Visual Arts residency program [fr]
On the initiative of Raynald Belay, Cultural Attaché in Vancouver, the French Embassy in Canada, the Institut Français, and The Banff Centre have signed a three-year agreement to support a residency program for a French curator to participate in a Visual Arts residency at The Banff Centre.
Thomas Michelon, Cultural Counsellor at the Embassy of France, stated that the “signing of this agreement is an extraordinary opportunity. It will allow French curators to discover a venue that is recognized internationally, especially for the major role that Banff has always played as a laboratory for artistic ideas and practices. They will find a unique creative environment there from which they will truly be able to benefit. I am also convinced that they will bring with them a vision that will be just as enriching for Banff and its artistic and intellectual community. We are very pleased with this new long-term cooperation, which is fully in line with our objective to create a long-lasting and rich relationship between the contemporary art scene and creative industries in both our countries.”
- Sarah J. E. Iley, Vice President, programming at The Banff Centre et/and Thomas Michelon, conseiller culturel/Cultural Counsellor à l’Ambassade de France/ French Embassy (28 septembre 2011/ Sept 28, 2011).
The program aims to disseminate the ideas and work of French or France-based curators within the Visual Arts and Banff Centre communities, with the overall goal of strengthening cultural cooperation between Western Canada and France in the visual arts sector. With a focus on emerging and mid-career visual arts curators, one French curator will be invited to The Banff Centre each year as a guest or lead faculty of a thematic residency.
Renowned French critic, writer, and curator Nicolas Bourriaud was the first guest of the program. During his time at The Banff Centre he delivered a public lecture and led a series of seminars with artists and curators in residence and with students from the California College of the Arts, as part of a Banff International Curatorial Institute (BICI) program.
Interested French or France-based curators will be invited to apply to the program through l’Institut français.
The agreement extends until December 2014.