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.

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Open Sky Creative Society: Call for Workshop facilitation proposals

The Open Sky Creative Society in Fort Simpson, NT is seeking proposals from artists, craftspeople, performers, musicians and other creative types who are interested in facilitating a workshop on their specialty.

Open Sky’s 2016-17 workshop series will run from April 2016 to March 2017 with the majority of the workshops taking place in the fall and winter.

If you are interested please return the attached expression of interest to Open Sky by Feb. 22 or call or email for more more

RULES | On Paper Contest



ON PAPER presents its 2nd printmaking contest to promote the art of printmaking, as well as the connection between printmakers around the world.

PRIZE 1000€

The SHORTLISTED artists will be exhibited in Trongate 103, Glasgow, UK

DEADLINE April 1st 2016

FEE 25€





The contest is open to anyone.

Each artist can submit one piece of work on a paper size of 300mm x 400mm. The print size can be any within the size of the paper. The work must have been made using more


Craft has a very special relationship with film. Craft on film can be hypnotic, surprising and magical.  The resurgence of interest in craft has resulted in a host of beautiful and interesting new films on the topic.

From BBC Four’s unhurried look at making in 2015 to Oscar-nominated film director Morgan Spurlock turning his attention to the handmade in his next feature film Crafted – craft looks good on screen.

It’s why Craft Council is co-hosting with Crafts magazine a craft film festival this May during London Craft Week. more

Western Arctic Moving Pictures (WAMP) Presents: The Yellowknife International Film Festival (YKIFF) Road Tour 2016!

This event, coming to a community near you, will screen a selection from the following films:

SOL : 2014 Dir. Marie-Helene-Cousineau & Susan Avingaq 76 min.

ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD : 2014 Dir. Suzanne Crocker 87 min.

THE PASS SYSTEM : 2015 Dir. Alex Williams 51 min.

HICKEY GONE WRONG : 2015 Dir. Jay Villeneuve 10 min.

BIHTTOS : 2014 Dir. Elle-Maija Tailfeathers 14 min.

SHADOW OF A GIANT : 2014 Dir. Clark Ferguson 30 more

Canada 150: Join the Celebration!


In 2017 Canada will mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation. This is your celebration! How will you join Canadians taking part from coast to coast to coast? The Canada 150 adventure awaits you.



Canada 150 Fund


The goal of the Canada 150 Fund is to create opportunities for Canadians to participate in local, regional, and national celebrations that contribute to building a sense of pride and attachment to Canada.


A limited more

Applications for CFC Features Now Open

Looking for a unique opportunity to advance your feature script and produce your film? Apply to CFC Features! The program has launched the careers of more than 100 CFC alumni including Clement Virgo, Vincenzo Natali and Jeff Barnaby (RUDE, CUBE and RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS, respectively). CFC Features helps filmmakers realize and produce their films with support and mentorship that is tailored to the needs of each individual in order to achieve maximum critical and commercial success. CFC Features is looking to support filmmakers in the $600, more

Iceolation 2016 Call for Artists


The 10th annual Iceolation Art Show opens March 19th at the Snowcastle then moves to the Down to Earth Gallery from March 20-26.


Any artist, creating in any medium can submit work with an icy, snowy, or wintery theme.  This is going to be Down to Earth's FINAL Iceolation Art Show so if you ever had an idea to submit this is the year. 


Call Down to Earth Gallery at 920-0711 or email more

The Aesthetica Art Prize 2016 is now open for entries. Now in its ninth year, the Prize presents an opportunity for emerging and established artists to showcase their work and further their engagement with the international art world

Prizes include:

  • £5,000 Main Prize courtesy of Hiscox
  • £1,000 Student Prize courtesy of Hiscox
  • Group exhibition
  • Publication in an anthology of 100 contemporary artists
  • Editorial in Aesthetica Magazine (global readership in print and digital of 284,000)

Categories for entry: Photographic & more

The Canadian Craft Federation (CCF/FCMA) is proud to announce the call for nominations for their second annual 'Robert Jekyll Award for Leadership in Craft'. Presented for the first time in Quebec City to Mrs. Anne Roberts this past September, and featured in the upcoming issue of STUDIO magazine, the award is quickly growing in presence and recognition nation-wide.- Canadian Crafts Federation

Worthy candidates are all around us. They are the leaders in the craft community, working to advance the field by dedicating their time, energy and expertise to benefit the sector as a more

