Manitoba Arts Network is a non-profit arts programming organization, showcasing and advancing arts and culture in all regions of Manitoba. The Network is dedicated to connecting Manitoba's communities by celebrating and sharing the arts.



Coming Up in December!

Borealis String Quartet in Concert

This exquisite classical quartet from British Columbia will be gracing the stage at the Pinawa Community Centre on Friday, December 12 as part of the Eastern Manitoba Concert Association Concert Series, followed by a Sunday matinee performance at the William Glesby Centre in Portage la Prairie on December 14th.

One of the most dynamic and exciting world-class ensembles of its generation, the Borealis String Quartet has received international critical acclaim as an ensemble praised for its fiery performances, passionate style, and refined, musical interpretation. Founded in Vancouver, British Columbia in the fall of 2000 and rapidly establishing a stellar reputation, the Borealis has toured extensively in North America, Europe and Asia and performed to enthusiastic sold-out audiences in major cities including New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Rome, Mainz, Shanghai, Taipei, Beijing, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and, of course, in their home town of Vancouver.

Janet Shaw-Russell: Traces Comes to McCreary

The Traces exhibition will be on display at the McCreary & District Library for the month of December hosted by the Burrows Trail Arts Council. Supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Traces invites visitors to consider the common experience of leaving, letting go of, and remembering the places that shape, shelter, and hold us.

Portraits of Winnipeg Makes Last Stop in Neepawa
The River City in Pen & Ink by Robert Sweeney

This is your last chance to see this outstanding collection of architectural portraits by Winnipeg-based artist Robert Sweeney, as the exhibition tour makes it’s final stop for the month of December at the Manawaka Gallery in Neepawa, Manitoba hosted by the Viscount Cultural Centre. In this exhibition of original drawings from his book by the same title, Sweeney, has captured Winnipeg’s urban landscape in a remarkable collection of coloured sketches. Each “portrait” brings to life, in brilliant colour, the many faces of Manitoba’s “River City.”

 Manitoba Showcase 2014 App for iPhone, Android & Balckberry Now Available!

Thanks to MyEventApps, this app is your guide to everything that Manitoba Showcase has to offer, it includes:

• Directions & GPS map of key locations
• A full list of speakers, seminars and events
• Real time updates to schedule
• Links to online ticketing
• Performer’s bios, videos, photos and sharing to Twitter and Facebook
• Access to Manitoba Art Network’s social media networks
• FrameIt Cam that can be used to post pictures to Facebook and Twitter
• Art exhibition and film touring program information
• And more!

CLICK HERE to get the app now!


2015 Artist Directory Now Available!

CLICK HERE to download an electronic copy of the 2015 Artist Directory

The Network's Artist Directory is an essential resource for arts and cultural programmers from across Manitoba who look to it to fulfill a variety of needs ranging from booking musical and theatrical performances to identifying artists available to teach workshops and specialty programs. Printed copies of the Artist Directory are provided to all member organizations attending the Network's annual Manitoba Showcase conference held each fall. An electronic version of the Artist Directory is also available for free download from the Network's website.

Read All About It!

CLICK HERE for the Fall 2014 Issue of The Network News

Photo by Mike Grandmaison from Prairie & Beyond Touring Exhibition

Manitoba Arts Network: Call for Board Members

MAN is currently seeking to fill two vacant positions on our Board of Directors.

Deadline for Nominations: October 9th, 2014 at 4pm

Click here for complete info & nomination forms

2014 Manitoba Showcase Performing Artists Announced!

Click here to find out more about the great acts Showcasing in Brandon


All Showcase performances are open to the public and free for Showcase conference delegates to attend.

Showcase performances take place at the

Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium

205-20th St., Brandon, MB | 204.728.9510 | www.wmca.ca


SHOWCASE ONE | Friday, October 24, 2014
Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium 
Doors: 7:00 pm | Show: 7:30 pm


• Buzz Brass
• Elizabeth Shepherd
• Jaron Freeman-Fox & the Opposite of Everything
• Royal Wood
• Terry Barber

SHOWCASE TWO | Saturday, October 25, 2014
Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium 
Doors: 1:30 pm Show: 2:00 pm


• Chris Funk: The Wonderist
• Fortunate Ones
• Leaf Rapids
• Fubuki Daiko

SHOWCASE THREE | Saturday, October 25, 2014
Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium 
Doors: 7:00 pm Show: 7:30 pm


• Duo Rendezvous
• Find The Others
• Lucas Chaisson
• Sierra Noble
• Jesse Peters

Registration for Manitoba Showcase 2014 Now Open!

Early Bird Registration Deadline: September 25th, 2014

NEW! Conference Schedule & Program is online including conference highlights, workshops and special events!


