Pan­niq­tuuq Re­leases First Ma­jor Print Col­lec­tion Since 2011 For the first time in seven years, the Uqqurmiut Cen­tre for Arts & Crafts in Pan­niq­tuuq (Pang­nir­tung), NU, launched a new print col­lec­tion at the Nu­navut Arts Fes­ti­val on July 8, 2018, in Iqalui

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This year’s of­fer­ing fea­tures a va­ri­ety of works by Eena Ang­mar­lik, Tim Ali­vak­tuk, Lee­tia Ali­vak­tuk, Elis­apee Ishu­lu­taq, CM, May Lons­dale, Jolly At­tagoyuk, Joel Ma­niapik, David Poisey, An­drew Qap­pik, CM, RCA, An­nie Naula­lik Qap­pik, Piona Keyuakjuk and Mathewsie Ma­niapik that range from vast land­scapes to in­ti­mate scenes. The col­lec­tion was made avail­able for pur­chase in late Au­gust 2018 and was printed by Eena Ang­mar­lik, Lee­tia Ali­vak­tuk, Jolly At­tagoyuk, An­drew Qap­pik, An­nie Naula­lik Qap­pik and Piona Keyuakjuk.

Es­tab­lished in the late 1960s, the Pang­nir­tung Print Shop re­leased the first an­nual Pang­nir­tung Print Col­lec­tion in 1973 through what is now the Arc­tic Co-op­er­a­tives Lim­ited. This in­au­gu­ral col­lec­tion was car­ried in fine ar t gal­leries across North Amer­ica, with ad­di­tional col­lec­tions re­leased be­tween 1975 and 1980 as well as be­tween 1983 and 1988. While pro­duc­tion slowed dur­ing the late 1980s, a resur­gence of print­mak­ing in Pan­niq­tuuq was spurred by the in­cor­po­ra­tion of the Uqqurmiut Inuit

Artists As­so­ci­a­tion in 1988. The as­so­ci­a­tion re­launched in 1992, op­er­at­ing from the new Uqqurmiut Cen­tre, and pro­duced an an­nual col­lec­tion un­til 2011.

Bart Hanna Kap­pi­anaq Awarded Large-Scale Com­mis­sion in Ot­tawa

On July 9, 2018, in con­junc­tion with Nu­navut Day cel­e­bra­tions, the Speaker of the House of Com­mons, the Hon­ourable Ge­off Re­gan, an­nounced that noted Iglu­lik-based sculp­tor Bart Hanna Kap­pi­anaq has been com­mis­sioned to in­stall a new work in Cen­tre Block, the main build­ing of the com­plex on Par­lia­ment Hill in Ot­tawa.

Nine short-listed artists were in­vited to sub­mit ma­que­ttes from which a jury, com­prised of the Cu­ra­tor of the House of Com­mons Johanna Miz­gala, Do­min­ion Sculp­tor Phil White and in­vited ex­perts, se­lected Hanna Kap­pi­anaq’s pro­posal to cre­ate a high re­lief, sculp­tural tym­pa­num. The sculp­ture is ex­pected to be com­pleted in 2019 to co­in­cide with the 20th an­niver­sary of the cre­ation of Nu­navut. Hanna Kap­pi­anaq’s work will be ex­hib­ited in Par­lia­ment’s West Block be­fore its fi­nal in­stal­la­tion in the House of Com­mons Foyer, af­ter the restora­tion of Cen­tre Block is com­plete.

Jade Na­so­galuak Car­pen­ter Receives In­au­gu­ral Emerg­ing Artist Award

Yel­lowknife-born, Ed­mon­ton-raised Inu­vialuk artist and cu­ra­tor Jade Na­so­galuak Car­pen­ter was an­nounced as the re­cip­i­ent of the in­au­gu­ral Pri­mary Colours/Couleurs pri­maires Award at a cer­e­mony at the Banff Cen­tre for Arts and Cre­ativ­ity in Al­berta this June. The award pro­vides an ex­cep­tional emerg­ing artist, who is In­dige­nous or of colour, with a mon­e­tary prize of $2,000 to sup­port their prac­tice.

