Visual Arts Programs: Spring / Summer / Fall 2020


Kelly Jazvac, Pluck, 2015. Salvaged vinyl.


Apply today for Visual Arts Programs

Explore new directions in your work with international faculty and artists. Be inspired by our studio spaces and facilities in an unrivalled natural environment.


Computational Arts Studio Practicum
April 13, 2020 – April 9, 2021
Application deadline: January 15

Gain practical experience supporting Visual Arts programs and artists in residence as you expand and enhance your skills in our Digital Media facilities.

Banff Artist in Residence Late Spring 2020
June 1 – July 3, 2020
Application deadline: January 22

Focus on your own practice in a supportive learning environment with faculty Dr. Léuli Eshrāghi, Sāmoan artist, curator, and researcher. Explore new ideas, create, self-direct your research and time, and cultivate new directions in your work.

Object as Catalyst
June 1 – July 3, 2020
Application deadline: January 22

Object as Catalyst asks how sculpture, ceramics, and other object-based practices might shift from what they physically represent to the effects and experiences they produce. This residency led by British artist, researcher, and curator Clare Twomey is open to visual artists, particularly those working in ceramics and sculpture, as well as curators and academics.

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

Delve deeply into your practice while away from the constraints of everyday life. You will be provided with a studio, accessible 24 hours a day, as well as access to our extensive facilities.

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

Reimagine your relations with the fundamental material of plastic in this thematic residency, with faculty Heather Davis and Kelly Jazvac. Explore processes of recycling and reconstituting, materiality, and what it means to use plastic as an artistic material.

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. You’ll have the opportunity to engage with other participants and programs in the creative and intellectually stimulating environment of Visual Arts.

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

Enjoy an extended period of time to develop work, and pursue critical research and studio-based projects. Scheduled programming is light to allow for self-directed project development, and opportunities to connect and collaborate.


Visual Arts at Banff Centre offers exceptional programs for professional artists, curators, and 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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For more information, contact:
Office of the Registrar
Phone: 403.762.6180 or 1.800.565.9989