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drawing, jewellry, painting, printmaking, textile

Artistic Community:

Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL

Date of Birth:

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Born in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL, Shirley Moorhouse is a multidisciplinary artist working across textile, printmaking and painting. Best known for her one-of-a-kind wall hangings, since 1996 Moorhouse has exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally. Although wall hangings embellished with embroidery, wool and fur are created throughout Inuit Nunangat, Moorhouse's unique textile works often incorporate extensive beading and applique of other non-traditional found objects into their designs. Similarly, her works are characterized by their asymmetrical compositions and movement. Many are created atop a background of black stroud and feature multicolour beaded swirls and curves. An early advocate for Nunatsiavummiut artists, Moorhouse founded an arists' collective in 1996 to access new opportunities in the region. Her work is included in the Indigenous Art Collection at Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada among others.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
INUA Catalogue 2021
Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut June 7, 2018 Stacey Abramson
SakKijâjuk: Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut April 3, 2017 Kerry Clare


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
SakKijâjuk: Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut May 26 - Oct 14, 2018 Winnipeg Art Gallery
Material Experiments Sept 25 - Oct 31 2015 A Space Gallery
Anthem: Perspectives on Home and Native Land 2007 Carleton University Art Gallery

Public Collections

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