Richelle Bear Hat creates in her studio during The Space Between Us program. Photo courtesy Banff Centre.

Spend summer or fall in the Canadian Rocky Mountains at an artist residency or symposium for professional artists, curators, and arts researchers.

Trainings for the Not-Yet

July 22 – August 23 – Apply by April 17

This thematic residency led by faculty Jeanne van Heeswijk will focus on research, community learnings, theoretical frameworks, performative workshops, artworks, learning objects, and conversations. In this program designed for artists, community organizers, researchers, and curators, we will develop a toolkit for a future of being together, otherwise.

Who should apply?

Applicants should have completed formal training in visual arts or a field related to this program at the post-secondary level, and should demonstrate a history of exhibitions, publications, and projects. Collectives of no more than two people are welcome to apply.

Banff International Curatorial Symposium: Living Agreement

August 6 – 9 – Apply by May 1

This symposium is an invitation to learn from artists, curators, and creative practitioners. Drawing on the work of artist Carmen Papalia and his proposal to consider accessibility as a temporary and relational practice, the symposium asks how the triangulated relationships between artists, audiences, and institutions might be re-thought as a ‘living agreement.’

Who should apply?

Curators, art historians, writers and theorists, cultural critics, and researchers working in visual arts are invited to apply. Applicants should demonstrate an exhibition/publication history, and have completed formal training at the post-secondary level or equivalent experience and recognition from their peers.

Banff International Curatorial Institute Fellowship

September 16 – December 6 – Apply by May 1

This new fellowship supports established curators, arts writers, cultural critics, researchers, and artists in focusing deeply on the development of their work. The program allows for self-directed research over an extended period of 12 weeks, within a creative and intellectually stimulating environment.

Who should apply?

The BICI Fellowship is open to mid- to- senior-level curators, arts writers, cultural critics, researchers, and artists exploring original topics within visual arts. Artists working in practice/material-based studio research are welcome to apply.

Preparatorial Practicum

August 5, 2019 – September 7, 2020 – Apply by May 29

This program offers the participant hands-on opportunities working alongside the Walter Phillips Gallery’s preparator and curator. Direct mentorship and support is provided to develop the participant’s skills in preventative conservation, art handling, installation techniques, and museum standards in environmental conditions.

Who should apply?

Recent graduates of studio-based programs interested in pursuing a career in gallery installation are encouraged to apply.

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