For the first time since 1994, a comprehensive study on the role of arts and culture in Canadian foreign policy has been released. Notably, Indigenous artists are identified within the report as “’essential’ to Canadian diversity and its distinct image abroad,” including the recent delegation of artists organized by the Inuit Art Foundation and Canada Council for the Arts at the Arctic Arts Summit.
Salluit-raised, Montreal-based singer-songwriter Elisapie (Elisapie Isaac) is among the 40 musicians long-listed for this year’s Polaris Music Prize, awarded annually to the best Canadian album of the year, for her third studio album The Ballad of the Runaway Girl (2018).
Calgary-based Inuvialuk artist and curator Kablusiak has been named to the short list for the 2019 Sobey Art Award, the most prestigious art prize in Canada, as part of the Prairies and the North catchment. They are the second Inuk artist and first Inuvialuk artist to be short-listed for the accolade.
A sculpture by Joe Talirunili (1893-1976) has broken the record for the highest price paid for a work by an Inuit artist at public auction. The work was offered on May 29th, 2019 in the inaugural sale by First Arts, a venture by partners Pat Feheley, Ingo Hessel, Mark London and Waddington’s.
With Isuma’s exhibition at the Canada Pavilion, the National Gallery of Canada Foundation announced the gift of one million dollars by The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation to the Canadian Artists in Venice Endowment to support future representation at the premiere contemporary art event.
The Inuit Art Quarterly takes you behind the scenes of 58th Venice Biennale with a first look at Isuma’s installation at the Canada Pavilion, which officially opened on Wednesday May 8, 2019 and marks the first time Inuit artists have exhibited as part of the national pavilion.