NEW! Film Touring Program

a woman is not an island:

a tour of short films by Manitoban women media artists

In partnership with the Winnipeg Film Group and with generous support from the Manitoba Arts Council and the Winnipeg Foundation, the Manitoba Arts Network is pleased to announce the launch of our new film touring program!

Coinciding with celebrating 30 years of Mentoring Women for Women’s Art (MAWA), the Manitoba Arts Network is partnering with the Winnipeg Film Group to tour 12 short films throughout the province.

Click here to find out more about bringing these films to your community.

The Opening Reception for the 12th Annual Rural & Northern Art Show took place at the Assiniboine Park Pavillion Gallery on Sunday, September 6th.

On exhibition daily until September 28th, this year’s Rural & Northern Art Show features award-winning artworks in a wide variety of media by over thirty of the best emerging artists from throughout rural and northern Manitoba. This year’s show includes works selected from the four regional juried exhibitions held in 2014 in the Central, Westman, Selkirk/Interlake, and Northern regions of Manitoba. 

New this year, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards where selected by a three member jury and presented to the most outstanding pieces in the show. $300, $200 and $100 dollar prizes, respectively, were awarded to:

Damoiselle Siren by Teresa Burrows of Thompson, Manitoba

Cliff's Edge by Larry Hall of Thompson, Manitoba

Redwood Pines by Margaret Law of Cartwright, Manitoba

Congratulations to all the artists who participated in this year's show, helping to create an impressive collection and a fine showing of the calbre of artwork being created beyond the perimeter.

Read an article written by a young Winnipeg student visiting the Rural & Northern Art Show for the first time.

Read an article about the show published in the Uniter, the University of Winnipeg Newspaper.

Calling all Visual Artists!

Submissions are now being accepted for M.A.N.'s Visual Art Touring Exhibition Program.

This is a great opportunity for artists to have their work toured throughout the province of Manitoba. The program, which pays artists CARFAC rates for each exhibition booking, is open to both emerging and professional artists working in any medium.

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: Friday, August 22, 2014

Click here for complete info & to download the detailed Call for Submissions and Application Forms

Artists! Get Listed! Get Noticed! Get Connected!

The Manitoba Arts Network is now accepting submissions for artists listings in our 2015 Artist Directory. Open to artists of all kinds, including visual and performing artists, the Artist Directory is an essential resources for arts and cultural programmers from across Manitoba who look to it to fulfill a variety of needs ranging from booking musical and theatrical performances to identifying artists available to teach workshops and specialty programs. 

Printed copies of the Artist Directory will be provided to all member organizations attending the Network's Manitoba Showcase conference October 23-26 in Brandon, Manitoba, while an electronic version will be available as a free download from the Network's website.

All listings include a one-year individual membership to the Manitoba Arts Network!

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: Friday, August 15, 2014

Click here for more info & to submit a listing

Call for Applications: Central Region Visual Artists

Click Here for Complete Info & Application Guidelines

Read all about it!

Click here for: The Network News: Summer 2014

A Sad Sort of Clean: Exhibition Tour Launches


Commissioned by Interchurch Council on Hydropower, this thought-provoking exhibition takes a closer look at the huge northern hydropower system Manitobans rely on and the ipact that hydro development has had on First Nations communities in northern Manitoba—a reality few of us ever see.

Winnipeg photographer Matthew Sawatzky and Elder Ellen Cook of the Misipawistik Cree Nation travelled north in the fall of 2012 to document part of the troubling and seldom-reported reality at the northern end of the transmission line.

The exhibition tour makes its debut in June at the McCreary & District Library in McCreary, Manitoba, and then moves on to The Pas Regional Library for July, the Heritage North Museum in Thompson for August, followed by a stop in September at the Tiger Hills Arts Centre in Holland, Manitoba

Click here for upcoming tour dates or for information on bringing this exhibition to your community.

For the Love of Craft: Exhibition Tour Launches

The Manitoba Arts Network is pleased to announce the launch of a new touring exhibition: For the Love of Craft making its debut at the Heritage North Museum in Thompson, Manitoba for the month of May, 2014

Curated through a collaboration between the Manitoba Arts Network and the Manitoba Craft Council, the exhibition comprises 15 works by 15 artists in a variety of mediums, including glass, ceramics, metal, fiber, wood and paper which were selected by jury from the Manitoba Craft Council's 2014 Member Exhibition and Sale held at the Cre8ery Gallery in Winnipeg.

From Thompson, the exhibition moves to the Carberry/North Cypress Library in Carberry, Manitoba for the month of June 2014.

Click here for upcoming tour dates or for information on bringing this exhibition to your community.


