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Touring Exhibition Program

Book a variety of exhibitions at a subsidized monthly rate of $150 up to 2 years in advance.

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. and $200 for non-members.

An average touring season coordinated by MAN yields:

  • 4-5 visual arts exhibition  
  • 20-25 bookings by over 20 communities in Manitoba, NW Ontario, and North Dakota.
  • 8 free artist-led workshops for members (dependant on grants)
  • Resulting in up to $15,000 in artist fees throughout the year (dependant on grants)

Book 2021 – 2022 exhibits

Book 2022 – 2023 exhibits

How do artists participate
Exhibitions are selected on a yearly basis by a jury from an annual call for submission. A Jury selects both emerging and professional artists, presenting a range of media and themes, and features both challenging contemporary work and traditional approaches to art-making through solo, two-person, and group exhibitions.

Interested in booking an exhibition? Here’s how:

  1. Review the exhibits below.
  2. Identify the months you wish to book the exhibit
  3. Contact visualarts@mbartsnet.ca
  4. Confirm availability
  5. Sign a digital contract
  6. We coordinate the shipping and email you the times and dates
  7. We will invoice you during the month you receive the exhibit
  8. You hang and install the exhibit
  9. MAN sends you an exhibition evaluation to complete

2022 Exhibitions: Book Now

Raven Life | Rosemary Dzus
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Regardless of the speculations, ravens are fascinating creatures and have been appearing in mythology and folklore for centuries, including the indigenous cultures of Scandinavia, ancient Ireland, and Wales, North America, and Siberia. In many cultures, the common raven has been revered as a spiritual figure or godlike creature. In others, the raven has become a figure of doom. 

I have been an admirer of ravens for a number of years, and see them as creatures of mystery rather than as harbingers of doom. They seem to be keen observers of their surroundings, and appear to know much more than they are able or willing to share. My fascination with these birds has resulted in a series of larger than life size acrylic paintings of ravens engaged in various activities and attitudes.

Revolting
Revolting | Artworks inspired by the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike – Frost Shield Kerfuffle

Inspired by the events surrounding the 1919 strike, “REVOLTING!” is a unique exhibition showcasing original artworks by the Frost Shield Kerfuffle Collective. Artists Cullen Bingeman, Michael Boss, Evin Collis, Kelly-Jo Dorvault, Patricia Eschuk, Peter Graham, Kenneth Harasym, Chris Simonite, and Diana Thorneycroft present works that re-imagine iconic images associated with the strike, along with explorations into its repercussions and the continuum of the class struggle. Artistic approaches to this subject matter range from a tongue-in-cheek parody of classic moments to sombre reflections on some of the tragic characters and circumstances that make up this historical event.

Forest Royalty | Kathleen Shellrude
number of works: 35
(small & medium)

Forest Royalty is a story of seeking the divine and connecting with those whose wisdom is seemingly too sweet for this world. I trace star maps. I crown the Bear. The Owl calls my name. Insects remind me that the cycle of life always brings new birth and hope. In my heart, and in my life, I honour the beasts who give grace and mercy and expect nothing in return.

Like nature, these pieces are multi-layered. The forest, the ocean, as well as our modern world are layered with challenges and puzzles; not to be solved, but to be witnessed.

Gerry Ruecker
Undiscarded: ReForm/ReFunction – Gerry Ruecker
number of works: 6
(6 large)

Discarded and cast-off objects, such as fragments of old furniture and building materials, rusted pieces of metal, and various other disused and disposed of items are prominent, highlighting their unique, well-worn beauty.

These crude, rough objects, along with deteriorated mirrors, are blended with and enclosed within a mash-up of cheap, highly decorative baroque-influenced picture frames. The resulting pieces embrace contradiction on numerous levels, functioning as both an homage to, as well as a caricature of a centuries-old style still viewed as ‘classy’.

