Under the midnight sun


Welcome to The 2017 Great Northern Arts Festival.

We are looking for volunteers July 12th -July 25th. All positions. Have fun and join us in celebrating 29 years of Northern art.



From the director

Every summer for the past 29 years, folks have gathered in the vibrant town of Inuvik to celebrate the diverse artistic traditions of the North. 

With their talent and art, carvers, painters, traditional artists, jewelers, fashion designers and multimedia artists transform our Recreation Complex into a world-class art exhibition. 

The visitors are drawn to the festival, not only because of the uniqueness of the area, but because of the uniqueness of the festival.  They come to celebrate with us the rich history of the event and marvel at the brilliant artwork. They travel from far and wide to interact with the artists and spend time in workshops, learning firsthand the intricacies and painstaking attention to detail that goes into every item in the Gallery.   

Dedicated Staff and Volunteers work tirelessly to help foster this dream into a reality.  They come together for the 10-day festival and work long, hard hours to make sure every detail is arranged and every puzzle piece fits together. 

But then, there is the community.  Without the support of the community, all these puzzle pieces would never fall into place.

The Great Northern Arts Festival only works because of the passion and dedication of all involved.

That is how we came up with this year’s theme:  Connectedness.  As a wise artist said at last year’s festival, “You are here because of me, and I am here because of you.” 

Together, we create this festival and this festival is what connects us.  

Thank you for being a part of this intricate web of artists, staff, volunteers and visitors, all working together to promote Northern art since 1989.  

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July 14-23 2017


Given the remote locations of most Northern communities, it is vital that artists be given the opportunity to access markets and buyers, as well as attend professional development workshops and seminars.

To help accomplish this goal, the Great Northern Arts Society offers workshops and seminars on pricing, marketing, creativity, funding sourcing and grant-writing, artistic integrity, artist biography writing, and many other educational subjects. At the Festival, to promote the art actually created by Northern artists, we show as vast an array of artwork as possible, in medium, technique, and inspiration.

Inuvik-Northwest Territories

July 14 - 23, 2017

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Visit us

PO Box 2921

2nd floor Midnight Sun Complex
Inuvik, NWT, Canada, X0E 0T0


Contact Us

For more information about the Great Northern Arts Festival, including how your company can become a Sponsor, fill out the form on the right.


The Great Northern Arts Festival

2nd Floor Midnight Sun Complex

P.O. Box 2921, Inuvik, NT X0E 0T0

Tel: (867) 777-8638
Fax: (867) 777-2017

Email:  gnaf@inuvik.ca



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