Open Studio Evening with Chu Niikwän Artists-in-Residence

Open Studio Evening with Chu Niikwän Artists-in-Residence

The Chu Niikwän Artist Residency was named by the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre’s Governance Council to recognize the Yukon River, and each of the artists is working in a studio space close to it. Enjoy an evening walk along the riverbank and visit with all three artists:

ARTIST: Blake Lepine
STUDIO LOCATION: Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre (1171 Front Street - Culture Cabins behind main building)

ARTIST: Nicole Bauberger
STUDIO LOCATION: Old Fire Hall (1105 Front Street)

ARTIST: Lia Fabre-Dimsdale
STUDIO LOCATION: Arts Underground (15-305 Main Street – Lower Level, Hougen Centre)

All studios will be open to the public on Thursday, August 16, from 4-7pm.

For more information about the program, visit
Can’t make it to Open Studio? Members of the public are also invited to join us for two other CNAR events at Arts Underground: the exhibition opening on September 7 from 5pm to 9pm, and a Culture Days artist talk on September 29 from 1pm to 3pm.

Peel Watershed Portrait Exhibit | Community Gallery

Peel Watershed Portrait Exhibit | Community Gallery

Steven Buyck with his wife, Nacho Nyäk Dun Citizen, Mayo, Yukon

Join us at the Yukon Arts Centre for the opening of a special exhibit about the Peel Watershed. Light snacks and refreshments will be available.

This collaboration between the Yukon Conservation Society (YCS), CPAWS Yukon, the First Nation of Na Cho Nyäk Dün, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation and the Teetl'it Gwich’in Council features some of the many people whose lives are intertwined with the Peel Watershed.

The exhibit is a small showing of the many interviews and portrait sessions conducted in the four communities surrounding the Peel Watershed: Mayo, Dawson City, Old Crow, and Teetl'it Zheh (Fort McPherson) as well as the city of Whitehorse. It features short excerpts from individual interviews alongside stunning portrait, wildlife and landscape photographs by Cathie Archbould and Peter Mather.

Jenni House Artist Residency is open for Fall and Winter 2018/2019 Applications

Jenni House Artist Residency is open for Fall and Winter 2018/2019 Applications


The Jenni House Artist Residency is now accepting applications for residencies between October-March 2018/2019. Deadline for applications is Friday August 24, 2018 at 11:59pm. Late applications will not be accepted.

Professional and emerging artists from the Yukon, northern neighbours (Alaska, northern BC, Northwest Territories and Nunavut) and circumpolar countries are encouraged to apply. Jenni House is an ideal space for artistic collaboration and joint residency applications are accepted.

Selected artists practicing in the fields of visual art, film and media, music, literary arts, spoken word and multi-disciplinary/multi-media will be awarded a one month residency and an honouria of $500. An allowance towards travel, accommodation and subsistence may be offered if applicable. Monthly residencies are open to all practices.


The Jenni House Artist Residency provides artists with a studio in an historic log and timber frame building in Whitehorse, Yukon. The studio is located on the banks of the Yukon River in Shipyards Park just downstream of the Kwanlin Dun Culture Centre and is situated in the traditional territories of the Kwanlin Dun First Nation and the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council.

The Jenni House Artist Residency studio is wheelchair accessible and has wheelchair accessible washroom facilities. There is no internet at the Jenni House, but free public access to wifi is available nearby at the Whitehorse Public Library.

Operating since 2015, the Jenni House Artist Residency is organized by the umbrella arts organization, ArtsNet, and is supported by a collective of Yukon-based arts organizations including: the Yukon Arts Centre, Yukon Film Society, Jazz Yukon and Music Yukon. These groups gratefully acknowledge the support received from Culture Quest and the City of Whitehorse that made the Jenni House Artist Residency possible.


A look at Yukon art in the National Galley Collection

A look at Yukon art in the National Galley Collection

Sarah Frey | July 1, 2018

When we think about Canada as a country, it is impossible to pin-point any specific visual identity. For some, it’s the work of the Group of Seven, for others it’s the iconic block printing of the high Arctic, and for many Canadians their grandmother’s beadwork defines their Canadian experience.

For this reason, Canada’s National Gallery spans a diverse set of works from coast, to coast, to coast. As of 2010, the Yukon Territory became a part of that collection. This weekend, as we celebrate Canada’s 151st birthday, the Yukon Arts Centre takes the opportunity to explore and share what Yukon works form part of how we define ourselves as a nation.

Doug Smarch Jr. is a member of the Teslin Tlingit Nation. Raised in the traditional lifestyle, Smarch learnt carving from his community before going on to attend the Institute of American Indian Arts. Smarch accomplished multiple post-secondary achievements in fine arts, before moving back to his home in the Yukon.

In 2004, Smarch debuted a series of work titled Lucinations. Smarch utilized the computer program Maya for the 3D rendered animation and created a 12x20 feather screen. It was based on a Teslin legend which talks about a man who when looking for a lost relative, his spirit was turned into a fox so that he would be able to travel much faster. While traveling the man could see a cloud hanging over the town, and warned the community that a great change would come. Soon after the Alaska Highway was built, which did indeed forever change the culture and community of Teslin.

