On September 8, 2021, artist Tarralik Duffy became the second recipient of the prestigious Kenojuak Ashevak Memorial Award. Duffy was the first winner of the Kenojuak Ashevak Memorial Award to receive a solo exhibition, exhibition catalogue and residency at the Winnipeg Art Gallery-Qaumajuq thanks to a partnership between the WAG-Qaumajuq and the IAF. The WAG-Qaumajuq will also acquire one of Duffy’s works into its permanent collection. Duffy’s solo exhibition is scheduled for September 2023.
Duffy is an Inuk artist, writer and designer from Salliq (Coral Harbour), NU, and currently based in Saskatoon, SK. From jewelry and apparel to graphics, her creative work shares distinctly Inuit experiences, often infused with humour and pop culture. Her work was featured on the cover of the Inuit Art Quarterly’s Winter 2018 issue, Exchange, and after winning the award, she took part in an artist residency at the Art Gallery of Guelph where her work was also included in their exhibition ᐃᓅᓯᕋ | Inuusira My Life in October 2021. Her work was also included in ᖃᐅᑕᒫᑦ | Qautamaat at the same gallery in 2022. Her work was included in a group show Atautchikun | wȃhkôtamowin at Remai Modern (Saskatoon 2021). Duffy had her first solo show, Pop, Chip, Kukuk, at SAW Gallery in Ottawa, ON in late 2022. In fall 2023, she will be taking part in a dedicated residency at Winnipeg Art Gallery-Qaumajuq and opening a solo show of new work there.