You Brought Inuit Art to The City!

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Sep 20, 2022
by Evan Maydaniuk

Kablusiak’s mural at Onsite Gallery showcases their playful knack for breaking molds. This mural is a stunning representation of Kablusiak’s Furby Ookpik (2021)  and the cheeky Plucked Ookpik (2021). 

You helped raise the profile of Inuit art!

In April, folks in downtown Toronto started passing by a 10-ft pair of pink felt ookpiks created by multi-talented Inuvialuk artist Kablusiak.

This mural on the side of Onsite Gallery is the first in a series of murals called Up Front, presented by Ontario College of Art and Design University’s Onsite Gallery in partnership with Inuit Art Foundation. Up Front will commission four Inuit artists over two years to create these public digital art pieces. The project is curated by Ryan Rice.

This is just one way Kablusiak’s garnered national attention - Kablusiak was shortlisted for the Sobey Art Award in 2019; won a Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Award in 2020; and was shortlisted for the Kenojuak Ashevak Memorial Award in 2021. They were also part of the all-Inuit curatorial team for the inaugural exhibition INUA at the WAG-Qaumajuq in 2021.

Thank you for supporting opportunities for the public to experience Inuit art!

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As a donor, you provide so many opportunities for artists to explore their practices, learn new skills and grow. You raise global awareness and appreciation for Inuit art. You help artists across Inuit Nunaat and beyond connect to opportunities, have platforms for their work to be seen and build their careers. Thank you so much for making a difference!