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Program Information

An indigenous artist works on a hide during a residency.


This three-week visual arts residency focuses on hide scraping, bone tool making, and working with parfleche. Visual artists who work with hide and parfleche will learn more about how scrape a hide, and work with parfleche with the support of faculty, elders, and knowledge keepers. Participants are invited to engage with faculty, community and peers while having self-directed studio time in Glyde Hall. Participants will come together with the community and have the opportunity for one-on-one sessions. The participants and faculty will have a chance to share their works in progress in Open Studios.

What does the program offer?

Participants will deepen their artistry and technical application with hide scraping, bone tool making, and working with parfleche. The program will foster peer relationships with the opportunity for self-directed studio time. Participants will also be engaged with community in storytelling/knowledge sharing sessions in the hide tanning process.

Who should apply?

This program welcomes Indigenous visual artists with traditional and/or contemporary arts practices interested in hide-tanning processes and working with parfleche. Applicants must be ages 18+ at the time of the program start date.


This three-week residency is a balance of self-directed time intermixed with support from faculty offering insight into the creative processes, and the opportunity for participants to workshop and present their work in a public event (film or reading), if desired. Peers are encouraged to collaborate through sharing their work. 

Week One: 
Participants will engage in on campus orientation and be welcome by Faculty, Banff Centre Staff and an Elder. This week will include Faculty presentations and a chance to sign up for one-on-one sessions with faculty. 

Week Two: 
Participants will begin with morning gatherings to welcome and say thank you to visiting faculty, as well as check in with needs and questions. This week will include participant presentations and one-on-one sessions. 

Week Three: 
Participants will begin with a welcome to new faculty, say thank you to guest faculty, and check in with needs and questions for the week. Faculty will offer one-on-one review sessions. Open Studios. 



What's Included

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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.

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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. Banff Centre can accommodate most dietary requests. 

The Full Flex meal plan is calculated at $70 credit per day, equivalent to breakfast, lunch and dinner at our Buffet service.

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

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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.

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The Library is delighted to support Banff Centre Participants, Artists, and Faculty with the following services:

  • Open hours:  9:30 am to 1 pm, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
  • Access to collections, including program relevant books, scores, artists’ books, recordings, periodicals, and object library.
  • Library accounts for borrowing materials.
  • Digital Library, on campus and remote access.
  • Library research assistance, by appointment.
  • Archives research, by appointment only.

Please email or for more information or assistance.

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Enjoy special artist rates for ticketed performances or complimentary access to events.

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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

You pay (fee after scholarship applied)
Total fee (Tuition, Accommodation and Meal Plan)
$8 148.00
Scholarship amount applied*
$8 148.00

Application fee: $35 

Application Fees are non-refundable.

Individual group members must pay an additional registration fee of $35 on acceptance.

*Scholarship of 100% is available and will be applied to cover tuition, meals and accommodation costs.

If you would like to be considered, please complete the Financial Aid section when uploading your supporting materials.

Banff Centre will issue official tax receipts for eligible tuition fees and financial assistance and awards as required by the Income Tax Act. You will receive a T2202 (Tuition and Enrolment Certificate) for eligible tuition fees paid and a T4A (Statement of Pension, Retirement, Annuity, and Other Income) for applicable financial assistance and awards.

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How to Apply

Learn more about the steps to Complete Your Application.

Short Biography

Please provide a biography of no more than 250 words. This may be used as a narrative for administrative and public use.

Personal Statement

In 250 words or less, provide a summary of what you want to accomplish while here, what focus you will bring to the residency, and how this experience will benefit you.

Experience level questionnaire

Please provide detail of any previous hide tanning experience, and your interest in the program

Sample of Work

Up to three samples of relevant images that relate to the program.


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 Admissions

For questions on preparing your application, please contact Admissions:

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