The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) has announced that Lisa Quluqqi Koperqualuk will join the team as their new Curator and Mediator of Inuit Art. Koperqualuk has worked with Inuit organizations and committees at the provincial, federal and national levels since becoming Vice President of International Affairs at the Inuit Circumpolar Council. A trilingual speaker and trained anthropologist, she holds a Master’s from Université Laval and a certificate in financial management from Cornell.
On September 21st, the Toronto Biennial opened to the public in locations across Toronto. Ambitious in scope, the inaugural edition of the Biennial promises “72 Days of Free Art” along the waterfront.
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).