Programs / Emerging Atlantic Artist Residency



This Program is no longer offered.

About the Program

The Emerging Atlantic Artist Residency provides one emerging visual artist from Atlantic Canada the opportunity to create new work within the inspiring surrounds of the Banff Centre over a period of eight weeks. 

The vision of this residency program is to strengthen cultural connections between eastern and western Canada, and to assist in building the skills necessary for emerging Atlantic artists to be successful in their careers. The program is a partnership with the Hnatyshyn Foundation and funded through the support of the Harrison McCain Foundation.

The residency provides opportunities for professional and artistic development through access to facilities to create new work, technical expertise, mentorship, studio visits, and opportunities to engage with artists-in-residence, visiting artists, faculty, curators, and speaking engagements at Banff Centre and at two additional partner organizations.

Tuition fees, accommodation, meal plan, and travel to and from Banff Centre to the participant’s residence in Canada are covered. As well, the successful artist will receive a production allowance for material costs, production assistance and expertise, and project related incidentals incurred while at Banff Centre.


This program targets exceptionally talented emerging artists under the age of 35, who demonstrate the potential to make a significant contribution to the legacy of the arts in Canada.

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
  • be under the age of 35 at the time of application;
  • demonstrate a strong personal and artistic connection to the east coast provinces of Canada (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador).
  • have completed formal training in visual arts
  • demonstrate commitment to the career of a professional visual artist by having:
    • practiced professionally in their field for a minimum of two years
    • produced a body of work
    • held at least two public exhibitions of work in a professional context
  • demonstrate they are able to work independently;
  • be able to communicate effectively in English (the working language at The Banff Centre is English).

Application Requirements

1. Cover Letter (500 words):  Describe your connection to Atlantic Canada and how this region influences you and your work. Describe your career goals, plans future development and learning, why you wish to be considered for this program, and what impact it could have on your artistic practice.

2. Artist Statement (500 words): Describe the conceptual basis of your artistic practice and frame your work within a larger context.

3. Bio/project summary (100 words each):  On a single page, provide a brief biography and a summary of your proposed project. These summaries will be used as a narrative for administrative and public use.

4. Detailed project proposal and timeline (500 words): Outline your execution plan for the proposed project including a week to week timeline, description of medium(s) used, explanation of your specialized field of knowledge of these mediums, any specific processes, equipment and assistance required.

5. Resource requests: List all requests for equipment, software, facilities, or technical support related to your project execution/completion in the Resource Request Form section of the online application.

6. Portfolio:  Upload 5 samples of your artistic work. Please include description of work, title, date created, mediums, and size.

Image files: up to 5 MB each.
Video files: up to 60MB each, no longer than 5 minutes in length. You may also link to media found on YouTube, Vimeo and SoundCloud.
Audio files: up to 30MB each, no longer than 5 minutes in length.

7. Resumé:  Please outline your education and related experience

8. References: Please provide the name, occupation/title, and contact information of two references who will each submit a letter of support on your behalf should you be shortlisted for the program.