Visual Arts Residency: Meeting for Teas

Artists working in a ceramics studio


It is widely accepted that after water, the most popular drink in the world is tea. Grown, harvested, brewed, and consumed for millennia by vast cultural groups around the globe, tea is both a material substance and immaterial concept. Rituals and practices around the preparation and drinking of tea are deeply imbedded within the social, political, spiritual, religious, and natural landscapes and histories of Asia, Europe, North America, of Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. Through systems of labour and commodification, tea production and trade are inextricably linked to the history and process of colonization, yet also have the potential to contribute to decolonizing actions through inter-cultural sharing, community building, and friendship.

Visual Arts Residency – Meeting for Teas is an invitation to visual artists, working in any discipline or medium, to engage in research, creation, and studio practice that considers tea, in all its material and/or immaterial forms, as a site or starting point, for social engagement, inter-cultural exchange, identity, relationship and community building, decolonization, material transformation, and conceptual exploration.

In this thematic residency, participants will engage in a far-reaching dialogue on the social, historical, and contemporary aesthetic associations of tea to gain access to and explore cultural processes and attitudes. Led by Wayne Baerwaldt and Jennifer Crane, with guest faculty Karen Tam and Adrian Stimson, Visual Arts Residency – Meeting for Teas offers the opportunity to consider side-by-side notions of new materialism, inclusivity, performativity, and other forms of representation related to tea. The residency will examine a complex making and sharing process that has been closely tied to lived experience and expand the limits of the current discussions of tea sharing to include tea’s chemical properties, medicinal qualities, and its potential as a community-building medium.

What does the program offer?

This program offers a structured space where visual artists come together to create work and discuss the pertinent theme. Through peer interaction, discussion groups, studio work, formal lectures, and studio visits from world-renowned visiting faculty, participants gain new ideas and insights that can be applied to creative exploration and professional development of their work.

Who should apply?

This residency is for visual artists at all stages of their careers who have completed formal training at the post-secondary level, or who have equivalent experience and recognition from their peers through informal, specialized training such as mentorships, self-study, and traditional knowledge and practices.

Application Deadline: April 19, 2023

Program Dates: August 14 - September 15, 2023

*Financial Aid of 100% is available to cover tuition, and 50% is available to offset food and accommodation costs.

Residency Length
30 days - 30 days
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
Collaborative Residency
Must apply and be accepted individually
May apply as a team
Interdisciplinary Arts
Mixed Media
Visual Arts
Book Arts
Ceramics/Clay Arts/Pottery
Digital Fabrication
Installation Arts
Paper Arts
Textile & Fiber Arts/Weaving
Digital Media
Sound Art
Environmental Arts
Country of Residence
Open to artists based anywhere in the world
Family Friendly
Stage of Career
Any stage of career
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
Participate in public programming
Participate in open studio with fellow residents
Give artist talk or presentation
Accessible Housing
ADA Compliant
Partially Accessible (50% or more)
Meals Provided
Some meals (at least 2 meals provided)
Studios/Special Equipment
Private Studios
Dedicated Studio/Shop Technicians - Full Time
Exhibition / Installation Space
Ceramics Workspace
Electric Wheels
Kick Wheels
Slab Roller
Clay Mixers
Plaster Room
Raku Kiln
Electric Kiln
Gas Kiln
Dedicated Metal Shop
Plasma Cutter
Anvils, Stakes + Hammers
Hydraulic Press
Soldering Workspace
Gas/Oxy Torches
Finishing Room
Buffing Machine
Casting Room
Electroforming + Etching Room
Darkroom (Black And White)
Darkroom (Color)
Lighting Studio/Green Screen
Large Format Printer / Plotter
Large Format Scanner
Film Scanner
Printers + Scanner
Photo + Video Editing Suite
Painting Workspace (Oil)
Drawing Benches
Printmaking Workspaces
Book Arts Facilities
Etching Press
Glass Inking Table
Drying Racks
Aquatint Box
Hot Plates
Paper Soaking Sinks
Paper Tearing Table
Acid Room
Silkscreen Studio
Lithography Studio
Light Tables
Large Sinks
Large Exposure Unit
Washout Room
Papermaking Studio
Textiles Workspace
Fiber Arts Workspace
Dye Area
Padded Screen Print Tables
Hooded Dye Mixing Station
Drying Room
Well-ventilated Spray Room
Washer And Dryer
Dedicated Wood Shop
Woodworking Tools
Router Table
Wood Bending Equipment
Wood Vises And Wood Working Table
Studios/Facilities Accessibility
Partially Accessible (50% or more)
Type of Housing
Private bedroom in a shared housing facility on campus
Additional Eligibility Information

Banff Centre invites applications from anywhere in the world, and artists of all ages (18+), backgrounds, gender identities, and expressions.

Artist Stipend
Travel Stipend/Material Stipends
Residency Fees
Canadian Dollar (CAD)
Fee Details

*Financial Aid of 100% is available to cover tuition, and 50% is available to offset food and accommodation costs.

Application fees are non refundable.

Program fee is subject to applicable taxes. Non-refundable fees and deposits will be retained upon cancellation. Any other fees are refunded at the discretion of the Banff Centre. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
Canadian Dollar (CAD)
Grant/Scholarship/Other Funding Support Details

Banff Centre strives to support individuals to the best of our ability and believe addressing accommodations is a collaborative process to establish the appropriate supports. If you have mobility or other accessibility requirements, please inform Participant Resources as soon as possible upon your acceptance into a program. Any delay in requesting accommodations will affect our ability to make arrangements on your behalf resulting in limited options and/or a delay in commencement of accommodations.

Please visit the Fees & Financial Aid section of the program page to learn more about individual program's specific fees and funding availabilities. 

Application Fee
Canadian Dollar (CAD)
Application Type
Open application