Banff Centre is committed to the commissioning, development, and production of new works in all major performance disciplines and encourages bold collaborations across all disciplines. Indigenous Performing Arts residencies are designed for Indigenous artists to work on the initial creation phase of a new work in one or more of our studio spaces.
What does the program offer?
This residency offers a range of work spaces and facilities depending on participants' needs and availability. Banff Centre provides limited production support for these residencies. Additional technical support may be negotiated when possible. Partial residencies may be available.
Who should apply?
We invite project proposals from individual Indigenous artists, Indigenous artistic collectives, and Indigenous companies of all sizes. Artists with projects at various stages of development are encouraged to apply - whether at the conceptual, creation, development, refinement, or redevelopment stage of a new work.
Applications are being accepted for the following dates, please indicate your preferred residency dates during the application process:
- Fall 2020: October 05 - 16, 2020
- Winter 2021: January 05 - 17, 2021
- Spring 2021: March 15 - 26, 2021
Artists may stay for the entire period or for one of the two weeks. Shorter residencies may be available. Please inquire for details.
Your program fee includes a shared bedroom on the Banff Centre campus for the duration of your program.
Single rooms may be available upon request for an additional fee. Please contact the Office of the Registrar.
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.
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 $41 credit per day, equivalent to breakfast, lunch, and dinner in Vistas Dining Room.
This program offers opportunities to showcase your work-in-progress in one of our performance venues.
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.
Enjoy special artist rates for ticketed performances or complimentary access to events.
Fees & Financial Assistance
Application fee: $35 for individuals or groups. Individual group members must pay an additional registration fee of $35 on acceptance.
*Participants accepted to the program will be eligible for up to 100% scholarship to cover the program fee.
The program fee includes a shared room and the Full Flex Meal Plan at Banff Centre. Travel to and from Banff Centre is the responsibility of participants.
If you would like to be considered, please complete the Financial Aid section when uploading your supporting materials.
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How to Apply
Group applications: the group leader must complete a single application and upload supporting materials on behalf of the whole group.
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.