Open Call

Independent Residency: Leighton Artist Studios - Fall/Winter 2024/25

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

No Funding
Banff, Canada


Projects must fit clearly within one of the artistic disciplines outlined (writing for stage and screen, composing and songwriting ,literary arts, visual arts, critical and curatorial writing). The application must include a clearly articulated project description and a resume that demonstrates a strong record of accomplishment. Artists who have participated in a Leighton Studio residency in the past three years are not eligible to apply. Artists of all ages (18+), cultural backgrounds, gender identities and expressions are encouraged to apply. Applications are adjudicated by a rotating panel of internal and external adjudicators. Participants are selected on the basis of artistic merit. The program is highly competitive given the limited number of studios available. Please note nine of the Leighton Artists Studios are located in the woods and are accessed via a gravel pathway. Please contact us if you require wheelchair accessible accommodations.

Number of Participants

The total number of participants will vary according to the length of the residency requested. One studio suitable for groups of up to eight artists is available.


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


September 30, 2024 - March 28, 2025


  • CA$65.00 application fee
  • CA$1,092.00 program fee (one-time)


Individual Studio




Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Public Programs



Drawing, Interdiscplinary Arts, Literature, Poetry, Research, Visual Arts



Program Description

Leighton Artist Studio residencies are geared to professional artists working on major research-creation projects or new bodies of work. The program is best suited to artists who are self-motivated, focussed, and wanting time and space for introspection. The Leighton Artist Studios comprise nine distinct architect-designed studios. A tenth studio, the Painter House, is suitable for groups of 2 to 8 artists working collaboratively. Formal and informal collectives, ensembles, inter-disciplinary collaborators and Indigenous cultural groups are invited to apply for residencies at the Painter House between November 18 - December 13, 2024 and January 6 - March 28, 2025. Individual residences may run for a minimum 2 weeks and maximum 6 weeks in length, between September 30, 2024 - March 28, 2025. Collaborative entities: Group residencies may run for a minimum 1 week and maximum 3 weeks in length, between November 18 - December 13, 2024 and January 6 - March 28, 2025.

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