Visual Arts

For over twenty years MAN is the only organization in the province that regularly tours five high quality and cost-effective visual art exhibitions to rural and northern communities across Manitoba. Exhibitions are selected by a jury featuring Winnipeg and Provincial artists travelling to 25 communities each year and visited by more than 4,000 patrons. Exhibitions feature emerging and professional artists, present a range of media and themes, show both challenging contemporary work and traditional approaches to art-making through solo and group exhibitions.

Touring Exhibition Program

The Manitoba Arts Network’s Visual Arts Program includes an active exhibition touring schedule, professional development opportunities for emerging visual artists, and exhibition opportunities for artists based in rural communities.

Manitoba Arts Network’s Exhibition Program tours visual art throughout the province of Manitoba. The program provides Rural and Northern Communities the opportunity to exhibit quality work. M.A.N.’s touring exhibitions balances a variety of media and themes, including both traditional and contemporary artwork.

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.