Open Call

Banff International Curatorial Institute Symposium: Living Agreement

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

No Funding
Banff, Canada


The symposium is designed to generate conversation and reflection around models for working together, including critical discourse around museum access; Indigenous methodologies and implications for western institutional models; legacies of institutional critique and current responses in artistic and curatorial practice; and intersections across these disciplines with current conversations in socially engaged art.

Number of Participants

This symposium is open to curators, art historians, writers and theorists, cultural critics, and researchers working within the field of visual arts. Applicants should demonstrate an exhibition/publication history, and have completed formal training in visual arts or a related field at the post-secondary level or equivalent experience and recognition from their peers and communities.


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


August 07, 2019 - August 10, 2019


  • CA$35.00 application fee
  • CA$414.00 program fee


Private Room


Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Public Programs

Discussion, Panel, Workshops


Curatorial, Visual Arts


No languages listed

Program Description

The symposium is an invitation to learn from artists, curators & creative practitioners who reflexively engage relationships between institutions, artists, & publics as a form of artistic practice. Drawing on the work of artist Carmen Papalia & his proposal to consider accessibility as a temporary & relational practice, this 3-day symposium asks how the triangulated relationships between artists, audiences & institutions might be re-thought as a ‘living agreement.' The Living Agreement symposium will feature presentations, panel discussions, workshops & active engagement with a range of artistic practices & artists.

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