Relate North Virtual Symposium: 27- 28 January 2023 (online)

Virtual Exhibition Opening: 27 January 2023 (online)

On-site Exhibit Opening & Reception: 20 January 2023 (Yukon School of Visual Arts Gallery, Dawson City, Yukon)

The theme of the symposium is Possible Futures: an intentional expansion on one of the core themes of the 2022 Arctic Arts Summit held in Whitehorse, Yukon, June 2022. Arctic communities are at the forefront of imagining alternative futures in a rapidly changing present. Across the ASAD Network we have many examples of initiatives that are actively working towards creating alternatives; from land-based educational projects to the inclusion of Indigenous language and cultural revitalization programming, to collaborations between community-led arts-based researchers and scientists.  Relate North 10: Possible Futures is about cultivating circumpolar relations between network partners to mobilize and share examples of what we know ‘works’ at each of our specific sites. It is about discussing how we can ethically and intentionally evolve our institutions, projects, and practices to align with, support, and enact the many possible futures that have already been envisioned in the Arctic.

There is great potential and a growing need for sustainable arts, design and creative industries to support the well-being of Arctic residents through transatlantic collaborations such as the ASAD Network. As Arctic regions continue to experience the accelerated effects of climate change, global geopolitical tensions, and resource development pressures, it is a critical time to bring Canadian, American, and Scandinavian arts institutions together to share knowledges, experiences, best practices, and projects being done to address global issues that are felt regionally, particularly for those in the North.

The exhibition call is open to artists and designers any media in traditional and contemporary art & design, in addition to presentations of community-based work, environmental art, or art education projects.

The Relate North Symposium & Exhibition will be held online in a webinar format with a virtual exhibition, broadcast from the Traditional Territory of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council, at the Ayamdigut Campus, of Yukon University in Whitehorse, Yukon.  

An on-site film exhibition, curated by Timo Jokela (ULapland) and Nicole Rayburn (Yukon School of Visual Arts) will accompany the virtual symposium and exhibition, at the Yukon School of Visual Arts, in Dawson City, Yukon, Trʼondëk Hwëchʼin Territory.

We invite applicants to submit to both the virtual exhibition and the virtual symposium.

Deadline for submission of artwork proposals/ abstracts/ panels: 14 November 2022

For more information, please visit the Relate North 10 website.