On Monday July 9, 2018, in conjunction with Nunavut Day celebrations, Speaker of the House of Commons, the Honourable Geoff Regan, announced that Iglulik (Igloolik)-based sculptor Bart Hanna Kappianaq has been selected to install a new work in Centre Block, the main building of the Canadian parliament complex on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
The Inuit Art Quarterly is thrilled to share that Iqaluit, NU-based artist Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory is the recipient of the inaugural Kenojuak Ashevak Memorial Award. Williamson Bathory is an established multi-disciplinary artist whose practice centres on uaajeerneq (Greenlandic mask dance) and also includes acting, curating, drum-dancing, music and writing. Read More
In a ceremony today, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Canada’s first and oldest civic art gallery, broke ground on its Inuit Art Centre. Slated for opening in 2020, in conjunction with Manitoba’s 150th birthday, the 40,000-sqft, four-storey Centre will bring to view the world’s largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art. Read More
The McMichael Canadian Art Collection has named Toronto, ON-based critic and curator Sarah Milroy as its new Chief Curator. “I have been working for some years now with this problem of how to make Canadian art history relevant and fresh for contemporary audiences,” explained the recently appointed Milroy.
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