Open Call

BICI: Curatorial Futures

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

With Funding


Who should apply? This program is open to individual independent curators exploring topics pertinent to the program theme, within the field of contemporary art. Applicants should have an established exhibition/publication record, have completed formal training in visual arts at the post-secondary level, or equivalent experience and recognition from their peers. What does the program offer? This program offers dedicated feedback and mentorship to develop your curatorial writing, financial support through 100% tuition scholarship, and an opportunity to share your work. The program cohort will be small so that online discussion can be easily facilitated. Participants should be prepared to submit their completed text prior to the end of the program, and will receive $1000 commission on completion. Please see the Itinerary section for an approximation of the program schedule.

Number of Participants



Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


September 28, 2020 - October 24, 2020


  • $1,000.00 stipend (one-time)


  • $25.00 application fee


No meals

Public Programs

Critique, Discussion, Exhibition





Program Description

The Banff International Curatorial Institute (BICI) Curatorial Futures program will explore alternative realities for curatorial practice in a transformational world. In response to the current social, political, ecological, economic, and global health situation we find ourselves in, this program will question and discuss recent shifts in the art world; unconventional and innovative artistic/curatorial platforms and structures; how we engage with technology; the shift toward local from global; and the systemic changes that need happen in the field to create more equitable ways of working for communities, artists, and curators. Throughout a period of four weeks, participants will connect with faculty who will share their knowledge, experience, and predictions, participate in discussion and debate, and engage with each other and build networks. Please visit the program webpage to learn more:

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