Saturday, 6 November 2010

Curated exhibits would give NWT artists more exposure - MLA

Curated exhibits would give NWT artists more exposure - MLA

Yellowknife, N.W.T. - Last winter, the NWT got plenty of publicity through the Northern House, set up in Vancouver during the Olympic games, and some are talking of a similar idea in the North.

The MLA for Great Slave, Glen Abernethy, said the GNWT should put together themed, traveling exhibits of northern art.

 Abernethy believes this would benefit both local artists and the government.

"If this government were to facilitate some local, curated shows, they could be circulated through a number of NWT communities. This would demonstrate the talent levels of the NWT and hopefully encourage more residents to participate," he said. "Further, the same curated shows could be sent to southern institutions, creating future interest in the Northwest Territories."

Abernethy said northern artists need to have their work displayed in exhibits to qualify for federal grants.

"Through Canada Council (grants) they could go on international tours, they can get other training, and they can have their art-northern art-displayed in national galleries. Right now, we can't do that."

 Abernethy pointed out over 200,000 people visited the Northern House in Vancouver and it got many Canadians thinking about coming to the NWT.

The Minister of Education, Culture and Employment, Jackson Lafferty said his department will work with the Dept. of Industry, Tourism and Investment in the coming months to see if the idea is feasible.

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Posted on: October 26, 2010

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