Call for Applications: Visual Arts Thematic Residency – The System and Other Universes, Banff Centre

Howie Tsui & Shary Boyle, The Steam Junk Treaties, 2022, Ink and gouache on paper, 76cm x 94cm

New Program Open for Application

Retreat to Banff and spend time quietly working alone, looking inward, connecting with the natural world, and engaging with others away from professional stress and pressure.

Visual Arts Thematic Residency – The System and Other Universes
In-person program
November 4 – December 6, 2024
Application Deadline: July 10, 2024

With a focus on studio practice, artists will be encouraged to reflect on “why” they are making art, for “whom”, and to “what” end? In what ways do market influences and institutional expectations consciously or unconsciously impact our work? How does making art heal or help the world? Visual Arts Thematic Residency – The System and Other Universes welcomes participants to consider new, unique, or radical paradigms for being an artist in shifting, uncertain times.

The aim is not to seek conclusions, but to welcome concern, curiosity, and the unknown into a safe and supportive environment. Those who question the purpose and destinations of their practice and are open to exploring alternate routes and sources from which to create, are encouraged to apply.

This residency will be gently led, with an abundance of time to work in the studio and explore Minhrpa, Banff National Park, and Treaty 7 territory.

All manners and approaches of art-making are welcome, with a special invitation to artists who are members of equity seeking groups including women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and members of communities that face marginalization based on age, ethnicity, economic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, race, transgender status, etc.

This program offers a structured space where visual artists come together to create work and discuss the pertinent theme, as well as time and space to delve deeply into their practice while away from the constraints of everyday life. Through peer interaction, studio work, formal lectures, and studio visits from world-renowned visiting faculty Shary Boyle and Howie Tsui, participants will gain new ideas and insights that can be applied to creative exploration and professional development of their work.

Participants are provided with a studio, accessible 24 hours a day, as well as targeted access to our extensive facilities.

This residency is for visual artists who have completed formal education or training at the post-secondary level, or who have acquired equivalent experience through traditional knowledge and practices, and who have received recognition from their peers.

Banff Centre invites applications from anywhere in the world, and artists of all ages (18+), backgrounds, gender identities, and expressions.

Scholarship of 100% is available and will be applied to cover tuition, and 50% is available to offset meals and accommodation costs.

Please visit the program page for more information and to apply.

About Visual Arts Programs at Banff Centre

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

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