Visual Arts programs focus on professional and artistic development, research, and creative production in digital and visual arts. Our programs provide access to world-class facilities in photography, sculpture, printmaking, papermaking, ceramics, textiles, painting, performance, video, and digital media, as well as supporting curatorial and critical studies.

Residencies are for professional artists, curators, and arts researchers with an exhibition/publication record who have had formal training in visual arts, or equivalent experience and recognition from their peers.

Visual Arts Awards

Barbara Spohr Memorial Award
Every two years the Walter Phillips Gallery awards the Barbara Spohr Endowment Fund to a recent Banff Centre Visual and Digital Arts residency alumni. The prize of $6,000 CAD in value goes toward supporting the recipient in completing a residency in Visual and Digital Arts at Banff Centre.

Post Residency Award
The purpose of this award is to provide financial assistance to alumni for an upcoming public presentation of their work developed during their Banff Centre residency. Artists can use the $500 award for any aspect of the project that requires financial assistance, such as travel, shipping, publications, vinyl, fabrication, artist/collaborator fees, etc. 

Contact Us

For questions about the department and what we offer, please contact:


Phone: 403.762.6100

107 Tunnel Mountain Drive, Stn 14
Box 1020
Banff, Alberta
T1L 1H5 Canada