Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

Visual Arts: Banff Artist in Residence - Summer 2023

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The Banff Artist in Residence program is designed for visual artists to focus on their practice in a supportive learning environment. Participants are encouraged to self-direct their research and time, as well as cultivate new directions in their work. The experience of artists in residence is further supported through individual studio visits with guest faculty and dialogue amongst peers.

The program encourages experimentation and risk-taking via access to shared production facilities and knowledgeable staff who are available to provide technical support and assistance.

What does the program offer?
The time and space to delve deeply into your practice while away from the constraints of everyday life. You will be provided with a studio, accessible 24 hours a day, as well as access to our extensive facilities. Facility access is based on availability of facilitators, and priority access is given to those requesting their use in their initial application.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to build connections, create networks, and share your work with other artists-in-residence and the public.

Who should apply?
This residency is for visual artists who have completed formal training at the post-secondary level, or who have equivalent experience and recognition from their peers. Priority will be given to applicants who have not attended a Visual Arts Program at Banff Centre within the last three years. 

This program is designed for participation over the entire program period. Variable dates will not be considered. Collaborative groups are welcome to apply. Groups no larger than two people will be considered for this program. *Subject to additional fees.

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

*Financial aid available.

Program Dates: June 26 - July 28, 2023
Application Deadline: March 22, 2023
Learn more and apply online: http://bit.ly/3GRtZoe 

Prizes Details: 

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

*All accepted participants will receive the above financial aid package. 

Location: 
107 Tunnel Mountain Drive, Banff AB
Deadline: 
22/March/2023
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Evolution: Chamber - Quartets, Piano Trios + Composers

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Evolution: Chamber - Quartets, Piano Trios + Composers offers early-career quartets, piano trios, and composers the opportunity to explore the lineage of the string quartet and piano trio, both as historical genres and as new and invigorated practices in the early 21st century - from Haydn, to new music created by the program’s faculty and participant composers. This highly specialized program provides you with the opportunity to enrich your approaches to interpretation, performance practice, and composition. Working with internationally celebrated faculty in a unique educational environment, ensembles are able to hone their craft, identify gaps, and reconsider priorities as you work towards cultivating artistic attributes that define your ensemble. 

Led by internationally celebrated faculty string quartets, the Eybler Quartet, the Parker Quartet, and the JACK Quartet; along with one of the world’s leading piano trios, the Gryphon Trio and extraordinary guest faculty - participating ensembles and composers have access to an unprecedented breadth of knowledge and performance experience throughout this residency.

What does the program offer: Quartets and Piano Trios?

This residency offers coaching and private lessons with the lead faculty and a mentor group of extraordinary scholars, composers, and instrumentalists, including composer Suzanne Farrin, musicologist Suzannah Clark, violinist Matt Albert, and violist Lesley Robertson. Daily presentations and faculty-led discussions will focus on intonation, dynamics, affect and rhetoric, advanced rhythm, performing editions, structural analysis, introduction to neo-Riemannian theory, in-depth exploration of faculty composers' work and process, collaboration, Right Relations, and diversity/equity/inclusion.

You will have 24hr access to studios, large studios will be available for group work and small individual spaces for private practice.

All participant ensembles will be partnered with a participant composer and be involved in the development, preparation, and premier of either a 10” quartet, string octet, or piano trio. This residency includes public performance opportunities; repertoire from the traditional canon will be studied and performed alongside contemporary works. 

What does the program offer: Composers?

Participating composers will work with faculty composer Suzanne Farrin and guest faculty in a process that supports the creation, performance preparation, and premiere of a new work for either string quartet, string octet, or piano trio that will have a total duration of approximately 10”. At the time of application, composers must submit a two-minute, fully-notated excerpt of a new work-in-progress for either string quartet, string octet, or piano trio. 
 
Prior to the program start date, composer group and individual meetings will take place online in May 2023 with Suzanne Farrin. These sessions will allow composers to meet one another, introduce their work and ideas, and discuss the full scope of their projects. Having established their individual creative departure points, composers will engage in an intensive and impactful process that allows them to learn from, and deeply invest in one another’s creative development.

You will have 24hr access to individual private studios. 
 
Composer rehearsals with ensembles, composer/ensemble coaching with faculty, individual lessons, participant composer presentations, and readings of other new material, will take place on-campus in June 2023, and premieres will be featured in the final performances.

