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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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Porcupine quillwork may be fading in popularity as an art form in the NWT but a woman from Fort Good Hope is doing everything she can to keep it alive.

Lucy Ann Yakeleya demonstrates how to use porcupine quills to create art. The Fort Good Hope woman was the traditional artist in residence at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre in Yellowknife last week.

Lucy Ann Yakeleya was the traditional artist in residence last week at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre in Yellowknife. She is well known for her fine more

IRC is pleased that the Tuktoyaktuk Siglit Drummers and Dancers will be

performing at the Pan-Am Games (Toronto) and Great Northern Arts Festival (Inuvik).

While in Toronto, the Tuktoyaktuk Siglit Drummers and Dancers will perform as part of the Opening Ceremonies for the Aboriginal Pavilion (located at the Fort York National Historic Site’s Garrison Common) on July 16 at 7:00 pm and at the Ontario Celebration Zone at the Harbourfront Centre on July 18 at 3:00 pm.

Once back in Inuvik, the Tuktoyaktuk Siglit Drummers and Dancers will participate in the Great more

IRC is pleased to invite world-renowned Inuvialuit master artist Abraham Anghik Ruben to the Great Northern Arts Festival (GNAF) in Inuvik July 17 to 26.

Powerful, compelling and exquisite are a few of the words to describe the work of Abraham. In his hands, traditional Inuit subject matter have become contemporary sculptures. “I have always tried to learn from others, either Inuit or other elderly people who can pass on their knowledge of what life is about. I try to put that into my sculpture,” reflected Abraham.

During GNAF, Abraham will complete a large more

Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP) Announces Finalists:

52 Diverse Works Selected Canada-Wide

Yellowknife Artist Becomes Finalist

Prestigious jury shortlisted works from over 1,300 submissions


SSNAP is pleased to congratulate Yellowknife artist Patricia Slighte for becoming a finalists in The Salt Spring National Art Prize. 

The Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP) is honoured to announce that 52 artists from across Canada have been selected as finalists for Canada’s newest National Art Prize. Chosen from over 800 artists and 1,367 works, more

2016 BlueCat Screenplay Competition

Call for Entries

Now Accepting Feature Length and Short Screenplays


Since 1998, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition has provided a community for the unknown screenwriter to develop their work, giving undiscovered talent a path to professional success.




Four Finalists: $2,500


BEST SHORT SCREENPLAY: $10,000 Grand Prize

Three Finalists: $2,000


THE CORDELIA INTERNATIONAL AWARD: Best Feature Screenplay from more

Jill & Jackfish Productions is looking for NWT residents to crew the feature film “The Sun At Midnight”.

Dates:  mid-August to early September.
Positions are paid, and some roles do not require experience and include a mentorship component.

Crew Needs:

·      Production Manager

·      Production Assistants

·      1st Assistant Director

·      Production Design

·      Wardrobe

·      Props

·      Makeup

·      Continuity/Script Supervisor

·      Location Sound Person

·      Camera more

Discover how award-winning paleoartist Julius T. Csotonyi draws on his scientific background to reconstruct ancient worlds through illustration.

The presentation features ice age mammals, dinosaurs and ancient landscapes. 

Thursday, June 18, 7pm is the official opening of Prince of Wale Northern Heritage Centre's (PWNHC) new exhibit “Ice Age Bison Discovery: Our Frozen Past and Thawing Future”. On display: a 13,650-year-old steppe bison skull found in Tsiigehtchic, NWT in 2007. Go check it out!

For more information more

Paint Your Perfect Summer! Summer Art Camp 

The Draw of the Great Outdoors – July 13-17, 2015

Ages 6-12
Cost: $27
Limit: 10 kids

Drawing Inspiration from Canadian artists such as Tom Thompson and the ‘Famous Group of Seven’ we will venture into the wilds around Yellowknife to capture the sub arctic terrain with our drawing tools and paint.

A typical day will include:  a morning excursion, picnic lunch, free play, and an afternoon in-studio art lesson

Day camp runs from Monday to Friday. Camp begins at 9:00am (drop off more

A groundbreaking arts partnership looks to the past & future for new dialogues between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in Canada

Ottawa April 29 , 2015 – The Canada Council for the Arts, the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation and The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada (The Circle) today announced the launch of a new, cross-sector funding partnership to support artistic projects that explore the ongoing more

Call for PARTICIPATING ARTISTS for the Contemporary Inuit Art Collection Imago Mundi Project, FONDAZIONE BENETTON STUDI E RICERCHE, Treviso, Italy in collaboration the Inuit Art Foundation.

