Visual Arts Programs

The Manitoba Arts Network sends high-quality exhibitions to rural communities across the Province. The Arts Network covers all expenses such as shipping, insurance, packing and crating, signage, didactic labels, and artist fees for a one-month member booking fee of $150.

Exhibitions that are selected each year are from both emerging and professional artists, present a range of media and themes, and feature both challenging contemporary work and traditional approaches to art-making through solo, two-person, and group exhibitions.

Our goal is to facilitate the exchange of provincial and national artwork across Manitoba. Under the Visual Arts Touring Program, we coordinate the Annual Manitoba Rural and Northern Juried Art Show and Rural Art Mentorship Program.

Touring Exhibition Program

To find out about the exhibitions currently on tour please click here

Proposals will be accepted from artists, independent curators, exhibitors, and organizations. Multiple submissions will also be accepted as long as it is for different work. Emerging and professional artists from both urban and rural Manitoba are encouraged to apply.

Programs for Artists

The Visual Arts Program supports visual art and artists in rural areas through the Rural Art Mentorship Program (or RAMP) and the annual Manitoba Rural & Northern Art Juried Show.

The Rural/Northern Art Mentorship Program is a collaboration with Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA). It partners emerging and experienced professional artists to provide knowledge, experience, and practical help in a learning environment. Through the program, artists develop lasting relationships with other artists in their area and learn many of the skills needed to further their growth as artists. The program is run in a different region each year.

The Annual Manitoba Rural and Northern Juried Art Show features award-winning artworks in a variety of media by over 50 artists. Selected from works submitted to the Regional Juried Art Shows across Manitoba (Eastman, Westman, Northern, Parkland, and Interlake Regions), this show includes a youth display and is attended by over 3,000 patrons.