Guidelines for Mezzanine Art Exhibits

We accept applications for art exhibitions to be displayed in our Mezzanine Gallery for a period of six months. 

Exhibits can feature artwork of various themes and media and should connect to the culture and history of the Northwest Territories (NWT). 


  • Artists and craftspersons from the NWT. 
  • Individual, groups and curators may apply. 
  • Artists must have previously exhibited their work. 
  • 50% of the show's pieces must be completed before applying. 
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to secure permission to exhibit loaned works.
  • Artwork must come ready to hang or install as per PWNHC requirements. 

Exhibition Space

Art exhibits selected through this application process are limited to the Mezzanine area. 

  • A long hallway space, the Mezzanine is well-suited to 2-dimensional art, but other artforms can often be accommodated. See photos and floorplan, page 5. 
  • There are five (5) bays suited for displaying artwork. Each bay is 6.5 feet high x 15 feet long. Total mezzanine Length: 100 feet. 
  • The exhibit space has gallery-quality LED track lighting which will be adjusted by staff. 
  • PWNHC does not have public internet access. Any web-based materials must be made available from a stand-alone digital interface (iPad, computer).

Exhibition Dates & Deadlines

  • Deadline: August 30, 2023 
  • Applications are reviewed by the Art Selection Committee once per year. Art exhibitions are selected one to two years before the showing date.
  • Typically, two 6-month exhibitions are featured each year. 

Sale of Art

  • Works must stay on exhibit throughout the show period.
  • The PWNHC cannot facilitate or promote the commercial sale of artwork or other materials. Business cards or contact information for the artist(s) can be displayed with the show for personal promotion. 


The PWNHC will pay for incoming and return shipment of art, to and from one location. Artists are responsible for safely packing and insuring the artwork enroute to the PWNHC. Unless otherwise arranged, artwork must arrive all together in one shipment. 

Artist Fees

The PWNHC pays standard CARFAC fees to artists and commensurate rates to curators. 

Opening Event

PWNHC usually hosts an exhibit opening, which includes simple refreshments and promotion for the event. Travel costs and per diem to be provided to NWT-based artists for the opening, on condition that they deliver a public talk/workshop.

Public Hours

The art exhibits may be viewed by the public during regular museum hours. 

If your exhibition proposal is approved

  • PWNHC staff will appoint a coordinator to arrange exhibition details and GNWT resources.
  • The applicant will sign a contract and loan agreement with PWNHC staff. 
  • PWNHC staff have final approval of all content, design, production, and promotion of all aspects of the exhibit. 
  • PWNHC staff reserves the right to alter the schedule, quantity of artwork exhibited, or exhibition space to meet PWNHC operational requirements and resources. This may require an amendment to the artist's contract.

Funding Assistance

If you require financial support (for shipping, printing, framing, curation, etc.) we encourage you to seek funding from external agencies. You can ask the Assistant Director for assistance.

PWNHC Assistance

Staff at the PWNHC will provide:

  • Curatorial support for the selection of artwork, layout and intepretation 
  • Glass cases and plinths, based on availability 
  • Editing of draft panel and label text
  • Graphic and label design
  • Printing and mounting of graphics (GNWT does not pay for framing)
  • Multimedia equipment (TV, projector), if available 
  • On-site insurance coverage 
  • Limited exhibition promotion

*The level of assistance provided for art exhibitions is subject to operational requirements and available resources. 


Please contact the Assistant Director, Culture and Heritage if you require advice about the application process, display options or timelines before you submit your application. See contact, below. 

Submitting your Application

Once submitted, exhibition applications and supplementary documentation become the property of the PWNHC. 

Do not submit original artwork, as it will not be returned.


Email your application to the Assistant Director:


Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, 4750 48th St.
Attn: Assistant Director
Office Hours: 8:30 am – 5 pm, Monday-Friday

By Mail

Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre
Government of the Northwest Territories
Attn: Assistant Director
Box 1320, Yellowknife NT X1A 2L9