Luciano Benetton of the Fondazione Benetton Studi e Ricerche, Treviso, Italy has launched a unique project to collect works of art by established and emerging artists from countries all around the world. Imago Mundi, is a non-profit, cultural, democratic and global project that looks to the new frontiers of art - personalities, countries, emerging landscapes, languages more


The Open Sky Creative Society is happy to present its new website and logo!

Please check it out at:
Find out about thier upcoming summer festival, July 11th & 12th, 2015 and other events!

Artists, artisans & performers interested in participating in the festival can find the application form on the "Upcoming Festival" page
For any questions or information please contact Open Sky at 867-695-3005 more

Northern Choral Music Commission

Dates and Times: Friday, May 1 at 5:00 pm

The Yellowknife Choral Society is commissioning new Choral works for its choirs!
Are you a singer/songwriter, composer or music arranger living in the NWT? 
If yes, this opportunity may be for you!
Through this project, the YCS wants to:
- Increase Northern choral repertoire;
- Promote Northern composers, musicians and choirs;
- Provide opportunities for the YCS choirs to sing different genres of music; and
- Celebrate the NWT's unique more

NWT Arts February 2015 more

The new NWT Arts Program 2014 launch newsletterread more

Indigenous Writing Program

Sept. 7 - 19, 2015 (on-site)
Sept. 28 - Dec. 4, 2015 (online)
Apply by May 1, 2015

The Indigenous Writing Program offers an intensive residency with faculty mentors who explore Indigenous storytelling and voice, culture and worldview, structure and style, and commitment and discipline in a highly transformative and encouraging environment. Writers explore different ways of telling their stories and new ways of presenting their work to an audience as part of a dynamic reading series. Writers engage in rich more

Way Up North: An Arctic Symphony 

This film explores the making of an incredibly eclectic event: for one year some of Canada's top musicians are captured as they work with 100 kids in remote Arctic communities to create music echoing the elusive beauty of the Canadian North. Featuring ultimate (ice-)road trip scenes, nerve-inducing flights in 60-year-old rickety turbo props, and a lot of scenes shot in extreme temperatures, this film series tails kids, musicians and their communities in a spiritual, physical, and creative journey into the power of music and the power of more

Registration Now Open
Register Early for Culture Days 2015 and Win a Trip to the National Congress on Culture!

Do you have a passion for culture? Have you organized a Culture Days activity in the past? It’s time to register your 2015 activity! Artists, cultural organizations, groups or community leaders, are invited to participate in Culture Days 2015.

Register your activity now for a chance to win a free trip to the 2015 National  Congress on Culture in Edmonton, Alberta on May 7-8! Don’t miss this opportunity to get an more

Coming off the heels of the successful Northern Play Reading Series produced by Akpik Theatre last February in Yellowknife, NT, Reneltta Arluk begins a great adventure to rediscover one of the lost icons of north. Born in the Northwest Territories in 1838, Inuk woman, Tookoolito was a guide for southern maritime explorers, traders and whalers throughout the Canadian Arctic. In her lifetime, Tookoolito traveled further than many other Inuit. She was part of the Barnum & Bailey Circus, owned a house in Connecticut and in her teens met the Queen Victoria. In 1871, she was a more

Lunch Pail Theatre Membership Drive

Lunch Pail Theatre is a not for profit dramatic arts guild whose goal is to provide quality theatre entertainment in Yellowknife.  They are the people who have recently brought you such plays as Arsenic and Old Lace, and Harvey.  They also bring you great one-act summer entertainment at Theatre on the Lake where they often feature local playwrights.

As a guild, the members are the Lunch Pail Theatre Board and all members participate equally in the choice and selection the scripts and in their production.

Lunch more

Call for submissions

Showcase and Sell your Works on Artailer, Canada’s Premier Online Gallery for Contemporary art


Artailer is an online-curated art marketplace. Everyday thousands of enthusiastic art lovers and collectors visit seeking for Original Canadian artworks. Artailer gets you and your works in front of the target buyers.

Created out of the necessity to conveniently access contemporary works of art within all the regions in Canada, Artailer is on the move to becoming more