Self-Directed Artist in Residence Program

Indulge in an affordable Self-Directed Artist Residency in the historic Caetani heritage house in Canada's wine country - the Okanagan Valley of BC. The self-directed residencies are open to emerging and established artists, writers and creatives (of all disciplines) for a timeframe between 2 weeks to 3 months.

Number of Participants

You are welcome to apply as an individual, as artistic collaborators, and as couples. Our 3 residencies consist of 3 private rooms sharing a second floor suite including bathroom, kitchen, living room, library and main floor entryway.


Call for submissions; Alefba

Queen Gallery is seeking submissions for our upcoming group show Alefba, to celebrate poetry month. This multidisciplinary exhibition explores the interconnections between poetry, calligraphy, and other visual elements in contemporary art. SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 30, 2019.

Please read the submission requirements carefully!



Submit your CV,  a filled Application Form saved as a Word document or Office, and up to 6 high resolution JPG images of artwork (name your images title_firstname_lastname) to Please, complete subject line as follows: Alefba Call for Submission 2019_Artist’s Full Name.

All artwork must be up to 24’’ wide (including frame, if work is framed) and artists can submit up to 6 pieces.

The Creative Gesture | Preparing the Ground | A research lab with Medhi Walerski and Pierre Pontvianne

Program Overview

Explore the beginning stages of the creative process in this two-week research lab for professional dancers. Part of The Creative Gesture suite, this program focuses on preparing the ground and diving into various ideas and perspectives.

Guided by international choreographer Medhi Walerski and dramaturge Pierre Pontvianne, 16-20 participants will create content for a dance production through improvisations, researching physical material, and collecting content to support and nurture the development of a choreographic work. 

Preparatorial Practicum | Walter Phillips Gallery


The Walter Phillips Gallery Preparatorial Practicum program offers the participant hands-on opportunities working alongside the gallery’s preparator and curator. Direct mentorship and support is provided to develop the participant’s skills in preventative conservation, art handling, installation techniques, and museum standards in environmental conditions (including appropriate humidity, temperature, and lighting levels).

The practicum participant will also have the opportunity to gain expertise in crate building, art packing, and framing of artwork, and will assist in storage, packing, and unpacking of artworks relating to Walter Phillips Gallery exhibitions and the permanent collection. 

Editor Practicum | Media + Production


Work and learn through exposure to a wide range of post production projects under supervision by and mentorship from Banff Centre staff and faculty, and through collaboration with other practicum participants and project-related artists. 

The primary tools of focus will be AVID Media Composer and Symphony editing applications, along with some time spent in Adobe Photoshop and After Effects for the creation of related graphic elements. 

What does the program offer?

Rebuilding Summer Cultural Trade Routes Indigenous Arts (Multidisciplinary)


This self-directed residency will explore reconciliation through creative process from an Indigenous perspective in a contemporary world.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn from Indigenous artists, Elders, and community members situated along the honoured cultural trade routes that define the ground we stand on in the Bow Valley. Providing accessible opportunities through reconcili-ACTION with our Indigenous neighbours and settler allies, we will create space within this cultural institution and the Bow Valley to forge new and profound connections.


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