 30 days.

In addition to the program fee, participants are responsible for all costs associated with their stay such as shipping, materials and supplies, the rental and use of audio/visual equipment, photographic materials, printing, and any specific facilities fees. Please note that no accommodation or meals are included in the monthly fee.

Financial assistance from Banff Centre is not available for this residency.

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. Visual support materials should be provided for the collective, individual resumes and bios should be provided for each member. Collaborative groups share studio space.

Artist Statement

In 250 words or less, describe the conceptual basis of your artistic practice and frame your work within a larger body/history.

Project Summary and Bio

On a single page, provide a 100-word artist biography and a 100-word summary of the proposed project. These summaries will be used as a narrative for administrative and public use.


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

Detailed project proposal and timeline

In 500 words, describe the conceptual framework of your proposed project, your weekly execution plan, details of the mediums you propose to use and your level of knowledge in the processes required, and outline any specific technical or support requirements.

Resource request

Outline all studio, equipment, software, facility, or staff support required for your project. Final resource allocation is at the discretion of the department.


10 samples of your artistic work. Curators and researchers must submit 3 samples of written work. File sizes and specifications are available in our upload tool.

Application deadlines

  • January 20 - for April through June 2016 residency start dates
  • March 2 - for July or August 2016 residency start dates 
  • April 20 - for September through December 2016 residency start dates
  • August 31 - for January through March 2017 residency start dates


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.


International applicants: Government of Canada international visitor visa regulations limit participation to no longer than 6 months.


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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