“Jade is an out­stand­ing fig­ure among a new gen­er­a­tion of tal­ented and pro­lific In­dige­nous ar tists,” said co-di­rec­tor of Pri­mary Colours/Couleurs pri­maires France Tré­panier. “Both in their vis­ual art prac­tice and their writ­ing, Jade ex­hibits crit­i­cal in­sight com­bined with an in­spired wit.” Na­so­galuak Car­pen­ter cur­rently holds the ti­tle of In­dige­nous Cu­ra­to­rial Practicum at the Banff Cen­tre. Based in Cal­gary and Banff, they are a core mem­ber of the cu­ra­to­rial team for the new Inuit Art Cen­tre

at the Win­nipeg Art Gallery, open­ing in 2020, as well as Oci­ci­wan Con­tem­po­rary Art Col­lec­tive. Their work spans a va­ri­ety of me­dia and is de­fined by a cal­cu­lated use of hu­mour to em­pa­thet­i­cally ad­dress themes of men­tal ill­ness and di­as­pora.

Dr. Heather Iglo­liorte Awarded Sig­nif­i­cant Grant for Arts Lead­er­ship Project

In June 2018, Dr. Heather Iglo­liorte, Inuk cu­ra­tor, As­so­ci­ate Pro­fes­sor of Art His­tory and Re­search Chair in In­dige­nous Art His­tory and Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment at Con­cor­dia Univer­sity, was awarded a sub­stan­tial Part­ner­ship Tal­ent grant from the So­cial Sciences and Hu­man­i­ties Re­search Coun­cil of Canada (SSHRC). The $2.4 mil­lion grant will sup­port Iglo­lior te’s pro­posal “The Pil­im­mak­sarniq/ Pi­jar­i­uqsarniq Project: Inuit Fu­tures in Arts Lead­er­ship,” which aims to rad­i­cally in­crease the Inuit pres­ence in arts re­search and arts-based pro­fes­sional prac­tice.

To sup­port the project, an all-Inuit team of artists and re­searchers from Inuit Nu­nan­gat and be­yond, as well as part­ner in­sti­tu­tions—in­clud­ing the Inuit Art Foun­da­tion, Win­nipeg Art Gallery and the Na­tional Arts Cen­tre—have been as­sem­bled with a cen­tral goal of es­tab­lish­ing men­tor­ship and train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, rooted in Inuit knowl­edge and so­ci­etal val­ues, for Inuit stu­dents. Ini­tia­tives such as knowl­edge work­shops, in­no­va­tive men­tor­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties, in­te­grated learn­ing and Inuit-spe­cific train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties will aid in pro­fes­sional skill build­ing. “We have part­nered with Inuit or­ga­ni­za­tions, ar ts in­sti­tu­tions and uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges that have a lot of Inuit stu­dents and find new path­ways for their suc­cess in the arts,” explains Iglo­lior te. “We are re­ally grow­ing some­thing ex­cit­ing here.”

Land­mark Ret­ro­spec­tive of Keno­juak Ashe­vak and Tim Pit­si­u­lak Mounted in Toronto

On June 13, 2018, the Art Gallery of On­tario hosted the pub­lic open­ing for the largest ex­hi­bi­tion of Inuit art in the in­sti­tu­tion’s his­tory. Tu­nir­ru­sian­git: Keno­juak Ashe­vak and Tim Pit­si­u­lak took over the gallery’s Sam & Ayala Zacks Pav­il­ion, high­light­ing the enor­mous artis­tic lega­cies of both Ashe­vak and her nephew Pit­si­u­lak. Sketches and key art works by the artists were high­lighted along­side newly com­mis­sioned works by the all-Inuit cu­ra­to­rial team. Open­ing night fes­tiv­i­ties fea­tured the grant­ing of the Inuit Art Foun­da­tion’s in­au­gu­ral Keno­juak Ashe­vak Me­mo­rial Award to co-cu­ra­tor Laakku­luk Wil­liamson Bathory and the carv­ing of a seal in the gallery’s cen­tral Walker Court.

