All MA and MFA students currently enrolled in graduate studies at OCAD University are invited to submit an application to participate in the 2015 Banff Research in Culture residency program at the Banff Centre in June 2015. Judged by a panel of OCAD University faculty on the basis of submitted material, one student will be fully funded by the Faculty of Graduate Studies bursary to attend and participate in the residency. In addition to merit, consideration will be given to the likelihood that the student’s work will benefit from the program.


Banff Research in Culture:

From the website: Banff Research in Culture (BRiC) is a residency program designed for scholars and artists engaged in advanced theoretical research on themes and topics in culture. Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, junior faculty (pre-tenure), activists, writers, and practicing artists from around the world will convene at The Banff Centre for three weeks to contemplate the theme Demos: Life in Common. This year’s senior faculty are Alex Hartley, Astra Taylor, and Nina Power.

Demos: Life in Common:

From the website: Demos: Life in Common invites participants to consider the ways in which we constitute and experience collective life in this century. We seek to bring together artists, writers, researchers, and cultural producers who in their work are exploring the ways in which we might reinvigorate democratic life today—not just ‘democratic’ in its narrow, political sense, but as life in common in which being and belonging engenders the full flourishing of individuals and communities. What new forms might politics take today—a time that bears little resemblance to those bygone centuries that gave birth to many of our political structures and imaginings? How is collective self-determination mobilized and what do recent events demonstrate about the will of the people and the will of the state? What is the role of new technologies in enhancing or impeding social equality? Might it yet help to create new forms of community and belonging? And how might contemporary cultural, artistic and intellectual activities enliven the belief of the demos in its own capacities and possibilities?


Please note that you are permitted to apply as either “researchers” or “artists.” (MA students should apply as researchers, while MFA students should apply as artists.)

If you are an MA student applying as a researcher, please provide:

  • A two-page statement that describes your background and research objectives, your interest in the program, and your response to the residency theme. (maximum 1000 words)
  • A 100-word biography
  • An updated CV (maximum 2 pages)

If you are an MFA student applying as an artist, please provide:

  • A two-page project proposal
    1. Describe the conceptual framework for the proposed project and how it responds to the residency theme
    2. Outline your execution plan for the proposed project
    3. Describe the medium(s) this project will employ, specific equipment requests, technical assistance requests, and any tools/equipment/software related to the project.
  • Bio/project summary: On a single page, provide a 100-word artist biography and a 100-word summary of the proposed project.
  • An updated CV (maximum 2 pages)
  • Visual support material: Please include 10 samples of your artistic work on a USB drive. Please include descriptions of work, title, date created, medium(s) and size.


Your application must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies by 4 pm on December 1, 2014. You may submit a hard copy of your materials in the office, or email your application (with links, if applicable, to your visual support material) to Decisions will be made and announced in early January 2015.

For more information about this opportunity, please contact, Claudette Lauzon: