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Animator, filmmaker and visual artist Glenn Gear explores his identity as an urban Inuk with ancestral ties to Nunatsiavut by working with film and installations to capture the liminal space between natural and built environments.
Fast Runners and Time Travellers
Containing never before seen recordings, interviews, documentation and over 20 years of raw footage, what questions are raised after visiting the archive of Igloolik Isuma Productions housed at the National Gallery of Canada?
Aija Komangapik Awarded Top Prize in Indigenous Arts & Stories Contest
Emerging artist Aija Komangapik has received first place in the Indigenous Arts & Stories contest, presented annually by Historica Canada, for the digital drawing Drumdancer (2019).
Janet Nungnik's Familial Threads
Moving between past, present and future, Qamani’tuaq (Baker Lake), NU, artist Janet Nungnik’s large-scale autobiographical textile works weave together poetry and personal history.
Elisapie Named to Polaris Prize Short List
The short list for the 2019 Polaris Music Prize has been announced, and among the 10 nominated albums is Ballad of the Runaway Girl (2018) by Montreal-based, Salluit-raised musician Elisapie (Elisapie Isaac).
3 Prints Released to Celebrate 60 Years of Kinngait Studios
In celebration of 60 years of printmaking in Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU, Dorset Fine Arts has released a special summer collection featuring two new works by Ningiukulu Teevee and Ooloosie Saila as well as a historic, previously unreleased print by Pitaloosie Saila, RCA.
Inaugural Toronto Biennial Highlights Inuit Artists
The list of participating artists for the Toronto Biennial of Art this fall has been released, with a number of artists from across the Arctic among the 90 national and international participants named so far for the 72 day event.
Inuit Delegation to Finland Are “Cultural Ambassadors” According to New Senate Report
Indigenous artists are identified as “’essential’ to Canadian diversity and its distinct image abroad,” including the recent delegation of artists organized by the IAF and Canada Council for the Arts at the Arctic Arts Summit.
10 Ways We Are Celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day
June 21, 2019, is National Indigenous Peoples Day! We put together a list of some of ways we will be celebrating today.
Elisapie Longlisted for the Polaris Music Prize
Singer-songwriter Elisapie (Elisapie Isaac) is among the 40 musicians long-listed for this year’s Polaris Music Prize, for her third studio album The Ballad of the Runaway Girl (2018).
Inuit Art Centre Receives $2M Donation
The Winnipeg Art Gallery announced a significant gift of $2 million to the Inuit Art Centre from The North West Company, which will fund the development of a public plaza adjacent to the Centre.
How Kenojuak Ashevak Influenced Brian Jungen
On the occasion of Brian Jungen’s exhibition “Friendship Centre” at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, ON, we revisit his work and surprising connections to celebrated graphic artist Kenojuak Ashevak.
Kablusiak Shortlisted for the Sobey Art Award
Kablusiak has been named to the short list for the 2019 Sobey Art Award, the most prestigious art prize in Canada. They are the second Inuk artist and first Inuvialuk artist to be short-listed for the accolade.
Talirunili Sculpture Breaks Record at Auction
A sculpture by Joe Talirunili (1893-1976) has broken the record for the highest price paid for a work by an Inuit artist at public auction. The work was offered on May 29th, 2019, in the inaugural sale by First Arts.
Indigenous Art on a Global Stage
What are the implications in having Isuma, a community-based, principally Inuktitut language video art collective based in Iglulik, NU, represent Canada at arguably the world’s most visible and scrutinized international art event?
Major Donation to Support Artists at the Venice Biennale
With Isuma’s exhibition at the Canada Pavilion, the National Gallery of Canada Foundation announced the gift of one million dollars by The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation to the Canadian Artists in Venice Endowment to support future representation at the premiere contemporary art event.
The IAQ takes you behind the scenes of the 58th Venice Biennale with a first look at Isuma’s installation at the Canada Pavilion, the first time Inuit artists have exhibited as part of the national pavilion.
5 Must-See Films Screening Outside Venice
From experimental shorts and animations to inspiring feature length productions, we have rounded up our must-see film and video works by creators across Inuit Nunangat on view during the course of the 58th Venice Biennale.
The Canadian Pavilion in Venice
On the cusp of the 58th Venice Biennale and on the occasion of a recently renovated Canada Pavilion, we take a look at the history of the international exhibition, Canada’s national pavilion and what these platforms mean for us today.
5 Shows We Want to See at the Venice Biennale
Alongside the landmark exhibition by Isuma, lead by Zacharias Kunuk, OC and Norman Cohn, at the Canada Pavilion, the Inuit Art Quarterly editorial team has rounded-up their must-sees for the 58th Venice Biennale opening this week.
Inuit Art Quarterly Nominated for 2 National Magazine Awards
The Inuit Art Quarterly, the world’s only magazine dedicated to Inuit and circumpolar Indigenous arts, has received two 2019 National Magazine Award nominations for Issue Grand Prix and Publisher Grand Prix.
Alootook Ipellie Inducted into Canadian Cartoonist Hall of Fame
In recognition of his significant contributions to the art of cartooning in Canada, the late artist Alootook Ipellie will be inducted into the Giants of the North: Canadian Cartoonist Hall of Fame in May 2019.
Kablusiak Longlisted for the Sobey Award
Kablusiak has been named to the 2019 Sobey Award longlist, Canada’s most prestigious award for young artists. They are the first Inuvialuk artist nominated for the prize and are included as part of the Prairies & North catchment.
Remembering Okpik Pitseolak
The Inuit Art Foundation is saddened to report that Okpik Pitseolak (1946–2019) has passed away. Okpik was a long-time member of the IAF Board of Directors and a fierce advocate for Inuit artists.
Bart Hanna Kappianaq Unveils Sculpture at Parliament Hill
Renowned Iglulik-based sculptor Bart Hanna Kappianaq unveiled Sedna with Friends (2019) at the Canadian Parliament Complex in Ottawa, ON, coinciding with the 20th anniversary celebrations of the establishment of Nunavut.
Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq
Fellow author Norman Dunning delves into Polaris Prize and Juno award-winning musician Tanya Tagaq’s debut novel Split Tooth (2018) that is a part autobiographical, part fictional and intermingles prose with poetry and drawing.
Artists Boycott Indigenous Music Awards Over Cultural Appropriation
Inuit musicians Tanya Tagaq, Kelly Fraser, PIQSIQ, Iva and more have boycotted the Indigenous Music Awards over concerns of cultural appropriation in the work of nominee Cikwes, who incorporates throat singing within her work.
Jessica Kotierk Leads Iqaluit Museum as Manager and Curator
The Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum in Iqaluit, NU, the Territory’s only museum, announced recently that Jessica Kotierk has been hired as the Manager and Curator.
Jocelyn Piirainen Joins Winnipeg Art Gallery as Assistant Curator
Ottawa-based artist and curator Jocelyn Piirainen has joined the Winnipeg Art Gallery as the inaugural Assistant Curator of Inuit Art. Piirainen is the first Inuk in Canada to hold a lead curatorial position at a provincial museum.
Ottawa-based photographer Katherine Takpannie captures the complexities and nuances of urban Inuit life with her expansive scenes and intimate portraits.
Collaborative Installation Debuts at Nuit Blanche
“Memory Keepers /Gardiens des mémoires” is a collaborative installation by Jesse Tungilik, Jason Sikoak, Megan Kyak-Monteith, Darcie Bernhardt, Tom McLeod, Glenn Gear and Caroline Monnet at the FOFA Gallery courtyard at Concordia.
Prime Minister Apologizes for Historic Mistreatment of Tuberculosis Patients
Accompanying the historic apology from the federal government, we revisit the carvings produced during patient stays in southern sanitariums that provide an invaluable record of this chapter of Canadian history in stone.
