The Banff Artist in Residence (BAiR) Emerging is an immersive program that offers visual artists production facilities access, studio practice, and mentorship in the early stages of their careers.

BAiR Emerging combines the artistic freedom of a self-directed residency with the supportive benefits of an organized program. Artists benefit from having aspace to make, research, and experiment. Participants are a part of a community of emerging artists who are committed to developing and expanding their practice. Artists benefit from the insight they are provided by guest faculty through studio visits and lectures.

This program is intended for visual artists to cultivate new possibilities and directions in their work. Our knowledgeable staff are available to offer technical support, demonstrations, and provide access to a host of facilities including photography, sculpture, printmaking, papermaking, ceramics, fibre, and digital technology.

What does the program offer?

The Banff Artist in Residence (BAiR) Emerging program allows participants to delve deeply into their practice while away from the constraints of everyday life. Participants are provided with a studio, accessible 24 hours a day, as well as access to our extensive facilities.

Who should apply?

This residency is for emerging artists who have completed university level training in visual arts (preferably within the last five years), or who have equivalent experience and recognition from their peers.

Applicants should also hold an active exhibition record of at least two years in length, and show evidence of dedication in their pursuit of an artistic career.

Collectives of no more than two people are welcome to apply.

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

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