Who Should Apply?

This program is open to early-career and professional string quartets, piano trios and composers worldwide. Applications are welcome from those who have completed or are in the process of post-secondary studies in a related field with performance experience. 

We welcome musicians of all ages (18+), backgrounds, gender identities and expressions to apply.

Program Dates: June 08 - June 25, 2023

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107 Tunnel Mountain Drive PO Box 1020 Banff, Alberta Canada T1L 1H5
Deadline: 
01/March/2023
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Evolution: Classical 2023

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Evolution: Classical is a program for classically trained instrumentalists and vocalists interested in artistic development.  You will discover and cultivate new and authentic approaches to program curation, and hone the skills required to build an impactful and engaging artistic practice. The program provides a supportive, inclusive and inspiring environment for those working in both traditional ensembles and non-traditional collaborative entities.

This two-part hybrid program is centered on a concert curation and collaborative presentation process that allows you to bring greater depth, clarity, and authenticity to all of the components that make up the concert experience. This includes curation, event conceptualization and production, and audience engagement.

What does the program offer?

Led by the Gryphon Trio, Evolution: Classical brings participants together with international performing artists, thought leaders, and creative innovators. As a community they work towards creating a series of collaborative, curated final performances, and in the process explore the challenges and choices that musicians encounter as they continue to develop their artistic practice and pursue career advancement.

Evolution: Classical will unfold in two sessions, the first occurring online over two weeks, and the second taking place in residence at Banff Centre’s performing arts facilities in Banff National Park. Applicants must be available to take part in both sessions in order to be considered for participation.

  • Session One online via Zoom: June 12 - 23, 2023

Over the course of five 90-minute group meetings and two 60-minute individual mentor sessions, you will have the opportunity to engage with mentors in a “talk and play” presentation of their proposed curations. The process is designed for peers and mentors to provide feedback that ensures preparedness for the on campus experience. 

  • Session Two on campus: July 31 - Aug 19, 2023

The on campus schedule will include daily group meetings, individual music and curation development coaching and performance opportunities. Sessions will focus on deep listening, collaboration, improvisation and movement, career development, public speaking, Right Relations, and diversity/equity/inclusion.

You will have 24hr access to studios, large studios will be available for group work and small individual spaces for private practice.

The program concludes with public concerts that include excerpts of individual entity curations as well as collectively conceived collaborative components. 

Who Should Apply?

This program is primarily designed for musicians with Conservatory/University Western Classical music training. Collaborative entities specializing in other music traditions and creative disciplines with at least one classically trained member are also welcome to apply. Although solo applications will be considered, applicant groups of two or more individuals will be given priority consideration.

We welcome musicians of all ages (18+), backgrounds, gender identities and expressions to apply. 

Prizes Details: 

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

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Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity 107 Tunnel Mountain Drive PO Box 1020 Banff, Alberta Canada T1L 1H5
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01/March/2023
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Emerging Writers Residency: Poetry 2023

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This two-week writing program supports new writers in poetry at varying levels of accomplishment, from not-yet-published writers to those with one published book. In this workshop-based residency, you will work closely with our faculty, Suzanne Zelazo, Sharanpal Ruprai, and professional guest Helen Hajnoczky, to expand your practice and focus on improving writing skills.

The Emerging Writers Residency is an energizing, transformative experience, designed to help you take your writing to a new level. This residency is a perfect entry point into Banff Centre’s full suite of Literary Arts programs, offering new writers the opportunity to work on a portion of a manuscript in a workshop setting directly with faculty. The program will help you build your critical vocabulary, making you better critics of your own and others’ work. You will also learn more about the craft of writing, and about the conventions and possibilities for innovation in poetry.

What does the program offer?
This two-week residency provides thematic teaching from faculty members and professional guests, Q&A sessions, public readings, and one-on-one workshopping. Mentors will discuss ideas, experiences, and obstacles that you may be encountering with your writing from across poetic genres.

In addition to a single room, and a small private studio, you will be surrounded by a community of artistic peers. The flexible program format allows you to choose the amount of support you are looking for. All program elements are optional.

Who should apply?
Any new writer of poetry interested in structured feedback from faculty and fellow participants will benefit from this program. The program is open to writers with no publications, a few publications, or even a first book.

*Financial Aid available.

