Visual Arts

Visual Arts at Banff Centre offers exceptional programs for professional artists, curators, and art critics and researchers, as well as practicum opportunities for emerging practitioners. Visual Arts also supports, develops, and presents contemporary art through the Walter Phillips Gallery.

Our residency programs provide the time, studio space, facilities, feedback, and engagement with peers and faculty to hone your artistic development. Our thematic and self-directed programs encourage experimentation and exploration of ideas, theory, and process.

The Walter Phillips Gallery is committed to the production, presentation, collection, and analysis of contemporary art. The gallery houses the Banff International Curatorial Institute which focuses on programming and publications exploring curatorial research, pedagogy and practice, visual art criticism and writing.

Our practicum programs offer practical hands-on training, mentorship, and experiential learning opportunities for aspiring artists, curators, and museum and gallery practitioners.

As Banff Centre rebuilds our programming and staffing across all departments, we are taking the opportunity to review and redesign the Practicum Program with the intention of rebuilding better. At this time, a restart date for the Practicum Program has yet to be determined, however is expected to resume in Spring/Summer of 2023. Banff Centre remains dedicated to supporting emerging practitioners in the creative sector and we expect that this stream of programs will return as funding and capacity allow. 

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Visual Arts Programs

Thematic residencies bring participants together to create, discuss, and develop artistic research and projects around a specific theme. Through peer interaction, conversation, independent studio work, formal lectures, collective activities, and studio visits from visiting faculty and guests, participants gain new ideas and insights that can be applied to the thematic exploration of their work.

Self-directed residencies like the Banff Artist in Residence (BAiR) program are designed for participants to focus on their practice in a supportive environment. Participants are encouraged to cultivate new directions in their work, experiment with production techniques, and self-direct their research, activities, and time. Participants may attend talks, exhibitions, and performances by visiting artists as well as receive studio visits from program guests. Depending on the nature of your program and project, participants have access to an individual studio 24 hours a day as well as access to outstanding art production facilities and knowledgeable staff.

Visual Arts Related

Awards

Barbara Spohr Memorial Award 

The Walter Phillips Gallery awards the biennial Barbara Spohr Memorial Award to Visual Arts residency alumni working in photography. The prize of $6,000 CAD in value goes toward supporting the recipient in developing new work through the completion of a second residency at Banff Centre. Learn more.

 

Visual Arts Stories

The combination of being immersed in incredible nature paired with outstanding facilities was [essential] to my mindset, progression, and outcome of the work I pursued at Banff Centre.

Josephine Mette Larsen, Banff Clay Revival, 2018

Banner Image Credit: Mark Clintberg, Meet me in the woods, 2010. Coated aluminum and reflective vinyl signs. Glyde Hall and the Ken Madsen path. Commissioned for the collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. For additional information about the work please visit Walter Phillips Gallery.  

Contact Us

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

Email: arts_info@banffcentre.ca
Phone: 403.762.6100