Located in Banff National Park in the Rocky Mountains of Western Canada. Calgary is the nearest airport 160 km away.

Paid by artist 

Programme fee (depends on the programme: check the website for details), health insurance, individual traveling expenses, personal needs, working material.

Application guidelines 

Check their website for all application deadlines. Every year Banff offers a broad variety of standard residency programs for all kind of disciplines. Besides this, they offer unique residency packages for more specialised needs.

Current opportunities in 2015: 

  1. Visual Arts Sculpture Studio Practicum: This program is limited to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. Duration: January 12, 2015 - December 18, 2015; application deadline: November 12, 2014. Details about this program:
  2. Demos: Life in Common: This program invites artists, writers, researchers, and cultural producers to consider the ways in which we constitute and experience collective life in this century. Duration: June 1, 2015 - June 19, 2015; application deadline: December 10, 2014. Details about this program:
  3. Digital Narratives: it is a multi-platform, interdisciplinary, creative production residency that The Banff Centre will pilot in 2015. This program is open to writers from all literary genres, including fiction, non-fiction, screenwriters, documentary makers, animators and graphic novelists working within the digital landscape to produce a new literary project. Duration:May 4, 2015 - May 23, 2015; application deadline: December 10, 2014. Details about this program:
11/11/2014 12/09/2014 01/13/2015


some programs are by deadline, some are ongoing (for instance BAIR program)

Banff Centre for the Arts

Banff Centre for the Arts


The Banff Centre is a largest arts and creativity incubator in Canada. Their mission is inspiring creativity. Over 8,000* artists, leaders, and researchers from across Canada and around the world participate in programs at The Banff Centre every year. Through its multidisciplinary programming, The Banff Centre provides them with the support they need to create, to develop solutions, and to make the impossible possible.

The Banff Centre develops multidimensional artists for the international stage in an artistically rich learning environment. Their leadership programs equip people who want to change the world with the skills to do so. Moving forward, the Centre will disseminate the art and ideas developed in Banff using new initiatives in digital, web, radio, and broadcast media.

Arts programs are at the core of The Banff Centre. Programming supports the commissioning and creation of new work by individual artists and arts collectives, and provides resources for collaboration and applied research. Training and professional development is offered at the post-graduate level in more than a dozen art forms including, music, theatre, dance, opera, Indigenous arts, literature, ceramics, print-making, painting, papermaking, photography, sculpture, audio engineering, digital film and video, and new media. The Centre also partners with national and international arts institutions to bring art incubated in Banff to stages and concert halls around the world.

Accomodation Information 

Rooms have all the amenities of a hotel, furnishings, work desk and chair, bath and/or shower, towels, bedding, phone, radio/alarm clocks, housekeeping services, and expansive windows that allow participants to enjoy the full beauty of The Banff Centre’s natural setting. Over 150 rooms are available in two residence halls. Wireless internet is available throughout the campus. More information:

Technical Information 

The Centre equips with Resources and Facilities/Studio Resources (for different genres such as music & sound, media & visual art and theatre arts)/Theatres and Performance Spaces/Dining Facilities。 More information can be found here. 

Address (residency first)

Address (residency first): 
107 Tunnel Mountain Drive
Banff, AB T1L 1H5
+1 403.762.6100
+1 403.762.6444

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