Open Call

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity - Leighton Artist Studios

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

No Funding
Banff, Canada


We invite artists whose projects fit within the footprint of a Leighton Studio, and which do not require additional production support, to apply. Artists of all ages (18+), cultural backgrounds, gender identities and expressions are encouraged to apply. We cannot accommodate projects requiring technical or production support at this time. If your project requires production support, please consider applying to one of our other Artist in Residence programs in Literary Arts, Performing Arts, Indigenous Arts or Visual Arts. Dates are fixed and if accepted, cannot be changed or deferred. Please ensure to select dates that work for your schedule when applying. Please note, adjudication will prioritize applicants who have not completed a Leighton residency in the past 3 years.

Number of Participants

The Leighton Artist Studios are home to nine distinct, architect-designed studios suitable for individual artists working in a variety of disciplines: writing for stage and screen, composing and songwriting, literary arts and translation, visual arts including photography, and critical and curatorial writing. A tenth studio, the Painter House, is suitable for formal and informal collectives, collaborators and ensembles of 2 to 10 artists working collaboratively. Individual Residencies: 1 April - 30 September, 2024 (min 2 week, max 6 weeks). Small Group/ Collaborative Residencies: 1 July - 2 August, 2024 (min 1 week, max 3 weeks).


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


April 01, 2024 - September 30, 2024


  • CA$65.00 application fee
  • CA$1,092.00 program fee (bi-weekly)


Individual Studio


Hotel, Private Bathroom, Private Room


Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Public Programs



Composers, Curatorial, Documentary, Drawing, Fiction, Journalism, Literature, Music Composition, Nonfiction, Photography, Playwriting, Poetry, Screenwriting, Visual Arts


No languages listed

Program Description

Independent residencies at the Leighton Artist Studios offer artists time, space and an inspiring retreat environment for the development of their work. Each unique studio is designed by a distinguished Canadian architect and provides a perfect setting for projects requiring focus and time for contemplation. Artists working in the Leighton Artist Studios have the opportunity to engage with the community on campus by attending talks, performances, exhibitions, and activities offered by Participant Resources. Leighton Artist Studios offer professional artists focused time for independent research, experimentation and project development. There is no access to specialized production facilities, technical support, or equipment loans. Please refer to each studio page on our website to see what is included within the footprint of the studio.

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