When it was founded in 1961, the Canadian Eskimo Arts Committee (later the Canadian Eskimo Arts Council) sought to support the Inuit art market by ensuring that works met particular standards before they were made available for sale to the public. There are no extant review guidelines produced by the committee, at the outset composed exclusively by arts professionals from the South. Rather, judgements were based on committee members’ personal aesthetic tastes and what they felt would be marketable within Canada and internationally.
A bold and graphic nod to the history of Inuit printmaking by Bowmanville-based sculptor and installation artist Couzyn Van Heuvelen is among the five short-listed proposal for the Glen Road Pedestrian Tunnel public art project.
After 24 years, Vancouver’s Spirit Wrestler Gallery is closing its doors to the public as of October 15, 2019, with operations ending on October 31, 2019. Founded in 1995, the gallery became well-known for showcasing the work of a host of leading Indigenous artists from across Canada and beyond.
Festival Internacional Cervantino—one the world’s largest performing arts festivals—has announced the line-up for the 2019 edition. Among those included are a number of Inuit artists including a Polaris Prize-nominated musician and a Dora award-winning multidisciplinary artist.
Alongside the official trailer, additional details have been released for third feature film written and directed by award-winning filmmakers Madeline Ivalu and Marie-Hélène Cousineau. Set in Nunavik shortly after World War II, Restless River (2019) is based off Gabrielle Roy’s 1970 novel Windflower.
Nunavummuit took centre stage as the Riddu Riđđu: Sami Music and Culture Festival’s “Northern People of the Year.” The 2019 edition of the annual festival, held in the community of Manndalen, Norway, boasted an impressive roster of Inuit creatives from musicians to filmmakers and more.
The Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association (NACA) has a new Inuit majority Board of Directors. 11 out of the 12 positions on the recently elected board are now held by Inuit, following their appointments during NACA’s annual general meeting on July 2, 2019.
Emerging artist Aija Komangapik has received first place in the Indigenous Arts & Stories contest, presented annually by Historica Canada, for the digital drawing Drumdancer (2019).
In celebration of 60 years of printmaking in Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU, Dorset Fine Arts has released a special summer collection featuring two new works by Ningiukulu Teevee and Ooloosie Saila as well as a historic, previously unreleased print by Pitaloosie Saila, RCA.