Yúk'e Arts Market

Yúk'e Arts Market


The Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association (YFNCT), in partnership with the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre (KDCC) will be presenting the first annual Yúk’e ARTS MARKET that will be open to the public from Nov 23rd – Dec 16th.   

This new market will showcase and sell Yukon Indigenous art, craft and gift products in a beautiful gallery setting throughout the Christmas shopping season. The market will be held in the Artist Studio at the KDCC and will coincide with well-established craft fairs and major events including the Cranberry Fair, 12 Days of Christmas, KDCC Craft Fair & Open House, Advancing Indigenous Tourism Conference, annual gatherings, conferences and much more. 

All Indigenous visual artists living in Yukon are invited to submit art work for this market.  
This is essentially a Pop-Up Retail Gallery that will be managed by YFNCT and KDCC staff, with assistance from participating artists.  
Step 1:  Registration
Artists who wish to participate are asked to complete the simple online registration form by October 25th. You will be asked to include an anticipated list of the art and craft items that you would like to showcase and sell.
Step 2:  Delivery of Artwork | Inventory 
You will be asked to deliver the bulk of your artwork to the gallery by a set deadline. You will also be welcomed to restock / deliver new art to the gallery throughout the event. For artists living outside of Whitehorse, you will receive a subsidy for shipping your work to and from Whitehorse.  

Step 3:  Sign-up to work in the gallery or demonstrate your art.  
Artists who are interested, will be invited to sign up for work shifts in the gallery to support the sales staff and can choose shifts that fit their schedule. This will be a paid position that will involve welcoming the public, promoting the art and assisting with sales. We will also schedule artist demonstrations during busy events. The sign-up for both of these opportunities will be available online in early October.  

Step 4:  Sales and Payment 
Artists will be paid for their art sales at regular intervals throughout the event. The Gallery will retain a 25 % commission on art sales. Elders 70+ will not be required to pay a commission on sales

YFNCT will be launching the new YFN Arts Brand at this event. This brand celebrates and educates the public on Indigenous artwork under the tagline OUR ART | OUR STORIES. 

YFNCT will distribute brand merchandizing and marketing material including sales bags, product stickers, signage and jeweller bags and boxes. 

Artists will have an opportunity to register in the program and receive an inventory of these new retail tools to use at other events throughout the year.

Please take a few moments to complete the Registration Form.  
Contact  the YFNCT team if you have any questions or need advice on what to prepare, ideas for special Christmas themed gift items, or input on pricing so that you receive a fair price for your work.  

For more information please contact
Ashley Cummings, Arts Market Coordinator
projects@yfnct.ca  867.667.7698 Ext 202