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Writing Studio | Literary Arts

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An ideal environment for artistic inspiration and growth, Writing Studio provides writers and poets with an extended period of uninterrupted writing time and one-on-one editorial assistance from experienced writers/editors. 

You’ll also have the opportunity to engage with a community of working writers, work with a voice and movement coach, and to share your work at a weekly reading event.

What does the program offer?

This program is designed to offer the freedom of unstructured time for each individual participant’s needs and desired outcomes. The residency also offers the opportunity to work with our esteemed faculty mentors over five weeks. 

Writing Studio also features a weekly reading series, as well as one-on-one sessions with a voice and relaxation instructor to help you develop your public reading skills. 

Who should apply?

Early and mid-stage career writers of fiction (or other narrative prose) and poetry who are seeking a period of dedicated time to develop a book-length manuscript with the guidance of an experienced mentor. This program is designed for published poets, writers of fiction, and other narrative prose.

We welcome writers from all backgrounds, and all gender identities and expressions.

Dates: April 27 - May 30, 2020
 

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*Financial Aid up to approximately 50% is available for this program. 

Deadline: 
01/15/2020
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Indigenous Storytellers and Spoken Word Residency

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The Indigenous Storytellers and Spoken Word Residency will push the parameters of traditional storytelling, while retaining the integrity of how stories come to be. Participants will be immersed in in-depth writing practices involving visual, research, and meditative exploration, as well as elder teaching and land based outings. 

With coaching from experienced faculty, participants will collaborate with one another and as a collective to refine stories already told and create new ones to share in a professional capacity.

What does the program offer?

The Indigenous Storytellers and Spoken Word Residency offers the opportunity for Indigenous storytellers from all regions to meet and work with peers. Participants will learn new skills from Indigenous mentors in their respective fields, widen their circles of support, and learn marketing management and presentation skills.

The program will include individual writing time, morning group check-ins, and group and individual feedback. Participants will explore the art of storytelling via improvisation through sound and instrument.

Participants will have the opportunity to take part in a workshop, as well as a story lecture and mini showcase. At the end of the residency, participants will showcase their work in a public performance.

Who should apply?

Indigenous writers, storytellers, and spoken word artists are encouraged to apply. Those who work from a word based practice, traditional or contemporary non-text based storytelling, and singer/songwriters with storytelling experience are also invited.

This residency is for emerging to mid-level storytellers. A maximum of 12 participants will be accepted. Indigenous language speakers are also encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: December 18, 2019
Dates: March 02 - March 21, 2020

 

Prizes: 

*Participants accepted to the program will be eligible for up to 100% scholarship of the program fee (shared room). 

Deadline: 
12/18/2019
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Opera in the 21st Century: Creators Lab

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The Opera in the 21st Century: Creators Lab residency will provide teams of up to five members the exciting opportunity to work together on a new concept for the opera Proving Up (written by composer Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek).

Participants will have access to talented mentors, singers, and production support to test proof of concept for their creations. Concepts will be adjudicated by a panel of senior opera practitioners, and awards will follow.

What does the program offer?

The Creators Lab residency offers a full scholarship for tuition. The program provides a collegial, friendly environment set within Banff Centre’s mountain campus, where director/designer teams will have the opportunity to put together the concept for a new opera production and share it with their peers. 

Teams will be given a concrete idea to start from and will then be given set limits in which to achieve their concepts. Final concepts will be presented to a panel of general directors and opera industry professionals for adjudication. Top concepts will receive an award.

Who should apply?

We welcome applications from emerging stage director and designer teams (costume, LX, video, set) looking to create new operas. Independent opera companies seeking the opportunity to work alongside others in a collegial, creative exercise are also encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: January 29, 2020

Dates: June 29 - July 11, 2020

Prizes: 

Application fee: $65

*Financial Aid up to 100% of the program fee may be available.

Deadline: 
01/29/2020
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Opera in the 21st Century: Singers and Répétiteurs

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Opera in the 21st Century is a performance-based, collaborative training experience for emerging opera professionals that challenges the conventions of opera performance, production, and design. 

The residency’s focus is to develop young opera professionals with the skills and experience to take them to the next level of their careers in an evolving industry. The multi-disciplinary program offers a unique opportunity to work with and learn from artists specializing in a range of areas including design, creation, composition, and production.

What does the program offer?

Opera in the 21st Century is an intensive residency devoted to practical skill extension and development for emerging professionals. The program offers classes in acting, voice, movement, and websites/resumes. Participants will leave Banff with new headshots and aria recordings.

Singers and répétiteurs will participate in workshop rehearsals and a showing of Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup (a new opera inspired by the opioid crisis), written by composer Michelle DiBucci and librettist Royce Vavrek. In addition, singers et répétiteurs will engage with small opera companies developing concepts for new works. Participants will also perform together in chamber concerts including Opera Pub, community concerts, and others.

Led by Opera in the 21st Century’s Artistic Director Joel Ivany, the stellar faculty is comprised of internationally recognized professionals from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines.

