Kenojuak Ashevak Memorial Award

Congratulations to the 2021 Kenojuak Ashevak Memorial Award Shortlist!

The Inuit Art Foundation is thrilled to announce the shortlist for the 2021 Kenojuak Ashevak Memorial Award: Eldred Allen, Tarralik Duffy, Kablusiak and Couzyn van Heuvelen.

The Kenojuak Ashevak Memorial Award honours the late Kenojuak Ashevak, CC, ON, RCA (1927—2013), and her tremendous impact on Inuit artists by supporting a mid-career artist with $10,000. Introduced this year, the shortlist showcases the incredible, diverse talent of contemporary Inuit artists, and awards each $3,000.

Celebrate the Shortlist

Join the shortlisted artists for a conversation about their work and contemporary Inuit art on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 7 PM EST on Zoom.

Register today! 

The winner of the 2021 Kenojuak Ashevak Memorial Award will be announced on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at 7pm EST via Zoom.

Register today to secure your seat!

About the Artists

Eldred Allen is an Inuk photographer from Rigolet, Nunatsiavut, NL, who has garnered attention for his expansive and stunningly lit scenes of landscape and wildlife in his community, whose composition and colouring elevate their everyday subject matter to the extraordinary.

Learn more about Allen’s art and career on his IAQ Profile and forthcoming interview in the Inuit Art Quarterly, which will be published on Thursday August 12, 2021.

Tarralik Duffy is an Inuk artist, writer and designer from Salliq (Coral Harbour), Nunavut, and currently based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. From jewelry and apparel to graphic works, Duffy’s creative work shares distinctly Inuit experiences, often infused with a dose of both humour and pop culture.

Learn more about Duffy’s art and career on her IAQ Profile and forthcoming interview in the Inuit Art Quarterly, which will be published on Tuesday August 17, 2021.

Kablusiak is a renowned multidisciplinary Inuvialuk artist and curator based in Mohkinstsis (Calgary, AB) who uses Inuk ingenuity to create work in a variety of mediums to explore the dis/connections between existence in the Inuit diaspora while maintaining family and community ties, the impacts of colonization on Inuit gender and sexuality expressions, as well as on health and wellbeing, and the everyday.

Learn more about Kablusiak’s art and career on their IAQ Profile and forthcoming interview in the Inuit Art Quarterly, which will be published on Tuesday August 10, 2021.

Couzyn van Heuvelen is an Inuk artist born in Iqaluit, Nunavut and living in Bowmanville, Ontario whose work explores Inuit culture and identity, new and old technologies, and personal narratives. While rooted in the history and traditions of Inuit art, the work strays from established Inuit art making methods and explores a range of fabrication processes to make an Inuit presence visible in public spaces and the landscape of contemporary Canadian art.

Learn more about van Heuvelen’s art and career on his IAQ Profile and forthcoming interview in the Inuit Art Quarterly, which will be published on Thursday August 19, 2021. 

Making This Award Possible

The Kenojuak Ashevak Memorial Award is only possible through the generous support of donors.

You can help ensure they award’s future by joining this committed group of supporters and giving generously today. All donations made to the award will be matched by the Willmot Bruce Hunter Foundation, up to $20.000. Please give today and support the future of Inuit art.

Next Award

The next Kenojuak Ashevak Memorial Award application cycle will begin in 2023. For more information, please contact:

Heather Campbell
Strategic Initiatives Director
647.498.7717 ext. 106
hcampbell [at] inuitartfoundation.org

Jon Lockyer
Artist Services Manager
647.498.7717 ext. 107
jlockyer [at] inuitartfoundation.org

 
Between award cycles, learn more about the application process today:
Kenojuak Ashevak Memorial Award Application Information Session, 2021