The ex­hi­bi­tion was or­ga­nized by the AGO in part­ner­ship with Mo­bi­liz­ing Inuit Cul­tural Her­itage (MICH) project, with the sup­port of Dorset Fine Arts and led by a cu­ra­to­rial team com­posed of sculp­tor Koomu­atuk (Kuzy) Cur­ley, artist and writer Taqra­lik Par­tridge, pho­tog­ra­pher and cu­ra­tor Jo­ce­lyn Pi­irainen and per­for­mance artist Laakku­luk Wil­liamson Bathory, along­side the AGO’s Fredrik S. Ea­ton Cu­ra­tor, Cana­dian Art Ge­or­giana Uhlyarik and York Univer­sity pro­fes­sor and prin­ci­ple in­ves­ti­ga­tor of MICH Dr. Anna Hud­son. The ex­hi­bi­tion of­fi­cially opened to the pub­lic on June 16 and con­tin­ued un­til Au­gust 12, 2018.

Nu­navut Arts Fes­ti­val Takes Over Iqaluit

From July 4 to 9, 2018, the Nu­navut Arts and Crafts As­so­ci­a­tion (NACA) pre­sented the 2018 edi­tion of the an­nual Nu­navut Arts Fes­ti­val in Iqaluit, NU. Var­i­ous events and ac­tiv­i­ties were pro­grammed across the six-day fes­ti­val to cel­e­brate art­mak­ing in Nu­navut, in­clud­ing work­shops fea­tur­ing seal­skin up­hol­stery, sculp­tural cast­ing, 3D mod­el­ing and leather­work. The fes­ti­val also fea­tured an Igloo Tag Con­sul­ta­tion event, hosted by the Inuit Art Foun­da­tion, on Satur­day, July 7 at Naka­suk School.

The launch of the 2018 Pang­nir­tung Print Col­lec­tion on Sun­day and the hall­mark Nu­navut Day Art Fair were not-to-be-missed.

Join­ing in on the fes­tiv­i­ties were 14 artists from across the ter­ri­tory, in­clud­ing Josie Pit­se­o­lak, Akeego Kil­lik­tee, Mosha Ar­nat­siaq, Madeleine Qu­mau­tuq, Ly­dia Qayaq, Eena Ang­mar­lik, Nazie Darehshoripour, Becky Okat­siak, Nooks Lin­dell, Ida Jane Ka­paka­toak, Danny Aaluk, Naomi Hikoalok, Mary Qing­naquq, Mon­ica Ell-Kanayuk, Ta­nia Scott, An­nie Pe­taulassie and Peter Ragee.

Norma Dun­ning Wins Mul­ti­ple Lit­er­ary Awards

Ed­mon­ton-based Inuk writer, re­searcher and scholar Norma Dun­ning was awarded the 21st Danuta Gleed Lit­er­ary Award from the Writ­ers’ Union of Canada on June 14, 2018, for her book An­nie Muk­tuk and Other Sto­ries (2017), pub­lished by the Univer­sity of Al­berta Press. Val­ued at $10,000, the award is an an­nual ac­co­lade in mem­ory of writer Danuta Gleed that rec­og­nizes the best first col­lec­tion of short fic­tion by an au­thor pub­lished in English dur­ing 2017.

“The poignant sto­ries in this col­lec­tion evoke the silent and overt de­sires, as­pi­ra­tions, suc­cesses, fail­ures, and in­ner lives of its many Inuit char­ac­ters, in­clud­ing the charis­matic An­nie Muk­tuk,” said jury mem­bers An­drew J. Borkowski, Shree Ghatage and Doretta Lah. “Dun­ning crafts a land­scape that is at once in­ti­mate and myth­i­cally vast. Tragedy and hu­mour in­ter­twine in spell­bind­ing nar­ra­tives that de­liver raw emo­tion and an acute sense of hu­man­ity.”

In early June, Dun­ning also re­ceived the Howard O’Ha­gan Award from the Writ­ers’ Guild of Al­berta for the short story “Elipsee.” The story is among 16 oth­ers in­cluded in the award-win­ning afore­men­tioned book, which was also Fore­ward Re­views’ bronze win­ner for short sto­ries. Along­side her many ac­co­lades, this sum­mer a com­mis­sioned poem by Dun­ning was in­stalled in­side

the new TD Visa In­fi­nite Credit Card Lounge in Toronto, ON’s Union Sta­tion, fea­tur­ing bold white syl­lab­ics across a vivid green back­ground.

Inuit De­sign­ers Take Cen­tre Stage at IFWTO

From May 31 to June 3, 2018, Har­bourfront Cen­tre pre­sented the in­au­gu­ral In­dige­nous Fash­ion Week Toronto (IFWTO), which in­cluded a va­ri­ety of ex­hi­bi­tions, lec­tures, show­cases, pan­els and work­shops along­side a mar­ket­place ded­i­cated en­tirely to the work of In­dige­nous artists, de­sign­ers and en­trepreneurs.

