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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

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

Congratulations to Sue McNeil and her team, whose project was awarded $500,000 to create an association of northern Indigenous artists and crafters from across the region to work at developing sustainable business ventures, improving local artisans' skills, ensuring authentic, high quality products, and building confidence as sustainable business owners. The end result will be an Indigenous owned and operated venture with self-determined, quality products, prices, and markets that will support sustainable and culturally valuable more

NWT youth are invited to submit fiction or non-fiction pieces of up to 1,000 words to the NorthWords Youth Writers Contest.


Youth must been between the ages of 13 and 17 as of July 2019. The winner will be flown to Calgary this summer for a week-long YouthWrite camp and the winning story will be printed in EdgeYK.


Each NWT school may also select five entrants and submit their pieces to The deadline for submissions in March 30.


For more details, click here to more

Please find attached a Call for Artists to participate in the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce Spring Trade Show, May 11 and 12, 2019. This call is open to artists living in the North Slave communities of Behchoko, NDilo, Dettah, Gameti, Lutsel K’e, Wekweeti and Whati.


To be considered for this opportunity, you must meet all of the criteria as outlined, and respond with the required information by Thursday, March 14, 2019.



Vous trouverez ci-joint une invitation pour participer au salon professionnel printanier de la Chambre de more

Open call for artists and musicians for the 19th annual Open Sky Festival which will take place June 30th, 2019 in Fort Simpson, NT. read more

Art Gallery of Swift Current invites you to submit artworks for the upcoming exhibition, Cultural Olympiad

In compliment to the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games in Swift Current, West Wing Gallery will host an exhibition of artwork by young artists including university fine arts students and recently graduated young professionals. Just as the Games are an expression of sporting achievement and development for young athletes, Cultural Olympiad exhibition will reveal achievements and development of young artists. This approach echoes the idea and ideals of the Culture Olympiad, more

Hay Days Festival is pleased to announce their open call for musicians and performers for this year’s festival.

Application forms can be completed and submitted on-line using the link:

Apply early – it’s recommended that you submit your application form by March 31, 2019.


Questions regarding applications can be sent to Dewey Roy at

music@haydaysfestival.comread more

The NWT Arts Council is now accepting applications for funding. 

Funding is available for artists or territorial organizations who are producing specific artistic works, projects or events in the Northwest Territories between April 2019 and March more

The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity invites photographers to submit photos that illustrate their mountain related stories whether culture, adventure, wildlife, sport, environment, or natural history. 

·         Each essay submitted is to consist of three (3) to five (5) images. (Plus a short caption/description of each)

·         ENTRY DEADLINE: Wednesday, May 1, 2019

·         $2000 Grand prize and an opportunity to attend the 2019 Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival.


For more info visit: more

Call for Artists!

Art Battle Yellowknife is happening February 22nd, in Yellowknife at the Top Knight.

If you are interested in being one of the artists competing, follow the link below and sign up! The winner will go on to compete again this summer for a chance to be flown down south to represent Yellowknife in the Canada National Championship.

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As you know, the Government of the Northwest Territories invites your input on how they can best support the arts sector in the territory.  The deadline to complete the survey is today. Complete your survey in order to be entered into a draw for an iPad mini!


Please have your say. If you have already completed the survey, we thank you for your participation. more

Welcome to Yellowknife Music Festival
In preparation for the 2019 season, the YKMF website has been updated and the revised Rules and Regulations and the 2019 Syllabi are now available at:


YKMF 2019 Registration Opens January 2nd!
Important dates for next season:
January 2nd: Registration opens
March 8 – 10: Choral/Vocal Classes
April 11 – 15: Piano Classes
April 25 – 26: Band/Instrumental Classes
May 14: more

Seeking individuals who want to become vendors for the 2018 Mackenzie days 
Register by July 15th 2018read more

Emerging Artist Residency Competition - one month rent free in Nova Scotia

Lucky Rabbit & Co. Artists' House is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for a 2018 Artist-in-Residence competition. Open to emerging Canadian artists of any discipline, the winner will receive a one month residency rent-free, in the apartment and adjoining studio (apartment: 300 sq’ /studio: 350 sq’) at Lucky Rabbit & Co. plus a $100 stipend. Annapolis Royal, more

Canadian Crafts Federation: Robert Jekyll Award Call for Nominations

The Canadian Crafts Federation is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Robert Jekyll Award for Leadership in Craft.

A celebration of distinguished contributors to the craft sector, the award is one of the highest markers of exceptional commitment to development of the craft community in Canada.

Nominations for artists, administrators, curators, collectors, educators, volunteers or any other category related directly to the craft field are all welcome. more

Wikowin means home. This exhibit features more than twenty new paintings by Vance Sanderson exploring life on the land and the beautiful scenery and wildlife of our northern more

Let’s all come together for Canada’s 150th birthday and celebrate Northern Arts and Artists at the 29th Great Northern Arts Festival! hosted in Inuvik NT this year!  Artist who apply may be selected for a 10 day artist residency. This residency allows artist work in the Midnight Sun Recreation Complex and share ideas, attend workshops, and host a work shop. If this sounds like something you might be interest in, please download the files attached.


First Round of Artist Considerations

February 28th


Second Round of Artist more

The Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador is hosting a two part, off-season fine craft residency in the Gros Morne Region.  This residency project features a combination of creation of craft work and professional development opportunities for craftspeople working in the region.  Residencies are proposed to take place January and March of 2017.

 Project objectives:

  • to build on a residency program for craft in the Gros Morne Region
  • to build on the existing visual arts residencies
  • to provide professional development opportunities for craft makers in
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We're looking for artisans and artists who would like to sell their products in our store. Wew ant to support norther made products. 

If you are interested please contact Giselle at 1-867-392-6925 or email

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Good day Northern artists,

Once again Northwestel is calling on Northern artists to apply and have their artwork considered for one of Northwestel's three 2017/2018 telephone directories in Yukon & Northern BC, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.  Three artists and their artwork will be selected for the directory covers and winning artists will each be awarded $3,000.

Artists can enter and review the application criteria through the online submission < more

The Yellowknife Artist Run Community Centre Presents: This (Winter) City IV

A Community
Build Project with
Design Collaborative

Join YK ARCC and OPEN to help design and install a temporary project in Yellowknife’s Downtown in the theme of Winter Cities.

Sun Sep 25 7 PM @ YK ARCC Presentation & Discussion (Open to Public)
Presentation from OPEN on “Design Impact” followed by discussion.

Tue Sep 27 7 PM @ YK ARCC
Vision Workshop (Open to Public) 
Facilitated by OPEN, brainstorming strategies for small-scale more