M.A.N. Welcomes New Marketing & Visual Arts Coordinator

The Manitoba Arts Network recently bid a fond farewell to Visual Arts Coordinator, Tim Schouten and Communications Assistant, John Towns. Thanking both for their exceptional contributions and tireless efforts towards raising the profile of arts and culture throughout Manitoba, the community at M.A.N. extends best wishes to both Tim and John in all their future endeavors.

Stepping into the newly created role of Marketing & Visual Arts Coordinator is Alix Reynolds. Alix has worked as a professional photographer, graphic designer and community journalist, also specializing in book design and providing publication support services to independent authors. With over 13 years in non-profit program administration, recent positions Alix has held include Coordinator for the Winnipeg Irish Festival, Executive Director of the Pembina Hills Arts Council in Morden, and Photography Coordinator at Art City here in Winnipeg.

In addition to taking on the coordination of marketing and communications activities for M.A.N. and providing marketing support for all M.A.N.’s touring performances and exhibitions, Alix will also be coordinating the Visual Arts program, the annual Rural & Northern Art Show, as well as the Rural Art Mentorship program. With two new touring exhibitions—For the Love of Craft and A Sad Sort of Clean—set to launch in spring 2014, and four additional exhibitions available to tour, contact Alix to arrange to bring one or more of these stellar exhibitions to your community.

M.A.N. Hosts Successful Audience Development Workshop
Digital copy of workshop available soon!

The Audience Development Workshop: A roadmap to Engaged Audiences and Vibrant Communities led by Inga Petri took place in Portage La Prairie on Tuesday March 25, 2014 with 34 participants attending on behalf of arts and cultural organizations from across Manitoba.

With a focus on helping performing arts organizations develop and implement practical, hands-on approaches to solving their most pressing concerns, Inga led the group in an exploration of actions that increase audience and community investment and demonstrate audience appreciation. Covering topics such as marketing and messaging, building relationships and reputation, defining your market, understanding the dynamics of the purchase decision, and the role of community engaged partnerships, the feedback from participants was overwhelmingly positive.

If you weren’t able to attend, there’s good news! We will be making digital copies of this workshop available for purchase in June, so stay tuned for the announcement or contact M.A.N. to reserve your copy.

Save the Date for the Culture Days National Congress

On May 22 and 23, arts and culture decision makers, guests, media influencers and policy makers will be descending on the Winnipeg Art Gallery to discuss some of the challenges facing arts promotion and presentation, as well as some of the ways to meet those challenges head on.  Click here for more information (en français) and try to take part in May!

MAN gets cash injection for visual arts

The Manitoba Arts Network is thrilled to have been chosen as a recipient for one of the Canada Council for the Arts' "Project Grants for Organizations in the Visual Arts" program.

The $5,900 grant was awarded last month, though MAN staff only found out about the funding on Jan. 10. The funding will go toward touring Janet Shaw-Russell's exhibition Traces, to communities throughout Manitoba as part of MAN's current visual arts touring season and has been very well received so far. The grant will help pay Shaw-Russell's artist fees as per MAN's agreement with CARFAC, offset touring costs for the show and travel costs to have Shaw-Russell travel and deliver Artist Talks at exhibiting venues.

Click here to read more.

Showcase Contact 2014 and 2015 dates announced

We're excited to announce that we've got the dates in place for our next two Showcase events:  Manitoba Showcase Contact 2014 will be held in the City of Brandon, from October 23 to 26, 2014, hosted by the City of Brandon and Brandon First. We’re also pleased to announce that Showcase 2015 is slated for October 22 to 25, 2015 in Flin Flon, hosted by the Flin Flon Arts Council


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The Network News

Published quarterly in the Spring (March), Summer (June), Fall (September) and Winter (December), The Network News is an electronic newsletter from the Manitoba Arts Network including news, events, opportunities, and resources of note to all those active in the arts & culture sector in Manitoba. All Arts Network members are encouraged to submit content and events listings.

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The Network News: 2014

Spring 2014: not issued

Summer 2014

Fall 2014

Upcoming Events


(Exhibition: Westman)
Portraits of Winnipeg

The River City in Pen & Ink by Robert Sweeney
December 2014 | Neepawa, MB
Info: Viscount Cultural Centre

(Exhibition: Parkland)
Janet Shaw-Russell: Traces

December 2014 | McCreary, MB
McCreary & District Library
Info: Burrows Trail Arts Council

(Concert: Eastman)
Borealis String Quartet

December 12 | Pinawa, MB
Pinawa Community Centre
Info: Eastern Manitoba Concert Association

(Concert: Central)
Borealis String Quartet

December 14 | Portage la Prairie, MB
Venue & Info: William Glesby Centre

Visit our Events & Opportunities page for upcoming MAN member events from around the province.

For info on Upcoming Grant Deadlines

For info on Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

For info on Upcoming Calls for Submissions