In January of 2018, the Inuit Art Foundation awarded the Virginia J. Watt Scholarship to Niap (Nancy Saunders), a multidisciplinary artist from Kuujjuaq, QC. Niap is currently pursuing an Undergraduate Degree in Studio Arts at Concordia University where she is focusing on developing new ideas and projects. During what seemed like a long Winter semester, Niap was busy creating sculptural and audio works that would be installed at Oboro in Montreal, QC as part of the Festival de Casteliers. Niap’s work, ᑲᑕᔾᔭᐅᓯᕙᓪᓛᑦ Katajjausivallaat, le rythme bercé (2018), was presented in conjunction with Dutch performance and visual artist Nick Steur’s piece FREEZE!
In talking to us about the vernissage at Oboro, Niap told us how exciting it was to be in the room, how energetic it was to be amongst so many people there to see her work.
“The place was so full of people! I even had to do two performances because not everyone was able to fit in the room! This vernissage has opened many doors for me and my career. I have been solicatated for other projects since… Again, thank you a thousand times for believing in me and this project! Now I am waiting for inspiration to come for another project idea.”
The show at Oboro ran from March 6th until the 17th and the vernissage took place on March 9, 2018. We are incredibly thrilled that this award could support such an inspirational artist through their endeavors. Niap is a force to watch, we are excited and waiting in anticipation to see all that she accomplishes in the future.
Photos Romain Guilbault 2018
To learn more about the Virginia J. Watt scholarship, please visit the awards page on our website. We have also began compiling a list of other awards available for Inuit students, which can be found through the Virginia J. Watt page.