News and Announcements

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The NWT is bustling with arts news! Below are postings of up-to-date news, related press releases and articles from NWT Arts, our partners, and affiliated arts organizations and associations from across the country.

To view older postings please review the News Archive. If you would like your news posted here, please email us at nwtarts@gov.nt.ca.

To find a workshop, festival, arts event or gallery show, please visit our events page.

NWT Arts recently updated its website. Artists can now add additional social media links including TikTok, Instagram, and Pintrest. Update your profile today! Can’t remember your username or password?  Email nwtarts@gov.nt.ca and we can reset it for you.


Arts TNO a récemment mis à jour son site Web. Les artistes peuvent maintenant ajouter à leur profil des liens supplémentaires vers les réseaux sociaux : TikTok, Instagram et Pinterest. N’attendez plus et actualisez votre profil! Vous avez oublié votre nom d’utilisateur ou votre mot de...read more

The Seals and Sealing Network is looking for a part-time (10 hours/week) Marketing and Vendor Relations Manager for the Proudly Indigenous Crafts and Designs (PIC&D) online store who can collaborate with cross-functional teams, while building and maintaining vendor relationships. The ideal candidate has experience working with Indigenous communities, respects the people and cultures and takes time to understand their background and history. More information, including a job description and details on how to apply can be...read more

The NWT Arts Program is putting out a call to NWT Visual Artists to show and sell artwork at the Yellowknife Farmers Market which takes place every Tuesday from 5:15-7:15 pm, June 7-September 13 at Somba K'e Park. To be considered for this opportunity you must be registered in the NWT Arts Program and currently reside in the NWT. There is no cost to participate. Tables and tablecloths will be provided. The deadline to apply is Sunday, May 22.


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The NWT Arts Program is putting out a call to NWT Visual Artists to show and sell artwork at the Yellowknife Farmers Market which takes place every Tuesday from 5:15-7:15 pm, June 7-September 13 at Somba K'e Park. To be considered for this opportunity you must be registered in the NWT Arts Program and currently reside in the NWT. There is no cost to participate. Tables and tablecloths will be provided. The deadline to apply is Sunday, May 22.


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The Hay River Health and Social Services Authority (HRHSSA) is excited to inform the
community that an artwork installation at the Hay River Regional Health Centre promoting Northwest Territories (NWT) artists is now complete. The exhibit showcases 28 traditional arts and fine crafts from artists across the South Slave Region including Hay River, Fort Providence, Fort Resolution, K’atl’odeeche First Nation, Enterprise, Fort Smith and Kakisa. In addition to these regional pieces, one painting was created by a Behchoko artist and donated to HRHSSA, specifically for the midwifery...read more

Aboriginal Sports Circle NWT, in partnership with the NWT Arts Program, is seeking Indigenous artists for the Indigenous Summer Games Cultural Market, Saturday, July 2, from 10-6pm in the Weledeh Catholic School gym in Yellowknife. To apply, you must be registered in the NWT Arts Program. Tables will be booked on a first-come-first-served basis. There is no cost to participate. Tables and linens will be provided. Setup will take place from 9-10am. For artists and arts organizations outside Yellowknife, please reach out to your regional ITI office to ask if SEED funding might be available...read more

Canadian Artists' Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC)  has launched the INDIGENOUS PROTOCOLS dot ART website. The materials on this website were designed to provide practical guidelines for respectful engagement with Indigenous Peoples. It is designed to help Indigenous artists protect their work, to educate non-Indigenous individuals and organizations about respectful engagement and collaboration with Indigenous Peoples, and to provide tools that can be used to advocate for stronger legislative change...read more

Canadian Artists' Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC) works to improve visual artists’ economic and legal rights, through advocacy, research, and education. The NWT Arts Program would like more NWT artists to belong to this national organization so they can receive these benefits and participate in CARFAC opportunities. To help this happen, the NWT Arts Program is offering to pay the annual membership fee for NWT artists who are interested in joining CARFAC. To take advantage of this opportunity, complete the membership request form and return it to CARFAC before March...read more

The NWT Arts Program is inviting applications from Indigenous NWT artists who have previous experience working with sealskin for the 2022 Sealskin Workshop. This five‐day workshop will be held February 24-28, 2022 in Inuvik. The application deadline is Sunday, January 23, 2022.


Le programme Arts TNO invite les artistes autochtones ténois aptes à travailler avec de la peau de phoque à s’inscrire à l’atelier de confection d’œuvres d’art avec peaux de phoque. Cet atelier de 5 jours se déroulera à Inuvik du 24 au 28 février 2022. La date limite est le dimanche 23 janvier 2022.read more

The Arctic Arts Summit 2022 will be hosted June 27 to 29, 2022, in Whitehorse, Yukon. The theme for the 2022 Summit is Connection to the Land.

