Open Call for Peer Assessors

Play a Vital Role in Supporting Artists and Scholars

First Arts - Family Gathering - Miriam Qiyuk
Family Gathering (mid 1990s) Stone
Courtesy of First Arts. Photo credit: Dieter Hessel

Calling all Inuit working and interested in the arts! Are you interested in helping distribute funds that allow artists to develop their practice? If so, consider becoming a Peer Assessor with the Inuit Art Foundation (IAF).

The IAF is actively seeking Peer Assessors to assist in evaluating applications to its current and future funding programs. The IAF provides emerging, mid-career, and established artists, as well as other Inuit working in the arts, with financial support to further their practices and advance their careers. As a Peer Assessor, you will play a vital role in financially supporting artists and scholars to grow and develop their careers and contribute to a thriving Inuit arts community.

If you are interested in tangibly supporting the creative, inspiring, and evocative projects created by Inuit artists across media, we strongly encourage you to apply!

What’s Expected of Peer Assessors?

Peer Assessors will be required to review all applications for the program they are adjudicating and to engage in open, thoughtful discussion during the deliberations with the full assessment committee. 

How Are Peer Assessors Selected?

The IAF wants to engage a diverse group of Inuit as assessors who have experience in the arts. Applications to participate will be reviewed by IAF staff to help create balanced assessment committees, based on the following criteria:

  • Prioritizing Inuit self-determination by ensuring all peer assessors are Inuk 
  • Bringing together diverse viewpoints from across the arts by engaging artists, curators, writers, dealers and others working in the arts
  • Ensuring perspectives from diverse lived experiences are represented, such as home community and region, gender and sexual orientation

Should I apply?

Please apply to be a Peer Assessor if you are an Inuk who:

  • Appreciates the Inuit art landscape in all its forms, including the visual arts, performance, film, and literary arts
  • Is interested in increasing Inuit access to public funding, supporting cultural resurgence and artistic self-determination
  • Is an artist or has other relevant experience in the arts such as curating, writing, or researching arts and culture

If you don’t possess all of the qualifications listed but are enthusiastic about being a Peer Assessor, please don’t hesitate to apply! We strongly encourage applications from Inuit living in Inuit Nunangat, Inuktut speakers, persons with disabilities, all genders, and the LGBTQS2+ community.


Peer Assessors will be financially compensated according to CARFAC guidelines for their expertise. 

How to Apply:

If you are interested in being a Peer Assessor, please email artistservices[at]inuitartfoundation[dot]org:

  • Your CV
  • A brief explanation of why you want to participate and how you meet the criteria

If you are not selected as a Peer Assessor for the 2022-2023 funding program cycles, we will keep your information on file for ongoing assessment committee opportunities.

If you have any questions, concerns or need help applying, please contact:
Kyle Aleekuk
Program Officer
647-498-7717 ext.115


The IAF is accepting applications on an ongoing basis 


Emily Laurent Henderson



“Being a part of an all-Inuit jury was an opportunity not only to explore the incredible work of the artists, but also to engage in conversations about the process, and how it can be made even better and more relevant for future applicants. It was an honour to be trusted with the selection and to take part in this collaborative experience.”


Ossie Michelin



“I’ve served on many juries before but this was my first time being part of an all-Inuit jury. Even though we all came from different regions and had different connections with art, there was an instant familiarity and connection. We wanted the winners to reflect the complexities and subtleties of the Inuit world through their art. It was very refreshing to be part of this process knowing that as a jury we were coming at it from the same place.”