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Banff Artist in Residence

The Printmaking Studio is filled with natural light and offers a spectacular view of Rundle and Sulphur mountains. The studio is available 24 hours a day and is fully equipped for water-based screen printing, etching, and relief printing, photopolymer platemaking for letterpress, typography, and lithography. Artists can output images on clear film for photo-processes as well as produce archival full colour inkjet prints on digital fine art paper in the Digital Imaging Studio.

The Printmaking Studio houses two Charles Brand etching presses with bed sizes 26x48” and 36x60”. Two screen-printing vacuum tables are available; an A.W.T Seri-glide with a one-arm squeegee assembly for printing images up to 30x40”, and an A.W.T Accu-glide table for manual printing. For photo-printmaking, artists have access to a NuArc Tri-light exposure unit (max 42x52”). The Lithography Studio is a complete self-enclosed ventilated studio with a Griffin Lithography press for stone, traditional plate, and photo lithography.

The Banff Artist in Residence in Visual Arts provides time and space for artists to create, research, experiment, and cultivate new directions in their work.

In addition to a private studio space and shared facility use, artists are surrounded by a community of artistic peers and have the opportunity to attend inspiring talks and performances by world-renowned visiting artists, all within Banff Centre’s spectacular mountain setting.
What does the program offer?

The Banff Artist in Residence offers opportunities to work 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 to further develop production techniques. Knowledgeable staff are available to provide technical support and assistance.*
What length of residency is available?

This program is designed for participation over the entire program period. Variable dates will not be considered.
Who should apply?

Residencies are for visual artists, curators, researchers, and other arts professionals with an exhibition/publication record, who have had formal training in visual arts or equivalent experience and recognition from their peers.

*Subject to additional fees

Printmaking Studios:
Typography houses a Vandercook 4T Proofing Press (maximum size 14x17”) to print polymer plates and offers a variety of metal type. The Heights (UK) Waterpress Platemaker is available for photopolymer platemaking up to 10x14”. Printmaking facilities provide essential equipment such as a spray-out booth, screens and squeegees, acid room with Ferric Chloride trays, aquatint rosin box (maximum 18x24” plates), paper soaking sink (maximum 36x55"), down-draft table, hot plate, rollers, and brayers.

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