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Arts Writer in Residence

This residency will provide time and space for mid-career arts writers to develop a critical writing project and conduct research while engaging with artists-in-residence and programs in Visual Arts. The residency is suited to arts writers focused on the development of a substantial project resulting in an external publication.

Writers are encouraged to meet with artists-in-residence to extend their networks, share their work in the form of readings, presentations, or workshops, and engage with curatorial and artistic staff at Banff Centre in the development of their external project.

What does the program offer?

Residencies offer structured programs where artists, curators, and other arts professionals come together to create work and discuss pertinent themes in contemporary artistic practice. Scheduled programming is designed to allow for self-directed research and project development, and time to collaborate with the creative community at Banff Centre.

Participants will benefit from connecting with visiting curators, faculty, and artists through interaction with various Visual Arts residency programs and other arts programs across campus.

This program requires a full-time commitment and variable dates will not be considered. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed.

Who should apply?

This program is open to arts writers exploring pertinent topics within visual arts and art criticism.

About the Banff International Curatorial Institute (BICI)

The Banff International Curatorial Institute (BICI) encompasses a range of public activities including symposia, think tanks, exhibitions, and publications. BICI also provides research-based programs in the form of residencies and workshops, and practicum opportunities.

BICI’s programs and activities serve the communities of curators, artists, researchers, writers, critics, philosophers, and other cultural producers at various stages of their careers. These programs offer ongoing professional development and complement degree granting curatorial programs by providing a venue to meet, explore, and continue research.

Application Deadline: August 1, 2018
Program Dates: January 7 – March 29, 2019

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