Visual Arts Residencies at Banff Centre: Fall 2021 / Winter 2022

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Laurie Kang’s studio during Barbara Spohr Award residency in 2020. Photo by Biliana Panic.

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TWO NEW IN-PERSON PROGRAMS OPEN FOR APPLICATION

Through the Fall of 2021, Banff Centre will be bringing artists back to its campus on Sacred Buffalo Guardian Mountain in Treaty 7 territory, with a commitment to keeping participants, faculty, guests, and staff safe. Join us on the beautiful Banff Centre campus for two Visual Arts Residencies, and a new exhibition at Walter Phillips Gallery:

Banff Artist in Residence 2D – Fall 2021
In-person program
November 1 – December 3, 2021
Application Deadline: September 22, 2021

The Banff Artist in Residence (BAiR) program is designed for visual artists to focus on their practice in a supportive learning environment. Participants are encouraged to self-direct their research and time, as well as cultivate new directions in their work. The experience of artists in residence is further supported through individual studio visits with guest faculty and dialogue amongst peers.

Banff Artist in Residence 2D is a program for artists working in the mediums of analog and digital photography, drawing, printmaking, painting, and paper making. Access to the Photography, Printmaking, Papermaking, and Digital Media production facilities will be available, as well as the Woodshop. The program encourages experimentation via access to shared production facilities and knowledgeable staff who are available to provide technical support and assistance.

Participants have the opportunity to receive studio visits from program guest faculty and engage with the exhibitions and programming taking place at Walter Phillips Gallery. In addition, participants can share their work with other artists-in-residence, the broader Banff Centre community, and the public.

This residency is for visual artists with an exhibition/publication record, who have completed formal training in visual arts at the post-secondary level, or equivalent experience and recognition from their peers. Applicants must be currently residing in Canada.

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

Banff Artist in Residence – Winter 2022
In-person program
January 10 – February 11, 2022
Application Deadline: October 13, 2021

This edition of the Banff Artist in Residence (BAiR) program is similarly designed for visual artists interested in exploring self-directed research themes and cultivating new ideas in relation to their work — all while surrounded by a community of peers within Banff Centre’s spectacular mountain setting.

Ceramics, Sculpture, Photography, Printmaking, Papermaking, and Digital Media production facilities will all be available for the Banff Artist in Residence Winter 2022 program. Experimentation is encouraged via access to knowledgeable staff who are available to provide technical support and assistance.

As is standard for BAiR programs, participants will receive studio visits from program guest faculty and engage with the exhibitions and programming taking place at Walter Phillips Gallery. In addition, participants have the opportunity to build connections, create networks, collaborate, and share their work with other artists-in-residence and the public.

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


WALTER PHILLIPS GALLERY

Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts
Walter Phillips Gallery, September 10 to December 5, 2021

Curated by Candice Hopkins and Dylan Robinson
Exhibition tour organized by Independent Curators International (ICI)

Virtual Tour offered on September 23
In-Person Tours offered on October 6, November 12, and December 1

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Tania Willard, Surrounded/Surrounding, 2018, wood burning fire ring, laser etched cedar woodlogs from Secwépemc Territory, relief print on paper. Collection of the artist. Gifted to Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre, Kingston, 2019. Photo: Paul Litherland.

How can a score be a call and tool for decolonization?

Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts features newly commissioned scores, performances, videos, sculptures and sound by Indigenous and other artists who respond to this question. Unfolding in a sequence of five parts, the scores take the form of beadwork, videos, objects, graphic notation, historical belongings, and written instructions. During the exhibition, these scores are activated at specific moments by musicians, dancers, performers and members of the public gradually filling the gallery and surrounding public spaces with sound and action.

The exhibition is cumulative, limning an ever-changing community of artworks, shared experience and engagement as it travels. Soundings shifts and evolves, gaining new artists and players in each location. Some artworks have multiple parts, others change to their own rhythm as the exhibition grows.

At the core of the exhibition is a grounding in concepts of Indigenous land and territory. To move beyond the mere acknowledgement of land and territory here means offering instructions for sensing and listening to Indigenous histories that trouble the colonial imaginary. Soundings activates and asserts Indigenous resurgence through the actions these artworks call forth. This iteration of the exhibition includes works by Raven Chacon and Cristóbal Martínez, Sebastian De Line, Camille Georgeson-Usher, Maggie Groat, Kite, Germaine Koh, Aaron Leon, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Ogimaa Mikana, Chandra Melting Tallow, Peter Morin, Diamond Point and Jordan Point, Heidi Aklaseaq Senungetuk, Greg Staats, Olivia Whetung, Tania Willard, and T’uy’t’tanat-Cease Wyss and Anne Riley.

Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts is an exhibition curated by Candice Hopkins and Dylan Robinson, and organized by Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University, Canada. The traveling exhibition is organized by Independent Curators International (ICI). The exhibition and tour are made possible, in part, with the generous support from ICI’s International Forum and the ICI Board of Trustees. Additional support has been provided by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter Program, the Isabel and Alfred Bader Fund of Bader Philanthropies, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Kingston Arts Fund through the Kingston Arts Council, and the George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund at Queen’s University. The presentation at Walter Phillips Gallery has been organized in collaboration with Jacqueline Bell, Reneltta Arluk and Janine Windolph and is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Outstanding Artist Program.

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More information about the exhibition here.

Register for a free virtual tour of the exhibition on September 23 here.

Join us for free in-person tours of the exhibition on October 6, November 12 and December 1.


ABOUT VISUAL ARTS 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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Office of the Registrar
Email: registrar_visualarts@banffcentre.ca
Phone: 403.762.6100
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