Nuqingaq, CM

Photo: Mathew Nuqingaq
Nuqingaq, CM


drum dance, jewellry, metalwork, organic materials, performance, photography, sculpture/carving, theater

Artistic Community:

Iqaluit, NU

Date of Birth:

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Qikiqtarjuaq, NU



Mathew Nuqingaq is an Iqaluit-based artist who works primarily in jewellery design. Nuqingaq’s talent for working with metal and his desire to represent Inuit culture and traditions through his work result in unique, wearable pieces of art. His designs include Inuit tools, Arctic animals and draw on popular figures from Inuit stories. Nuqingaq is a co-founder of the Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association and served as the President of the Inuit Art Foundation. He was elected as a Member of the Order of Canada on November 18, 2016. Nuqingaq currently owns and works out of Aayuraa Studio in Iqaluit.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
Full-time artists in Nunavut make less than other artists in Canada: report December 12, 2019 Emma Tranter
I wear my snow goggles at night June 14, 2019 John Thompson
Meet Mathew Nuqingaq, Inuit Jeweler to Royals, Rock Stars, and Paris Fashion Week May 24, 2019 Sarah Rogers


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Mathew Nuqingaq - Masquerade June 13 - July 13, 2019 Feheley Fine Arts
Our Land: Contemporary Art from the Artic Oct 2016 - Mar 2017 Winnipeg Art Gallery
Floe Edge: Contemporary Art and Collaborations from Nunavut Jan - Mar 2016 AXENÉO7


View All Achievements and Details
Achievement Year Organization
Inuit Art Foundation Board of Directors 2017 Inuit Art Foundation
Member of the Order of Canada 2016 Governor General of Canada


View All Performances and Details
Title Year Role
Northern Scene Apr-May 2013 Drum Dancer
Tulugak: Inuit Raven Stories 2011-2013 Drum Dancer

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Indigenous Art Collection at Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development Canada Gatineau, QC, Canada

Edit History

January 12, 2018 Updated by: Rebecca Gray
September 14, 2017 Created by: Laura Chantal, Researcher Edited by: Inuit Art Foundation