The Inuit Art Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of its board members Beatrice Deer and Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory.
Beatrice Deer is a prominent musician, seamstress, and health advocate from Quaqtuq, Nunavik and is now based in Montreal, Quebec. She uses her vocal skill to sing in both a lyrical style and throat-singing. She has produced four albums, including her debut album, Just Bea (2005), which received the “Best Inuit Cultural Album” award at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards in that same year. In addition to her career as a musician, she is a Program Officer at the Avataq Cultural Institute where she works to preserve and support Inuit cultural heritage for future generations.
Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory is an artist, performer of uaajeerneq (Greenlandic mask dancing), music, drum-dancing, a storyteller and actor. She is originally from Greenland and now resides in Iqaluit, Nunavut, with her work allowing her to travel throughout Canada and internationally. Laakkuluk is also a founding member and current Program Manager of Qaggiavuut! in Iqaluit. Further, she has curated several projects that challenge outdated museum practices at the Art Gallery of Ontario and is a co-creator of and actor in Tulugak—a circumpolar theatre piece studying the relationship between Inuit and ravens.
Welcome Beatrice and Laakkuluk!