The Summit will include seven months of digital programming on the Summit website, leading up to the in-person event, expanding engagement on the key themes, broadening discourse on the Arctic, and shining a spotlight on the stories, perspectives, and cultures of the North.

NWT art and culture organizations are invited to submit a proposal for digital content that aligns with the proposed programming areas in the attached...read more

The travelling exhibit ‘Breathe: Creating resilience through traditional art’ presented by the Departments of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) and Health and Social Services (HSS) is set to open Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre (PWNHC).

The exhibit will be on display until April 2022 and can be viewed Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm at PWNHC.

The exhibit displays 45 hand-crafted masks by artists from around Canada. The masks share their makers’ unique stories of fear, courage, sadness, hope, love, and healing that unite us...read more

The creative community plays a central role in preserving the NWT’s cultures and languages, diversifying our local economies, and sharing the beauty of NWT art far and wide. Art raises the profile of our territory, enrich our lives, and improve our well-being and provides an essential piece of our identity, culture, and heritage.

The NWT Arts Strategy 2021-2031 sets out a vision for how we, along with other governments, organizations, commercial ventures, individual creators, and various supporters will support the creative sector for the next 10 years.

This strategy sets out...read more

Please find attached a Call for Artists to participate in the Old Town Ramble and Ride Artist Market, July 31 and August 1, 2021. This call is open to artists living in the North Slave communities of Behchoko and Yellowknife.

To be considered for this opportunity, you must meet all of the criteria as outlined in the attachment, and respond with the required information by Friday, July 23, 2021 to Leanne Teneton (Manager, Trade and Investment, North Slave Region).

If you have any questions, please contact Leanne Taneton at ...read more

The NWT Arts Program and the City of Yellowknife invite artisans to book their spot for this summer’s iteration of Arts in the Park (AITP). AITP is an annual event in Somba K’e Civic Plaza where residents can come after work to enjoy a picnic, listen to music, and purchase art in the warm sunshine.

There is no cost for artists to attend. There is a maximum of 6 spaces available for local artists each evening. Artists must be registered in the NWT Arts Program to not comply with additional regulations. 

Available Dates:

July 8, 22, 29

August 5, 12, 19

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Canadian Artists' Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC) works to improve visual artists’ economic and legal rights, through advocacy, research, and education. The NWT Arts Program would like more NWT artists to belong to this national organization so they can receive these benefits and participate in CARFAC opportunities. To help this happen, the NWT Arts Program is offering to pay the annual membership fee for NWT artists who are interested in joining CARFAC. To take advantage of this opportunity, complete the membership request form and return it to CARFAC before March...read more

The Canada Council for the Arts is developing a new strategic plan for 2021-26 that enables a resilient, sustainable, and inclusive arts sector, stronger than ever before. The plan will outline the Council’s role and intentions to support these aspirations, by leveraging our mandate, resources and efforts over the next 5 years. The new plan will guide the Council through the next five years, a critical time for the arts as it emerges from the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Following an online survey over the summer months, the Canada Council recently hosted a series of dialogue sessions...read more

The NWT Film Commission has released its 2020 NWT Film & Media Sector Stakeholder Engagement Report. This What We Heard report is a summary of input from those engaged in the NWT film sector to inform the new strategy.

Le Bureau du cinéma des TNO a publié son Rapport 2020 sur les consultations portant sur le secteur ténois du film et des arts médiatiques des TNO. Ce rapport, de type « Ce que nous avons entendu », présente un résumé des commentaires reçus des intervenants dans le secteur ténois du film pour orienter la nouvelle stratégie.read more

The Yellowknife Choral Society is calling for Expressions of Interest to create a new choral work for Aurora Chorealis (4-part mixed adult choir) and Fireweed Children’s Chorus (a unison choir). This song should be between 4-5 minutes and will be performed together by both choirs in a live or video performance in the spring, 2021. Expressions of Interest must be submitted by 5:00 pm MST on Monday, November 16, 2020. See the attachment for more information.

La Yellowknife Choral Society lance un appel à manifestation d’intérêt concernant la création d’une nouvelle œuvre chorale pour...read more

The Fur Council of Canada and the Canada Fur Atelier are coordinating a Fur Design Competition for 17+ year old students (those currently enrolled in school or those who have completed school within the last 2 years). The competition encourages young designers to develop innovative ways to work with fur, and to explore the versatility and sustainability of this unique, natural material. More information can be found on their website. The deadline for all materials is Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 11:59 PM

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Attention NWT textile artists! Visions Art Museum is calling for entries for Interpretations 2021, the museum's 22nd international juried exhibition. Jurors will select innovative textile art that explores form and technique of both 2D art quilts and 3D free-standing work that highlight fibre. Selected works will be featured in a full-colour exhibition catalogue. Cash prizes will be awarded. Submissions accepted January 1 - February 11, 2021.

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