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Distributed Identities

Visual Arts
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Program Information

Brendan Fernandes, I'm Down, 2017. Live performance, t-shirts, placards.
Image courtesy of the 18th Street Arts Centre. 

Overview

The Distributed Identities residency is for visual artists whose work questions the role of culture, history, and gender in determining the communities with which we identify, participate, and create. 

The program will explore transcultural aesthetics, autobiography, migration and displacement, hybridity and fluidity, as well as relationships between language, history, and identity. In addition, the residency will examine how artistic practice can change in relation to our shifting and evolving sense of self in today’s world.

What does the program offer?

Residencies offer structured programs where visual artists, curators, and other arts professionals come together to create work and discuss pertinent themes. Through peer interaction, discussion groups, studio work, formal lectures, and studio visits from world-renowned visiting faculty, artists and curators, participants gain new ideas and insights that can be applied to creative exploration and professional development of their work.

This program is designed for participation over the entire program period. Variable dates will not be considered.

Who should apply?

This residency is suitable for artists with an exhibition record who have had formal training in visual arts, or equivalent experience and recognition from their peers.

What's Included

Single or Shared RoomRead MoreClose

When applying, choose between staying in a single or a shared bedroom on Banff Centre's campus for the duration of your program.

Get connected with other artists on campus and focus on your projects in a creative environment while we take care of the day-to-day essentials.

Light Flex Meal PlanRead MoreClose

Using a credit-based system to dine on campus, our flexible meal plans allow you to select meals according to your own needs during your stay.

The Light Flex meal plan includes $21 credit per day, equivalent to breakfast and lunch in Vistas Dining Room.

Studios & FacilitiesRead MoreClose

Create in one of our specialized studios and utilize shared production facilities in printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, photography, digital media, and more (subject to additional fees - updated fees for 2018-19 available soon). Collaborative groups share studio space.

 

Showcase Your WorkRead MoreClose

This program offers opportunities to showcase your work in an open studios event in Glyde Hall and in our Project Space.

Lecture SeriesRead MoreClose

A series of outstanding guest artists and curators will give free public talks and hold informal discussions.  

 

 

Gym MembershipRead MoreClose

Your program fee includes free access to the swimming pool, climbing gym, and fitness suite as well as discounted rates for classes at the Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation Centre.

Paul D. Fleck Library and ArchivesRead MoreClose

Access a wide range of publications, books, music, and films in the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives, open six days a week.

Box Office DiscountsRead MoreClose

Enjoy special artist rates for ticketed performances or complimentary access to events.

Participant ResourcesRead MoreClose

Enrich your experience and get to know other artists on campus by taking advantage of the activities and support provided by our Participant Resources team.

Fees & Financial Assistance

Program Fee (Single Room)*
$5 079.48
+GST
Program Fee (Shared Room)*
$4 116.94
+GST
Program Fee with Financial Aid (Single Room)
$2 865.18
Program Fee with Financial Aid (Shared Room)
$1 902.64

Application fee: $65 for individuals or groups. Individual group members must pay an additional registration fee of $35 on acceptance.

*Financial Aid up to 100% is available to cover tuition (meal plans and accommodations are not eligible).

If you would like to be considered, please complete the Financial Aid section when uploading your supporting materials. 

Help fund your experience at Banff Centre. View a compiled list of national and international opportunities here.

How to Apply

Collectives: a group leader must complete a single application and upload supporting materials on behalf of the whole group. Visual support materials should be provided for the collective; individual resumes and bios should be provided for each member.

Cover Letter

A one-page cover letter explaining why you are interested in this program and what you hope to achieve by attending it.

Project Summary and Bio

On a single page, provide a 100-word artist biography and a 100-word summary of the proposed project. These summaries will be used as a narrative for administrative and public use.

Resume

A one-page resume describing academic, artistic, professional, and other relevant experience.

Detailed Project Description and Timeline

In 500 words, describe the conceptual framework of your proposed project, your weekly execution plan, details of the mediums you propose to use and your level of knowledge in the processes required, and outline any specific technical or support requirements.

Resource Request

Outline all studio, equipment, software, facility, or staff support required. Final resource allocation is at the discretion of the department.

Portfolio

Provide 10 samples of your artistic work. File sizes and specifications are available in our upload tool.

Adjudication

Participants are selected by impartial adjudicators on the basis of their submitted material. In addition to artistic merit, consideration will be given to the likelihood that the artist's work will benefit from the program.  

Applicants will be notified of their status as soon as adjudication is complete, approximately eight to 10 weeks following the application deadline.

All programs, faculty, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change. 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.

Contact the Registrar

For questions on preparing your application, please contact the Office of the Registrar:

Toll Free Number (Canada + USA)
1.800.565.9989