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Independent Residencies in the Leighton Artists Studios

Program Information


Independent residencies in the Leighton Artists Studios offer you the ability to delve into your work as a solitary, self-directed retreat, as well as the option to engage within the larger artists’ community at Banff Centre through daily campus interactions, and attending talks and shows.

The nine unique studios are each designed by a distinguished Canadian architect and provide a perfect setting for individuals and collectives from a wide variety of artistic genres to create new work. Leighton artists contribute significantly to culture and the arts in Alberta, throughout Canada, and around the world.

What does the program offer?

The studios provide all the amenities necessary for you to immerse yourself completely in your work. Each is fully furnished and equipped with a computer (PC or Mac subject to availability), printer, wi-fi, kitchenette, washroom, and telephone.

Three studios have pianos, three can accommodate writers, and two are designed with storage, lighting, and flexible space to accommodate visual artists. The studios appeal to a variety of disciplines; some are large enough to accommodate collaborative projects.

Although all studios are equipped with kitchenettes, artists do not live in their studios; on-site accommodation and meal plans are provided separately. 

Leighton Artists Studio stays are self-directed residencies with little access to facilities outside of the studios. Access to limited technical support, equipment, and additional facilities may be available on a rental basis.

Please submit specific requests when you apply. If your project requires significant support, please consider applying through one of our other artist in residence programs in Literary ArtsPerforming Arts, or Visual Arts.  

Who should apply?

This residence is currently only open to those whose stays were cancelled as a result of the pandemic.  Please contact LeightonAdmissions@banffcentre.ca for additional information.

Residency Dates

Residences must start on a Monday and end on a Friday, with arrival on the Sunday and departure on the Saturday. 

What's Included

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Your program fee includes a single 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.

The Regular Flex meal plan includes $30 credit per day, equivalent to lunch and dinner in Vistas Dining Room.

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Create in the privacy of one of our specialized studios. Access to limited technical support, equipment, and additional facilities may be available on a rental basis. Please submit specific requests when you apply. 

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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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Access a wide range of publications, books, music, and films in the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives, open six days a week.

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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

Daily Rate

Application fee: $65

The daily rate includes studio fees, meals, and single accommodation

If you are interested in using the Painter House, the studio fees would be $120 per day, plus $94.05 per person, per day for meals and accommodation.

Discounts: Studio discounts are available and granted based on financial need. Artists may request a studio discount by including a letter with their application stating financial circumstances. Discounts are not available for meals and accommodation.

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How to Apply

It is important to be aware of all steps included in submitting your application.
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Financial assistance

Request a studio discount via one-page statement explaining your financial circumstances. Discounts are not available for meals and accommodation.

Project proposal

A one-page project summary.


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

Letters of recommendation

First-time applicants must provide one letter of recommendation.


  • Composers: recordings of your work (CDs or MP3 links)
  • Visual artists: include eight images representative of recent work, plus catalogues and/or reviews. Provide links to digital images if appropriate.
  • Writers: include a selection of published work or manuscripts-in-progress. Writers who work in a language other than English should include a sample of their work in translation as well as the original.
  • Other artists: include appropriate examples of your recent work.


Acceptance is based on the following criteria: quality of artists work, the artistic merit of the project, the ability to support the proposed project and the benefit to be gained by working in a retreat environment.


Preference is given to successful applicants who have not accessed the Leighton Studios in past. Past participants are asked to wait at least one year before applying again.  If you were an unsuccessful applicant in past, a new application can be submitted but must be for a new project.

This residence is currently only open to those whose stays were cancelled as a result of the pandemic.  Please contact LeightonAdmissions@banffcentre.ca for additional information.

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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