Visual Arts Residencies at Banff Centre: Fall 2020


J Cibic, For Our Economy and Culture (2013). Slovenian Pavillion, 55th La Biennale d’Arte Venezia, installation view, photograph by Matevz Paternoster, courtesy of MGLM and the artist.



Banff Centre is excited to launch a suite of online Visual Arts programs to inspire and sustain your practice, and support vital artistic conversations and connections during this time of travel restrictions and social distancing. Join us and our incredible faculty for these fully-funded programs.

Apply today for Banff Centre’s Visual Arts Programs!

BICI: Curatorial Futures
Online program
September 28 – October 24, 2020
Application Deadline: Today! Apply by August 26, 2020, 11:59 PM MST

The Banff International Curatorial Institute (BICI) Curatorial Futures program will explore alternative realities for curatorial practice in a transformational world. In response to the current social, political, ecological, economic, and global health situation, this program will discuss shifts in the art world and society; new platforms, developments, and innovations; and systemic changes within the field to create more equitable ways of working for communities, artists, and curators.

Throughout a period of four weeks, participants will engage with faculty, partake in discussion and debate, and connect with each other to build networks. Participants are commissioned to write a 1500 word text based on the program theme, and will receive a writer’s fee of $1,000 CAD upon completion. Faculty include; Aruna D’Souza, Eliza Chandler, and Heather Davis.

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Soft Power: Visual Arts Thematic
Online program
November 9 – 27, 2020
Application Deadline: September 30, 2020

Soft Power is a discursive program for visual artists to explore the connections between art, nation states, systems of measurement and data, and propaganda. Together we will examine how visual culture, contemporary art, and architecture are employed in the construction of national identity, economic systems, and ideas of collectivity and exclusivity. Decoding these mechanisms of soft power can reveal the invisible forces designed to direct collective behavior, and also ways in which they can be resisted. Faculty include; Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmons, Jasmina Cibic, and Hajra Waheed.

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Visual Arts at Banff Centre offers exceptional programs for professional artists, curators, 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.

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