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drawing, painting, photography, sculpture/carving, throat singing

Artistic Community:

Kuujjuaq, QC

Date of Birth:

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Based in Montreal, QC, Niap (Nancy Saunders) is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist who divides her time between the city and her home community of Kuujjuaq, Nunavik—a place that continues to deeply influence her work. Working across media, Niap thoughtfully investigates her cultural heritage and identity as an Inuk woman through her practice. Working across painting, performance, sculpture and photography, Niap has produced a wide ranging body of work from murals to immersive installations to portraiture. In 2018, Niap was the recipient of the IAF's Watt Scholarship and in 2019 she was featured on the cover of the Inuit Art Quarterly's "Earth" issue. Her work has been collected by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Avataq Cultural Institute among others and has been exhibited across Canada.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
INUA Catalogue 2021
Nancy Saunders a d’abord refusé de jouer dans «Épidémie» January 31, 2020 Camille Laurin-Desjardins
Drawing Breath December 9, 2019 Ossie Michelin


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Niap: Reclamation and De-Categorization November 2 – December 21, 2019 Marion Scott Gallery
Ivalu May 16 - June 8, 2019 Feheley Fine Arts
ᑲᑕᔾᔭᐅᓯᕙᓪᓛᑦ Katajjausivallaat, le rythme bercé March 2018 OBORO


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Achievement Year Organization
Zapette d'Or Nomination March 2020 URBANIA
Virginia J. Watt Scholarship 2017-2018 Inuit Art Foundation


View All Performances and Details
Title Year Role
Inuit Art Society Annual Meeting, October 27-29 2017 October 27-29, 2017 Presenter
Designation of katajjaniq, the Inuit throat singing, as an element of Québec’s intangible heritage January 28, 2014 Singer

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Avataq Cultural Institute Montreal, QC
Canada Goose Arctic Gallery at the Canadian Museum of Nature Ottawa, ON, Canada
Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal Montreal, QC, Canada

Edit History

December 10, 2018 Edited by: Inuit Art Foundation
March 30, 2018 Updated by: Rebecca Gray