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Banff Centre: Practicums and residencies for Indigenous artists
Through live performance, music creation, composition, song, storytelling, spoken word, dance and silent film, this interdisciplinary program with a strong music focus provides the opportunity for Indigenous artists 'reclaim' the era of silent films made about Indigenous peoples. The Banff Centre welcomes Canadian and international Indigenous artists from diverse music genres and performance backgrounds to apply.
Re(Claim) is an interdisciplinary program with a strong music focus in which Indigenous artists ‘reclaim’ the era of silent films made about Indigenous peoples. Through live performance, music creation, composition, song, storytelling, spoken word, dance and silent film, this new program will subvert the gaze behind the camera and bring a fresh voice to an era of silence.
Short compositions/creations will be created for silent film and will be performed at The Banff Centre at the conclusion of the residency.
What does the program offer?
Participants will work with faculty and peers in a highly collaborative setting to:
Create music and score for film and hybrid forms either through notation and/or through improvisation, specifically silent films made about Indigenous peoples;
Learn more about the era of silent films;
Develop improvisational skills as artists;
Build a strong foundation of collaboration;
Explore integrated and organic approaches to collaboration and composition in-studio and for live performance.
Indigenous artists, curators, and cultural practitioners are invited to come together, create new work, meet with local Elders, engage with faculty and visiting guest artists, and discuss topics pertinent to their culture and art practice.
Visual + Digital Arts Indigenous Residency invites Indigenous artists, curators, and cultural practitioners from all nations around the world to come together, create new work, and discuss topics pertinent to their culture and contemporary art practice.
Located on the side of Sleeping Buffalo Mountain, the Centre's campus rests upon a historic sacred gathering place for the Blackfoot, Stoney Nakoda, and Tsuu T’ina people, who met here for trade and knowledge sharing, visions, ceremony, and celebration. Continuing in this tradition, participants in the residency will have the opportunity to meet with local Elders, engage with faculty and visiting guest artists, and tap into the community of knowledge of their peers around contemporary Indigenous art practice.
What does the program offer?
During this five-week residency, focus on your work with dedicated studio time. Expand your practice with studio visits from guest faculty and through discussions with your peers. Connect with local Indigenous community leaders and Elders. Engage in meaningful conversations around global Indigenous culture and contemporary art.
Residencies offer structured programs where artists, curators, and other arts professionals are brought together to make 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 the development of their work.