The National Gallery of Canada acquired Lucinations for Canada’s Permanent Collection in 2010. When exhibited, the animation is played on the feather screen.

Lucinations (detail), 2004, photo by Scott Benesiinaabandan (Winnipeg Art Gallery)

In 2015, the National Gallery of Canada made its second, and last Yukon acquisition. Kaska Dene Nation artist, Joseph Tisiga, created a series of sculptures, paintings, and drawings that challenge and explore issues around racial identity, historicism, and tropes of representation. Using surrealism, humour, and a distinct aesthetic, Tisiga turns the watercolour medium (traditionally used by settlers to depict Indigenous peoples) on its head to take control of identity.

Some of the memorable works that now lives in the Ottawa collection is the posters series The Game is Not a Game, 2014 (cover image, detail, courtesy of the artist), and the watercolour An improbable explanation to an unlikely story, 2014.

Tisiga has gone on to continue creating work that is exhibited across Canada and the North.


An improbable explanation to an unlikely story, 2014, image courtesy of the artist.

The Yukon’s artistic community continues to grow with incredible works are being created every year. As we continue seeking to define who we are as Yukoners and Canadians, many of the contemporary works we see in our community today, may one day be acquired by the National Collection.

So on this Canada Day, the Yukon Arts Centre asks you to consider what art defines you in your nationhood. Whether it’s your First Nation, or your Commonwealth Nation, art seeks to tell the story of who we are. Only you can deicide what that story is.

Now Hiring: Assistant Bookkeeper

Now Hiring: Assistant Bookkeeper

Position: Assistant Bookkeeper
Type: Permanent – 30 hours/week
PSAC Bargaining Unit Position

1. Summary:
1.1. The Assistant Bookkeeper is a member of the bargaining unit reporting to the CEO.

2. Position History:
2.1. The position was created in 2015.

3. Results to be achieved:
3.1. Maintains positive, productive relationship with clients, stakeholders, colleagues, supervisor and staff.
3.2. Ensures confidentiality with respect to organizational or client information and data.
3.3. Ensures accurate and timely payment of Accounts Payable
3.4. Ensures accurate and timely receipt and tracking of Accounts Receivable
3.5. Ensures that accounting and administrative files are maintained and complete.

4. Responsibilities and Duties:
4.1. Accounts Payable:
4.1.1. Record and track Invoices.
4.1.2. Verify Purchase Orders.
4.1.3. Issue cheques.
4.1.4. Record and track cheques.
4.1.5. Record and track all coded departmental transactions.
4.1.6. Reconcile Accounts Payable Sub Ledger

4.2. Accounts Receivable:
4.2.1. Issue Invoices
4.2.2. Record and track Accounts Receivable cheques
4.2.3. Reconcile Accounts Receivable Sub Ledger

4.3. Payroll:
4.3.1. Collect Time sheets and ensure charges are accurate.
4.3.2. Process payroll and verify that payments are correct.
4.3.3. Track overtime, time of in lieu, vacation leave, sick leave and union payments.
4.4. Bank Deposits:
4.4.1. Oversee the reconciliation of all Box Office receipts.
4.4.2. Prepare and process bank deposits.
4.5. Record keeping/filing
4.5.1. Maintain timely and accurate paper records for accounts receivable, accounts payable and other accounting files as required.
4.5.2. If responsible for Payroll = maintain timely and accurate paper records for Payroll, payroll benefits, CPP, EI, Canada Revenue.

5. Qualifications:
5.1. Knowledge
5.1.1. Basic Accounting, Bookkeeping, particularly accounts receivable and payable
5.1.2. Office procedures and effective record keeping
5.1.3. Federal and Territorial record retention requirements

5.2. Skills
5.2.1. Express and exchange information in a clear and precise manner and maintain a positive and productive relationship with clients and colleagues
5.2.2. Computer literate with an intermediate level knowledge of spread sheet design and word processing (EXCEL and MSWord)
5.2.3. Experience working with a computer based accounting system (ADAGIO or similar)

5.3. Abilities
5.3.1. Ability to work in a team environment.
5.3.2. Ability to manage a diverse workload, under short timelines and with numerous interruptions.
5.3.3. Ability to provide timely and accurate information.
5.3.4. Ability to maintain a professional, helpful manner in dealing with clients, suppliers, and colleagues.
5.3.5. Ability to work independently and meet deadlines.

Position: Assistant Bookkeeper

Status: Permanent, 30 Hours

PSAC Collective Agreement Position
Rate of Pay: $21.27/hour for the first six months (probationary)
$22.05/hour for the next 24 months

Annual Leave: As per PSAC agreement Article 28

Hours Worked: Employee will work Monday to Friday 9AM-3PM

Reports to: CEO

Start Date: TBA

Closing Date: July 6, 2018