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Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity | Visual and Digital Arts Programs

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is a unique "village of the arts" operating year round, offering over 100 programs in the performing, visual, media, and literary arts. Over 8,000 artists, creators, and thinkers at all career stages from across Canada and around the world attend our professional and creative development programs each year. From recent graduates to artists at the forefront of the international scene, we have something to offer everyone.

Artists come to the Banff Centre for a variety of reasons - some are making the transition from school to a professional career or are on leave from orchestras, dance companies, universities or other professional organizations; some come to develop new work for performances, auditions, exhibitions, or publication; and others come to experiment with a new technology or explore a new medium or collaboration. Our programs, staff, and facilities provide the time, space, and support for creative, professional, and artistic growth at one of the most profoundly inspiring campuses in the world.

Independent Residency
For more details:
Apply by May 24, 2017

The Independent Residency in Visual + Digital Arts provides time and space for artists, curators, and arts professionals to create, research, experiment, and cultivate new directions in their work.

Geologic Time
For more details:
Apply by: May 24, 2017

This Banff International Curatorial residency asks: How might a geologic lens affect artistic and curatorial practice? As the Earth’s history and system dynamics absorb the effects of modern human actions, what is at stake for cultural production?

Mountain Photography Residency
For more details:
Apply by: June 7, 2017

Banff Mountain Photography Residency provides photographers with an opportunity to learn how to tell compelling visual narratives through images. Individualized interaction with celebrated National Geographic photographer Cory Richards will allow participants to address aspects of the creative process, artistic voice, storytelling, and authenticity in their mountain-themed photographic project.

Independent Residencies in the Leighton Artists' Studios
For more details:
Apply by: July 12, 2017

Independent residencies in the Leighton Artists’ Studios offer you the ability to delve into your work as a solitary retreat, as well as the option to engage within the larger community of the Banff Centre. The nine unique studios are each designed by a distinguished Canadian architect and provide a perfect setting for individuals and collectives from a wide variety of artistic genres to create new work. Leighton artists contribute significantly to culture and the arts in Alberta, throughout Canada, and around the world.


Banff, Alberta: Canada

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is located in Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, 90 minutes from Calgary. The spectacular beauty of the Canadian Rockies surrounds the unique 43-acre campus on the west side of Tunnel Mountain and just a few blocks from downtown Banff in Treaty 7 Territory. Treaty 7 is represented by the Blackfoot, Stoney, and Tsuu T'ina Nations. The community of Banff is unique in Canada, and is very proud of its Indigenous and mountain culture.


  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: May apply as a team
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    Applications are accepted from artists of a variety of disciplines: writers, composers, singer-songwriters, visual artists, screenwriters, playwrights, literary translators, curators, art theorists, and professionals working in theatre, dance, and film at the conceptualization or research stage of a project. Adjudication is based on artistic merit and the ability of The Banff Centre to help realize the project.

  • Application deadline: May 24, June 07, July 12
  • Application Ongoing: No
  • Additional deadline info:
    See specific programs for more information.

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility, Shared bedroom
    Hotel-style room with private bath.
  • Meals: All/most meals are provided by organization
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in living or studio area (private), Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: no
  • Studios/special equipment: Ceramics / Pottery, Dance / Choreography, Digital media, Exhibition / Installation, Film / Digital editing, Music studio (non-recording), Music recording studio, Painting, Photography (digital), Photography (non-digital), Theater, Printmaking, Sculpture

Residency Fees

Application fee varies depending on project requirements. See website for details.

Stipends / other support

Financial aid may be available.

Additional expectations / opportunities

In addition to the physical facilities, the Centre provides technical/production support; requirement for technical assistance is assessed at the time the application is received. All residents also have access to all common spaces such as pool and exercise facility, the library and archives, restaurants, and the Walter Phillips Gallery. Residents can also get tickets to the 400+ concerts, performances, and readings The Banff Centre presents each year.

Contact Information

107 Tunnel Mountain Drive
Banff, Alberta T1L 1H5