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The Banff Centre – New Residencies Announced + Emerging Atlantic Artist Residency

Banff has announced a series of new program for the upcoming year - including a new emerging artist residency for Canadian artists. More below!

Emerging Atlantic Artist Residency
Apply by: January 20
Program Dates: June 1 – August 31, 2016
Providing one emerging visual artist with strong ties to Atlantic Canada the opportunity to explore, expand, and develop their practice during a fully-funded, eight-week, self-directed residency at The Banff Centre.
This program targets exceptionally talented emerging Canadian artists under the age of 35, who demonstrate the potential to make a significant contribution to the legacy of the arts in Canada.
Thanks to the generous support of the Harrison McCain Foundation, The Banff Centre and The Hnatyshyn Foundation are helping to strengthen cultural connections between eastern and western Canada.

Critical Art Writing Ensemble II
Banff International Curatorial Institute
Apply by: January 20, 2016
Program Dates: April 25 – May 20, 2016
This program is open to art writers and curators exploring visual arts and art criticism as an aspect of literature.  Those who seek poetic expression, and desire dedicated time, space and a committed, nurturing community in which to work are invited to apply.
Lead by Andrew Berardini and Quinn Latimer, participants will delve into narrative and poetic potential, creative and engaging approaches to form, and highly distinctive points of view backboned by serious analysis.  Reading groups, workshops, faculty talks and readings, and opportunities to share and develop your work are a part of this program.
Run in conjunction with Visual + Digital Arts BAIR Text  and Literary Arts Digital Narratives residency, participants in these program will have opportunities to engage with others working in the realms of journalism, literature, art criticism, and art practice across The Banff Centre.

BAiR Text
Apply by: January 20, 2016
Program Dates: April 25 – May 20, 2016
The Banff Artist in Residence (BAiR) Text is a self-directed residency is for artists exploring the intersection of language and aesthetics; conjuring, creating, and referencing text, poetics, and literature in their work.
This program offers four-weeks of intensive studio time and opportunities for interaction, collaboration, and experimentation.  Demonstrations in visual art production techniques will be offered, and our knowledgeable staff will be on hand to offer support and provide access to our world-class facilities. Take advantage of attending readings and public talks by guest faculty, and a studio visit with Walter Phillips Gallery curator Peta Rake.

Kiln Raising
Apply by: February 3, 2016
Program Dates: May 30 – June 24, 2016
This residency will bring together emerging and established ceramic artists to create new work and explore kiln construction. Participating artists will delve into wood kiln history, theory, principles of design, construction and firing process with the goal of understanding and maximizing the nuances of wood firing and its relationship to form and surface.  
Discussions and workshops addressing clay-body formulation, wheel and hand building processes, loading and firing strategies for atmospheric kilns, are also part of this residency.  As well, artists will have time to explore independent projects and push their work in new creative directions through studio visits with faculty mentors and feedback from peers.

Visual + Digital Arts programs at The Banff Centre offer opportunities for artists to engage with world-renowned faculty and peers, and gain new insights into the development of their work.  Access to extensive facilities in photography, sculpture, printmaking, papermaking, ceramics, fibre, painting, digital media, video and audio is available.

For more information:


Office of the Registrar
Email: VisualArts_Registrar@banffcentre.ca
Phone: 403.762.6180 or 1.800.565.9989
banffcentre.ca