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Indigenous Arts Self-Directed Residency

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Program Information

Artists MJ Dandeneau, Cris Derksen, Leela Gilday & Kim Halliday in a self-directed residency.

Artists MJ Dandeneau, Cris Derksen, Leela Gilday & Kim Halliday in a self-directed residency. Photo: Rita Taylor, The Banff Centre.

What does the program offer?

Achieve your artistic vision. Imagine no cooking, no cleaning, no interruptions, just mountains of inspiration.

Artists can anticipate interacting with other artists in residence across the Centre, attending performances and events, and enjoying the natural beauty of Buffalo Mountain situated in the heart of Blackfoot, Stoney, and Tsuu T'ina territories.

Residencies can be of any duration and artists can apply to come any time.

Residencies are open to individual artists and to groups of artists.

Who should apply?

Applications for self-directed residencies are welcome from Indigenous dancers, choreographers, musicians, composers, singer-songwriters, filmmakers, writers, spoken word artists, and playwrights.

Visual and Digital Artists

Indigenous visual and digital artists apply for self-directed residencies through Banff Centre’s Visual + Digital Arts department

Residency Dates

Due to construction on campus and room availability, our next self-directed blocks will be in the Fall 2017. Sign up for our newsletter for the latest information.

What's Included

Single RoomRead MoreClose

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.

Regular 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 Regular Flex meal plan includes $29 credit per day, equivalent to lunch and dinner in Vistas Dining Room.

Studio SpaceRead MoreClose

Create in the privacy of one of our specialised studios.

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.

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.

Fees & Financial Assistance

Program fee per day (single room)

Application fee: $35

*Financial Aid up to 50% is available for this program. 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 national and international opportunities here

How to Apply

If you are applying as a group of artists, an application from each artist is needed. One project description for the group, however, is sufficient.

Personal statement

A brief statement & description outlining: 

1) your project description; 

2) your goals/expectations for the residency; and 

3) your brief biography (250 words maximum for each)


A sample of your work. For performing artists, either CD or DVD format (5-10 minutes in length) and for writers, a sample of work (5-15 pages maximum).

Resource request

 A list of studio requirements, resources and/or equipment, if applicable. (Note: fees for specific resources and equipment may apply).

Financial assistance

Indigenous Arts may provide up to 50 per cent scholarship toward the costs of accommodation, meals, and tuition during a residency. If financial assistance will be requested, a brief letter requesting financial support is required.

Residencies are dependent on the availability of accommodation and discipline-specific studio space for the proposed project.


Artists will be adjudicated on the basis of their submitted material and their professional expertise as artists.

Applicants will be notified as soon as adjudication is complete.


All Canadian and international Indigenous artists  - and groups of artists - 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:

Toll Free Number (Canada + USA)