Indigenous Residency Program in Visual + Digital Arts 2017, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Canada

Publish Date: Jan 19, 2017

Deadline: Jan 25, 2017

The Indigenous Art Journal program will provide a platform for emerging and experienced Indigenous art writers to contribute to the critical dialogue around global Indigenous visual arts practice.  

This program endeavors to carve out space in a field whereby Indigenous artworks are often discussed external to key cultural contexts and histories imperative to their creation and understanding.  Indigenous art writers, art historians, curators and artists can explore critical art and social discourse, approaches and methodologies to writing about Indigenous art practice, and the issues and concerns that inform Indigenous artists work, lives, and communities.  Participants will bring those stories that need telling and current works in progress, share and collaborate on reviews and articles, and explore publication platforms.    

Under the guidance and mentorship of the program faculty, and drawing on the collective knowledge of the participants, we will explore topics including: sovereignty, reconciliation, colonization and decolonization, Indigenous knowledge, language, resistance and resilience, contemporary relationships to tradition and material processes, identity, and how these concerns manifest physically and aesthetically in contemporary art practice.  Together we will draft and envision the development of an Indigenous Art Journal and discuss how such a publication might manifest; whether in collaboration with existing institutions and publications, or independently. We will also explore unique modes of distribution and sharing, and the kinds of support and structures needed for a journal to flourish.

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. Through peer interaction, discussion groups, studio work, formal lectures, and studio visits from world-renowned visiting artists and curators, participants gain new ideas and insights that can be applied to creative exploration and professional development of their work.

Who should apply?

Indigenous curators, art writers, art historians, and cultural thinkers are welcome. Applicants should have an exhibition/publication record, training in visual arts, or equivalent experience and recognition from their peers or communities. 


Enrollment to this program is limited to individuals of Indigenous descent (status, non-status, Métis or Inuit in Canada and Indigenous peoples from around the world).


Participants are selected by impartial adjudicators on the basis of their submitted material. In addition to artistic merit, consideration will be given to the likelihood that the artist's work will benefit from the program.  

Applicants will be notified of their status as soon as adjudication is complete, approximately 8-10 weeks following the application deadline


Enrollment to this program is limited to individuals of Indigenous descent (status, non-status, Métis or Inuit in Canada and Indigenous peoples from around the world).

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