“It’s [IFWTO] a mul­ti­fac­eted plat­form that sup­ports In­dige­nous ar tists in the way that we want to be sup­ported,” explains Artis­tic Di­rec­tor and Co-Founder Sage Paul. “It re­ally was an evo­lu­tion of me work­ing along­side many dif­fer­ent artists and just try­ing to cre­ate a space that’s go­ing to help sup­port, ben­e­fit and foster In­dige­nous de­sign­ers.”

Across the four-day event, nu­mer­ous Inuit-led brands, hail­ing from Arviat, NU, to Green­land, show­cased the best of their of­fer­ings. Among the de­sign­ers pre­sent were Vic­to­ria Kakuk­tin­niq of Vic­to­ria’s Arc­tic Fash­ion, who pre­sented a col­lec­tion of parkas, seal­skin mit­tens and more that blend tra­di­tional tech­niques with con­tem­po­rary de­sign; Bar­bara Akoak of Inuk Bar­bie De­signs, who dis­played del­i­cate cop­per seal ear­rings among other fine jew­ellery; and Martha Kyak, whose seal­skin Saki­aguti qisik neck­lace was a stand out, in ad­di­tion to the work of Inuk De­sign, Hi­naani De­sign, Inuk 360 and Nuuk Cou­ture, among oth­ers. Visit the IAQ on­line for de­signer in­ter­views, pro­files and more.

Kangiqliniq Adds Ki­valliq Re­gional Vis­i­tor Cen­tre to Its Cul­tural In­fra­struc­ture

The of­fi­cial open­ing of the Ki­valliq Re­gional Vis­i­tor Cen­tre in Kangiqliniq (Rankin In­let), NU, was an­nounced on June 16, 2018. “The Ki­valliq Re­gional Vis­i­tor Cen­tre will pro­vide a vi­tal link be­tween out­fit­ters, tourist es­tab­lish­ments, guides and tourists,” noted Premier Joe Savikataaq. “The vis­i­tor cen­tre will give those who re­side in the Ki­valliq an op­por­tu­nity to show­case their art and cul­ture and pro­vide vis­i­tors with a wel­com­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Con­structed be­tween 2013 and 2017 by Yel­lowknife- and Iqaluit-based Guy Ar­chi­tects, the new cen­tre con­tains seven glass boxes ded­i­cated to high­light­ing the ar­ti­facts and sto­ries of the seven sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties in the Ki­valliq Re­gion.

The ribbed ceil­ing is in­spired by the skele­tal struc­ture of a whale and pro­vides an ex­pan­sive vista of Hud­son Bay and the com­mu­nity of Kangiqliniq.

Nu­navik Cul­tural Cen­tre Opens in Ku­u­jjuaraapik

The Nu­navik com­mu­nity of Ku­u­jjuaraapik has a vi­brant new ad­di­tion: a mul­tipur­pose cul­tural cen­tre built to ac­com­mo­date up to 300 peo­ple. De­signed by Mon­treal-based Blouin Orzes Ar­chi­tectes, the 680-square­foot Nu­navik Cul­tural Cen­tre will pro­vide space for a va­ri­ety of cul­tural pro­grams in­clud­ing singing, danc­ing, sto­ry­telling, film, con­certs, gath­er­ings and much more for the res­i­dents of the 13 sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties. The vi­brant yel­low land­mark is lo­cated on a sand dune near the Great Whale River look­ing onto Ku­u­jjuaraapik’s his­toric church and was de­vel­oped in con­sul­ta­tion with mem­bers of the com­mu­nity over a num­ber of years. The one-and-a-half-story struc­ture of­fi­cially opened its doors in fall 2017.


BE­LOW An­nie Naula­lik Qap­pik (b. 1967 Pan­niq­tuuq) —Moon­light Over Pang2018Sten­cil45 × 63 cm OP­PO­SITE Keno­juak Ashe­vak (1927–2013 Kin­ngait) —Un­ti­tled(Face with colour wings) 1966–76Felt-tip pen and ball­point pen 12.9 × 16.8 cm

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