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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.

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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. 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 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 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 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 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 straté 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 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 more

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. more

The Northern Arts and Cultural Centre (NACC) is seeking NWT visual artists to present their work as part of NACC’s Artist of the Month exhibit. Artists from across the territory are encouraged to apply to be a featured artist in the 2021 season, which will run from January to June, 2021 for a total of 6 artists. NWT Arts is proud to partner with NACC again this year, helping artists with marketing materials, photos, online profiles and more. Deadline to apply is November 16, 2020. See the link for more information and how to more

The Craft Council of NWT (CCNWT) in conjunction with the Alberta Craft Council (ACC) and the support of the NWT Arts Program, are seeking submissions of traditional and contemporary fine craft for exhibit and sale in the ACC Gallery in Edmonton, Alberta. This exhibit and sale will be open January to April 2021.

Albert Craft Council defines craft as:

Applications must be received before October 30, 2020.

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It’s time to get creative! Apply for funding from the NWT Arts Council by October 31. Visit to find out more


C’est le temps d’être créatif! Vous pouvez présenter une demande de subvention au Conseil des arts des TNO jusqu’au 31 octobre. Pour en savoir plus, visitez le more

The Northwest Territories (NWT) Arts Program is partnering with the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the Manitoba Craft Council to include work from five (5) NWT craft artists for their fifth annual juried craft show and sale, CRAFTED 2020, November 6-8, 2020. This year’s new easy-to-navigate virtual shopping platform will still bring the same commitment of originality, excellence and sophistication to customers who love fine, handmade crafts.

Please see the attached link for information on criteria and how to apply for this more

The Craft Council of NWT has an open call for Pecha Kucha presentations topics related to CRAFT. The presentations will be released online during CRAFTED NWT 2020, September 14 – October 4, 2020. Contact Janet Dean at for more information and your ideas. NWT Arts is happy to be sponsoring local CRAFTED NWT events!

Le Craft Council of NWT lance un appel aux présentations Pecha Kucha sur des sujets en lien avec l’artisanat. Les présentations seront mises en ligne pendant l’événement CRAFTED NWT more

WAMP is excited to present The Great Yellowknife Music Video Competition!

Individual filmmakers or filmmaker teams will have from Friday, July 24th at 5 pm to Sunday, July 26th at 5 pm (48 hours) to shoot and edit a music video for Craig Cardiff's new single 'Yellowknife' showcasing well-known locations and landscapes around our picturesque city. It’s free to participate and you can win a cash prize. Register online:



Western Arctic Moving Pictures (WAMP) est enchanté de présenter The more

Community Cares 2020: A new emergency response fund to support First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals working in the arts and culture sector during the COVID-19 pandemic. Support in the amount of $1,000 will be distributed to successful applicants. Deadline: Anytime until September 15, 2020 or until the funding envelope has been allocated.

Communauté solidaire 2020 : un fonds d’urgence qui vise à aider more

In celebration of National Indigenous History Month, the Whistler Film Festival is accepting applications for their Indigenous Filmmaker Fellowship, which supports up to six Indigenous Canadian creators with short-form film concepts or web series in development at the script stage. Deadline to apply is Thursday, September 10.

Applications are now open for “ more

Yellowknifers – as part of your staycation this summer, take the opportunity to view all the great public art around town. NWT Arts, together with the City of Yellowknife, have documented over 100 pieces in the capital city and developed an Art Walk Brochure. It also includes a list of retailers where you can purchase NWT arts and crafts! Pick up your printed copy at a local arts business, or view it online.

Résidents de Yellowknife, cet été, profitez de more

The Ottawa Art Gallery is looking for Canadian artists and makers to submit original, handmade, and one-of-a-kind pieces. These products can range in price points and can include ceramics, jewellery, textiles, sculptures, fashion accessories, prints, and one-offs. Deadline to apply is Tuesday, June 30. More information in the attachment.

La Galerie d’art d’Ottawa invite les artistes et les artisans canadiens à lui soumettre des œuvres uniques, originales, faites à la main et de divers prix, y compris de la céramique, des bijoux, des textiles, des sculptures, des accessoires more

The Town of Inuvik is accepting applications from musicians to play at their weekly Concerts in the Park event, and for artists, crafters and storytellers to become Culture Connections Workshop leaders. Applications can be found on their website.

La Ville d’Inuvik lance un appel de candidatures aux musiciens qui souhaitent se produire lors de son événement hebdomadaire Concerts in the Park, ainsi qu’aux artistes, aux artisans et more