It is widely accepted that after water, the most popular drink in the world is tea. Grown, harvested, brewed, and consumed for millennia by vast cultural groups around the globe, tea is both a material substance and immaterial concept. Rituals and practices around the preparation and drinking of tea are deeply imbedded within the social, political, spiritual, religious, and natural landscapes and histories of Asia, Europe, North America, of Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. Through systems of labour and commodification, tea production and trade are inextricably linked to the history and process of colonization, yet also have the potential to contribute to decolonizing actions through inter-cultural sharing, community building, and friendship.
Visual Arts Residency – Meeting for Teas is an invitation to visual artists, working in any discipline or medium, to engage in research, creation, and studio practice that considers tea, in all its material and/or immaterial forms, as a site or starting point, for social engagement, inter-cultural exchange, identity, relationship and community building, decolonization, material transformation, and conceptual exploration.
In this thematic residency, participants will engage in a far-reaching dialogue on the social, historical, and contemporary aesthetic associations of tea to gain access to and explore cultural processes and attitudes. Led by Wayne Baerwaldt and Jennifer Crane, with guest faculty Karen Tam and Adrian Stimson, Visual Arts Residency – Meeting for Teas offers the opportunity to consider side-by-side notions of new materialism, inclusivity, performativity, and other forms of representation related to tea. The residency will examine a complex making and sharing process that has been closely tied to lived experience and expand the limits of the current discussions of tea sharing to include tea’s chemical properties, medicinal qualities, and its potential as a community-building medium.
What does the program offer?
This program offers a structured space where visual artists come together to create work and discuss the pertinent theme. Through peer interaction, discussion groups, studio work, formal lectures, and studio visits from world-renowned visiting faculty, participants gain new ideas and insights that can be applied to creative exploration and professional development of their work.
Who should apply?
This residency is for visual artists at all stages of their careers who have completed formal training at the post-secondary level, or who have equivalent experience and recognition from their peers through informal, specialized training such as mentorships, self-study, and traditional knowledge and practices.
Banff Centre invites applications from anywhere in the world, and artists of all ages (18+), backgrounds, gender identities, and expressions.
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.
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. Banff Centre can respond to most dietary requests.
The Full Flex meal plan is equivalent to $61.95 credit per day, equivalent to breakfast, lunch and dinner at our Buffet service.
This program offers opportunities to showcase your work.
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.
A series of outstanding guest artists and curators will give free public talks and hold informal discussions.
The Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives - Current Services
The Library is delighted to support Banff Centre Participants, Artists, and Faculty with the following services:
- Open hours: 9:30 am to 1 pm, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
- Access to collections, including program relevant books, scores, artists’ books, recordings, periodicals, and object library.
- Library accounts for borrowing materials.
- Digital Library, on campus and remote access.
- Library research assistance, by appointment.
- Archives research, by appointment only.
Fees & Financial Assistance
Application fee: $65 ($35 for applicants who identify as Indigenous).
*Financial Aid of 100% is available to cover tuition, and 50% is available to offset food and accommodation costs.
Application fees are not refundable.
Banff Centre will issue official tax receipts for eligible tuition fees and financial assistance and awards as required by the Income Tax Act. You will receive a T2202 (Tuition and Enrolment Certificate) for eligible tuition fees paid and a T4A (Statement of Pension, Retirement, Annuity, and Other Income) for applicable financial assistance and awards.
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How to Apply
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.
Adjudication is based on artistic merit, the potential impact of the program on artists’ practice and careers, project feasibility and the capacity of Banff Centre to help realize the project, and the project’s fit with Banff Centre’s values and strategic directions as described in its strategic plan. Banff Centre respects the need for artists to plan ahead for their visit; applicants will be notified as soon as adjudication is complete. Priority will be given to applicants who have not attended a Visual Arts Program at Banff Centre within the last three years.
Banff Centre welcomes domestic and international applicants for this program. Please note, Banff Centre programs do not meet Canadian Student Visa eligibility requirements, you must obtain a Visitor Visa to enter Canada. Accepted individuals are responsible for identifying and complying with the immigration requirements to enter Canada as a visitor from their country of origin. Current wait times to receive a visa are much longer than normal, so applicants who require a Visitor Visa should check the current expected processing times prior to applying.
Applicants must be ages 18+ at the time of the program start date.
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.