The Provincial Touring Artist & Exhibition Program is dedicated to making visual art more accessible to rural and northern communities within our province. This program is one of the MacKenzie Art Gallery’s highest attended public program where schools and community members have the opportunity to see art with a trained educator in their own communities. The MacKenzie curates exhibitions with works of art from the permanent collection. Educators and artists set-up exhibitions in the community and deliver a comprehensive education program. Hands on art activities, designed to support the exhibition’s content, are used to further enhance the experience for students. Our programs are adapted for all grade levels and correspond with the Visual Arts Curriculum. Plus, it saves you the cost of busing students and time away from school to visit the Gallery.


In 1971, the MacKenzie Art Gallery launched what was then known as the Norman MacKenzie Art Gallery Community Program as a way to make visual art more accessible to rural and northern communities across Saskatchewan. By the mid-1970s the MacKenzie Art Gallery hired visionary artist Bob Boyer as part of the Community Program team, with numerous artists participating in a variety of roles since that time. The program hopes to continue to expand this mandate by bringing professional artists to communities. Art communicates across barriers of language, class and culture. When artists are able to share their stories and creative process it broadens our experience and helps us make sense of the world.

Currently on Tour

Learn more about the 2018/19 Provincial Touring & Exhibition Program

Across the Turtle's Back 2: Worldviews and Storytelling
September 2018 to August 2020

The Canadian Dream - 1965 - 1970
September 2018 to August 2019

January 2019 to December 2021

Recent Touring Exhibitions

Across the Turtle's Back Series
October 2017 to September 2018

Lesser-known Saskatchewan Landscapes
October 2016 to September 2018

Rosalie Favell: (Re)facing the Camera
February 2016 to January 2018

 Recent Communities Visited

  • Arcola

  • Avonlea

  • Cabri

  • Canora

  • Central Butte

  • Churchbridge

  • Cupar

  • Esterhazy

  • Fort Qu'Appelle

  • Gravelbourg

  • Herbert

  • Imperial

  • Indian Head


  • Kamsack

  • Kelliher

  • Lake Lenore

  • Meadow Lake

  • Naicam

  • Nuedorf

  • Punnichy

  • Quill Lake

  • Shaunavon

  • Strasbourg

  • Wymark

  • Wynyard

How Provincial touring artist & exhibition program Works

A MacKenzie Art Gallery Educator comes to your community with an exhibition of original works of art. The Gallery installs the exhibit and provides tours and workshops for audiences of all ages. Visits last approximately three days, with one and a half days dedicated to interactive tours and workshops.

We provide:

  • Exhibition of original works of art

  • Gallery Educator

  • Transportation

  • Promotional materials for your use

You provide:

  • Space for the exhibition with reasonable light, heat and security (most exhibitions require approximately 100 running feet of display area - school libraries or unused classrooms work well)

  • Organization of classes, school tours and adult programs during the exhibition

  • Advance promotion using the materials provided

  • Volunteers to assist with all aspects of the visit including unloading, installing and removing the exhibition

  • Art supplies in coordination with the Provincial Outreach Educator

Typical tour model:

  • Tuesday PM - Exhibition Installation

  • Wednesday (all day) - Tours and Workshops

  • Thursday AM - tours and workshops

  • Thursday PM - dismantle exhibition and clean up

Program Fee: $375

Participate in Provincial touring artist & exhibition program

Here's how:

1. Select the exhibition you would like to see from our Touring Exhibition Package.

2. Fill out a Provincial Touring Artist & Exhibition Program Request Form.

3. The MacKenzie will be in touch with you!

The Provincial Touring Artist & Exhibition Program is subject to availability.
Any additional questions please contact Ken directly by email or phone: 306-584-4250 ext. 4290

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Please choose from exhibitions currently on tour:

Images in Gallery: Students participating in Provincial Outreach | Wilf Perreault, Guiding Light, 2002, acrylic on canvas, 182.8 x 305.3 cm. Collection of the MacKenzie Art Gallery, purchased with funds donated by the Barootes family in honour of Betty Barootes. Photo: Don Hall. | Photographs from the series Facing the Camera (2008 - 2015). Images: Rosalie Favell.