UPDATE: Because of logistic issues the show has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 7
It has sat as a new centerpiece in the middle of town since before Christmas, but Inuvik’s new Special Events Pavilion will finally be showcased to the public this Saturday as a canvas for an Indigenous Arts Show March 6.
The show is organized by the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre and in cooperation with GLAM Collective — which is an Indigenous Artist’s film making group.
“Mapping art is very predominant in Montreal, New-York and Europe,” said NACC executive director Marie Coderre. “It will be the first time we will present this in the smaller communities. I wanted to this type of project for a long time since it is popular back home.”
Essentially, a projector will be set up to show images on the outside of the pavilion and the tent itself will act as a giant screen for the short films. Viewers will be able to walk by the pavilion to watch as many as they would like.
Films produced by the GLAM Collective will be projected onto the sides of the massive tent during the show, which will have three showings starting at 7:30 p.m. and each half-hour thereafter.
“It’s a gathering of short films for a total of 30 minutes,” said Coderre. “It’s really art gallery style. You go check it out, and if you want to stay for the full 30 minutes, you stay. The goal of this is to have a Covid-19 safe project so that people can move and flow but not have a big crowd.
“It’s casual. You don’t need to buy a ticket. It’s for people to come and discover something they haven’t experienced before.
Entry to the show is free and all patrons are asked to please wear a mask.
This will be the first time Inuvik’s new Special Events Pavilion is used in a public event. The Pavilion, which includes a stage and stands and will have open access in the summer, was build prior to the Christmas holiday.
While the exhibit kicks off in Inuvik, it’s touring the entire NWT, with showings in Norman Wells on March 10, Fort Simpson on March 14, Hay River on March 17 and Fort Smith on March 20.
Each town will present its own canvass for the show, so the exhibit will be unique on each night.
“In each community we have a different type of wall,” said Coderre. “In Norman Wells, we’re projected on the school. In Hay River, it’s going to be on the arena. It’s going to be on the Rec Centre in Fort Smith and on the Elementary School in Fort Simpson.
“All central locations so people can access it easily by walking.”