Program Dates: September 25 - October 06, 2023
Application Deadline: June 14, 2023
Learn more and apply online: http://bit.ly/3IrR7vV

Prizes Details: 

*Financial Aid of up to 100% of tuition fee and 50% of meal and accommodation fee is available for this program. All accepted participants will receive the financial aid package.

Location: 
107 Tunnel Mountain Drive, Banff AB T1L1H5
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14/June/2023
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Indigenous Dramaturgies Exchange 2023

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Indigenous Dramaturgies Exchange offers you professional development and space for artistic exchange on a current or upcoming dramaturgy project, with a focus on on-the-land engagement as a way of locating stories.

This program provides reciprocal mentorship and community building. You are encouraged to apply with a mentor or collaborator.

Indigenous dramaturgies; as artistic ceremony, as political resistances, and as community-building, are under studied and under supported. In this program we will discuss and explore your roles in deeper detail, with the support of faculty and with cultural facilitators for on-the-land engagement sessions.

What does the program offer?
One of the primary intentions behind the Indigenous Dramaturgies Exchange is the offer of reciprocal mentorship and community building. Each duo of participants will have access to a Lazlo Funtec studio or a music room. You will also be provided with limited access to wardrobe, props and set supplies based on availability.

You will have time and space to reflect on the ways we can approach and discuss Indigenous dramaturgical processes. We collectively acknowledge the significance in including a wide range of voices, experience, and perspectives, as well as making space to support emerging theatre and performance artists.

This program includes daily check-ins as a group to share in creative processes and showcase your work in order to look to yourselves, your cultural realities, relationships, and teachings as ways that navigate your artistic practice.  

Who should apply?
This program is geared towards Indigenous Dramaturgies and Indigenous Theatre Artists interested in or working on land-based arts practices, and/or innovative dramaturgical processes. 

This opportunity offers professional development for emerging Indigenous artists to focus on a current or upcoming project, and you are encouraged to apply with a creative partner. 

*Financial Aid of up to 100% of tuition fee, meal and accommodation fee is available for this program. All accepted participants will receive the financial aid package. 

Program Dates: May 8 - 26, 2023
Application Deadline: February 15, 2023
Learn more and apply online: http://bit.ly/3XjgogR

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*Financial Aid of 100%
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Application fee: $65 ($35 for applicants who identify as Indigenous). Application Fees are non-refundable.

*Financial Aid of up to 100% of tuition fee, meal and accommodation fee is available for this program. 
All accepted participants will receive the above financial aid package.

Location: 
107 Tunnel Mountain Drive, Banff AB T1L 1H5
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15/February/2023
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Summer Writers Residency 2023

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Banff Centre’s Summer Writers residency will provide writers space for the creative exploration of their writing practice. This self-directed residency offers the opportunity to work away from the constraints of everyday life. Delve deep into your creative project and take advantage of the artistic community of your peers around you.

The program provides optional opportunities for consultations with mentors, public readings, and group sessions led by guest mentors that allow creators to explore techniques, aspects, and devices that you may find useful in your practice.

What does the program offer?
This two-week residency provides teaching from faculty members and professional guests, Q&A sessions, public events, and one-on-one workshopping. Mentors will discuss ideas, experiences, and obstacles that participants may be encountering with their writing. 

This residency is a self-directed program that offers time and space for writers to focus, reconnect, and re-energize their writing practice. In addition to a single room, and a small private studio, you will be surrounded by a community of artistic peers. You will have the opportunity to attend inspiring talks and performances and meet with guest faculty to consult on your work.

As a flexible self-guided program, the Summer Writers residency allows you to choose the amount of support you are looking for. All program elements are optional.

Who should apply? 
We welcome writers of all ages, backgrounds, and all gender identities and expressions. Writers in all creative genres are invited to apply. The program is designed for emerging and established writers with a proven publication record seeking a period of dedicated time to work on a project in any genre.

Program Dates: July 31 - August 11, 2023
Application Deadline: March 15, 2023
Learn more and apply online: https://bit.ly/3DUjyP9

Prizes Details: 

*Financial Aid of 100% is available to cover tuition, and 50% is available to offset food and accommodation costs. All accepted participants will receive this financial aid package. 

Location: 
107 Tunnel Mountain Drive, Banff, Alberta, Canada, T1L1H5
Deadline: 
15/March/2023
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