Visual Arts Residencies | Walter Phillips Gallery: Spring – Fall 2020


Installation view: Rita McKeough, darkness is as deep as the darkness is (2020), courtesy the artist. Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Photo by: Donald Lee.


Visual Arts Residencies
Walter Phillips Gallery
Exhibitions, Call for Program Applications + More


darkness is as deep as the darkness is
Rita McKeough
February 1 – May 31, 2020

Nationally recognized for her complex installation-based works integrating electronic media, sculpture, sound and performance, darkness is as deep as the darkness is by Calgary-based artist Rita McKeough is an invitation into an imagined subterranean just below the ground’s surface. A space where darkness connotes a richness of lived entanglements between beings above and below the soil, the work also references contested sites of urban development and extraction that penetrate into the burrows, roots and remains of animals and plants.


Explore new ideas in our residency programs with renowned faculty and artists. Be inspired by our studio spaces, ceramics, printmaking, photography, sculpture, and digital media facilities, in the unrivalled natural environment of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

Apply today for Visual Arts Programs!

BAiR programs in Visual Arts support artists in revitalizing their practice through experimentation, the development of new ideas and production techniques, feedback from visiting guest curators and artists, and self-directed research – all while surrounded by a community of peers within Banff Centre’s spectacular mountain setting.

Banff Artist in Residence Summer 2020
Self-Directed Residency
July 20 – August 21, 2020
Application deadline: March 4

Delve deeply into your practice while away from the constraints of everyday life. Participants are provided with a studio, accessible 24 hours a day, as well as access to our extensive facilities and knowledgeable staff.

Thematic residencies offer a structured program where artists come together with faculty mentors to create work discuss pertinent themes.

Thematic Residency
July 20 – August 21, 2020
Application deadline: March 4

Examine your relationship with plastic – one of the foremost materials used in the production of contemporary art and increasingly an object of environmental concern. Join faculty Heather Davis, Kelly Jazvac, and Lan Tauzon as we explore processes of recycling and reconstituting, materiality, and what it means to use plastic as an artistic material.

Fellowships are fully-funded opportunities for established curators, arts writers, researchers, and artists to develop substantial projects over an extended period while contributing to the learning environment in Visual Arts. Participants are selected by an international jury.

Banff International Curatorial Institute Fellowship
September 14 – December 4, 2020
Application deadline: April 29

Focus deeply on the continued development of your work in this self-directed research fellowship for established curators and arts writers. Engage with other participants and programs, meet with artists to expand your network, share knowledge through presenting research in progress, as well as engage with Banff Centre’s curatorial staff.

Banff Visual Artist Fellowship
September 14 – December 4, 2020
Application deadline: April 29

Spend an extended period of time developing your work, pursuing critical research and studio-based projects. This self-directed fellowship for established visual artist will provide ample time for in-depth project development, and opportunities to connect with other programs and participants to share knowledge and collaborate.


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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