This residency welcomes Indigenous visual artists, curators, and scholars from all nations around the world to gather here on Treaty 7 Territory. Participants will create new work, collaborate, and investigate technology as a decolonial tool to discuss culture, contemporary art practice, and the future.
Indigenous peoples have drawn connections across vast distances, continents, and bodies of water for thousands of years, revealing the space between us as potent for sharing knowledge, experience, and technology. Working from the Pacific view of water as a mode of connection between islands, and by extension, Turtle Island (North America), this residency will explore the transference of ideas through various media across geographic distances, timespans, and cultures.
What does the program offer?
In The Space Between Us, older media such as carving, beading, tufting, drawing, painting, and more recent media including critical writing, graphic design, film, video, and 3D fabrication will all be considered.
Together we will delve into the sharing of knowledge and postulate locations of connection in the future, including imagined concepts of place. Indigenous methodologies of collaboration, learning by doing, consultation, creative intervention, working within an intergenerational focus, mentorship, and listening will be examined throughout the residency informing our art practice, research, and conversation.
Residencies offer structured programs where artists, curators, and other arts professionals come together to create 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 professional development of their work.
What length of residency is available?
This program is designed for participation over the entire period. Variable dates will not be considered.
Who should apply?
Visual artists, curators, and scholars of Indigenous backgrounds are invited to apply. Applicants should have an exhibition/publication record, formal training in visual arts, curatorial studies, or equivalent experience and recognition from their peers and communities.
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.
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 Light Flex meal plan includes $21 credit per day, equivalent to breakfast and lunch in Vistas Dining Room.
This program offers opportunities to showcase your work-in-progress in an open studios event in Glyde Hall.
A series of outstanding guest artists and curators will give free public talks and hold informal discussions. Lecture Series talks are available on iTunes U.
Access a wide range of publications, books, music, and films in the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives, open six days a week.
Enjoy special artist rates for ticketed performances or complimentary access to events.
Fees & Financial Assistance
Application fee: $35 for individuals. Group members must pay an additional registration fee of $35 on acceptance.
*Indigenous artists accepted to the program will be eligible for up to 100% scholarship to cover the shared room program fee (tuition, shared room, and lite flex meal plan) at Banff Centre. Travel to and from Banff Centre is 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, rental and use of audio/visual equipment, photographic materials, printing, and any specific facilities fees.
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
Collectives: 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.
Detailed Project Proposal and Timeline
In 500 words, describe the framework of your proposed project in relation to the residency theme, 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.
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 eight to 10 weeks following the application deadline.
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.