The Inuit Art Foundation is delighted to report that Iqaluit-born artist Couzyn van Heuvelen has been named to the 2018 Sobey Art Award longlist, Canada’s most prestigious award for young artists. The honour comes on the heels of several career milestones for the artist in recent years. “I’m very excited,” explained van Heuvelen when reached for comment. “It’s [something] that has been on my list of things I’d love to do, to get on the longlist. [But] it was kind of a far off goal. I didn’t think it would happen so soon.” Van Heuvelen is only the third Inuit artist to receive this honour. Read More
In an announcement today, the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) has confirmed a team of four Inuit guest curators—Dr. Heather Igloliorte, Asinnajaq (Isabella Weetaluktuk), Jade Nasogaluak Carpenter and Krista Ulujuk Zawadski—will work together to open the WAG’s Inuit Art Centre’s inaugural exhibition calendar. Spanning careers that are both established and emerging, each member of the curatorial team has contributed to the appreciation and study of Inuit art and culture.
In a statement released December 29, 2017, Governor General Julie Payette announced 125 new appointments to the Order of Canada. The Inuit Art Quarterly is thrilled to report that Nunavummiuq graphic artist and printmaker Andrew Qappik is among the list of recipients and will become a Member of the Order of Canada “for his contributions to defining the visual culture of Nunavut as a master printmaker and sculptor.” Read More
In an announcement today, Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage Minister Cathy Cox has confirmed the provincial government will provide funding to the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Inuit Art Centre, a first-of-its-kind cultural landmark aiming to bridge Canada’s North and South. Cox announced $10 million would be contributed over five years. These funds will support contributions already promised by the federal government and the City of Winnipeg ($20 million and $5 million, respectively). Read More
The 2019 representative artist for the Canada Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale has just been announced by the National Gallery of Canada. The Inuit Art Foundation is delighted to report that the artist collective Isuma will be representing Canada. This is the second time Inuit artists have been presented at the fair. The IAQ previously reported Kananginak Pootoogook‘s participation in the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017. Read More
The Inuit Art Foundation (IAF) is honoured to announce the transfer of the iconic Igloo Tag Trademark from Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) to the IAF. With its national mandate, the IAF is uniquely positioned to administer the trademark to further protect, promote and support Inuit art in Canada and internationally. Read More
The Inuit Art Foundation is excited to congratulate artist Michael Massie and artist and founding member of Qaggiavuut! Ellen Hamilton, for their recent appointments to the Order of Canada. Massie was made a Member to the Order for his work as a sculptor and silversmith and Hamilton for her promotion of Inuit arts and culture, as well as her support of Arctic performers and artists.
In celebration of National Aboriginal Day, the Canadian Museum of Nature opens the new, permanent Canada Goose Arctic Gallery today. A highlight of the new space is Ilurqusivut (Our Ways), a large-scale mural created by Inuk artist Nancy Saunders, aka Niap. Saunders is the winner of a juried competition sponsored by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada for the new space. The contest called on artists to submit work that produces an anamorphorsis effect—an optical illusion that makes a two-dimensional work appear three-dimensional. Saunders’ work reflects her mix of urban street art and traditional Inuit subject matter and features colourful, geometric shapes and graphics overlaid with narrative imagery.