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Scenic Artist Practicum

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Under the direction and mentorship of Banff Centre’s head scenic artist, practicum participants will learn classic and modern scenic art ideas, processes, tools, and techniques. 

Participants will interpret designer information and translate it into high quality finished surfaces as required for each production, in communication and collaboration with other Banff Centre departments. 

The techniques, styles, materials, and finishes explored will vary due to the nature of the designs. Practicums will also be responsible in part for the organization and maintenance of the Paint department’s tools, materials, and spaces (office, workshop, and studio). 

What does the program offer?

Practicums will gain the confidence, knowledge, and practical skills required to work as professional scenic artists. Training may include techniques for coating and painting a variety of hard, soft, and three-dimensional scenery. 

The program may delve into colour matching, texture and pattern reproduction, lettering, layout, distressing, specialty paint tools use, and custom tool creation. We will prioritize health and safety as well as skills for managing scenic art spaces, resources, and timelines.

Work and learning will be well documented and participants will contribute to their portfolios. There is also often flexibility to focus on a practicum’s particular topics of interest outside of production based work.

Who should apply?

Ideal applicants will have completed technical theatre or fine art training that included hands-on scenic art practice, or have equivalent work experience. They should have an enthusiasm for scenic art and a curiosity to learn. Demonstrated painting ability, good hand-eye coordination, attention to detail, stamina, excellent colour perception, flexibility, and a positive attitude are all desired attributes.

Accepted applicants must provide steel toed boots, paint appropriate work clothes, and prescription eye wear that will fit under safety goggles (if required). Participants are welcome to bring their own personal tools if desired. 

Dates: May 07 - August 06, 2019

Deadline: 
01/30/2019
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Boots and Shoes Technician Practicum

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The Boots and Shoes Practicum program builds the basic skill set required for boots and shoes work in the theatre industry. The program will develop participants’ existing experience, as well as explore new techniques adhering to the theatre industry’s safety and aesthetic standards.

Specific projects will largely be determined by the summer performance programming at Banff Centre. Project work as required by the shows will include soling, repairs, paint, alterations, and leather work.

Participants are encouraged to engage in the broad range of workshops offered by other departments during the practicum program. Exposure to a wide range of perspectives and approaches is essential to the collaborative nature of theatre.

What does the program offer?

Participants will start in the Wardrobe department with the Wardrobe practicums, learning and expanding on foundational sewing skills and wardrobe practices. They will then move on to specific boots and shoes work.

Participants will explore various techniques and materials, and will learn to take measurements and perform shoe fittings, work with leather adhesives and paint, sew leather, draft for footwear alterations and repurposing, check for safety concerns, and perform repairs.

The program will also explore design research, historical research, and production techniques specifically related to footwear.

Who should apply?

A strong creative ability and visual sense are required, as demonstrated through a portfolio or photo summary of past projects. As theatre is a fast-paced, collaborative environment, strong self-motivation, an interest in a range of perspectives, and a desire to explore unfamiliar materials and processes are essential. A willingness and ability to perform highly physical work is essential.

Strong basic hand and machine sewing skills and an ability to visualize both in two and three dimensions are assets. Alternately, basic drafting skills and an ability to manipulate a range of materials outside the wardrobe scope are also assets, as such skills are transferrable. 

Successful applicants will need to bring:

Closed-toe leather work shoes or boots (steel toes are not necessary)

Long-sleeved work shirts and long work pants that can get dirty

Toolkit with any sewing tools and other small tools they have

Laptop (would be an asset)

Dates: May 07 - August 06, 2019

Deadline: 
01/30/2019
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Wigs and Makeup Technician Practicum

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This is presently the only program in Canada with a hands-on, self-led learning atmosphere where mentor support is provided. Starting with the basics, practicum participants will learn about wig and hair types and the various construction techniques for making wig foundations and facial hair, including the skills of ventilating/knotting. Styling tools and methods for various periods and purposes will be a focus of activity. 

Makeup will play a significant part in participant-led projects, which will also include special effects. Show-based learning will occur as participants meet the practical and design requirements of supporting a production. 

Crossover mediums involving costume, millinery, and props will be explored. Participants will learn how departments like costume, lighting, and sound integrate with the wigs and makeup department to collaborate and build a production.  

What does the program offer?

Practicums will benefit from a one-on-one training introduction to what the current wig and makeup industry requires as a profession. Experience will be gained through working on show-related projects and performances that may include opera, drama, and dance. 

Workshops will be offered within the program, focusing on special effects makeup, lighting, sound, costume, millinery, and how these disciplines interrelate. These workshops will enhance the skills and understanding of the wigs and makeup technician, and will cover what is required to meet the practical and design requirements of a show. Participants will also have the opportunity to culminate their accumulated skills to collaborate on a photo shoot project.

Who should apply?

Ideal applicants will enjoy working with their hands, and have patience and an eye for detail. Visual arts experience is an asset.

Applicants should have a desire to work with people in a collaborative manner, an appreciation for creativity, resourcefulness, and ingenuity. A positive and curious attitude and a tendency toward organization are also helpful.

Dates: May 07 - August 06, 2019

Deadline: 
01/30/2019
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Banff International Literary Translation Centre (BILTC) | Literary Arts

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The Banff International Literary Translation Centre (BILTC) offers student, emerging, and professional literary translators a period of uninterrupted work on a current project. Participants will work in a trilingual environment with consulting translators and peers, resulting in a mutually beneficial learning experience.

Participants will work individually and as a group with a faculty of accomplished translators of French, English, and Spanish. Participants will also have an opportunity to consult with the author whose work they are translating.

What does the program offer?

The BILTC program offers individual work sessions with consulting translators and the program director. Accepted translators can expect to present their work-in-progress at round table sessions held three times a week and moderated by the program director and guest faculty. The round table sessions will include a broader group discussion of issues and challenges faced in the practice of literary translation.

A guest publisher will share experiences on translation in an informal talk, and translators will have the opportunity to read from their works-in-progress at an open reading event. Readings and presentations of experiences related to writing and translating may be shared at additional informal sessions. 

Who should apply?

BILTC welcomes applications from translators at various career stages including student, emerging, and professional translators. Participants seeking time to focus on a current literary project and an opportunity to connect with literary translators from around the world will benefit greatly from this program.

All applicants must be translators from the Americas translating literature from anywhere in the world, or translators from anywhere in the world translating literature from the Americas.

Eligible projects include translations of works of fiction, literary non-fiction, poetry, children’s literature, oral tradition, and drama. We especially welcome projects involving Indigenous languages of the Americas. Translator applicants’ program applications should be filled out in the same language that they plan to translate work into.

Application Deadline: January 30, 2019

Date: June 03 - June 22, 2019

Deadline: 
01/30/2019
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Solitary Retreat in the Nevada Desert

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Montello Foundation is a foundation dedicated to support artists who foster our understanding of nature, its fragility and our need to protect it.

The Montello Foundation provides a solitary retreat where artists can experience the vastness of a desert landscape from a safe building, a “base camp,” a unique space for inspiration and creation, a place that provides a shield from distractions in the solitude of the desert.

A building designed with a large shading roof under which there are two distinct spaces: one space for the bodily needs: eating; sleeping; washing, and a stove for the cold desert nights, and a second space for work: for writing; painting; drawing; studying, a space for the first materializations of new ideas.

There is no cost for this program. Artists must cover travel and living expenses.

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100% supported residency programs in New York

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100% supported residency programs by Townley arts foundation Inc. 501c3

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30-60 day residency programs 100% sponsored by the foundation.

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