Arguably the world’s largest—and most debated—recurring contemporary art exhibitions, documenta 14 urges viewers to rethink the powerful potential of objects and images in the advancement of Indigenous sovereignty.
Canadian Museum of History Receives Major Donation of Inuit Art
Over 750 contemporary sculptures, 120 works on paper and 25 examples of historical material by Inuit artists from across the North were donated to the Canadian Museum of by the estate of Dr. Margaret (Marmie) Perkins Hess.
A curator, artist and writer reviews the landmark exhibition “Tunirrusiangit: Kenojuak Ashevak and Tim Pitsiulak” and the critical strategies that blur the divides between artist and curator.
Shuvinai Ashoona Receives 2018 Gershon Iskowitz Prize
The Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU graphic artist is the first Inuk recipient of the prestigious $50,000 prize and solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Remembering Elisapee Ishulutaq
Renowned artist Elisapee Ishulutaq, OC, passed away on December 8, 2018 in Panniqtuq (Pangnirtung), NU, at the age of ninety-three. Born in 1925, Ishulutaq lived on the land until around 1970 when she and her family moved to Panniqtuq.
The City of Ottawa Art Collection Acquires New Works
Barry Pottle, Katherine Takpannie and Annie Pootoogook (1961-2016) are among the artists included in the City of Ottawa Art Collection’s recent acquisition who will be featured the exhibition Kaleidoscope at the City Hall Art Gallery.
Kenojuak Ashevak Breaks Records at Auction
Following a riveting round of bidding at Waddington’s in Toronto, ON on November 20th, 2018, a red-tailed copy of Kenojuak Ashevak’s famous 1960 print The Enchanted Owl broke previous auctions records set by the artist.
raise a flag
Independent curator and Associate Dean at OCAD University Ryan Rice reflects on the legacy of a foundational national collection and its power to reframe dialogues on the scope and shape of what a nation might be.
Revisiting Annie Pootoogook
We explore the lesser-known currents of Pootoogook’s oeuvre, providing a new way to look at the profound impact of her work.
The chance discovery of works by Helen Kalvak, Agnes Nanogak Goose, and more—once thought to be lost—spread across three safes in the community of Ulukhaktok, NT, has spurred a new digitization effort.
Circumpolar Indigenous Film at imagineNATIVE 2018
From fantasy and adventure to experimental film, music video and documentaries, we’ve rounded up the best offerings from the Circumpolar North across the five-day festival.
Celebrating 30 Years of Supporting Artists
Tracing the last 30 years at the Inuit Art Foundation.
59th Annual Cape Dorset Print Collection Released
The collection features prints by Saimaiyu Akesuk, Shuvinai Ashoona, Qavavau Manumie, Malaija Pootoogook, Cee Pootoogook, Quvianaqtuk Pudlat, Pauojoungie Saggiak, Pitaloosie Saila, Axangayuk Shaa, Padloo Samayualie, and more!
MBAM Acquires Work by Niap and Partners with Avataq
MBAM deepened its promotion of Inuit art and culture with a recent acquisition of work by Niap (Nancy Saunders) as well as the announcement of a new partnership with the Avataq Cultural Institute.
Remembering Siassie Kenneally
Kinngait-based artist Siassie Kenneally passed away recently in Iqaluit, NU. Over the course of her life, Kenneally produced an incredibly personal body of work that examined modern and traditional life from her own unique perspective
Kenojuak Cultural Centre Opens Its Doors in Kinngait
The $10.2 million-dollar Kenojuak Cultural Centre and Print Shop in Kinngait (Cape Dorest), NU opened its doors on September 5, 2018 with a series of celebrations and exhibitions.
Story of All-Inuit Lacrosse Team To Premiere At TIFF
The Grizzlies, a film based on the all-Inuit team of the same name, will have its worldwide premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival this fall.
One of the most original young artists working in Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU, today, Saila has gained an almost immediate, enthusiastic following in the South for her whimsical creatures and otherworldly landscapes.
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