Public events for Arctic Arts Summit begin this weekend

Arctic Arts Summit Logo designed by: Blake Sha á’koon Lepine

The lead up to the Arctic Arts Summit begins this Saturday with the public opening of three exhibitions at the Yukon Arts Centre: Held in Copper, A Land Like No Other and TETHER.

Hosted in partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts, the Arctic Arts Summit brings together more than 300 representatives of the Indigenous nations and Arctic countries in the Circumpolar Region to advance the perspectives, stories and cultures of the North and stimulate collaboration in arts and creative industries throughout the region.

Curated by Darcie “Ouiyaghasiak” Bernhardt, Leanne Inuarak-Dall, Teresa Vander Meer-Chassé and Heather Von Steinhagen, TETHER features over 50 artworks by Northern Indigenous artists exploring the complex and inseparable bonds across land, water, nations and peoples of the Circumpolar Arctic and Subarctic. The exhibition runs until August 26, 2022.

A multidisciplinary exhibition featuring the work of six artists, Held in Copper holds stories of sovereignty, sorrow and joy, united by a copper thread and the act of bringing knowledge and traditions forward. The exhibition runs until July 29, 2022.

61.2162° N, 149.8856° W: A Land Like No Other shares the Anchorage Museum’s Teen Climate Communicators climate change stories and encourages creative solutions to this complex challenge. The exhibition is on display in the ATCO Electric Yukon Youth Gallery until July 29, 2022.

The Arctic Arts Summit officially runs from June 27 to June 29 and will include a wide variety of public programming throughout Whitehorse. For more information, please visit

The Yukon is honoured to be able to host the 2022 Arctic Arts Summit and after two years of planning, I am looking forward to seeing Yukoners enjoy the many exhibits and programming happening over the next few days. I am also looking forward to welcoming so many incredible artists and cultural and international leaders to the Yukon. Thank you to our many community partners in creating a truly innovative event that will highlight and advance the vision, voices and shared experiences of the unique Circumpolar Region.

Minister of Tourism and Culture Ranj Pillai

We are excited to welcome these exhibits as the unofficial opening to the 2022 Arctic Arts Summit. The curators have brought together amazing works from across the Circumpolar world that speak to connections with the land and relationships within community. We invite all Yukoners to experience these captivating exhibitions and all the public programming during this incredible event. 

Yukon Arts Centre Director of Visual Arts Mary Bradshaw

Quick facts 
  • The Arctic Art Summit is a biennial event established in 2017 that brings together artists, academics, and those involved in the cultural field from Arctic countries to strengthen the northern art community and create infrastructure and partnerships for circumpolar arts to develop

  • This will be the third Arctic Arts Summit. The first was held in 2017 in Harstad, Norway. The second summit was held in Rovaniemi, Finland in 2019.

  • The Summit was initially scheduled for June 2021, but was rescheduled due to COVID-19.

Media contact 

Renée Francoeur
Cabinet Communications
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Cameron Webber
Communications, Tourism and Culture
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Canada Council for the Arts
Communications and Engagement
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