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Indigenous Visual + Digital Arts Residency 2016

Visual + Digital Arts

Program Information

Artist Suzanne Kite’s studio during the Indigenous Visual + Digital Arts Residency

Artist Suzanne Kite’s studio during the Indigenous Visual + Digital Arts Residency


Visual + Digital Arts Indigenous Residency invites Indigenous artists, curators, and cultural practitioners from all nations around the world to come together, create new work, and discuss topics pertinent to their culture and contemporary art practice.

Located on the side of Sleeping Buffalo Mountain, the Centre's campus rests upon a historic sacred gathering place for the Blackfoot, Stoney Nakoda, and Tsuu T’ina people, who met here for trade and knowledge sharing, visions, ceremony, and celebration. Continuing in this tradition, participants in the residency will have the opportunity to meet with local Elders, engage with faculty and visiting guest artists, and tap into the community of knowledge of their peers around contemporary Indigenous art practice.  

Join guest artist Bear Witness and Nadia Myre for a self-led program centered on artistic reflection, creative exploration, knowledge sharing, and discussion.  Some of the questions to be explore may include: How are indigenous artists working across traditional genres and challenging the boundaries of what is considered art?  How has the landscape of art practice changed, and what territories and approaches still need to be explored and expressed?  How do we collectively speak about Indigenous art practice?  And, what are some of the responsibilities and expectations placed on artists? 

What does the program offer? 

During this five-week residency, focus on your work with dedicated studio time. Expand your practice with studio visits from guest faculty and through discussions with your peers. Connect with local Indigenous community leaders and Elders. Engage in meaningful conversations around global Indigenous culture and contemporary art.

Residencies offer structured programs where artists, curators, and other arts professionals are brought together to make work and discuss pertinent themes. Through peer interaction, discussion groups, studio work, formal lectures, and studio visits from world-renowned visiting artists and curators, participants gain new ideas and insights that can be applied to creative exploration and the development of their work.   

Who should apply? 

Visual artists of all disciplines, curators, researchers, designers and architects are welcome. Note: Enrollment to this program is limited to individuals of Indigenous descent (status, non-status, Métis or Inuit in Canada and Indigenous peoples from around the world). Applicants should have an exhibition/publication record, formal training in visual arts, or equivalent experience and recognition from their peers or communities.


What's Included

Shared RoomRead MoreClose

Your program fee includes 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.

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.

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.

Lecture SeriesRead MoreClose

Visiting guest artists and curators will give free public talks and hold informal discussions.  Lecture Series talks are available on iTunes U.

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 (shared room)*
$4 109.06
Program Fee (single room)*
$5 072.00

Application fee: $35

*Artists accepted to the program will be eligible for up to 100% scholarship to cover the shared room program fee (tuition, shared room, and regular meal plan) at The Banff Centre. Travel to and from Banff Centre will be the responsibility of participants.

In addition to the program fee, participants are responsible for all costs associated with their stay such as shipping, materials and supplies, the rental and use of audio/visual equipment, photographic materials, printing, and any specific facilities fees.

How to Apply

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

Collaborative Groups: a group leader must complete a single application and upload supporting materials on behalf of the whole group. Visual support materials should be provided for the collective, individual resumes and bios should be provided for each member. Collaborative groups share studio space.

Financial assistance

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

Cover Letter

In 500 words or less:

  • Describe the conceptual basis of your artistic practice and frame your work within a larger body/history.
  • Describe why you wish to attend this program, what you hope to contribute, learn, and what impact it could have on your practice.


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

Project Summary and Bio

On a single page, provide a 100-word artist biography and a 100-word summary of the proposed project. These summaries will be used as a narrative for administrative and public use.

Detailed project proposal and timeline

In 500 words, describe the conceptual framework of your proposed project in relation to the residency, your weekly execution plan, details of the mediums you propose to use and your level of knowledge in the processes required, and outline any specific technical or support requirements.

Resource request

Outline all studio, equipment, software, facility, or staff support required. Final resource allocation is at the discretion of the department.


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


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, approximately 8-10 weeks following the application deadline.


Please note: Enrollment to this program is limited to individuals of Indigenous descent (status, non-status, Métis or Inuit), including indigenous peoples from outside of Canada.


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.

Contact the Registrar

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

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