Mobile art gallery to hit the road this summer

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An art gallery on wheels is slated to be making its way around Yellowknife this summer, which will exhibit the talents of local artists in the region.

While still in its early stages, the Yellowknife Artist Run Community Center’s art on wheels project will eventually be able to be pulled and parked around town in an effort to display the wide variety of local artistic talent. Photo courtesy of Sarah Swan
While still in its early stages, the Yellowknife Artist Run Community Center’s art on wheels project will eventually be able to be pulled and parked around town in an effort to display the wide variety of local artistic talent.
Photo courtesy of Sarah Swan

The mobile art gallery, a project created by the Yellowknife Artist Run Community Center (YK ARCC), is made out of an old converted cargo trailer and will be able to be parked or pulled around town by anyone who has access to a truck.

“Once we get this up and running, we’re really going to work towards encouraging lots of local creative groups to use this space for anything,” said Sarah Swan, a director and team member at YK ARCC. “If they can dream it, they can do it using this little space.”

Swan said that the space will showcase everything from paintings, drawings and photographs, and will even have drama productions or spoken word poetry performed outside of the gallery.

“I hope to show off an exhibit with as much art as possible. I hope to promote our artists to the public. And because it’s a mobile gallery, we don’t have to wait for the public to come to us,” Swan said. “We can take the art to wherever the public is, so it will make it really easy to find the space and enter the space.”

According to Swan, the idea for the mobile gallery came a year and a half ago after the group noticed the lack of exhibit spaces in Yellowknife.

“Real estate is really high here, so our team was brainstorming and came up with this idea. As a small collective, we can’t afford to rent space anymore, so let’s create this mobile space,” she said. “Granted it’s small and quirky, but we feel like it’s a step in the right direction so that we can at least start showing off the amazing creativity in this region.”

Artists of all ages are invited to submit their work and are welcome to share ideas on how to use the gallery’s space. The group is also open to accepting name suggestions for the gallery from the public, as well as design concepts for the trailer’s exterior.

“There’s so much talent in Yellowknife, and so much of the talent is hidden away in people’s private studios, in their houses or even under their beds,” Swan said. “This way, we can get it out and into the open so that we can all enjoy it.”

While the initial plan is to keep the mobile gallery local, Swan said that she hopes that the project travels to communities such as Hay River, Fort Providence and Fort Smith.

“It’s going to be pan-territorial. As long as there’s a highway going somewhere, we can go on it,” she said.

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