 2023 Exhibitions – Book Now!

Karen Schulz JAM
Playing Tag | Karen Schulz
‘Playing Tag’ is a series of 10 photographs. The artist drew the inspiration for this theme from watching Canada Geese flying in a V formation the look of which reminded me of practicing scales on the piano. The project is playing at being a graffiti artist, a play on words and just being playful.
Victoria Prince Memories 2
Mind and Heart | Victoria Prince
Mind and Heart is a series of black ink drawings and alcohol ink paintings exploring the connection between neuroscience and the human heart. Victoria’s work is inspired by the drawings and cell-stained illuminations of neuroscientists Santiago Ramon y Cajal and Camillo Golgi. Golgi created a staining technique making brain cells (neurons) visible under the microscope. Deeply inspired by their illuminations, Victoria began drawing neurons using black ink pens on distressed yellow paper mimicking the cell stained images of Cajal and Golgi. Victoria’s research of the brain and the formation of neurons and specifically memories caused her to question can one overcome and/or change negative memories. She became intrigued by the connection of the mind (memories and thoughts) and the heart (emotion). This research of the heart-brain connection led her to the work of Dr. Armour who coined the term ”heart brain”. In 1991, Dr. Armour discovered that the heart has its own ”little brain” composed of approximately 40,000 neurons that are alike neurons in the brain.
Manitoba Wildlife Imaginary | Brian Longfield
For some time I have been interested in the factors that grant subjecthood, personality, and character to our perception of others. In earlier work, this interest lead to work using masks to create performance-based work with my partner, Charla Ramsey in which performance of characters using theatrical masks was used as the basis for work that became drawings, paintings, videos, and installations. Brian has been making paintings of animals to explore their subjecthood. 

This exhibition encourages seeing animals as beings with thoughts and feelings but it is interesting to note that the personalities and emotions we ascribe to animals are not likely to be their actual feelings but are based on our human perceptions of human emotions. While many animals do indeed have emotions and feelings that can be observed and recorded by behavioural scientists and certainly people who live with pets develop a sense of their pets emotional life, this exhibit is not and cannot function as a substitute for that. It does however act as a small stepping stone towards it.
Alison Davis Mending Together
Pattern making, pattern mending | Alison Davis
Nets are patterns that catch and hold. The patterns of our lives also ensnare us. Often, those patterns are beneficial routines, but there are many patterns that hold us back. This series of work is a consideration of patterns generally as well as the work it takes to construct and deconstruct those patterns. 
The net drawings are laid out in even grids. Periodically the ordered repetition of the grid is disrupted by extra pieces of string, holes that have been irregularly patched, and places where the nets lose their pattern. There is a tension between the orderliness of the grid pattern and the small variations throughout that encourage the viewer to come in close to examine each knot and to seek out new patterns in the areas where the regular grid is broken. 
The animations and drawings of the hands reference the mundane, day-to-day work that goes into mending and maintaining a routine. Work that is overlooked yet constant and unceasing. Without this vigilance, there are so many ways in which the ordered world can become disordered. 
In conflict with this, is the acknowledgment that systems and patterns can also be harmful and require reordering. Sometimes the disruption of a pattern is necessary. And so, while some of the drawn and animated hands work to build and maintain the grid pattern of the nets the other hands take that pattern apart to create spaces that resist the dominant pattern to allow for variation and change.
Pepe Hidalgo - Figure 10
Classic Portraits with Movement | The Magic of Still Life | Pepe Hidalgo
Classic Portraits allow me to present a classic figure in two distinct ways. The image is from the side and from straight on. Combining the side and the front perspective creates movement. The fusion of creating a classic portrait and the movement at the same time is what creates an interesting “Double Vision” of each figure. The clothing worn by the figures contributes to the classic look, dating them in times past. These portraits at the same time as being classic can become deformed with the two faces. In some, there is still, simple beauty, yet in others, they become grotesque, serious, or funny. Each and every one of them are people I have created from my imagination.

About the Touring Arts Program

Manitoba Arts Network’s Exhibition Program tours visual art throughout the province.

Are touring exhibitions are available for one-month bookings. Member organizations benefit from reduced booking rates. Exhibitions may also be booked for multiple months if slots are available.

Our subsidized booking fees cover all general costs of the exhibition, including artist fees, shipping and insurance.

All transportation and shipping services for our touring exhibitions are generously donated by Gardewine. Our touring program is generously supported by the Manitoba Arts Council. 

Selected exhibitions typically tour for a minimum one-year period, with the possibility of touring for up to two years.

For more information, contact: the Visual Arts Coordinator.