Visual Arts Thematic Residency

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Visual Arts Thematic Residency

Rewilding the Body Eclectic

Previously considered antiquated, in recent years figuration has positioned itself at the forefront of contemporary art. Artists interested in feminism, queer theory and issues surrounding race and disability have challenged historical notions of representation of the human body, returning a lens of criticality to the subject rarely seen before. From sculpture to painting to photography, figuration has the potential to communicate the complexities of gender, sexuality, class and identity, as well as humans’ relationship to the natural environment and society at large.

Led by Zachari Logan, a renowned Canadian artist working across several mediums exploring issues of embodiment, selfhood, and queer representations of the body, with support of Banff Centre Visual Arts staff, Visual Arts Thematic Residency — Rewilding the Body Eclectic welcomes visual artists working in all mediums to embark on a journey of discovery and imagination over five weeks at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Through self-directed creative practice, research and discussion, artists in this residency will explore representations of the body and the possibilities that lie within for interpreting and understanding ourselves, each other and the world.

What does the program offer?

Open to visual artists working in all mediums, Visual Arts Thematic Residency — Rewilding the Body Eclectic is an immersive program of studio practice, creative exploration, critical feedback and mentorship for visual artists at all stages of their careers. As well as having the space to create, research and experiment, participants are part of a community of artists committed to developing and expanding their self-directed practice.

The residency experience is supported with lectures, workshops and individual studio visits with faculty as well as dialogue amongst peers.

Artists have access to shared production facilities and knowledgeable staff who are available to provide technical support and assistance.

Who should apply?

This residency is for visual artists with an exhibition/publication record who have completed formal training in visual arts at the post-secondary level, or who have equivalent experience and recognition from their peers. Collaborative groups of no more than two are welcome to apply.

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

Application Deadline: August 2, 2023Program Dates: November 14 – December 15, 2023

For more information and to apply visit*Financial Aid of 100% is available to cover tuition, and 50% is available to offset food and accommodation costs.

Artwork by Zachari Logan

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