Apply for Visual Arts Residencies at Banff Centre

Explore new directions in your work with international faculty and artists while being inspired by our studio spaces and facilities in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

by Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

Candice Lin, “Seeping, Rotting, Resting, Weeping” (2021), hand-printed (katazome) and hand-drawn (tsutsugaki) indigo panels, steel bar, dyed rugs, glazed ceramics, epoxy resin, feathers, block-printed and digitally printed fabric (masks), bells, tassels, and miscellaneous small objects, dimensions adaptable, installation view, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA, 2021 (image courtesy the Artist, the Walker Art Center, and François Ghebaly Gallery, photo by Awa Mally)

Material Transformations

Deadline: March 9, 2022 | Program Dates: June 13–July 15, 2022

Led by Candice Lin with Mel Y. Chen, Beatriz Cortez, and Kristine Thompson, this residency invites a collective investigation of the radical potential embedded in organic matter, and will think with the histories latent within natural materials used in artistic production. Open to visual artists working across mediums, the program will also look at the way in which plants have been used as modes of healing or resistance to dominant systems of power; examining links between plants, nature conservation, colonial bioprospecting, and discourses of hygiene and eugenics.

Who should apply?

Visual artists with an exhibition/publication record who have completed formal training in visual arts at the post-secondary level, or who have equivalent experience and recognition from their peers.


Ecologies of Precarious Abundance: Queer Life and Natures

Deadline: March 23, 2022 | Program Dates: August 2–September 2, 2022

As climate change, biodiversity loss, and widespread pollution drastically reconfigure the environments we live in, things are not only getting worse — they’re also getting weirder. Led by Heather Davis with Ama Josephine B. Johnstone and Tejal Shah, this residency will look to novel organisms, chemical contaminants, and strange bedfellows while also drawing inspiration from queer theory to reexamine ecological relations. Intended for visual artists who work at the intersection of queer life and ecology, the residency will provide a lens to re-think how we might wish to understand relations with each other and with the other-than-human world.

Who should apply?

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 who have equivalent experience and recognition from their peers.

For more information, visit banffcentre.ca.


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