Closed: Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada


BANFF Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada
Photo credit: Paul Zizka, BANFF Lake Louise - Alberta Canada
Photo credit: Paul Zizka, BANFF Lake Louise - Alberta Canada

Residency: 11 September – 6 October 2017

How might thinking in geologic time affect our societal and cultural impetuous for rapid innovation and acceleration?  What could this framework bring to artistic and curatorial practice? 

The 2017 UAL Art for the Environment International Artist Residency Programme is offering a 4-week residency at the world renown Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Canada, to take part in the program Geologic Time, at the Banff International Curatorial Institute (BICI).

As the long timescales and system dynamics of the Earth come up against the abrupt history of human actions, what is at stake for cultural production? Art histories are full of biophysical processes – from the enabling effects of industrial fossil capitalism, to the legacies of landscape representation. Yet how might curatorial and artistic practice venture beyond the great gulf between society and nature that was forged by a nineteenth-century understanding of human activities?

Through a program of fieldwork, seminars and private study or studio practice participants will ponder geological formations and stratigraphy, minerals and resource extraction, in order to speculate about a more expansive, slower and longer-term view of art, exhibitions, and their institutions.

AER at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity includes: 

  • Four-week residency
  • Free accommodation and catering
  • Use of a shared-studio space
  • Round trip flight to Alberta
  • Curator / critique feedback
  • UAL grant of £500 on completion of the residency and final report

Please note the applicants are responsible for visa, health and travel insurances.

Banff Centre website