A contemporary space. A creative community to inspire artists, residents, and visitors. Artist-led and artist-focused.

Eltuek (el-du-eg) is a Mi’kmaw word that means “We are making (it) together.” The (it) refers to whatever it is (we) decide to make - art, ideas, music, community, social change. Eltuek Arts Centre is accessible, inclusive, and continuous.

Eltuek Arts Centre is in Sydney, Unama'ki (Cape Breton Island). Eltuek features artist studios, Open Studio for shared artist workspaces, gallery and exhibition spaces, the Cafe Marie and Meals on Wheels, Nova Scotia Community College Music Arts Program, Celtic Colours International Festival, NovaStream, and The Coast 89.7 FM Radio Station.

Our private studios are currently at capacity. Please contact us at eltuek@newdawn.ca to be added to the waitlist. We will be opening more desk workspaces in the Open Studio in 2022.

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About Us

Eltuek Arts Centre/Ta’n etl-mawita’mk is an arts centre and creative hub operated by New Dawn Enterprises. We are a non-profit cultural organization that offers affordable and accessible work space for artists, host exhibitions and programming, event rental spaces for the community, and feature the Cafe Marie and Meals on Wheels Kitchen, as well as several anchor tenants.

We convene an Elders Advisory Committee comprised of Elders from the Island’s five Mi’kmaw communities. The Elders Advisory Committee works to ensure that the building and its programming are safe, welcoming, and relevant to Mi’kmaw artists and community members. We also convene an Advisory Committee that consists of artists, tenants, and members of the creative community across Unama’ki/Cape Breton.

We strongly believe in all the benefits of the arts to communities — their ability to transform places, give people hope, give people a new way to see themselves and the world, start conversations, connect, challenge, bring joy. We are artist-led and artist-focused.

To this end, we want to make the arts more visible — to give people a place to work that is safe, inclusive, affordable, and beautiful.


To make space that nurtures creation, connects artists with each other and with the community, and invites engagement with the arts as a means of individual and community empowerment for a more honest and just society.


An open, vibrant, creative, supportive, and experimental space for arts and social change.