drawing, printmaking

Artistic Community:

Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU

Date of Birth:

Artists may have multiple birth years listed as a result of when and where they were born. For example, an artist born in the early twentieth century in a camp outside of a community centre may not know/have known their exact date of birth and identified different years.

Nanuqtuuq camp
16 March 1941



Sorroseeleetu Ashoona was a graphic artist from Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU. Ashoona began drawing in 1962 with the encouragement of her mother-in-law, renowned graphic artist Pitseolak Ashoona. She was first published in the 1965 Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection and continued to contribute prints between 1970 to 1980. Many of Ashoona’s artistic subjects could be considered mischievous, subverting conventional cultural roles and behaviours. A recurring focus for Ashoona were Inuit oral traditions and the experiences of women. Her works can be found in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON and other artistic institutions.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
Kiugak Ashoona: Stories and Imaginings from Cape Dorset Winter 2010 Darlene Coward Wight
The Power of Dreams Spring 2005 Darlene Coward Wight
A Retrospective Look at Cape Dorset Printmaking: Commemorating the 40th Anniversary Summer 2000 Dorothy Speak


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
ᖃᓪᓗᓈᖅᑕᐃᑦ ᓯᑯᓯᓛᕐᒥᑦ PRINTED TEXTILES FROM KINNGAIT STUDIOS December 7, 2019 to August 30, 2020 The Textile Museum of Canada
Contemporary Native Art Biennial (BACA) 4th Edition: Níchiwamiskwém | Nimidet | Ma sœur | My sister May 5 - June 22, 2018 Stewart Hall Art Gallery
Angakkuq: Inuit Shaman May 2009 Winnipeg Art Gallery


View All Achievements and Details
Achievement Year Organization
Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection 1993 Dorset Fine Arts
Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection 1980 Dorset Fine Arts
Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection 1979 Dorset Fine Arts

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Amon Carter Museum of Western Art Fort Worth, TX, United States
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Victoria, BC, Canada
Art Gallery of Ontario Toronto, ON, Canada

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March 14, 2018 Created by: Rebecca Gray