Open Call

Hide Tanning and Parfleche Residency

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

No Funding
Banff, Canada


This program welcomes Indigenous visual artists with traditional and/or contemporary arts practices interested in hide-tanning processes and working with parfleche.

Number of Participants



Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


September 30, 2024 - October 18, 2024


  • CA$35.00 application fee


Private Room


Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Public Programs

Open Studios, Self-Directed


Visual Arts



Program Description

This three-week visual arts residency focuses on hide scraping, bone tool making and working with parfleche. Visual artists who work with hide and parfleche will learn more about how scrape a hide, and work with parfleche with the support of faculty, elders, and knowledge keepers. Participants are invited to engage with faculty, community and peers while having self-directed studio time. Participants will come together with the community and have the opportunity for one-on-one sessions. The participants and faculty will have a chance to share their works in progress in Open Studios. Participants will deepen their artistry and technical application with hide scraping, bone tool making, and working with parfleche. The program will foster peer relationships with the opportunity for self-directed studio time. Participants will also be engaged with community in storytelling/knowledge sharing sessions in the hide tanning process.

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