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Banff International Curatorial Institute Symposium: Living Agreement | Visual Arts





Program Overview

The Living Agreement symposium is an invitation to learn from artists, curators, and creative practitioners who reflexively engage relationships between institutions, artists, and publics as a form of artistic practice. 

Drawing on the work of artist Carmen Papalia and his proposal to consider accessibility as a temporary and relational practice, this three-day symposium asks how the triangulated relationships between artists, audiences, and institutions might be re-thought as a ‘living agreement.'

In this cross-disciplinary conversation, artists, curators, art historians, writers, and theorists will reflect on a range of themes. 

What does the program offer?

The Living Agreement symposium will feature presentations, panel discussions, workshops, and active engagement with a range of artistic practices and artists.

The symposium is designed to generate conversation and reflection around models for working together, including critical discourse around museum access; Indigenous methodologies and implications for western institutional models; legacies of institutional critique and current responses in artistic and curatorial practice; and intersections across these disciplines with current conversations in socially engaged art.

Who should apply?

This symposium is open to curators, art historians, writers and theorists, cultural critics, and researchers working within the field of visual arts.  Applicants should demonstrate an exhibition/publication history, and have completed formal training in visual arts or a related field at the post-secondary level or equivalent experience and recognition from their peers and communities.

Fees & Financial Assistance

Program Fee: $413.76+GST *

*This program fee is highly subsidized by Banff Centre. Additional financial support (up to 100%) is available to applicants without institutional affiliation or support.

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

Dates: August 06 - August 09, 2019


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Residency + Symposium in Sardinia, Italy, June 2019





For three weeks in June (3-24) a group of artists will populate the quaint streets of Nurri, a village on the beautiful island of Sardinia, Italy. The theme of the residency is Su Bixinau, or The Neighbourhood. We will work in an abandoned convent, full of atmospheric rooms, chapels, a cloister and a secret garden. The exhbition at the end will be held here. Additionally, participating artists are invited to take part in an art festival in San Sperate, celebrating the art of Sardinian sculptor Pinnuccio Sciola. from May 31-June 2, as guests of the town. There will be events organized for the artists for this symposium. Sardinia contains some of Europe's best beaches as well as fascinating archeaological sites. Villages have strong local traditions and embrace a zero kilometre diet. Daytrips to various sites, museums and beaches will be planned according to the group's interests. Although the theme is 'the neighbourhood', the residency is otherwise open and welcomes artists using a range of media. The deadline to apply is February 20. Please visit the website for more details regarding the fee and the application process.

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