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Ghost Days: Making Art for Spirit

Indigenous Arts

Program Information

Image credit: Terrance Houle.


Ghost Days: Making Art for Spirit is an experiment in conjuring and medium-ship, combined with art and collaboration with the living and with spirit. Participants will create works based on their personal relationship with the concept of spirit. 

Artists in this residency will partake in conversations with local Elders, as well as workshops involving photo/film development, sound art, performance, and storytelling to invoke spirit as both collaborator and audience.  

What does the program offer?

This intensive residency will emphasize collaboration, as well as connections with Indigenous themes  rooted in diverse personal and cultural understandings, including ways of knowing. 

Participants will create multidisciplinary experimental audio/sound works, photographic works, and silk-screened works. The art created will showcase connections to spirit, ghosts, and hauntings. Participants will also be introduced to stories, essays, music, and poetry for research purposes and later discussions.

Who should apply?

Artists who are interested in exploring a new, multidisciplinary avenue into art and spirit are encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will have a strong interest in ways of knowing, storytelling, and art making in an analogue manner.


Please note, dates and details are subject to change.

April 22: Participant introductions to one another. Participants will also be introduced to stories, essays, music, and poetry for research purposes and later discussions.

April 23: Introduction to Elders and Indigenous spirituality discussion led by Elders. Short artist talks by participants. Option for participants to set up a studio visit with Elders to discuss projects.

April 24 & 25: Terrance Houle studio visit with participants to discuss projects.

April 27 & 28: Sound and audio making to the spirits workshop.

April 29 - May 3: Studio week. Discussion day on reading materials. Day trips.

May 4 & 5: Photo workshop with Terrance Houle and Kelly Isaak.

May 6-10: Studio time with possible Elder visit and day trips. Spoken word artist Cobra Collins visit and writing / storytelling workshop. 

May 11 & 12: Printmaking workshop.

May 13-15: Final studio days and small exhibition in the Project Space.

May 16 & 17: Studio clean and final thoughts.

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.

Full 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 Full Flex meal plan includes $38 credit per day, equivalent to breakfast, lunch, and dinner in Vistas Dining Room.

Showcase Your WorkRead MoreClose

This program offers opportunities to showcase your work-in-progress in one of our performance venues.

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.

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.


Fees & Financial Assistance

Program Fee (Single Room)*
$4 489.42
Program Fee with Financial Aid (Single Room)
$2 744.82
Program Fee (Shared Room)*
$3 725.05
Program Fee with Financial Aid (Shared Room)*
$1 980.45

Application fee: $35 

*Financial Aid of up to 100% may be available to cover tuition.

Additional need-based financial aid 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 external national and international opportunities here.

How to Apply

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


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


Provide a 100-word artist biography. These summaries will be used as a narrative for administrative and public use.

Project Proposal

A one-page description, including the theme, an outline of materials and facilities required, and indicative timelines.

Artist Statement

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

Resource Request

Outline all studio, equipment, software, facility, or staff support requested in our upload tool. Final resource allocation is at the discretion of the department.

Visual Support Materials

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

Financial Assistance

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


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.

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 the Registrar

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

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