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 represented at the fair. The IAQ previously reported that Kananginak Pootoogook would represent Canada 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.
Today the Bank of Canada will enter into circulation 40 million commemorative $10 banknotes celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. Notably, and for the first time, a Canadian banknote features a work of Inuit art, Kenojuak Ashevak’s, OC, RCA (1927-2013) Owl’s Bouquet (2007). Read More
Montreal-based copyright collective, SODRAC (The Society for Reproduction Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers in Canada), invited former Inuit Art Foundation President Mattiusi Iyaituk to present at the International Conference on Artist’s Resale Right, hosted by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland, on April 28, 2017. The roundtables, co-organized by the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers, brought together artists from around the world to discuss copyright and artist resale rights. Read More
Since its founding in 2008, Qaggiavuut! has advocated for a Nunavut Performing Arts Centre. Now, after eight years of annual consultations, the not-for-profit organization is preparing to launch an international fundraising campaign to make it a reality. On July 1— 50 years after Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau presided over the building of the National Arts Centre—Qaggiavuut! will begin pursuing financial support for a dedicated performance space for the region. Read More