Banff International Curatorial Institute Fellowship Winter 2020 in Canada
  • January 5 - March 28, 2020

The Banff International Curatorial Institute (BICI) Fellowship program is an international fellowship that supports established curators, arts writers, cultural critics, researchers, and artists in focusing deeply on the development of their work. The program allows for self-directed research over an extended period of 12 weeks, within the creative and intellectually stimulating environment of Visual Arts at Banff Centre. Up to four participants will be selected by an international jury for this unique, fully scholar shipped program.

In addition to focusing on their own practice, participants will engage with other artists-in-residence in Visual Arts programs to grow their networks and expand their research. They will visit studios, join reading groups, share knowledge through presenting research in progress, as well as engage with each other and Banff Centre’s curatorial and artistic staff.

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What does the program offer?

The BICI Fellowship allows visual arts professionals to develop work and pursue critical research. Scheduled programming is light to allow for self-directed project development as well as opportunities to connect and collaborate.

Participants may work on the continuation of an existing project, the early development of a substantial new project, create work towards a confirmed external publication or exhibition, or conduct research involving BICI publications and Banff Centre’s permanent collection and archives. Projects and research that are timely, socially relevant, and of high artistic merit will be considered.

Participants can attend talks and presentations by faculty and guests of Visual Arts programs and Walter Phillips Gallery, and expand networks by connecting with artists from around the world.

The Banff International Curatorial Institute (BICI) encompasses a range of activities including events, residencies, symposia, and publications. A program of the Walter Phillips Gallery, BICI provides research-based programs and fellowships for curators, arts writers, theorists, artists, and academics to explore curatorial research, pedagogy and practice, visual art criticism and writing.

These programs offer ongoing professional development and complement degree granting curatorial programs by providing a venue to meet, explore, and engage in research.




  • Participants will have a single bedroom in Farrally Hall, one of Banff Centre’s original historic chalets on campus. Residents have access to a common lounge and kitchen area with a TV, outdoor patio, piano, and fireplace.
  • The Light Flex meal plan includes $23 credit per day, equivalent to breakfast and lunch in Vistas Dining Room.
  • Curators, writers, and researchers in this program will have an office space in which to create their work.
  • A series of outstanding guest artists and curators will give free public talks and hold informal discussions.



  • Mid- to- senior-level curators, arts writers, cultural critics, researchers, and artists exploring original topics within visual arts.
  • Artists working in practice/material-based studio research are welcome to apply.
  • Established exhibition/publication record.
  • Formal training in visual arts at the post-secondary level, or have equivalent experience and recognition from their peers.
Eligible Regions: Open for all

Application Process

Apply online through the given link.

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Application Deadline: September 4, 2019

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