The Banff Centre is currently accepting applications for residencies March 5 to March 30, 2018 in artists books. This is really exciting news!
Here’s a quick overview from their website:
Program Overview: The Evolving Book: Contemporary Artist Book Practices is a program focused on the role of artists’ books in contemporary art practice. Artists’ books (books as art) arose in the 1900s as a format for exploring visual art and text-based practices; as a method of democratizing art distribution, and as a vehicle for sharing conceptual, critical, and political ideas.
This program will explore the shifting understanding of contemporary artists’ books as an expansive practice; whereby the book format generates (rather than indicates an end point of) the creative process.
Oral practices, graphic design and typography, photography, performative practices, craft, alternative book structures, the book as object and sculpture, and publishing and distribution systems are included in this broad understanding of the book as a beginning point in a public practice.
What does the program offer? Residencies offer structured programs where artists, curators, and other arts professionals come together to create work and discuss pertinent themes. Through peer interaction, discussion groups, studio work, formal lectures, and studio visits from world-renowned visiting artists and curators, participants gain new ideas and insights that can be applied to creative exploration and professional development of their work.
In this program, participants will develop and create new work, construct and de-construct format, structure, language, and explore various mediums to push artists’ books into new territories and forms.
This residency will include access to the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives collection of over 4,000 artists’ books.
Who should apply? Visual artists of all mediums, graphic designers, illustrators, and typographers are welcome to apply. Applicants should have an exhibition/publication record, formal training in visual arts, or equivalent experience and recognition from their peers.
You can find more info about the program and prepare your application here: https://www.banffcentre.ca/programs/evolving-book/20180305