Open Call

Soft Power | Visual Arts Fall Thematic

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

With Funding


Who Should Apply? This residency is open to visual artists. Applicants should have completed formal training in visual arts or a field related to this program at the post-secondary level, and should demonstrate a history of exhibitions, publications, and projects. Collectives of no more than two people are welcome to apply. This online program will provide a discursive forum for visual artists to explore ideas and examples of Soft Power in relation to their work, communities, geographic locations, and current societal conversations. Participants will form an online community of peers; share previous work with each other and continue works already in progress, partake in online studio visits, participate in conversations and presentations, and engage with faculty and each other to develop ideas, insights, and connections that can be applied to the theoretical exploration of their practice.

Number of Participants



Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


November 09, 2020 - November 27, 2020


  • $750.00 stipend (one-time)


  • $25.00 application fee


No meals

Public Programs

Courses, Critique, Discussion, Workshops


Visual Arts



Program Description

Overview The Soft Power program will explore the connections between art, nation states, systems of measurement and data, and propaganda. Together we will examine how visual culture, contemporary art, and architecture are employed in the construction of national identity, economic systems, and ideas of collectivity and exclusivity. Conversely, art can shed light on the subversive processes of myth making, staged narratives, double-speak, and economic rhetoric. Decoding these mechanisms of soft power can reveal the invisible forces designed to direct collective behavior, and also ways in which they can be resisted. Please visit the program webpage to learn more:

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