Oops! Arts BC linked here accidentally.

But do save the date for the 2019 Arts BC Conference in Kelowna, BC, October 17 - 19.

In October 2020 we hope to see you at the Northern Exposure Conference in Wells, BC though!


Northern Exposure Conference 2018

OCTOBER 18 - 21, 2018 

There are unique opportunities and challenges faced by those who create, produce or present the arts in rural settings. The 4th Annual Northern Exposure Conference aims to explore this reality and strengthen the rural arts and culture sector.

Northern Exposure’s dynamic model of information sharing creates a solid foundation for the development of a strong network amongst the arts organizers and artists in attendance. Round table discussions, collaborative panels, workshops and open floor discussions allow for attendees to be heard and for solutions to be discovered with input from many sources.

In addition to workshops, round tables and networking, Northern Exposure also includes artist showcases to provide exposure to local, regional and provincial acts. Showcase applications are now closed for 2018.

Kelly Poirier of White Raven Consulting will again be facilitating the weekend, along with her co-facilitator, Nene Kraneveldt.
They both specialize in:

  • Working with groups to design and host community conversations, meetings, retreats and longer-term change and transformation projects.

  • Teaching and coaching The Circle Way as a transformative and collaborative meeting and management and leadership process.

  • Creating innovative conference experiences to bring more connection and authentic engagement.

  • Co-leading Art of Hosting Participatory Leadership learning experiences.

  • Hosting workshops and retreats on methods and practices related to personal and participatory leadership.

The core of our work is held through the Art of Hosting, and, circle process: The Art of Hosting is a highly effective way of harnessing the collective wisdom and self-organizing capacity of groups of any size. Based on the assumption that people give their energy and lend their resources to what matters most to them – in work as in life – the Art of Hosting blends a suite of powerful conversational processes to invite people to step in and take charge of the challenges and opportunities facing them.

Detailed 2018 Schedule HERE


Fee: $250 for Thursday night Welcome Reception & Showcases, Friday & Saturday all day, including evening showcases and Sunday afternoon. Some meals included. Accessibility is a priority; bursaries available for those with financial need.

Fee with 50% Bursary: $125 (Bursary Rate is available for those with financial need, please indicate on the registration form why you need a bursary), 100% bursaries are also possible if the need exists.

Breakfast & Lunch is included. Dinners will be at local restaurants in Wells.

If finances are a barier to attendance please let us know, we want to make it possible for you to attend.

If you have questions please call IMA at 1-800-442-2787 or email info@imarts.com


As part of the Northern Exposure Conference, musicians from across the province and beyond will be performing at both the Sunset Theatre and Barkerville on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, as well as out in Barkerville on Sunday afternoon.

The public can buy a 3 night pass for $20, or $10 for a single night. Showcases are included in conference registration.




The Wells Hotel
10% discount for Northern Exposure delegates

The Hubs Motel
$15 off per night for Northern Exposure delegates

The Willow River
Ph: 250.994.2345 Email: info@stayinwells.ca
Only available to Northern Exposure Participants.


New Barkerville Cottages
Newly built cottages at Barkerville, each with three-bedrooms, shared kitchen, bathroom and laundry.

The Kelly House B & B and the King House B & B
Ph: 250.994.3328      Email: kellyhouse@barkerville.bc.ca   
Heritage building with all feather beds, footed tubs, and antique furnishings  

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