Arts programs are at the core of The Banff Centre. Programming supports the commissioning and creation of new work by individual artists and arts collectives, and provides resources for collaboration and applied research. Training and professional development at the post-graduate level in more than a dozen art forms including Aboriginal arts, music, theatre, dance, opera, literature, ceramics, print-making, painting, papermaking, photography, sculpture, audio engineering, digital film and video, and new media. Work is showcased in public performance, events, and exhibitions throughout the year, culminating in the annual Banff Summer Arts Festival.
Imagine a place where hundreds of artists from around the world, working in every medium from chamber music and opera to installation art, poetry, playwriting, photography, filmmaking, and dance come to create. Imagine a place that exists for artists — to provide them with the time, space, and support to grow professionally and creatively. This place is The Banff Centre, and we invite you to join us!
Located in the incredible setting of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, The Banff Centre is a unique 43-acre “village for the arts” in the heart of Banff National Park. The Centre operates year-round, offering intensive programs for artists at every stage of their professional careers. From recent graduates to artists at the forefront of the international scene, we have something to offer everyone.
Residency programs are offered in every artistic area, and include both structured residencies of a fixed length and self-directed residencies of variable length. In the residency programs, artists are provided with a work space suitable to their needs and practice, access to facilities, and the opportunity to interact with a faculty of visiting artists associated with the residency.
Residencies provide an environment of support, camaraderie, and professional development for artists to create new work, explore ideas, collaborate in a community of working artists, or concentrate on focused work in a retreat setting. Residencies can take many forms, for instance artists may be exploring their medium in collaboration with other residency participants and faculty, or they may be working independently or working within an existing group to focus on the development of a specific project.
Independent residencies in our Leighton Artists’ Colony are available for artists well-established in their careers.
Residency program applications are adjudicated on the basis of artistic merit and fit with the program offerings and requirements of technical resources, with the goal of creating a dynamic and cohesive group of participating artists that represent a wide variety of experiences and backgrounds. Applications from artists at all stages in their career are encouraged.
In the performing arts disciplines, professional training programs are also offered for emerging artists to work with leading coaches, performers, and professionals in the field, while preparing for performances, either as part of the Banff Summer Arts Festival or other presentation series.
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