Who should apply?

We invite applications from post-secondary students and emerging artists, already at an advanced level of accomplishment and with a well-documented record of artistic exploration. Artists from historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

The program offers space for 12 singers and 2 répétiteurs.

Application Deadline: January 08, 2020
Dates: June 08 - July 11, 2020

 

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Application fee: $65

*Financial Aid up to 100% of the program fee may be available.

Deadline: 
01/08/2020
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Global Nonviolent Film Festival

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Global Nonviolent Film Festival is the most important and renowned nonviolent film festival in the world and it takes place on-line.

The 2020 and 9th edition of the Festival takes place September 24 - October 4. 

This is an on-line film Festival. All the nonviolent feature films, documentaries, shorts and music videos selected to participate in the Festival will be screened during the above-mentioned dates on the Festival's TV Channel on Vimeo exclusively: 

www.vimeo.com/ondemand/globalfilmfestival

All films submitted MUST BE NONVIOLENT: the Festival does not accept films that showcase explicit or graphic violence; implied acts of violence may be accepted if they are justified by the message of the film. 

Prizes: 

The Festival accepts submissions and awards films in the following categories: 

Feature Live Action Film (over 40 minutes) 
Feature Animation Film (over 40 minutes) 
Feature Documentary (over 40 minutes) 
Feature Docudrama (over 40 minutes) 
Short Live Action Film (min. 10 minutes - max. 40 minutes) 
Short Documentary (min. 10 minutes - max. 40 minutes) 
Short Animation Film (min. 10 minutes - max. 40 minutes) 
Short Docudrama (min. 10 minutes - max. 40 minutes) 
Video Music

Deadline: 
08/22/2020

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2020-21 Call for authors

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Est-Nord-Est (ENE) is an artist-run centre whose mission is to provide an international community of artists and authors in contemporary art with support by offering space and time for research and experimentation, as well as privileged access to local resources and knowhow.

The centre is situated in Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, a village on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, in a unique geographic and historical locale. The predominant aspects of the landscapes are farms, forests, and the river. Saint-Jean-Port-Joli is situated 115 km from Quebec City and 350 km from Montreal.

Originally based on the idea of encounters between sculptors with contemporary practices and those using regional traditional skills, ENE now welcomes contemporary visual-arts artists from all disciplines.

Because it is convinced of the important bond between artworks and words, the centre encourages writing about contemporary art by offering a residency to authors. More specifically, these residencies are reserved for authors whose research and writing focuses on notions, practices or issues related to contemporary and current visual and media arts.

In 2020–21, ENE opens its call for applications to international authors for the first time.

The work and living spaces are common to all residents, and so the authors may immerse themselves in the art that is being made. Residents have an opportunity to explore their research more deeply, to experiment, and to create in a cultural space that is unique, lively, and stimulating. ENE is a member of Res Artis, Pépinières européennes de création and of the Regroupement des centres d’artistes autogérés du Québec.

The eight-week residency periods, which bring together four artists and one author in the field of contemporary art, are offered in spring, summer, fall, and, in 2020 for the first time, winter. In summer 2019, ENE moved into its new building created and designed specifically for artist and author residencies. The centre’s expertise in hosting residencies oriented the choices made when its premises were built. This new architectural concept places exchanges, friendly relations, and technical and logistical assistance at the heart of the experience offered to residents. Through these choices, the centre once again reaffirms its innovative position with regard to art residencies.

 

Duration of the residency

 

8 weeks

 

Residency periods

Spring: April 20 to June 12, 2020

Summer: July 6 to August 28, 2020

Fall: September 14 to November 6, 2020

Winter: February 1 to March 26, 2021

 

Conditions

The eight-week residency includes:

  • Residency honorarium of CAD $1,530
  • Access to an individual studio-workshop to be used for work and lodging
  • Access to a documentation centre (books, magazines)
  • Access to local resources
  • Technical and logistical support
  • Access to a bicycle in summer/local transportation organized by ENE in winter

* Materials, travel fees and other living charges are at the residents' expense.

ENE offers authors:

  • Time and a place to devote themselves to research and experimentation
  • Privileged access to local resources and diverse areas of knowhow
  • An international art community

Expectations towards the author:

  • To make full use of the residency period offered for his/her research
  • To be present during the entire residency period 
  • To present his/her approach and research interests at the beginning of the residency at a public event organized by ENE
  • To present his/her research and experiments carried out during the residence stay at a public event organized by ENE at the end of the residency period

Authors are selected with the following criteria in mind:

  • The theoretical, analytical or critical quality of the proposal
  • The potential impact of the residency on the resident’s career
  • A constructive mix of art practices
  • A mix of genders and generations
  • Representation by residents from Quebec, Canada, and around the world

A jury of peers evaluates the applications. For each residency, ENE selects artists and authors whose practices are complementary in nature or in dialogue with each other and comply with its mandate.

 

Submit an application – Deadline: January 10, 2020

Deadline: 
01/10/2020
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