National Presence at the Northern Lights Conference

 National Gallery of Canada, Agajemo Art Space, Jackoposie oopakak sculpture

The CCF/FCMA was proud to be a part of the 2016 Northern Lights Conference in Ottawa during the last week of January. This unique opportunity to bring north and more

Please join in this week for a reception celebrating the impact of the Arctic Inspiration Prize in the NWT!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

7:30 - 9:30 PM

Great Hall, Legislative Assembly

The event will showcase NWT recipients from the first four years of the Prize, FOXY, The NWT Recreation and Parks Association and Thaidene Nene. Arctic Inspiration Prize founder Arnold Witzig will be in attendance to share more about the future of the Prize in the more

YK ARCC presents: Neil Dyck - Artist in Residence


Through the support of the NWT Arts Council the Yellowknife Artist-Run Community Centre will welcome painter Neil Dyck for a two weeks residency starting Tuesday, February 16th, 2016.

Neil Dyck is a Manitoban artists that works intuitively on hard board to create non-representational paintings, Dyck's rudimental investifations embrace a harmony of collage an painting. Dyck's works are oranic in their constructuion and explore fundamental ideas taken from nature and life around him. Dyck has more

YELLOWKNIFE (February 11, 2016) – The Northwest Territories (NWT) film industry is receiving major international exposure at one of the world’s most prestigious short film festivals thanks to the work and talents of two of its longtime ambassadors.


Yellowknife filmmakers Pablo Saravanja and Jay Bulckaert of the Artless Collective presented Conibear — an original horror short — to a packed audience at the Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival last night.

“We couldn’t be prouder of our local producers and their international success,” more

NEW for 2016:

Applicants may submit their funding proposals to NWT Arts Council online!

Please use the following link for application instructions:


Funding is available for artists or territorial

organizations that are producing a specific artistic work, project or event in the following categories:

Audio Recording

Performing Arts

Writing and Publishing

Visual Arts and Crafts

Film and Media Arts

Mentorship more

If you are interested in selling at this year's Snowcastle Craft Sale on Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 12-5 pm, please fill out the attached form and/or send me the relevant information. The fee is $20 and you will need to bring your own table.


There are always lots of visitors at the Snow Castle, so it's a great place to exhibit and sell your work - and a fun place to spend the day!


If you have more questions, please contact Charissa at Deadline is March 4/ more

Wiiliideh Language and Culture Course


Course Location and Details

  1. Community: Ndilo Community Learning Centre
  2. Language of Instruction: Wiiliideh (Dogrib)
  3. Name of Instructor: Mary Rose Sundberg
  4. Class Schedule:
    1. Beginning Date: February 9, 2016
    2. Finishing Date: March 15, 2016
    3. Day(s) of the Week: Tuesday (6 consecutive Tuesdays)
    4. Time: 7 – 9 pm
  5. more

6th Annual Children’s Festival of Silliness

at the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre

Jan 30 & 31

Two fun filled days for the whole family, details below!


Activity Stations

free with event ticket 

(Yellowknife only)

All kinds of great lobby activities Saturday and Sunday from 2-4pm! 


- Bouncy Castle (Saturday only) 

- Book making station 

- Face painting 

- Balloon art more

NWT On-The-Land Collaborative Fund


What is the NWT On-The-Land Collaborative Fund (OTL Collaberative Fund)?

The Fund was created to promote and support on-the-land initiatives in the NWT by providing easier access to funding and other resources. There is a lot of interest in on-the-land programs, but finding the money to run these programs can be a lot of work for communities and organizations that have to apply to many different places to get the funding and support they need.


The NWT On-The-Land Collaborative more

Rising Canadian classical violinist- Yolanda Bruno 

Jan 23rd in Yellowknife
Jan 25th in Fort Smith more

Yolanda Bruno

Laureate of the OSM Standard Life Competition Prize

A devoted chamber musician and first violinist of the UK-based Hieronymus Quartet, Yolanda Bruno has been the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, most recently the OSM Standard Life Grand Prize. Her concerts in North America and Europe

Call for Presenter for Junction Artist in Residence (JAR) program 2016 - Sewing Through a Landscape: fashion or clothing art related workshop

Three exciting months of fashion + clothing art awaiting you in Haines Junction mid July to mid October 2016.
JAR has a public Craft Workshop Weekend coming up on the 2nd weekend in August 2016, Friday 12th to Sunday 14th, in Haines Junction.
They are seeking presenters, instructors and trainers with experiences in fashion, textile, and apparel related endeavors.

Deadline to Apply is February 15, more